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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:48 AM
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I just started to read "The DaVinci Code"
Very intriguing so far...
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RevCheesehead Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:50 AM
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1. I enjoyed reading it.
Don't know how much of it I buy, but it's a good story.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:51 AM
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5. I love the art history stuff and the mathematical stuff
I got a really good visual of the Louvre - which I will be unlikely to ever visit in real life.
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nutsnberries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:05 AM
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19. me too.
i don't care what anyone says about it.
and i'm looking forward to the movie although i wish Tom Hanks were not playing Robert Langdon.


enjoy!
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texas1928 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:08 PM
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29. That aurthor is making out like a bandit.
LIKE A....
































TAG BANDIT!!!!!! YOU ARE IT!!!!!!!!



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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:31 PM
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31. I agree with you about the Tom Hanks choice.
I'm sure the movie won't live up to the book, but I'll see it anyway.... :eyes:

:hi:
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:50 AM
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2. Pssst.....
Leonardo did it....
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:51 AM
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3. It's a hell of a page turner.
I stayed up and read it until about 3 or 4 in the morning the first night I started it, and had it done in a couple days.

It ain't great literature, and it plays fast and loose with history, but who cares? It's a fucking entertaining, and compelling, read, and it's just darn cool, all the conspiracies tied together.
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cmkramer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:50 PM
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25. I agree
It was recommended to me by one of our local librarians as a fun read -- and I said half-heartedly that I would read it. I picked it up a few months later and wasn't expecting much. I'm more of a nonfiction person myself. But I too found myself literally unable to put the book down once I started it. I've even gotten the audiobook and listened to that.

No, it's not great literature but it's very enjoyable light reading.
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:32 PM
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32. Yeah, I totally agree.
I read it in a weekend. Couldn't put the damn thing down.
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Nevilledog Donating Member (902 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:51 AM
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4. I finally read it a couple of months ago.....
I can't really say why I waited so long to read it.... I'm a voracious reader. I think it had something to do with hearing so much about people trying to prove or disprove the facts. I thoroughly enjoyed it though and also got the prequel "Angels and Demons"... another hard to put down book.

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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:53 AM
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7. I also do not know why I waited so long.
My 15 year old son just finished reading it, and strongly suggested I read it.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:59 AM
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14. Don't, what ever you do, read any of his earlier stuff...
Sucks...
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Nevilledog Donating Member (902 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:16 AM
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15. Did you read "Angels and Demons"?
Same main character as DaVinci, same type of historical fiction.... I think I liked it a smidge better that DaVinci.
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WCGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 02:21 AM
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18. Yea that one was good....
It's the ones before that suck
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:52 AM
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6. Now THERE is a genuine page turner!
I loved it!

And even better, my hard-headed, scientific husband loved it too!

I can't wait to see the movie......

I do wonder how much of it could be true......

Good to see you tonight!

How is your hard drive?


:loveya: :hug:
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:53 AM
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8. I am on the laptop, have not been able to bring the desktop in yet.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 11:00 AM
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24. I rarely read fiction, and I literally read that book from 9am - 2am to
finish it.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:53 AM
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9. I got it for Christmas but haven't read it yet.
Sounds like I'd better get to it!
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ALago1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:55 AM
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10. It falls apart in the second half
Just my opinion, but I was pretty gripped by it in the beginning as well but towards the end it seemed like the author just wanted to wrap it up as fast as possible.

Hope you enjoy it though. I'm glad I read it if just for the theories it presents.
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:57 AM
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11. I love that it totally debunks the myth that paganism=satanism
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:33 PM
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33. Yup. I agree.
:thumbsup:
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:58 AM
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12. When you finish it,
read "Foucault's Pendulum" by Umberto Eco, a much better book about the sacred feminine, and see how Dan Brown apparently ripped off the idea from many much better writers. :thumbsup:
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Tyrone Slothrop Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:15 PM
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39. I haven't read DaVinci
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 08:16 PM by Tyrone Slothrop
But "Foucault's Pendulum" is one of my favorites. Such a brilliant work...
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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:06 PM
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44. Oof. I read about ten pages of that
could not figure out what the author/narrator was talking about. Dan Brown at least goes into lecture mode to explain things. I feel like a bunch of background reading is necessary for Eco.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 12:59 AM
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13. I listened to it while I was driving.
I truly enjoyed it.
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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:25 AM
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16. I punched through that book in one setting....
an absolute page turner. What I'm going to say is not to be misconstrued as a spoiler, but the ending is the weakest part of the book. You'll know what I'm talking about when you finish it. Enjoy!
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Katherine Brengle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 01:55 AM
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17. I loved it----
but I also have to agree with some critics who question the authenticity of some of the historical data in the book.

