Saturday, June 24, 2006

So I picked up a copy of The Da Vinci Code, just to see what all the fuss was about. It reads like the opening to a run of the mill (read: bad) romance novel!!! How can people think this is such an amazing book? I'm on page eight. So far I've been treated to a man "staggering through a vaulted archway", another man with a "glint in his ghostly eyes", and a third man who "needs a vacation" evidently based on the fact that his "dark stubble was shrouding his strong jaw".

Oh please. I'm supposed to take this seriously?


Gabe's Dad said...

hey Em,
I read the book during school, for lack of anything better to do, and I didn't think it was that bad,not GREAT, but not terrible. I guess the basic reason people think it's so good is because it keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time, but I didn't like how they tell you that christianity is a fake, and expect you to believe it. Although I guess I knew it was gonna happen before hand. However, it doesn't come until the middle of the book, so you got a ways to go.


Amber said...

Yeah, I read it a couple years ago because it was picked for my book group (the book group affiliated with the Episcopal Church I used to attend, no less! *sigh*) and yes, the book is shallow, poorly written, and just plain bad. The only thing positive I could think of to say about it was that it was at least a quick read and I didn't have to waste too much of my life slogging through it.

I really don't understand why so many people are fawning over it - but perhaps if you are a person who really doesn't read at all or only reads pap, the book can masquerade as more than it really is because it "challenges" accepted thought on important subjects.

Dy said...

Oh, yes. Add me to those with the DaVince Code Gag Reflex. *blech* It isn't the supposed "scandal" that's spawned all the religious hooha, but that it was just poorly written. Period. Cliche. Dull. Predictable. Laughable.

I try to steer folks wanting a truly great edge-of-your-seat story to read Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson. Not for the prudish, but the man is a master at character development and plot twists. Far more enjoyable than Brown's hash slinging.

;-) Dy