Discussion: Dan Brown

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Just finished Angels and Demons after reading the Da Vinci code. I liked them both but the Hassasin seemed an awful lot like the guy in Da Vinci, was it Silas? Are the rest of his books in a similar vein? I do like the combination of history, philosophy and religion.

>>By loblolly



I only just read Angels & Demons and am looking forward to reading The Da Vinci code which was actually the second book. Which did you like better?

>>By ArikaDawn



I read The Da Vinci Code first because of all the publicity it got and have always loved a good conspiracy and had read those books he mentioned in chapter 60. Loved it so I read Angels & Demons and was surprised that it was just as good and in some ways better!!
I understand that his books before The Da Vinci Code didn't sell that well and were out of print . Now, however they are back in print and even in hardcover. Dan's a great story teller and I love that the short chapters ending as cliff hangers, making it impossible to put it down til you finish..And WOW ! How he winds it all up so smoothly ! Unbelievable! Can't wait to read Deception Pt. and Digital Fortress ..

>>By MissSuze



Anyone who has read his loder books, let me know how they are. I just read and loved Davinci Code, and i am waiting on a friend to finish angels so I can borrow it. Need to know if the others are just as great.

>>By lalaloveyou



I loved these books
of course i read code first
but i read angels afterwards

I cant wait until langdon returns for the third part of the series
it is suposedly going to take place in America
Imagine that... America

>>By bagelboy13



Just finished The DV Code - completely hooked by it's plausibility - impeccable research and thought it was flawless.

Am about a thrid of the way through Deception Point - again a real page turner and in similar vein to DV code.

Not convinced Angels & Demons will be my cup of tea but do fancy Digital Fortress as I enjoy stuff about code breaking.

>>By Nomad



Just started reading DVCode, and ooh my, it does make you want to turn those pages fast to see what will happen next.
So far a really great and good read. Wonderfull story teller and as Nomad said "impeccable research". Like why would the pyramide in front of the Louvre have 666 glass panels ? Incredible !!!
If his other books are any good like this one, I'm sure I'll be checking them out.

>>By borisette



Ron Howard is making a movie about the Da vinci Code, it's due out 2005 !!

>>By borisette



blended fact and fiction very well - took a bit to figure out where the facts ended and where fiction began and which part of the weave was actually fact and which the writers imagination. Whether he is a masterful story teller or not Ill leave to discussion, but I am impressed by his ablity to rouse a literary wave using what might have easily been a mere trashy quasi religious, conspiracy theory novella! Also what is commendable is that , despite religion being an almost central theme, not once did the book in any way try to sell christianity to the non christians - Christ was glorified but only as much as the story line required him to be. The attention to detail was almost pedantic but one cant but be careful when quoting history and religion.

>>By phi



Loved Da Vinci, but Digital Fortress was not really that good. How is Angels and Demons? Hope he will not get typed and write the same type of fiction.

>>By Aneek



Finished reading DEception Point, thought it was completely different from DVC, but a good story. Page turner all the way.

Now it seems a musician has decrypted Leonardo's LAst Meal painting, and the meaning of the painting should be a musical theme of some sort. It seems the hands on the painting show music notes. Mystery continuous.

>>By borisette



I loved the DV code I could not put it down, and the same with Angels and Demons. But only got 1/2 way through Digital Fortress before giving up.Could not get into those charcters, didn't care, couldn't follow............
but I am excited about a movie from the DV code, that sounds great.

>>By toospecial



I have to admit I find DV code a bit tedious to read (as a novel) I just wanted to read it to see what his conspiracy theories were...
the character silas sounds like he's jumped out of a Bond film (where the villians always suffer from some facial "deformity") plus the fact that he's an albino...i thought albinos couldnt see very well...then how did he shoot the curator from such a distance...
anyway I didnt want to come across as aggressive coz I guess I havent finished the book.

its just that with Leo Da Vinci (have to @ least say Leo coz Vinci was his home town- he probably mentions that in the bk somewhere)...anyway with Leo someone told me that in the bk it proposes that in the lords supper one of the men is actually a woman...I was thinking as i was looking @ Leo's works that all his young men look fairly androgenous...he's great at drawing young women and old men but I just felt that his young men seem fairly feminine...what do u reckon?

anyway i'll probably wait till i've finished reading the bk till i post on here again

>>By madamecoffee



<he's great at drawing young women and old men but I just felt that his young men seem fairly feminine...what do u reckon?>

Well offcourse it's simple madamecoffee, Leonardo prefered the male company to the female. As did Michelangelo.

>>By borisette



How come when you search on Dan Brown in Gnod it says the name is not there yet?

>>By cedarwaxwing



{well offcourse it's simple madamecoffee, Leonardo prefered the male company to the female. As did Michelangelo}

I have no doubt about michelangelo but the difference between him and leo is that Mich is focusses on the male form which is understandable considering his sexuality..

but apart from that i think it was a cultural style thing also...if u notice that in a lot of other art the men a fairly androgenous...I partly put it down to a culture where men of high estate were very decorative in the clothing and soft in complection because they had access to all the rich foods...

