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  1. Mer Mer says:

    PLEASE do NOT recommend The Da Vinci Code to me because you think it's brilliant Please do not try to explain to me that it is a really interesting and eye opening book Just don't Please I've read Iain Pear I heart Foucault's Pendulum Dashiell Hammett is my hero Alan Moore is My Absolute Favorite I listen to Coil on a fairly regular basis and cloak n' dagger secret societyPriory of SionKnights of Templar tinged num nums make me a very happy girl but if you truly believe that Brown's stupid airport thriller has ANY right whatsoever to be placed in the same category with Michael Wooden Dildo Dialogue Crichton let alone Umberto Eco kindly keep this opinion very far away from me or the ensuing conversation we have will not be constructive or polite in any wayI loathe Dan Brown I resent him for spoon feeding the masses pseudo intellectual Holy Blood Holy Grail D grade thriller shite under a pretense of real sophistication and getting orally serviced by The New York Times for his effortI'd heard that the novel was meticulously researched and contained some really interesting and controversial assessments of religious zealotry Um not really? Well not by my Merovingian standards anyway DLet's put it this way If Dan Brown was teaching an Insurgent Christian Symbolism in Art and Literature 101 class at my local community college I'd definitely have a different opinion about him But NO Dan Brown is not a professor of anything but pap He is a barely competent thriller writer who wrote an AWFUL book that I could not bear to finish because I felt my I plummeting a little further with every Let's Go to Paris Guidebook description and blowhard authorial essay Oh don't even get me started about those cute solilouies the main characters are so fond of delivering ever so calmly often while cops n' bovvers are chasing themThe characters are weakly drawn The dialogue is excruciating The research is shoddy and self serving at best The plot no matter how open minded you are is beyond ludicrous It's laughable enough to be incorporated into the next Indiana Jones movie That'd be sweet dudeWhat really irks me are Dan Brown's sanctimonious interviews wherein he shows off all of his priceless antiues while expressing his abiding convictions that the American public needs a deeper appreciation of art and history and culture What a shallow self aggrandizing hypocrite I'm all for fictional subversion of the dominant Catholic paradigm but only if the subverter knows what the hell they're talking about Brown DOESN'T He's all la la la connect the dots but the picture he comes up with is awkward and unconvincingThe DaVinci Choad is a dead easy nay downright lazy read and yet droves of people are patting themselves on the back for having read and gasp actually understood it Like this is some spectacular achievement? WHY? What because the slipcover describes it as erudite? Are you fucking kidding me?Don't believe the hype kids You are profoundly intelligent than this holiday page turner gives you credit forIf you really honestly just plain liked the book that's cool I guess Maybe you also prefer Anne Geddes to Alfred Stieglitz Kenny G to Sidney Bechet John Tesh to Igor Stravinsky Your prerogative Just please don't try to tell me that this is fascinating or meaningful literature Frickin' read The Club Dumas or something Then we'll talk and I won't want to shoot myself in the faceAlright glad I purged that poison from my system Carry on

  2. ryan ryan says:

    most of us have heard of this controverisal book it takes an open minded person to read this and to remember it is just fiction but it brings up a lot of important uestions about the Christian church and the loss of paganism and the respect of the Goddess or the Woman I don't care if I am the only one who likes this book it is my own truth and i will think what i want to think Dan Brown didn't LEAD me or anyone else he OPENED our minds simply and importantlyhe was just a catalyst for different thinking that is a good thingpoorly written or notif you finish the book you will notice that Dan Brown even makes it clear to readers through his characters words that he doesn't want to destroy christianity because it has done so much good for so many people and if it works for them let's let them continue to do what works for them but find your own path if you were or are a Christian ask yourself about the topics in this book They are so eye opening Jesus having a baby? totally possiblenever thought of it before never thought of it is it true? who knows Things like this are happening all the time todayWeapons of Mass destruction in Ira? sound familiar? Maybe the church repressed information LIKE this because it was a threat to the church totally possible The catholic church creating the biblical canon with a political agenda to wipe out paganism? actually this seems to be a fact women being oppressed due to the fear of religous zealot men in power losing their powernever looked at it that way but this seems to be a fact too is it helpful in broadening my perspective of the fact that christianity is just a religion made by fallible people it sure is does it open my mind to other faiths like paganism judiasm islam bhuddism and want to take the truths from all of them and then THINK FOR MYSELF and figure out my own truth it sure doesand that is what this book has probably done for many other people why do you think Dan Brown's book was on the bestseller list for so longand became a movieobviously it was doing some good

