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The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
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Sep 27, 07

Recommended for: readers who like suspense/ thrillers and historical fiction.
Read in February, 2007

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Da Vinci Code in a way I hadn't enjoyed a book in a long time. I, of course, waited for some of the hype surrounding the book to go down before finally relenting to purchase my own copy. I began reading this book certainly with a bad attitude based on the many negative reviews about Brown's writing. However, the book was good. I find the biggest knock against the book by reviewers out there is that Brown's story is not historically accurate. Hello! It is historical fiction. Will the pseudo-intellectuals out there who have forgotten that one of the primary reasons to read a book is for enjoyment please go look up the word fiction. It does not have to be accurate. It's not an Encyclopedia. I personally think more people enjoyed this book than are willing to admit to it, and Dan Brown's sales of the book could certainly attest to that. If you're not afraid of snob-readers out there who name drop authors that no on else has ever heard of in order to feel superior to people that don't even like them, I highly recommend this book. It is fun, interesting, well thought out, predictable in some places, and unpredicatble in others. Reading is better than going to the movies precisely because of authors like Dan Brown. He has created in The Da Vinci Code a story that we can care about, that intrigues us, excites us, and gets us motivated to talk about it. For those naysayers out there, what is that last book you had this much fun talking about. I thought so.
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Actually, I think critics' BIGGEST beef with the book is it's poorly written.

But, y'know, historical inaccuracies and an author with an undeserved ego the size of a blimp hurt the book's cause, too.

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