Da Vinci Code book related reviews


Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code, Special Illustrated Edition
Cannot put this book down


This book was kept proped open in my desk drawer so that I didn't have to stop reading it at work. No matter what your beliefs are this is an amazing read full history, fiction, mystery, adventure, and hope. This is a sparkling diamonds amonge dime store trinkets.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 1/5
The Da Vinci Code
Such an Interesting Premise--such poor writing


Having heard Dan Brown interviewed on NPR, I bought this book thinking it would be a cut above the standard thriller genre of airport paperbacks. Unfortunately, the character development was one-dimensional to non-existent, the prose was on a sixth-grade reading level and the story was so implausible as to insult one's intelligence. It is a shame that the years of research Brown discussed in detail with his interviewer produced such a disappointing result



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


Interesting how people fall for this stuff and walk around calling it "historical". Research the alleged conspiracies and you will see. I found it to be not "historical".
It a fictional book wrapped up in the guise of non-fiction and laden with inacurracies and prevarications.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
The ony way to read the Da Vinci Code!


I don't really need to go back over the plot or controversy surrounding this book. I think even those who haven't read it yet know what its about. I just want to say that the illustrated edition is the best way to read "The Da Vinci code" It much more enjoyable to be able to see Pics of the places and the art work and see the clues your self. With out the pics you have to get out the encyclopedia or go on line and start searching. If you are going to read "Da Vinci" then I highly recommend this edition. [...]



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 3/5
The Da Vinci Code
Do the Means Justify the End?


If you find a book fascinating in the beginning and riveting in the middle but disappointing in its ending, is it a good book or a not-so-good book? I dunno, but like most people who have read "The DaVinci Code," I couldn't put the book down. Until the last part of the book that is, when I couldn't put it down because I couldn't pick it up. The hills are alive with the sound of people plunking money down for this book. Inspired by this, I, too, plunked. While I found the prose in "The DaVinci Code" hardly Emersonian and the characters cardboard cut-outs, throughout most of the book you HAVE to know what is going to happen next. Sometimes, unfortunately, I knew what was going to happen next before it happened because I had figured out the often rather puerile cryptic clues before the combined talents of the lead characters, who happen to be the world's greatest symbologist and one of France's best cryptologists. So much for character credibility.What bothered me most about this book was that although there was a cursory "Fact" page at the beginning stating a few items of non-fiction upon which the book is based, I couldn't differentiate what was fact, factoid, and fantasy, apart from what was obviously fiction. I thought Dan Brown could have added an author's afterword at the end to help the reader in this regard. I suppose I could read "De-Coding Da Vinci: The Facts Behind the Fiction of the Da Vinci Code" when it's released. But having put "The DaVinci Code" down a final time, I don't think I care anymore. "The DaVinci Code" is definitely a page-turner. You are driven to climb peak after peak of suspense. But the final descent is into a valley of disappointment.



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


I read this book after having read Lewis Perdue's _Daughter of God_ a couple of years ago, especially after the recent articles about Perdue's charge that _The DaVinci Code_ was based on his own. I was prepared to side with Brown, after all on the surface they share the common theme of early Christianity.After finishing, I think my first impression may have been wrong.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 2/5
The Da Vinci Code
A 'Page Turner' as long as you remember that it is fiction


