Any Eco fans in the audience tonight? He is my favorite author and I am in the process of finishing off his latest novel (he puts one out about every five years, and this one is the fourth). The four awesome Eco novels are: The Name of the Rose The Island of the Day Before Foucault's Pendulum Baudolino The Name of the Rose is a great book best known for the movie adaptation starring Sean Connery and a young Christian Slater that came out in like '87. It is a murder mystery, but this one takes place in like the 11th century and all the action is at a monastery and the detective is a monk. One cool part of the book is like the 20 something page chapter on whether Christ owned his clothes. The Island of the Day Before is about a guy who gets shipwrecked. He's floating out in the middle of the ocean on a door or something and he bumps up against another ship anchored in a bay. He climbs aboard to find the ship completely empty with no boats or anything that floats that can be removed and put into the water on board. So now he is shipwrecked and finds himself on a deserted ship with land only half a mile away... but he can't swim! Foucault's Pendulum is my favorite book of all time and is about three publishers who work for this small publishing company that specializes in books that the authors pay to have published at their expense. The three look over so many crazy manuscripts and meet so many weird characters that they decide to have fun with a computer they have that can create connections between two unrelated things or events. They start feeding all this stuff about the occult into the computer and start to make a game out of it, even publishing their own theories for fun. But some people start to believe the theories, and things get out of control. Baudolino is the book I'm reading now. It takes place in... the 1200's (?) and is the life story of a man named Baudolino, who has two gifts, the ability to learn new languages almost instantly and a great ability to lie boldfaced to people. As a boy he is adopted by the Emporer Barbarossa while Barbarossa was conquering (or reconquering, as the case may be) Italy. His adventures as the adopted son of the emporer lead him on a quest to find the sacred kingdom of Prestor John, a priest-king of some power that no one really knows exists. Eco is a literary genius. His books are not for the slow-witted, as he doesn't hold back on anything. He is a professor of sembiatics at Milan and slips into different languages, many of which are now dead, with a profound grace. He hits many topics of religion and politics, and is the ultimate conspiracy theory writer, if you take into account that the conspiracies he comes up with far outshadow anything in The da Vinci Code. In fact, if you loved the da Vinci Code, then you have to try his books. So, has anyone here read Eco, and if so, what did you think?