Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Lost Symbol - Book #100

| Title | The Lost Symbol |
| Author |Dan Brown |
| Genre |Adult Fiction |
| Pages |509 |
| Publisher |DoubleDay |
| Copyright |2009 |

Synopsis (from web-site)
This book is so big it gets its own web-site - go there for synopsis, chapter excerpts, and anything else book related.

Why I read It
It’s Dan Brown. I have read all the others and because I am unafraid of all the elitist book snobs out there I will say I like them.

The Good
Fast paced and filled with tons of informational tidbits and little puzzles. It is really hard to finish a chapter and not begin the next.

The Bad
How accurate are his “facts”. Plus as per his time schedule, the hero Robert Langdon solves a lot of really hard puzzles in a conveniently short amount of time.

The Ugly (my opinion)
I really liked this book, especially the philosophy attached to it. If you are interested in the religious (great secret) theme then may I suggest Neal Stephenson. He writes really dense doorstop books (fiction) on many of these same topics. Cryptonomicon is an excellent place to start.

The Truth? (other reviews)
LA Times
NY Times
Chicago Tribune

Mormon Mentions
Two brief one-liners, neither of much substance. Too bad really given all the connections between Mormons and Masons.

Author BiographyDan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has sold more than 80 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best selling novels of all time. Named one of the World's 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine, he has appeared in the pages of Newsweek, Forbes, People, GQ, The New Yorker , and others. His novels are published in 51 languages around the world.


Lena said...

I read this one too. I also really love Dan Brown, and this was a classic DB. The only problem I had with it was with one word he got wrong. One of his Mormon Mentions says "baptisms of the dead." When it should have been 'For the dead.' A small word that makes the sentace mean a totally different thing. And something that he should have gotten right, especially given all his research for the rest of the book. Maybe it was just me.

Lena said...

Oh, and congrats on reaching 100 before the end of the year!

TStevens said...

totally overlooked that, but you are right.