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Book Review: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

  • Feb 9, 2010
My original review from 2006 was: "I finally read the book and was not too impressed with it. The storyline was predictable and the characters were not very well developed. I prefer Angels and Demons over this book." 

Unfortunately, I don't have much to add to this original review. My writing skills have improved, but without reading the book again, I can't comment on the specifics like I normally would. Since I didn't enjoy the book that much, I won't be re-reading it anytime soon if at all. 

Keeping that in mind, one of the main reasons I disliked this book was because the main character, Robert Langdon, is not the type of person I want to follow and "get to know" through a mystery series. I find him a pale comparison to similar characters such as Indiana Jones and even Double 007. Langdon is not likable, and I find him pretentious. 

I don't mind a lot of the female characters Brown has developed, both in this book and in Angels and Demons; although, the women fall for Langdon too easily. It would be an interesting twist to see Langdon desire one of the women and then have her deny him. I like strong, independent female characters that don't need quick flings with men to feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, part of the charm for adventure male perspective books (in a series) is who the hero will meet and get together with in future situations. So, I don't see Brown changing his writing formula anytime soon. 

I did enjoy the setting of the book as well as the descriptions. The religious elements didn't bother me too much even though I'm Catholic. I see most of it as dramatized for the public's sake. Parts could be based in truth but most is for entertainment purposes only. To know the truth, you really have to research these matters. You can't trust someone else's research, especially when it's used for writing a fictional story. 

There were many parts I found unbelievable, but what bothered me the most, as I originally stated, was the predictability of the story. Overall, I thought Angels and Demons was more unique and a good way to start the Robert Langdon series. I enjoyed it more than this second book despite the amount of gore. 

In the end, I won't read another Dan Brown book because it doesn't seem worth my time. There are better mystery series books that don't read as if they are being written with Hollywood movie producers in mind.
Book Review: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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April 19, 2010
Same here. I really like Angels and Demons, a lot more than this book and also the movies themselves. That was a most enjoyable book for me. Read both books before the movies and frankly, the movies pale in comparison!
April 19, 2010
I couldn't agree more!
February 11, 2010
Haven't seen the Da Vinci code movie, but I did see "Angels and Demons" at the theaters. Haven't read either of the books, though. From viewing "Angels and Demons", I have to agree that the Langdon character is quite boring. He's just kinda there and doesn't really have a strong presence. I got a very "meh" feeling from him all throughout the film (and when Tom Hanks can't even make him interesting, you know you have a problem. lol) So I probably won't be reading any of the books anytime soon.
February 11, 2010
LOL! I know exactly what you mean! Imagine this: I thought the movie version was better than the book. So, how bad do I think the book is? LOL! I actually liked "Angels and Demons" better as the book than the movie. I agree, though. "Meh" to the whole lot!
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The Da Vinci Code is a 2003 mystery-detective fiction novel written by American author Dan Brown. It follows symbologist Robert Langdon as he investigates a murder in Paris's Louvre Museum and discovers a battle between the Priory of Sion and Opus Dei over the possibility of Jesus Christ of Nazareth having been married to and fathering a child with Mary Magdalene.

The title of the novel refers to, among other things, the fact that the murder victim is found in the Denon Wing of the Louvre, naked and posed like Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing, the Vitruvian Man, with a cryptic message written beside his body and a pentacle drawn on his stomach in his own blood.

The novel has provoked a popular interest in speculation concerning the Holy Grail legend and Magdalene's role in the history of Christianity. The book has been extensively denounced by many Christian denominations as a dishonest attack on the Roman Catholic Church. It has also been criticized for its historical and scientific inaccuracy.

The book is a worldwide bestseller that had sold 80 million copies as of 2009 and that has been translated into 44 languages. Combining the detective, thriller, and conspiracy fiction genres, it is Brown's second novel to include the character Robert Langdon, the first being his 2000 novel Angels & Demons. In November 2004 Random House published a Special Illustrated Edition with 160 illustrations. In 2006 a film adaptation was released by Sony's Columbia...

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ISBN-10: 0385513755 (hbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780385513753 (hbk.)
Photographer: Various
Author: Dan Brown
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Doubleday; Illustrated edition (November 2, 2004)
Date Published: (November 2, 2004)
Format: Hardcover: 480 pages, Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 8.3 x 1.3 inches
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