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|#1 Posted on 4.5.06 1552.41 | Instant Rating: 4.49|
|Yeah, I said it.|
Some of my friends, coworkers and acquaintances have been bitten by the Da Vinci bug recently. I like to be as relevant as possible, so I picked up the paperback and gave it a read. What I found astounded me: this book is a long, boring dissertation obviously couched in melodramatic pseudo-intrigue. I can't believe this thing has attracted so much attention. All of the theories about Christ have been around a loooong time before the book, but it seems people think it's some kind of recent revelation.
At what point did I realize how lame this book was going to be? When the author lazily described (well, it's not really description) Sophie as being "not beautiful like the cookie-cutter blondes on dorm room walls." Give me a break! If you can't write a real description, don't make a book.
Now granted, I'm just some putz who is NOT a best selling author, but color me disappointed. Your thoughts?
"How could we possibly appreciate the Mona Lisa if Leonardo had written at the bottom of the canvas: 'The lady is smiling because she is hiding a secret from her lover.' This would shackle the viewer to reality, and I don't want this to happen to 2001." - Stanley Kubrick
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|AIM: || ||#2 Posted on 4.5.06 1602.04 | Instant Rating: 3.65|
|Honestly I enjoyed the book up until the ending, which sucked. Angels and Demons is a million times better from start to finish. I think the popularity just came from it being an ok story trying to play up certain "facts" that a lot of people were never exposed to. Now considering a lot of its theories and facts were taken from a book which is now considered a joke doesn't really matter, cause no one knew that until the documentaries started appearing on History, A&E, Discovery and every other channel. That and in case you didn't notice, some religious types can be a little loud and edgy when anything they believe is challenged, and tend to take the things they read a little too literally. I think their uproar is a huge part of why the book remains popular.|
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|#3 Posted on 4.5.06 1742.46 | Instant Rating: 0.97|
|I still haven't read it.|
I did read Angels & Demosa, which I thought was better then it had any right to be, cuase after trying to read Deception Point, I figured Dan Brown was a hack.
I will see the movie, though, because Tom Hanks' mullet looks AWESOME!
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|AIM: || ||#4 Posted on 4.5.06 2102.32 | Instant Rating: 5.78|
|You'll get no argument from me. The book is just terrible, and Angels and Demons is just as bad. I think the thing that drove me insane, apart from writing that struggled to be two-dimensional, was the sheer volume of errors in both books. I can understand getting things wrong in order to facilitate your fictional plots. But Brown throws in mistakes in the background, periphery, wherever! It's obvious that in addition to being a bad writer, he's also a bad researcher. So of course he writes quasi-historical fiction. Wonderful. |
Edit - to add something I posted here from way back, with a little edit:
I have a friend who lives waaaaaay out in county property, in the boonies. [He has no neighbors even remotely close by.] He likes to fire off guns at night to blow off steam, like Hunter Thompson. Someone bought him a copy of The Da Vinci Code, and he couldn't give it away. He asked me if I wanted it, and I said, "Hell no!" He said, "Man, I don't want it either." For whatever reason, I said, "Make it your shootin' book." Apparently, he did. Now I'm sort of secretly hoping that someone gives me a copy of it for Christmas, so I can drive down to his house and blow a copy apart. I think it would be very therapeutic.
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|#5 Posted on 4.5.06 2256.48 | Instant Rating: 4.84|
|I thought it was a good "beach" book. Nothing too deep, easy to skim, and cookie cutter characters. The perfect book for me, really, especially when classes are in session. I had a gift card to Barnes and Noble, and added it to a large book purchase on a whim (it had just come out and I had read Deception Point and Angels and Demons). I devoured it in a few days, and promptly forgot about it. |
When it blew up, I was amazed, simply because there seemed to be an inordinate amount of people (*smart* people I know) who believed it to be semi-historical, and they began looking stuff up online and at libraries. Then the religious groups got involved in boycotts and protests, and I think that fueled the buying. Controversy sells, as does no paperback printing for two+ years.
I think some of the backlash ("this books sucks") is because, well, people sometimes expect best selling books to be a good read.
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|#6 Posted on 5.5.06 0758.39 | Instant Rating: 3.04|
|I haven't been following this whole plagiarism deal that the Da Vinci Code is going through, but I read The Tomb of God many years back (a "non-fiction" book) and everytime I hear people talking about the book's plotline, it just sounds like a total rip-off to me.|
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|#7 Posted on 8.5.06 0809.13 | Instant Rating: 7.01|
|This book made perfect reading material for the train. Not too deep that I would miss my stop. I'm glad I only blew $7.99 on it and I will wait for the DVD to see the movie as there is no way in hell that this book will ever translate into a "$100 Movie" for me no matter how awesome Tom Hanks' mullet may be.......|
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|#8 Posted on 8.5.06 1338.27 |
I liked it. Didn't take it as historical fact, but I liked it.
I liked "Angels and Demons" and 'Deception Point" better.