Tuesday, June 19, 2007
If you hate reading, you'll love the Da Vinci Code!! Spoiler Alert for the rest of this review. Seriously, this has got to be the most overrated book in the world. Every religious group that wants to ban really is trying to make the world a better place, even if it's for the wrong reasons (It says Jesus was married?, ewww girl germs!!) The book is about a cryptographer, Sophie Neveu, and a Symbologist, Robert Langdon, who run around Europe solving puzzles to get to the bottom of a murder and uncovering a secret society that hides a big secret of the Catholic Church. (Is there even such a thing as a symbologist, anyway?) Here are my gripes with the book- yes the plot moves fast, but it's too fast, more like warp speed, there is no character development and the settings-- some of the most beautiful places in the world fly past like so many Taco Bells. Maybe this would be ok if the plotting wasn't so ham handed. Every chapter ends in a cliff-hanger ("they gasped as they stared at their certain doom") and tons of the "shocking" stuff is isn't very shocking. Isn't Jesus having a girlfriend why people got so hot under the collar with Jesus Christ, Superstar? The secret with the grandfather, that is alluded too as being Extra-Shocking, can been seen coming a mile away and just is not shocking especially if you've seen Eyes Wide Shut. Frankly, this book is like a Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys for adults, which really isn't sooo bad. This book is just way overrated. If you haven't read it yet, you don't need to.