The Thing said:
I would recommend Dan Brown's 'Da Vinci Code'. It's clever and intelligent and moves along at a cracking pace.
It’s neither clever nor intelligent.
I know of all the places Brown has mentionned, having lived in Paris and in the Saint-Sulpioe church district for long years.
As far as I know he gets the geography the wrong way round at the end, too. His other novels fare no better in getting the location right and make mistake after mistake, which is shambolic given that Brown claims to visit all the locations involved in his fiction.
I really like dan brown, and wanted to read the de vince code. But my dad(i'm only 15 -_-) said its too anti religion so he doesn't approve of me reading it.
Has your dad actually read it or is he a God-fearing hype monkey? You get a lot of these people who are ready to protest against things without knowing what they are actually doing or saying. Politicians are good at this when children get murdered and a film, game, or singer takes centrestage to shoulder the blame, when the blame is always on the parents.
The Thing said:
When I said it was intelligent I was referring to the little puzzles littered throughout.
The puzzles were so obvious that the reader was able to solve them pages and pages before the main characters who are, supposedly, qualified in this sort of thing. Their diplomas, should this be the case, are probably cheap photocopies with their names scribbled on them. I doubt Robert Langdon could do a Soduku.
The Thing said:
You will find it under the FICTION section of your local bookstore.
Yes, but the outcry isn’t because it’s fiction it’s because of the biggest bit of fiction prior to the narrative which states that a bunch of crap is true.
I came to the conclusion that he just wanted his knowledge to be expressed in a novel form.
He doesn't have any knowledge.
Yet I couldn't put the book down. He can't write for peanuts in any real sense but does he hold your attention and create suspense? Yes for me he did.
I will concede the fact he kept my attention in some unexplainable fashion.
The reason for this is that he’s using a plot device. It’s the short chapters that end with incident that mean you just have
to read on. Unfortunately for Dan Brown with four books under his belt (five, if you count his torrid The Traveler
under the pseudonym of John Twelve Hawks) he doesn’t know any other plot devices. Actually, it would seem he doesn’t know any other plots.
Everybody I know told me that it is probably one of the best books they've ever read. Sheep, every last one of them!
Not necessarily everyone is a sheep for enjoying it. They may not be readers and, as such, The Da Vinci Code
is a book (of 500+ pages) that they have managed to get through all by themselves. By having read no other books they have no basis upon which to ground their praise and it is therefore enjoyable to them.
Stephen King beats him out when it comes to crap.
You’re right, because no body produces more crap than Stephen King.
If I had to name something about the book I didn't like, it'd be the constant use of making the reader wait...
So, you didn’t mind the clumsy writing which began on page one?
So far it's a very well paced story, and it reminds me a lot of the writing style that Matthew Reilly uses. Reilly is an Australian author who writes frantically paced action thrillers.
I would describe both Brown and Reilly's work as being 'unputdownable' (which is a really terrible word gaining common usage, but that's a whole other argument). But in saying that I'm not necessarily saying the books were excellent, just that they are difficult to put down.
A friend of mine described Matthew Reilly’s writing as being “the literary equivalent of picking at a scab” and, after reading a couple of short stories on Reilly’s site, I can only agree. Reilly is one guy who really
doesn’t know how to write. He doesn’t know how to use italics, punctuation, or words. And his! Sentences
get. Real short
. Like this
! KEERPOW! It’s fiction for those with attention deficit disorder – one story, for example, had 40 individually titled chapters within seventeen pages.
I love history and I'm mildly interested in secret societies, so I enjoyed the plot immensley.
If you haven’t read it already then I thouroughly recommend Foucault’s Pendulum
by Umberto Eco, the definitive novel on secret societies, conspiracy theory, and history.