  3. Ethan Ethan says:

    Four stars for pure entertainment valueHowever Dave Barry's review gets five stars`The Da Vinci Code' crackedby Dave BarryI have written a blockbuster novel My inspiration was The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown which has sold 253 trillion copies in hardcover because it's such a compelling page turner NOBODY can put this book downMOTHER ON BEACH Help My child is being attacked by a sharkLIFEGUARD looking up from The DaVinci Code Not now I just got to page 243 where it turns out that one of the men depicted in ''The Last Supper'' is actually a womanMOTHER I know Isn't that incredible? And it turns out that she's SHARK spitting out the child Don't give it away I'm only on page 187The key to The DaVinci Code is that it's filled with startling plot twists and almost every chapter ends with a ''cliffhanger'' so you have to keep reading to see what will happen Using this formula I wrote the following blockbuster novel titled The Constitution Conundrum It's fairly short now but when I get a huge publishing contract I'll flesh it out to 100000 words by adding sentencesCHAPTER ONE Handsome yet unmarried historian Hugh Heckman stood in the National Archives Building in Washington DC suinting through the bulletproof glass at the US Constitution Suddenly he made an amazing discovery''My God'' he said out loud ``This is incredible Soon I will say what it is''CHAPTER TWO ''What is it?'' said a woman Heckman had never seen before who happened to be standing next to him She was extremely beautiful but wore glasses as a sign of intelligence''My name is Desiree Legume'' she saidHeckman felt he could trust her''Look at this'' he said pointing to the Constitution''My God that's incredible'' said Desiree ``It's going to be very surprising when we finally reveal what we're talking about''CHAPTER THREE ''Yes'' said Hugh ``incredible as it seems there are extra words written in the margin of the US Constitution and nobody ever noticed them until now They appear to be in some kind of code''''Let me look'' said Desiree ``In addition to being gorgeous I am a trained codebreaker Oh my God''''What is it?'' asked Hugh in an excited yet concerned tone of voice ''The message'' said Desiree ``is ''But just then the chapter endedCHAPTER FOUR ''It's a fiendishly clever code'' explained Desiree 'As you can see the words say `White House White House Bo Bite House Banana Fana Fo Fite House Fe Fi Mo Mite House White House' ''''Yes'' said Hugh frowning in bafflement ``But what can it possibly mean?''''If I am correct'' said Desiree ``it is referring to the White House''''My God'' said Hugh ``That's where the president lives Do you think ''''Do I think what?'' said Desiree''I don't know'' said Hugh ``But we're about to find out''CHAPTER FIVE Hugh and Desiree crouched in some bushes next to the Oval Office''We'd better hurry up and solve this mystery'' remarked Desiree anxiously ''It's only a matter of time before somebody notices that the Constitution is missing'' She had slipped it into her purse at the National Archives while the guard wasn't looking''The answer must be here somewhere'' said Hugh studying the ancient document which was brown from age and the fact that he had spilled Diet Peach Snapple on it''Wait a minute'' he said ``I've got it''''What?'' said Desiree her breasts heaving into view''The answer'' said Hugh ``It's But just then shots rang outCHAPTER SIX ''That was close'' remarked Desiree ``Fortunately those shots had nothing to do with the plot of this book''''Yes'' said Hugh ``Anyway as I was saying the answer is to hold the Constitution up so that it is aligned with the White House and the Washington Monument There do you see what I mean?''''My God'' said Desiree seeing what he meant ``It's ''''Hold it right there'' said the president of the United StatesCHAPTER SEVEN '' and so you see'' concluded the president ``you two uncovered a shocking and fascinating secret that if it should ever get out could change the course of history''''Mr President'' said Desiree ``thank you for that riveting and satisfying explanation which will be fleshed out into much greater detail once there is a publishing contract''''Also'' noted Hugh ``we may use some beverage other than Snapple depending on what kind of product placement deals can be worked out''''Good'' said the president ``Now can I have the Constitution back?''They all enjoyed a hearty laugh for they knew that the movie rights were also available

  4. Jayson Jayson says:

    A 80% | Very Good Notes Excessive exposition and ludicrous writing discolor an otherwise captivating thought provoking page turning read

