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What did you think of it? Overall, the feminine iconology, the riddles, the pacing, the plot, character development, etc.
Or is it just another one of those trendy book hypes?
06-30-2004, 04:08 PM
It's definitely a best seller!
Jenna was kind enough to recommend it to me. I loved it! Very entertaining. Although some of the "puzzles" really were too easy, a handful I deciphered a number of pages before the main characters even considered there could be an answer at all.
Character development was not present, as far as I'm concerned. Sure, they experience stuff, and sure, there are a few interesting twists. It's definitely more about the plot than about the characters. Even though I quite like many of the players in the story - they just don't evolve that much.
To be honest, I don't know what to believe of the "facts". I studied archaeology myself, so that's at least somewhat related to the matter covered in the book. If anything, my university years left me with a healthy dose of scepcism.
However, for some reason it just makes perfect sense. Sure, that's a writer's job, to present "facts" that are sound, by themselves and as a whole, leaving out those bits of information that don't fit it.
But I can totally see the Church demonising everything that doesn't support their masculin power as such.
I've always disliked the Church, and that's putting it mildly. The undeniable and horrible fact that women have been treated as lesser beings than men must be because of the Church, I see no other option.
Of course women are divine!
06-30-2004, 04:31 PM
Dan Brown knows how to entertain. ...he really doesn't know how to write.
I've read all of his books and it's like he's got a fill in the blank form on his computer in which he enters certain perameters and the computer pops out a story. Because of this, you can always tell who the bad guy is (someone close to the main hero/ine), which is kind of annoying.
But I have to agree that the puzzles and information you can learn is astounding, and he's got great research skills.
As for the da Vinci Code, I liked it a lot just because I like art history and religious nonsense. Do I think what he's saying is true? I don't know. I can't say I know enough about Christianity to even begin to judge it. But it was a pretty cool story.
06-30-2004, 06:12 PM
I'm as big a fan of conspiracy theory as the next man, and I thought it was an okay book, interesting, but I'm with Danae on this one. Same template as previous works.
Also, it disappointed me. As easy as those puzzles were it depressed me that _I_ hadn't found the grail yet. I found it before that lazy archaeology man, certainly.
06-30-2004, 06:36 PM
I really liked Angels and Devils, the previous book as well as DVC
I think Dan Brown is going to run out subject matter pretty quickly though... especially when you consider the amount of research he puts in to his books. I believe he is writing another Robert Langdon story. Robert Langdon and the Temple of Doom... No I don't know what it is about but I will still read it. Sometimes you want something easy to read, fun and exciting, and even people that didn't like the DVC will have probably learnt a few things from it.
I think people may decide to dislike the novel or be overly critical towards it, purely because it is so popular.
07-03-2004, 12:07 AM
Angels and Demons was great. Personally, I thought it was a better thriller than Da Vinci Code was. And the... what are they called.. the words that can be read both right side up and upside down entertained me to no end. True, though, like Danae said... it's ALWAYS so obvious who the antagonist is. It's always the one who you think is least likely XD
I just get a kick out of all the art history. I'm a freak XD
07-05-2004, 02:21 PM
:) I was waiting for someone to make a post about this book.
I just finished it while on vacation (airport waiting sucks), and I'm still thinking about it.
It really made me think about my stance on Christianity, as well as the fact that most of the details he included in the book can be verified. The riddles were neat.
I can't say that I liked the ending. Called the "epilouge", I believe. He should have let it stop with them making plans to meet again.
I DON'T think he should do a sequel to this book. Under ANY circumstance. I think it would ruin it.
07-05-2004, 06:12 PM
He isn't doing a sequel to it. He is writing a new novel I think. I wonder what the subject will be..... I think it might be something to do with the Nazis!
07-05-2004, 09:29 PM
Everybody knows the Nazi's are really a secret sect of Egyptians, devout Isis worshippers but with a twist!
Luckily a band of African Vikings have been on full alert for three millennia - they'll use their musical skills to neutralise the Nazi's for sure!
07-05-2004, 09:52 PM
Careful Dylan, Brown will have that idea away if you aren't careful!
Egypt and Nazis are always a winning formula. Chuck in a villain with an eye patch, a few creepy curses, a hot female archeologist/tomb raider wanting to avenger the death of a loved one, an ancient brotherhood/sect, a cockney antiquities seller, a deadly virus, some clones, maybe a UFO conspiracy and a revelation that Tutankhamen was actually Jesus or something... and you have a winning formula!
07-06-2004, 04:38 AM
My question to you is, why aren't YOU writing this book? Get a jump on Brown!
07-06-2004, 09:56 AM
Because I can't spell!
07-06-2004, 04:02 PM
Yes, you can! And even if you couldn't, that's what editors are for.
quick note: the new Robert Langdon book IS a sequel to the da vinci code, and the timeline happens immediately after the ending of DVC.
also, i found out that they're making a movie.
07-06-2004, 09:22 PM
Yeah... Russell Crowe is playing Langdon and Kate Beckinsale is Sophie. This makes me very unhappy.
Where did you find out about the sequel Katt?
I got bored and wanted to check out the Madonna of the Rocks. Eventually got to Dan Brown's official website. It's written in the FAQs
You know, I actually screamed when i found out that russell crowe is going to be the main character. He would be much better as Fache
And Dan Brown is firggen Robert Langdon. Just look at his pictures .__.
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