I also partly think there was a bit of stigma about the manliness of the male form of Christ or saints...not all the time but some of the time it seems that artists want to make them appeare 'otherworldly' ...not of this world but above it and so they avoid make the male form to masculin

?

>>By madamecoffee



Well mmecoffee, those days, most paintings were done on commission, and only the rich folks were able to pay.
Now I don't think you'll find rich people especially that period, all mascular and strongly build, also it was the fashion to be very elegantly dressed.
As for the religious paintings, never got to think about the "otherworldly" but it could be true. But then Christ and other religious figures were still being rappresented in the fashion of that period, and not like the period Christ existed.

As for the movie on the DVC, just heard maybe Tom Hanks, George Clooney or Russel Crowe could get the part as Langdon.

Finished Angels and Demons yesterday, don't think the Hassasin is the albino guy in the DVC, doesn't he die in A&D.
There is a resemblance though between the 2 characters.
Liked the "illuminati" story and history. But DVC is still my favourite.

>>By borisette



i just read the DaVinci code, and that was seriously one of the awesomest books ever. i'm like, not even religious and stuff, but it really interested me.

>>By guitargirl



I have read DV code, Deception Point, Digital Fortress and Angels and Demons. I started with Angels and Demons and was instantly hooked on Dan Brown. His research and facts are impeccable, and the books so well written that they are virtually impossible to put down! I also tried the own puzzle on his website which is a must for anyone who likes puzzles or Dan Brown, it will have you chasing clues on the internet in a rollercoaster of codes and puzzles. try it you won't be dissapointed!!

>>By florking gorgeous!!



Da Vinci code is a bad joke. I don't care if Brown attacks christianism, Jesus, The Opus Dei or another institutions. The matter is that my dog has more literary good style than Dan Brown. He's a three years old writer? 0 on vocabulary, 0 on grammar construction, 0 on deeply literary development...
I'm a student of literature on a spanish university. Be sure: An awful book.

Read "The name of the rose" (Umberto Eco) or "The magic mountain" (Thomas Mann), and you'll see.

>>By Meliadus



yeah I'm afraid I've got to agree with Meliadus Brown isn't a good writer per se...he comes off as a bit pretensious and his characters are 2 dimensional but on the other hand he knows how to write a mystery that will keep most ppl hooked

>>By madamecoffee



Angels and demons is brilliant! I cant wait to read the DV Code.

>>By Rizzle



I think that with Da Vinci Code Dan Brown has done an excellent job of interweaving fact and fiction to create a fascinating read. What is truly remarkable is how everybody seems to be talking about it, more so because the central premise of the book is a theory that has been around for a while now. His next book is supposedly about the Freemasons and is due to come out in a couple of years from now.

>>By Sandman7604



i think the story line was good, it got everyone hooked, but Brown's writing isn't spectacular. i liked the book for it's storyline and the interesting information it offers, yet most of the time i wasn't sure whether it was fact or fiction. i'd like to know in detail what is true and what isn't, so maybe i'll do a bit of research. all in all, not a bad read.

>>By ania



hey ania ....i've been meaning to reasearch it a bit too...could u post what u find on this site; i'd be really keen to see what u find.

thanks

>>By madamecoffee



I liked the Da Vinci Code, but to be honest, I found it a bit predictable. It seemed like a First rate idea turned into a third rate story. It was an addictive read, but more because I just wanted to be finished it so I could move on than because of any addiction to the story. He could have, and should have done better. I don't think this book merits it's hype.

>>By AndreasOSearcaigh



I was truly disppointed by DV Code. The plot was predictable and the author's style is drab. I'll nevertheless read "Angels and demons" to compare.

>>By Kara



Hi,

I am new to Dan Brown. I am an Andy Mcnab reader but I've read them all. So I needed something new and saw Dan Brown's books at the store and they sounded good so I started with Deception Point. Wow...it keeps you hanging on but I have to say I was not liking the 2 storys going on at the same time...So different then AM's books. However it was a great book. So now I have started Angels and Demons. Not very far into it but it seems pretty good.

>>By silly_girl87



read all the books a while back, in the wrong order of course. (DVC, A&D, DF, DP).

I thought the books became a bit repetitious. Because of the ever-existing 'surprise twist' one could almost guess, even if only a couple of chapters before it was revealed, how it was going to end.

Also, some of the 'magical escapes' are a bit far fetched, not to spoil anything, but quite 'out there'.

Still, have to say, impressive research done on every book and all books are really <quote> "unputdownable" </quote>.

>>By trident



Have to agree with trident. Those escapes you speak of were a bit over the top. I'm talking about A&D in particular. Have only read that one and DVC and I don't really fancy reading the rest of his books. They are fascinating in their own ways, but I felt I had to be in a certain mood to be willing to "believe" what was going on in both of the stories.

>>By Fantreas



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