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I'd say that's an understatement! I read two of his books, then I found I HAD to read the others, just to see how formulatic they were... The answer? VERY. (I haven't read The Lost Symbol-- it was long before that was out that I read the others. I assume The Lost Symbol is a lot like the others. And I enjoy his writing style, but I already read it 4 times, that's enough for me. lol)Tmritz wrote:I have not read any other books by Brown. Are they similar in style?
That's so funny, because I ALWAYS hear people mention that they liked Angels and Demons better! Seriously, always. lol I liked DaVinci Code better, but probably only b/c I read it first, and I found them SO formulatic, that the first time was the time the novelty was most enjoyable for me.inkcharmed wrote:I actually really liked it... But I thought that Angels and Demons was better, which no one really mentions.
I tend to agree! I don't overthink it. DaVinci Code kept me on the edge of my seat like not a ton of books have done. Sure, it's a bit of brain candy (& after reading his others, as I've mentioned, I find him formulatic), but it was FUN reading! That's enough for me sometimes, you bet!babypinkcandygirl wrote:i actually feel quite sorry for dan brown. he wrote a nice, little fictional mystery that was full of little clues and puzzles (and, even though i dont think he's shakespeare, i do find the pace of his stories spot on) then it exploded! yes, i think the book is over-hyped but that isn't his fault. anyway, there have been so many times when ive picked up a thriller or a muder-mystery and been utterly disappointed. i was quite pleased the da vinci code delivered what it promised and gave me a couple of days of pure escapism.
you wouldnt pick up a jackie collins thinking it was a jane austen. so why do the same with dan brown...? 7.5/10
Scottbuda wrote:I prefer Angels & Demons. Although Paris is such a beautiful city. I did enjoy visualizing it as I read the DaVinci Code.
You should read Michele Giuttari ... he does for Florence what Dan Brown does for Paris. 'A Florentine Death' & 'A Death in Tuscany' are brilliant.
StephenKingman wrote:You can pick up these films so cheap nowadays and it just reminds me that i think Da Vinci Code was superior to Angels and Demons in many ways.
I still think the closing scenes in Angels & Demons was awsome
A world is born again that never dies.
- My Home by Clive James
Brown has a basic formula in all of his books. There's almost always a female character who has father issues and uses an authoritative, smart male as a father substitute. At least one or two totally evil psychotic villain characters with strange body mutilation fetishes. Figures who are supposed to be trustworthy who turn out to be villians. Lots of technical or mystical mumbo jumbo.
In short, it's pulp fiction with pretensions. But that's me. YMMV.
Having said that, I do think that Angels & Demons was significantly better. I liked the topic more, I liked the religious and historical references more, and I enjoyed how there was a time restriction in the book that Langdon had to follow.
I have not seen the film based off The Davinci Code, but I did see Angels & Demons and absolutely hated it so I will not watch the other movie. Very disappointing!
The Day Time was Hacked is nothing comparable to the DVC. This author has been inside the Vatican, inside the secret archives and all, as we read in his bio. Wow. Don't believe Dan Brown has set a foot inside this part of the Vatican...
All those historic details blending into multiple story streams and ending in one big unexpected surprise... It is an incredible good read, and all those plot twists and turns make it a real mind bender, and it is still more SF than a DVC look alike.
Anyway, nothing wrong with the DVC, Dan has singlehanded created a whole new book segment! Chapeau!