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The Da Vinci Code- and no, I haven't read it.

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The Da Vinci Code- and no, I haven't read it.

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I've just come from listening to my cousin, who is slightly more intelligent than a shelled mollusc, explain to me how The Da Vinci Code is the BEST BOOK EVER.

I haven't read a word of it.

I got about 4 sentences about the book's plot out of her. I said 'and let's see. There's this and there's that and there's this and there's that and there's this?'

'...yeah...' she said, blinking at me.

'That's Holy Blood, Holy Grail with a liberal smattering of Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum. Not Mr. Brown's plot- Eco's and the Prieur de Sion's.'

'Why would the Prieur de Sion have spread all this information about themselves?'

'No no. Himself. Sion is a fictional chunk of the world, and a prieur is a prior-- that is, the religious gentleman who resides in a priory.'


'Yes. It's not an organization. It's an office. A role. A person. Allegedly, a person in this office found some gold which may or may not have been buried Templar treasure.'

'Where'd that come from?'

'Oh, uhm... there's a website, you can find it by doing searches on Holy Blood Holy Grail.'


When a book's BRILLIANT SCHEME AND CLEVER PLOT can apparently be summarized by bouncing around bits of my pleasure reading from 10 years ago, I find that its scope seems to move from 'grand literature'.

If you like The DaVinci Code, I'd especially recommend Holy Blood, Holy Grail.

If you're curious what people with knowledge of the fields that Mr. Brown dabbles in have to say, I recommend this article at the Chicago Tribune, pointed out to me by welcomerain.
  • I have in fact read The DaVinci Code, and I enjoyed it, but mostly because I am a big fan (fan, not believer) of conspiracy theories. It's not a difficult mystery to solve and some of the riddles are ridiculously simple, but there are one or two surprises, and the main characters are well done.

    I just bought Holy Blood, Holy Grail and from all I've heard I expect I'll love it, but don't knock The DaVinci Code till you've read it. It's certinaly not "literature" but it is entertaining.
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      yeah- the problem I've been having was summed up so neatly by that conversation with my cousin.
      The fact that it seems like people think this guy just came with this out of the blue just bugs.

      Oh- it may be interesting to check out DaVinci's painting of John the Baptist in the light of the 'revelation' re: the Last Supper painting. Supposedly, the fellow who served as model for John the Baptist was DaVinci's 'adopted son'/lover/irritation/whathaveyou, and was apparently a very femininely beautiful boy.
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      It might be interesting as well to do some websearch on 'Rennes le Chateau'.
  • I read The DaVinci Code in one day over Xmas while my parents were out golfing and it was too cold to get out of bed. It was...interesting, I vaguely enjoyed it, but I found it utterly predictable and lacking certain imagination. I recommend it to the various normals I know because of the whole "Pagans aren't evil" thing and because I just like f*ing with their heads with the whole feminism twist, but it is not a book for the educated. Especially since the author messed up/made up QUITE a bit.
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      'utterly predictable and lacking a certain imagination' aren't recommendations I would apply to a good mystery/suspense novel.
    • Especially since the author messed up/made up QUITE a bit.

      They don't call it fiction for nothing...
  • Also recommended is the (supposedly nonfiction) Templar Revelation despite the logical leaps the writer does (He'll say something like, "Wouldn't we expect if X is like this than Y would be like that?" Maybe, you'll think, in certain situations... Next paragraph: "Now that we have proved that X is like Y...")

    Goes very into the Black Madonnas of southern France, the divine miss M.M., and various conspiracies. Worth a read, despite its irritations.
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