Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Book Review: The Lost Symbol

The Lost Symbol
by Dan Brown

I read this book on my Kindle, so it was already downloaded by the time I woke up yesterday. Read for an hour during lunchtime and I knew I was hooked. Started reading again after work and don't even remember eating. Finished around midnight. I've loved Robert Langdon in his previous two books and this one was another great read. Dan Brown mixes ancient texts and real-life locations with made-up people. I couldn't stop reading.

Reading the book is like listening to a lecture on history, science, religion, and architecture. But while the instructor is talking to you he is juggling a live grenade, chainsaw, and a feral cat at the same time. You know something is going to go bad, you just don't know which item at which point.

That is until the end. The feral cat and the grenade has gone off, the chainsaw's out of gas, but the instructor didn't get through all of his material, so he info dumps the last bit on you as the bell is ringing and you are pining to get out the door and go to lunch.

That's what reading the book is like. I loved the book, don't get me wrong, I just felt like it was too much like college. You can get past the lecturing as long as there is a grenade in the room. Other than the last 5% of the book and Dan's serious push about God in the book, I liked The Lost Symbol. I was a little dissapointed in what the symbol actually was, but well you'll just have to read the book :-)

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