I figure, history is written by the winners, so who knows what is true and what isn't?

It's a damn good book, and one of the only novels I've read in the past couple of years. I also liked Angels and Demons which has some cool scientific twists.
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Frank Cannon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:15 AM
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20. It's brain candy...
but GOOD brain candy. And I have a hard time bashing it because it DOES cause people to think about things, and it does contain some interesting facts and history.

I had never heard of a SmartCar before that book. Then I finally saw one and couldn't believe my eyes.
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Benfea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:39 AM
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21. I don't see the appeal of that book.
A fictional conspiracy theory about a religion seems so… redundant.
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LynneSin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:48 PM
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28. It's an amazing read
and although it's a work of fiction, may of the concepts they talk about including how many Christian concepts are actually reworks of Paganism aren't actually far fetched.

If anything, it takes a giant club and bashes the knees of Christian/Catholic Dogma
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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:35 PM
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34. You are exactly right.
:thumbsup:

:hi:
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Benfea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 03:45 PM
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41. Be that as it may...
…religion itself is a giant hoax/scam as far as I'm concerned, so a conspiracy theory (well-written or not) about a religion to me is piling unbelievability on top of unbelievability. The original is silly enough without trying to make fun of it with things like this.
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JitterbugPerfume Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:44 AM
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22. it is a good read
but History it ain't
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gizmo1979 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 10:07 AM
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23. Want me to tell you how it ends?
Well you see you have to look past the I'll let you finish.
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:42 PM
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26. I loaned it to a friend
and she can't put it down. Great read and no wonder the Catholic church doesn't like it much. It may be fiction but it makes it seem like the church has it's own sort of CIA thug team, around the world.
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tjwmason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:47 PM
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27. As others have said it's a good read.
But his list of "facts" are mostly incorrect.

Suspend reality for a little while and have some fun - that's what I say. Pure nonsense, but fun nonsense.
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SoulDrift Donating Member (35 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:29 PM
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30. I wouldn't discount so readily..
Personally I don't buy the had-child-and-bloodline-in-France theme, but based on a lot of Biblical scholarship, I'd say Magdelene was a much higher authority in the church than Christians are now led to believe. Even the Catholics admit she wasn't a prostitute as they once taught. If people read this and at least recognize that Christianity was once a much more diverse set of beliefs, I'd say the book has had great impact. (since most people wouldn't pick up the non-fiction works it's based on..)
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tjwmason Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 03:52 PM
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42. The Priory of Sion has been openly admitted as a fraud.
The folks who supposedly protected this "sacred blood-line" believed that flesh was evil (as opposed to spirit) - thus are hardly likely to be impressed by a religious founder who had children.

Opus Dei does not have monks - its entire purpose is to have Catholics fulfilling their faith (the O.D. version of it, that is) whilst living out of the religious state.

I'm sorry, but Brown is sooooooo wrong on his basic issues I'm not about to trust him on others.
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reyd reid reed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:37 PM
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35. It's never going to be a classic
But for entertainment, it's a fast, fun read. I enjoyed it.

As long as you're not going into it expecting some marvelous literary or historical revelations and take it for what it is...it's good. I think that a lot of the problems that people have had with it is, because of the incredible hype (and face it, he came up with a killer gimmick), they had higher literary expectations.

And I enjoyed Angels and Demons a bit more...of course, I read it not too long before John Paul II died, so that might've helped a little bit, too. Made it a bit more topical...

Timing is everything, y'know.
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Fleshdancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:16 PM
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36. they published a version of it with pics of all the locations and art...
My mom ended up buying the book with the pictures and loaned it to me after she was done so now I've read it twice. The idea of adding the pics was pure genius...really adds to the experience.
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TBreeze Donating Member (393 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:20 PM
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37. I enjoyed it
I can't wait for the movie. I liked Angels & Demons too.
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bbinacan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 08:05 PM
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38. I loved it
Angels and Demons is also very good.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 09:37 PM
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40. SPOILER ALERT! It starts out great - Bam!
The idea that monotheism suppressed goddess & fertility worship. A neat idea. And what that has meant... then... it ... well... you'd think the most incredible ideas would come at the end of the book... sorta thing.....at the crisis...
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 04:02 PM
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43. Heh.
That's what I thought. Well, in between bouts of, "I'm never reading profic again...because it causes me to decerebrate..."
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 06:12 PM
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45. SPOILER ALERT!
Edited on Sun Mar-05-06 06:13 PM by applegrove
I was board. I almost didn't finish it. It got stupid.
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