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flags Apr 10th, 2005 10:16 AM

Da Vinci Code...question
I jsut finished reading Angels and Demons, what a great book! I am on to The Da Vinci Code next. Is it necessary to buy the illustrated version, or can I get along fine with the non-illistrated?

wanderlust5 Apr 10th, 2005 10:42 AM

I don't think it matters. I can't post my opinion of the writing talents of D. Brown here, I am liable to be lambasted. If it is an escapist story you are after = go fot it. If you want excellent writing...well, you might want to skip it...

wanderlust5 Apr 10th, 2005 10:47 AM

I have also heard from many that Angels and Demons was must better than DaVinci code. To be fair, I might try Angels and Demons to give him a second try. No one can argue that he isn't a huge success, that is for sure!

nytraveler Apr 10th, 2005 10:49 AM

And I thought I was the only one. Couldn;t get moer than 30 pages or so into the book it was so silly. And not only the plot, characters and poor choice of language - but a lot of the geography/locale info is just nonsense.,

flags Apr 10th, 2005 10:49 AM


Good for you for thinking of giving Angels and Demons another shot. And by the way, I have read in here that a few people are overly impressed with Dan Brown...I have been wondering why? Am I missing something? I know you might get lambasted and all...but what happened to stating your opinion? Just curious.

nibblette Apr 10th, 2005 10:55 AM

Give Angels and Demons a try. I thought it was a much, much better book than Da Vinci Code. I read it after Da Vinci Code after thinking DaVC was only so-so. I thought A&D was better written.

Underhill Apr 10th, 2005 10:59 AM

It's not even a question of excellent writing: even fair would be am improvement. Talk about flat characters!

booklady Apr 10th, 2005 11:06 AM

nytraveler, you're definitely not the only one. I couldn't get past the second page!

WillTravel Apr 10th, 2005 11:06 AM

I could tolerate reading Angels and Demons, although it was more than absurd. But the Da Vinci Code really drove me around a bend, and I quickly gave up. And I had gotten the nice illustrated version from the library. At least the pictures were good.

AP6380 Apr 10th, 2005 11:50 AM

I enjoyed both books, but I really struggled with the first 80 or so pages of each book. After that, I was hooked.

cambe Apr 10th, 2005 11:56 AM

I am a sad person!! I was hooked from the begining with both books.
Can't wait to do the Da Vinci Code trail in paris!!

Viajero2 Apr 10th, 2005 12:03 PM

A friend of mine swears by the ilustrated version. She read it both ways.

kp Apr 10th, 2005 12:09 PM

I did enjoy both the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. But I enjoy action/adventure books and never thought of these titles as more than fiction. Sort of like Indiana Jones.
That said. My first two times reading Da Vinci Code, which was before it became popular, I managed just fine looking up the paintings and locations on-line. I believe it did add to reading the book. I did get the illustrated version much later because I enjoy re-re-re-reading books.

billy_boy Apr 10th, 2005 12:16 PM

Not impressed with the book, either. Predictable, with flat characters and shallow writing style. I don't think I'll look forward to the author's other books.

starrsville Apr 10th, 2005 12:20 PM

I started the Da Vinci code book and finished with the audio CD on road trips. I have the hardcover but wish I had the illustrated version. I ogle it every time I'm in B&N. I definitely would have bought the illustrated version if I'd had the option then.

Annalise Apr 10th, 2005 12:33 PM

Finally! I too was majorly unimpressed with The Da Vinci Code, but have yet to meet anyone who shares my opinion. I finished the book, but it wasn't easy. The writing style, the amazingly short chapters, and the predictability of the story were all truly uninspiring. I continue to be totally baffled by the success and popularity of this book.

Sue4 Apr 10th, 2005 12:46 PM

I'm in agreement with all the other comments on here! However, I DID finish it, (before almost giving up like some of the rest of you). Totally preposterous story, poorly written - but on the best seller list for how many years? I never tried to read Angels and Demons. Maybe like wanderlust5, I'll give it a try!

flags Apr 10th, 2005 01:17 PM

Well thanks for the replies. I will replace the book I have with the illistrated version. Hopefully I won't have a hard time getting into it, I bought it to read on a 9 hour place ride!

wanderlust5 Apr 10th, 2005 01:43 PM

Dear everyone: I love all of you - I really thought I would get burned at the stake! I am glad to know I am not alone in my opinion of the writing. I will try Angels & has to be better, she said with a smile..

I love Fodorites! :-)

ed Apr 10th, 2005 01:52 PM

I much preferred "Angels and Demons" to "The DaVinci Code" and when I mentioned it to friends I was surprised that they all agreed.

That said. Fiction must believable and he extreme physical exertions hour after hour are hard to buy. I know the
book is really a "Western" set in Rome

Even so it makes a "good read"

It has been suggested that "The Da Vinci Code" is a good book for a trans Atlantic flight.


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