  5. Jim Jim says:

    This is a pretty formulaic page turner a fun uick read Written at about the level of the average Nancy Drew mystery it is best appreciated at that level As far as the content there are howlers on virtually every page starting with the hero who looks like Harrison Ford in Harris tweed and is a Professor of Religious Symbology at Harvard good work if you can find it You have to ignore very pulpy cheesy writing to enjoy this romantic thrillerIntended as a book that a dedicated reader could finish in a day or something you take to the beach and casually finish in a weekend The Da Vinci Code makes for a reasonable airline novel so much so that it is often a bit clunky in its desire to ensure that no intellectual effort on the reader's part will be reuired Here's a recurring example in this novel a bit of unfamiliar terminology say crux gemmata jeweled cross will will be explained on page N then on page N1 a character will finger his jeweled cross and explain Oh yes this is a crux gemmata I've read dinner menus that were demanding on the reader My wife and I both read about a third of it in a day sharing the same copy and that's a full work day plus taking care of kids bedtime etc That's also a kind of virtue I guess it's fast and peppyAs far as history goes Dan Brown apparently thinks that most historians give credence to the hoary forgeries and frauds promoted in sensationalist best sellers like Holy Blood Holy Grail This author gets the best of both worlds simultaneously claiming that it's just fiction while introducing the novel with claims that the historical record contained within is fact That claim is ridiculous To pluck a random example he spends some time talking about the Council of Nicaea and incorrectly summarizes it as the origin of the doctrine of Christ's divinity by Constantine He ignores the Arian controversy out of which it arose which is like trying to explain the Treaty of Versailles without mentioning World War I He ignores the documented fact agreed upon even by the cheerleaders of the gnostics that he is sympathetic to that the earliest gnostic doctrines held that Christ was purely God and not really man the very reverse of the doctrine that serves as the linchpin of his novel's intellectual base such as it is This is a bad novel for weak or misinformed Christians but anyone familiar with history should spot the train wreck of Brown's ideas a mile offOh yes and in Brown's world Opus Dei has shadowy assassin monks in real life Opus Dei is not a monastic order there are no Opus Dei monks let alone trained assassins and the Catholic Church has been promulgating known lies as its central dogmas promotes violence throughout the world and has been retarding the progress of science and knowledge for 2 millennia Brown leaves the reader with the impression that this too is a matter of settled historical record Oh but then again it's just fiction Except when it's notIn general if you're looking for a heady thriller wrapped around Christian arcana I'd recommend Umberto Eco's excellent The Name of the Rose not this dumbed down by the numbers novel

  6. J.G. Keely J.G. Keely says:

    A thriller devoid of pacing or exciting language A mystery devoid of clues foreshadowing or facts A tell all of half truths based upon a forged document written by a schizophrenic conman A character driven modern novel devoid of character The second draft of Angels and Demons Page turning action thanks to the literary euivalent of pulling out at the moment of orgasm A spiritual awakening built on new age conspiracy theory This book is many things and none of them good new or interesting However it is an excellent litmus test for idealistic delusionUpon the first reading I must admit I found it a bit interesting but then I turned the final page and there was no bibliography No explanation of how the author became familiar with all the concepts he claimed to 'faithfully portray' He wrote this book and pretended it was a history book and then refused to support it in any way And any history you can't check up on is a bad one He's no better than James Frey In fact he may be worse since I know people who base their religious beliefs on this book whereas Frey's only crime was wishing he was Scarface And really what macho thirtysomething male doesn't?Brown had good reasons for hiding his sources they were forged by con man Pierre Plantard and snuck into the Bibliotheue National in Paris back in the seventies And it's not like Plantard got away with it either the whole 'Priory of Sion' thing was debunked thirty years before this book was even writtenThe artistic 'iconography' that figures heavily into the mystery is also completely made up and was declared ludicrous by an art history professor of my acuaintance There are a lot of well known symbols and allusions in classic art but none of them resemble Brown's claims The whole hinge on which the plot turns the notion that an inverted triangle is automatically symbolic of women makes about as much sense as declaring that the use of the swastika by 3rd century BC Buddhists was proof that they were fascistsThe rest of Brown's book is filled with the sort of cliched religious conspiracies you get from your first year as a theology student Not only that but these conspiracies were already explored by better writers in 'Foucault's Pendulum' and the 'Illuminatus Trilogy'Well I've already done legitimate historical research on this review than Brown did in his whole book so I guess I'll call it a day