First of all, this book is an exciting read, there is no denying it. However, it is only exciting if a) you can keep in mind that it is a fiction, nearly all alleged historical facts are complete fabrications or b) you have no knowledge of the subject areas in which Dan Brown is writing.Dan Brown is a professor in creative writing, and he gets high marks for this, he is creative, and he did a lot of writing. Good Job Dan!I am not an art historian, and therefor can't comment on this aspect of the book, I am, however, studying for my degree in Theology. Every single 'fact' in this book about the early church is either inaccurate, or just plain wrong, I can only go through a few.First of all, the council of Nicea's vote on the divinity of Jesus. The Nicene creed does affirm the divinity of Jesus, however it is based the apostles creed, an older document, possibly going back to the apostles, hence the name. Councils in the Church were held when there were significant problems with heresy, and this council was no differant. Regardless of whether many people denied Jesus divinity, the belief in his divinity is the original going back to the apostles.The church threw out many 'apocryphal' gospels, this is true, however, the reason these the four gospels in the New Testament were chosen is because they are simply the oldest.The church did not choose the old testament cannon, Brown never makes a distinction, and even speaks of the 'Torah' as a seperatee book, where in fact it is the first five books of the Bible. The old testament cannon, although largely already chosen through popular use, was chosen by the rabbi's in Jamnia after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, the 'christians' in the later councils had nothing to do with it.The idea that the Dead Sea scrolls contain mention of Jesus' marraige to Mary Magdelaine is quite frankly idiotic. The scrolls found at Qum'ran contain no mention of Jesus at all, this was a community of Essene Jews who were characterized by a strict adherance to ritual purity through bathing three times a day. They also believed in the use of a solar calendar for temple sacrifices instead of the traditional lunar calendar. These people had no association with Jesus what so ever.Finally, a minor point. The woman with the alabastar jar spoken of in Mark's gospel is not Mary Magdalaine, in the story she is annonymous, but most likely she is the Mary of Bethany found in other gospels. In another gospel Mary Magdelaine did a similar thing, but it was a seperate event.I will try to end on a positive note, this book is a very interesting read, but do not take anything it says as fact in 'real life'. If you are interested in the early church read The Lost Letters of Pergamum, by Bruce Longenecker. Most importantly, find out about all of these things for yourself. Read about art history, read about the early church, read about 'secret societies' and the holy grail (which plays a prominant role in 'The Waste Land' by T.S. Eliot), read the Bible. You will have something that Dan Brown obviously never thought of.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
Great Summer Read


Yes, some of the facts are inaccurate, the romantic points of the story are a waste of time (don't worry there aren't too many of them), and the ending is disappointing.
However, I found this book to be very engaging from the start and built up enough momentum a long the way that the ending and other "flaws" seemed to be of little consequence.
Dan Brown provides enough solid facts to compensate for those that seem to be skewed in the name of plot development. Had the author taken the time to explain every side of every arguement the characters make in regards to history the book would have not moved nearly as fluidly. Remember, this book is meant to be read for enjoyment, not to base your college thesis off of. In the end the reader is left with a heightened interest in the works of art and groups mentioned in this book and has been entertained in the process.
If you are looking for a fun book to read this is a great choice. It moves you along quickly and keeps your interest. It may cause you to want to review some history and I think that it is wonderful when a book helps to develop new interests.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 5/5
The Da Vinci Code
An excellent test of one's faith


Secular readers of "The Da Vinci Code" have been given a unique opportunity to "proselytize" amongst their believer friends; all they have to do is recommend this historical-fiction best seller to them.By some stroke of good luck, I read the "Da Vinci Code" shortly after I had just finished "The Skeptical Feminist" by Barbara Walker. And while the Walker book was published in 1987 (million or so copies sold), I was totally unfamiliar with it until recently. I mention Brown's work at this time, because, if your readers really want to fully appreciate "The Da Vinci Code" reading "The Skeptical Feminist" first, will prove to be invaluable.While "The Da Vinci Code" is historical fiction (as is the Bible) there is enough merging of "actual" history, with an engaging mystery story, to make this book an easy, enjoyable read.



Product: Book Hardcover
Title: The Da Vinci Code
Publisher: Doubleday
Authors: Dan Brown
Rating: 4/5
The Da Vinci Code
Dan spins another fine novel


Once again, Dan Brown has spun a great story with lots of twists and turns.
It was hard to believe that Langdon's friend Tebring was actually playing the other side of the line. I never would have guessed it.
I wasn't sure initially about Sophie at the beginning (and neither, I might add, was Robert), but she turned out to be a "very cool customer". She knows her job, does it well, and manages to stay personal and emotional throughout the book.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone.



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