posted on Nov, 12 2007 @ 04:53 PM
After first seeing the movie "The Bourne Identity", I got a copy of Robert Ludlum's novel of the same name, thinking it would be good. After
reading it, I tried to recall any other fiction or nonfiction work where it took the author so long (almost half the book) to get some momentum going.
The first 100 pages or so were painfully difficult to make sense of, and depressing as well; from there, the main story of the novel became clearer
and the storyline progressed, but by that time it was hard to enjoy the read because while I was reading I kept wondering if the author was going to
take another dive into the deep whatever.
I bought a paperback copy of "Bourne Ultimatum" at the same time that I bought "The Bourne Identity". Now I'm trying to work my nerve up to
read Ultimatum ... does anyone know if that one is worth a read?
"The Sum of all fears", the novel by Tom Clancy, was a somewhat similar experience. Heckuva long time to get to the point in the first 100 pages or
so, then quite good from then on. Actually the guts of the novel, where they discuss the logic of nuclear non-proliferation agreements, is quite
good; better in that respect than the movie, I'd say.