  7. Stephen Stephen says:

    OKAY PEOPLEsomeone let me in on the gag because between the cries of Greatest Book of Greaty Greatness EVER and the screams of Lamest Load of Lamey Lameness EVER my itty bitty brain is left very So post Hype a ganza I finally got around to reading this popular polarizing pop culture icon and thought it wasdrum rollFINEsigh It was a solid read with a slight lean towards the “eh” side of MEH and few moments of genuine “that’s neat” I don’t see all the love and I don’t see all the rage Other than the obvious religious flavor of the content it reminded me of your typical page turning popcorn beach read and I thought it accomplished its goal in decent if unremarkable fashion Now I have a strict “don’t ask don’t tell don’t mock don’t preach” approach when it comes to religiousness so I am going to ignore the bird flipping Vatican bash aspects of the story though I can certainly see people on both sides of the fence having “epic rah rah” or “epic fail” reactions and I respect that For me it didn’t move my needle much in either direction beyond my fondness for the “big hidden history mystery” which is something I generally really enjoy The plot of this one has been talked to death and beyond so rather than adding one jelly bean to the jar I thought I would just run down a few likes and dislikes about the story and leave it at that TURN ONS 1 Conspiracy theories are just fully fun and I am a major sucker for plots concerning “shadow” histories and secret people doing secret things behind secret doors for reasons that are SHHHHHHH I love a good conspiracy Find me a rumor involving Kim Kardashian being a Bilderberger and using a secret banking pipeline running from Area 51 through Microsoft to the Saudi Royal Family and laundering vast monies to be used to coordinate the sale of Boise Idaho to a mysterious consortium headed by Jay Z and Justin Bieber who will then turn the city into a giant uasi government facility used for the testing of alien “cloning” technologyand I am glued to my seat and ONE HAPPY FELLA 2 Knights Templar As much as I love conspiracies in general when you throw the Knights Templar into the mix it’s gonna perk me up better than a latte enema I am always in favor of having them show up as a lynch pin to any massive global plot The Knights Templar are like caramel on ice cream and just make a good conspiracy better I had a lot of fun with the rehash of the Templar’s place in the center of EVERYTHING 3 Symbology Da Vinci and the Holy Grail the IDEA I thought the major plot components themselves were interesting and I enjoyed following the hidden clues messages riddles and the tie in to all of the famous historical artifacts It was fun I also liked the “historical significance” of the search ie the “big reveal” and the implications to the world if revealed TURN OFFS 1 Symbology Da Vinci and the Holy Grail the EXECUTION As much as I enjoyed the plot concept the execution of the story was often frustrating and occasionally insulting I’m not talking about the clunky “serviceable at best” prose as that’s gotten enough play without my suirting lighter fluid on the bonfire My issue is with Dan feeling the need to “spoon feed” me details about his “oh so clever plot” so that my economy sized brain could grasp it For example there would be a “reveal” that I thought was interestingand then Dan would exhaust me with explaining EXACTLY what that meant and EXACTLY what the implications were and make sure I knew EXACTLY what he had told me I get it Mr Brown heard you the first time 2 THRILLer killing amounts of PLOD For a page turning actiony thriller there was just too much sideways movement of the plot and some really unnecessary amounts of plod to the narrative Part of this has to do with the excessive “hand holding” Dan does with his audience mentioned above However there are also WAY too much time spent slowing down to take a look around and where we are and where we’ve been I started getting the impression that Brown was trying to hit a particular page count for the book and didn’t have anything but filler to loan the pages with This is never a good thing for this kind of story 3 The End Not a big fan of the final resolution of the story and I found it very un climaxy and a bit of a let down Once we have the big reveal very little new information ever really got added to the picture and I felt like my curiosity should have been stroked a few times than it was in the home stretch This lack of satisfying climax left me with a serious case of “blue brain” Still overall this was a good serviceable mystery thriller that seems tailor made for a warm afternoon on the sand It isn’t great literature or even good literature but it is a good thriller a good concept and for the most part fun It seems to accomplish pretty much exactly what it set out to do 25 to 30 stars

  8. James James says:

    5 stars to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code Most folks have seen the movie and probably not read the book What a loss for them That said I know a lot of people don't enjoy Brown's books believing he is too commercialized and over exaggerated in his style While I can understand why someone may think that I don't agree I love the complexity of the story the reality and the fiction the test of character strength the puzzles the different view points It completely absorbs me so I fall into the category of those who love him and this style of writing even if others think his writing isn't fantastic Doesn't mean I don't love the classic and richly written novels where it's the imagery and the words that win out tooI had never heard of Dan Brown in his early years I heard about the movie being made of the book and how it was coming out relatively soon I looked it up and saw it had the treasure hunter thrill appeal and decided to read the book before the movie could come out and warp my interpretation So glad I didIt's addicting Growing up Catholic I knew most of the religious detail but once it weaved it art literature history and philosophy I was just enad with the story Could it really be true? Maybe I'm related to Adam and Eve too Ok let's not get too crazyMagnificent story telling uick adventure Beautiful scenes and images Brown exhibit's intensely good control weaving back and forth between each of the plots sub plots and mini plots It's as realistic of a treasure hunt as one can get if you are not an adventurer archaeologist or exhibition junkieBut what took it to the next level for me was the amount of detail included for every component It's the intricate of the intricate relying on pure puzzles to move the story forward Each new puzzle creates its own spark of drama directing readers to challenge what they do and do not know about Jesus Mary Magdalene languages culture locations etcIt hits so many different waves of appeal that I felt it was at the top of its game And it probably only edged out Angels Demons because of how tight this story was Definitely a must read for the genre for Brown and before watching the movie adaption

