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Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Boston Mom


I have never written a book review before but I am STUNNED by the one star reviews given by historical experts who expected that a work of FICTION would contain only FACTS about Leonardo Da Vinci. Are these people serious? I totally agree with another five star reviewer who basically stated that if one wants to read a historical account of an event, read a history book! This is a fictional book with enough fact thrown in to keep it interesting!I would highly recommend this book, though it is a tad predictable at times. It is a highly entertaining and fun read.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
The Scooby Doo Code


Huge bestseller, interesting subject matter, a quick read, yet still a tremendous waste of time. I'm not troubled with the inaccuracies in the book, it is fiction after all... What troubles me is how poorly written the book is. The author lacks any hint of gift with the written word. The writing has an irritating, smug tone and exceptionally grating tongue-in-cheek dialogue. This author's prose is reminiscent of, and has all the sophistication of the narration from Ed Wood's movies.Any real mystery or intrigue in the book is coincidental, inherent in the subject matter but missing from the story. The author wraps an absurd plot in sophomoric characters and childish puzzles. The characters repeatedly struggle with riddles that would make Encyclopedia Brown chortle, and that every reader has easily solved. The DaVinci Code is like a children's book distillation of Umberto Eco's work... A poor man's Foucault's Pendulum or Baudolino.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
No Big Whoop.


Ordinarily, if I read a thriller like this I would not find the need to comment on it. However, there has been way too many accolades heaped upon a book that, while interesting, is poorly written, has cartoonish characters, and a simplistic plot.I can only surmise that some people "love" this book more for its fictional hypothesis than for any literary merit. And I'm not judging it by high-brow standards. Mr. Brown simply does not write as well as some of his contemporaries within the same genre. Mr. Brown does, however, have a finely-tuned ear. An ear that is able to pick up on the desire for people to re-write history to jibe with current sociological trends. This is fictional religious history for the "girls kick ass!" crowd. I suspect that Mr. Brown, in all honesty, wrote this book with more of an eye towards the "almighty dollar" than the "sacred feminine."
In which case, this book is a resounding success. What was it that PT Barnum said about suckers?



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Murder, Mysticism and a modicum of Mathematics


This novel uses a conventional thriller/murder mystery as a backdrop to explore the roots of Gnosticism that evolved into modern Christianity. But you don't have to be interested in religion to enjoy this book. As the story unfolds, the reader is invited to solve several riddles that on the surface may appear impenetrable. Yet once explained, the answers seem almost obvious. Mr. Brown uses several traditional methods, including letter transpositions and mathematical series. But even the most seasoned code-breaker will not be disappointed. Each riddle links perfectly to the next and carries the plot to a surprising but logical conclusion. No Hitchcock MacGuffin here. Underneath the mystery and conundrum lies an intriguing commentary on the emergence of one of the world's dominant religions. True believers will consider this book to be more heresy. Feminists will see an ally. The truth is that it can be read on several different levels and interpreted in a number of ways, all of them enagaging even if you disagree with the author's views. Read this book if you like murder mysteries, word or math puzzles, have an open mind about the roots of religious beliefs and like strong female protagonists.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
Stop, Go, Stop, Go


Since there are many reviews on this book, I will not get into the plot. Of course, it is an intense one with lots of rapid page turning. The main thing I got from this book is how our world has lost touch with the feminine side. Not to say that it is completely gone yet it is definately not balanced with the masculine. Look at the world and see how the masculine energy is expressing itself. The book seems to stress a need for balance in ourselves and the world in general. This was what I think the main issue was, at least for me. The arts are they really that or a commercial venture that is about money? I don't think its all like that, yet it is definately not balanced. Is technology being balanced with the art in schools, in general. Well the book didn't get into this conflict yet I could see how the feminine energy is out of sink with the masculine in these areas as well as other areas. I am grateful to have a deeper awareness of this after reading Dan Brown's book. I truly believe that the reason it is such a hit is because it is really triggering us on not just a conscious level. Lisa Nary



Product: Book Paperback
Title: El Codigo Da Vinci / The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Ediciones Urano
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
El Codigo Da Vinci / The Da Vinci Code
Excelente fusion de hechos y lugares historicos con fantasia


Puro suspenso de principio a fin. Libro bien documentado en la historia, el escritor cumplio su cometido en entrelazar la ficcion con lugares, leyendas y personajes historicos. A la vez que se comienza a leer, no se puede dejar de hacerlo. Completamente adictivo.
Ojala que la pelicula(que se piensa rodar pronto) sea bastante fiel al libro.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
A triumph of marketing


