Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Top 10 books on cults and religious extremists

Sam Jordison is the author of Crap Towns, Crap Towns II, The Joy Of Sects and Bad Dates.

In 2005, for the Guardian, he named a top 10 list of books on cults and religious extremists. One title on the list:
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

I hate this book almost as much as I love it. It's literary crack cocaine - reading it does you no good at all, but you just can't stop. The Catholic church say that it's full of "shameful and unfounded errors" and that Brown's depiction of Opus Dei is riddled with inaccuracies. Of course, as a writer of fiction it's Brown's prerogative not to let the truth get in the way of a good story. Although his many critics are at least right when they say that the prose is terrible, the self-mortifying mad albino monk is a great villain.
Read about another book on Jordison's list.

--Marshal Zeringue