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Dan Brown's Style 'Kind of Terrible,' M.V. Author Tweets

The author of The Da Vinci Code fails to impress author Maggie Shipstead, who grew up in Mission Viejo.

For some it's a cause for celebration. Dan Brown, best-selling author of the runaway hit "The Da Vinci Code" announced Thursday the release of a new book about Dante called "Inferno" this May.

But not everyone is impressed.

Mission Viejo's Maggie Shipstead, who spoke to readers at city hall last year about her new Oprah-approved novel "Seating Arrangements," retweeted the following:

"One of the very worst writers of any generation, Dan Brown, is going to start killing millions more trees in May."

  • Read Patch's interview with Shipstead here.

When asked her thoughts on Brown, Shipstead gave the popular author some credit.

She described him as a "good storyteller who hits cultural nerves." But on the question of his writing style, she wrote, "I think his style is . . . kind of . . . terrible."

Peter Schelden January 18, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Our library has four copies of "Seating Arrangements." Two are checked out, two are available. There are two audio recordings, both checked out: http://catalog.cmvl.org/client/default/search/results?qu=seating%20arrangements
Panglonymous January 18, 2013 at 03:36 AM
Well, I hope someone who's read the darn thing comes along and speaks up. It'd be interesting to get some readers' takes.
Panglonymous January 19, 2013 at 01:55 AM
None: Scheiss, I heard harpO is gonna comment. Does she even type?? Slim: No. But everything she says is instantly transcribed and distributed. None: O.
Peter Schelden January 19, 2013 at 02:01 AM
Patience, Pan. Patience! Rome wasn't built in a day. And its history wasn't written for another 2,000 years or so.
Panglonymous January 19, 2013 at 05:29 AM
Pete, you are not meeting my needs. Does this bother you at all? I mean, this is about breaking down the wall between Journalists and Local News Consumers, isn't it? You'd think I lived forty miles away.

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