Tmritz wrote:I have not read any other books by Brown. Are they similar in style?
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)
I actually really liked it...
But I thought that Angels and Demons was better, which no one really mentions.
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.
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
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!