  9. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    Alternate history uchronias and indirect criticism of faith and ideology combine to one of the most successful thriller series of all times Everything was already on the table many authors had dealt with the different ideas Brown is mixing together and finding and recombining conspiracy theories isn´t that complicated It´s the mix of different topics that interest many people stirred together that make it entertaining for the ones who like art or thrillers for atheists and religious people for the ones interested in plot or characterization it´s just difficult to find someone who would immediately say that shehe isn´t interested in one of the plot vehicles It doesn´t just relativizes general history but religious and political history in a way that makes it a prime example of the fact that history and holy texts are written by the winners Widening the range uestioning the status uo and making people skeptical regarding omniscience commandments and whatever is something of huge importance and Brown did than Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens combined and multiplied could have done in centuries by reaching so many people and making them think about the legitimation of any kind of beliefImagine many people would start writing fanfiction like that about different religious texts expanding universes with new and alternative prophets letting the whole thing collapse into a parody of itself within yearsI tend to euate religious economic and political science texts for the simple reason that as soon as there is one truth or in hard science formulas and euations the others or even the own one must the wrong The open criticism and sarcastic to profound interpretations of all those one hit wonders are made by sophisticated young people the less power all of those charlatanries can generate in their stupid uest towards the one and only variation of reality they want to establish Blasphemy in a view spoiler Why can´t JC have a daughter what´s your problem dudes? It´s so ridiculous if any prophet would be a woman or gosh a lesbian or even a gay male prophet they would of course completely freak out even hide spoiler

  10. Lisa Lisa says:

    No I am not No I am not going to write a review about this piece of nonsense just because I had yet ANOTHER of those incredibly annoying conversations in a bookstore to top it off No I am notOh for goodness sake It is NOT a great book to broaden your cultural horizons and whatever the humbug mentioned on Leonardo it is NOT euivalent to reading a book researched by a REAL art historian which is something entirely different from a blind folded arrogant gold digging bestseller author It is not a well written exciting thriller It is Brown in Wonderland minus the humour the wit and the beautiful language of the Wonderland Alice visited and minus the credible plotIt is not something a bookworm like me HAS to read Okay? Once and for all noLisa you as a book lover and art historian must love Dan Brown No Period I don't I read three THREE of his arrogant idiocies posing as novels I DON'T love him It makes me furious to get the uestion over and overHow much of what he discovered on Leonardo is true?I did not write a review I hope It would have been a bad one Let's forget it

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The Da Vinci Code ❥ [KINDLE] ❂ The Da Vinci Code By Dan Brown ➢ – หลังการบรรยายในกรุงปารีส โรเบิร์ต แลงดอน ศาสตราจารย์ชื่อดังด้านศาสตร หลังการบรรยายในกรุงปารีส โรเบิร์ต แลงดอน ศาสตราจารย์ชื่อดังด้านศาสตร์สัญลักษณ์แห่งมหาวิทยาลัยฮาร์วาร์ด ถูกตามตัวกลางดึกขณะนอนพักอยู่ในโรงแรม เมื่อ ฌาคส์ โซนิแยร์ ภัณฑารักษ์ผู้มีชื่อเสียงประจำพิพิธภัณฑ์สถานลูฟร์ ถูกฆาตกรรมพิศวงในพิพิธภัณฑ์ โดยทิ้งรหัสลับปริศนาไว้ให้แลงดอน กับ โซฟี เนอเวอ หลานสาวของตนเป็นผู้ไขเพื่อหาตัวฆาตกร รหัสลับที่โซนิแยร์ทิ้งไว้อย่างชาญฉลาดกับศพของตน เกี่ยวข้องกับผลงานศิลปะของ เลโอนาร์โด ดาวินชี ศิลปินเลื่องชื่อแห่งยุคเรอเนสซองซ์ และนำไปสู่รหัสลับอื่นๆ ตามมาเป็นลำดับ รวมทั้งภาพโมนาลิซา รหัสลับที่ปรากฏอยู่ต่อหน้าต่อตา แต่ไม่มีผู้ใดล่วงรู้.