I feel like the kid in "The Emperor's New Clothes." Remember that tale? An unscrupulous tailor cons a ruler into buying invisible clothes. Everyone's standing around cooing about how great the king looks in his stylish suit. Finally, a child cries out that His Highness is, in fact, naked.In this case, the con artist is Dan Brown. The product he's peddling isn't invisible, it's just bad.The story begins in a deserted museum, where an elderly curator is being stalked by a huge (are you ready for this?) albino. That's right, like in the movie with Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn. But he isn't your ordinary evil albino. This one also has a mysterious accent! The rest of the chapter reads like that novel Snoopy keeps trying to write, "It was a dark and stormy night... ."The dialogue is painful. The bad guys say things like, "So, my pupil, tell me what I must know," and "When we possess the keystone, we will be only one step away."To paraphrase those guys on Mystery Science Theatre 3000, this is a book that has EVERYTHING -- completely wrong. Plot, character, art, history. If "The Da Vinci Code" were a movie (and Ron Howard has threatened to make it one) it would be a perfect target for Mike Nelson and his robot friends.Weirdly, some major media outlets have lauded the author for the depth of his research. Taste is subjective, but facts aren't. Because of the endorsements Brown has received, a lot of readers will trust the book when it says things like, "Jehovah" comes from a root word that harkens back to goddess worship. Actually, Jehovah is a mistranslation of an ancient Hebrew word that scholars today render as Yahweh, which means "I am that I am." Anyone who took a freshman course on Old Testament literature knows that.But Brown relentlessly mangles such facts in an effort to show that Jews and Christians are stupid, and that the Catholic leadership conspired to suppress the "sacred feminine." He goes on to declare that church doorways and halls are really secret architectural symbols of vaginas. Have you ever been trapped in a conversation with someone who turns everything into a phallus symbol? When you're in Brown's spiritual universe, you can't take a step without bumping your head on various parts of the female genitalia.If you want to read this book, don't waste your money. With 5 million copies out there, it should be easy to borrow one.



Product: Book Paperback
Title: Da Vinci Code (French language edition)
Publisher: Pocket (FR)
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
Da Vinci Code (French language edition)
Enjoy It Without The Hype


I bought The Da Vinci Code on the basis that it was a bestseller and everyone had been raving about it. Unfortunately it was like hearing about a new movie coming out that is supposed to be the best movie ever (according to reviews and friends who have seen it) but when you see it yourself you wonder what the big deal was. AND if you hadn't got caught up in the hype you actually would have enjoyed it more with a lower level of expectation. Don't get me wrong, The Da Vinci Code is a good book, but I had my expectations raised and was left a little wanting.

Dan Brown is either a very lucky author or part genius. And it's not because of the secrets he supposedly reveals, which all in all are just plausible fiction. More so it's because he has taken a topic which people already have a passing interest in and has thrown in some "twists" that are believable enough to be taken by some as gospel. What we have in The Da Vinci Code is a book that makes for an interesting enough read which has sprinklings of things that you never knew and can't wait to tell your friends. Whether it be fact or fiction... Unfortunately the subject matter and associated media attention is what has made this book a bestseller, not because it is a literary masterpiece.

Dan Brown's writing style is fast paced with the book being written on a very short timeline. This does leave you a little lost sometimes on how is what where, but it can make for an exciting read with the constant tempo.

He is very descriptive and he writes very well. The scenes he paints with his words are exactly like the real life locations. I guarantee you after reading The Da Vinci Code if you see a TV special of any sort based on the book you WILL recognise the locations and that is pretty cool.

There is one thing that I didn't particularly like with Brown's writing style which is his constant flashbacks for the little anecdotes. The lead sees a painting in The Louvre and remembers years ago giving a seminar on the secret aspects behind the artwork. Unfortunately it doesn't do anything for the story and more seems like the author is trying to impress with his knowledge of the subject matter.

Don't read The Da Vinci Code thinking you are about to learn a number of mystical and religious secrets, just read it to have fun.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
another mystery...


I definitely enjoyed this book more than Angels and Demons. For me, time seemed to linger by and moved so slowly to accommodate the events. I can understand now the controversy that the book created as it hits a major belief of Christianity.

I enjoyed it because I think it was intended, as Sauniere wanted it to be, a puzzle for his granddaughter to discover the truth about her family. That simple! All the adventures and discoveries that Langdon and Neveu uncovered were part of Sauniere's world, whether they are facts or not, is yet to be unearthed.

The writing style is simple, repetitive which I found necessary with all the bulk of information. Brown is clear and although he tries to complicate the plot, it releases itself very naturally in seconds. I could imagine Langdon thinking and rushing from one place to the other, now I feel I need another trip to Paris to discover those mysteries on my own or maybe a movie will do!



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
And addictive and shocking thriller!


I heard how this book was taking the reading world by storm, so I knew it had to put it at the top of my summer reading list. I had also just finished a European History survey class during the school year, so the fact that this book was based on historical European facts also sparked my interest.
After I started the book, I simply could not put it down! Not only that, but I would find myself talking about it to my friends and family. Either some have heard of it before, and are going to read it based on my reccomendation, or have already read it, and interesting conversations ensued.
Whenever Langston would go on one of his historical tangents (which, by the way, were always interesting and thematically significant, not simply a bragging showing of knowledge) I was always able to corroborate facts in the book with what I learned in my history courses, and personally expanded on these facts, which made the book even more enjoyable. However, no enjoyment would be taken away by going into the story with little or no knowledge of history.



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