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Old May 8th, 2007, 12:02 PM
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Da Vinci Code

I have had about three people pushing me to read this book for quite some time. So I finally gave in. I am on chapter 6, still this book fails to grab me. Should I keep on, is it a good read? How far in before you couldn't put it down?
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Old May 8th, 2007, 02:35 PM
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I watched about 20 minutes of the movie,and found it horribly boring,never tried book.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 02:41 PM
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i worked at chapters when the book was the biggest thing ever, and i never read it.... didnt seem to interesting. if your that far in and your not into it i would suggest letting it go, read for enjoyment not just to read books that everyone says you should. i usually avoid books with huge hype, i always find them disappointing they never live up to your expectations.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 04:20 PM
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I have had about three people pushing me to read this book for quite some time. So I finally gave in. I am on chapter 6, still this book fails to grab me. Should I keep on, is it a good read? How far in before you couldn't put it down?
I think you should continue, but it really is up to yourself. It took awhile for me to go into it as well. I did enjoy it though, it was worth it for me to read it. Did you see the movie?
I liked Angels and Demons more than I liked Da Vinci though
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Old May 8th, 2007, 05:14 PM
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I was hooked pretty much from the first page. I loved it, but I'm also really into all that conspiracy stuff. I took my reading on the subjects explored in the Davinci Code further and read several non fiction books about the Knights Templar, the history of the stone masons and stuff like that.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 05:19 PM
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It grabbed me right from the start, too, but I minored in Art History, focusing on the Italian Renaissance period so I could easily visualize most of what was discussed, plus I've read lots of stuff on the Templars and hidden Goddess imagery so it was right up my alley. If you're not enjoying it, it's not worth putting the work into it-reading should be because you can't wait to get to the next chapter, IMO, not just to finish a book.

Are you a fan of thrillers and mysteries in general?
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Old May 8th, 2007, 05:22 PM
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I had a very hard time reading it also, but stuck with it and towards the middle it got better and held my attention.

I highly recommend the book over the movie, the movie was so boring I coudn't watch it. Plus it skipped lots of parts from in the book.
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Old May 8th, 2007, 06:16 PM
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I rather liked the book - tho I can't say it moved me as much as many ppl (Much of the info was not new to me - I have been interested in that sort of info before and had read The Holy Blood and Holy Grail and others which contain a lot of the same info tho not in a fiction thriller kind of way.)

I dled the movie and found it not very well done and I really really like Tom Hanks!! I found the movie boring and not as exciting as the book. I actually like some of Brown's earlier books better - like Digital Fortress.
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I liked the book . . . . . but if you were stepping into the movie without having the book under your belt I could see how hopelessly lost you might be.

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the book was o.k.-ish but not so exciting. I think I found the Holy Blood & Holy Grail more gripping b/c it was the first time I had read those kind of ideas (not that I believe them... ). When I read the Da Vinci Code it was a big "deja vu".

If a book doesn't really grip me and I don't *have* to read it, I usually give up onit. Sometimes it takes a few years then I'm "ready" for it. Sometimes I never get around to it. There are too many books and not enough time...
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Old May 16th, 2007, 09:52 AM
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lol, I hear you on that, marsupial momma! I'm at work now, surrounded by over 8000 books and I haven't managed to read enough of them to put a dent in that number yet! I agree about abandoning a book if it doesn't grip you, though. You should walk away from a book having enjoyed it, and feeling good that you read it, not thinking "Gee, I'm glad I finally finished that one."

I've noticed a number of thrillers/mysteries have a quote on them comparing the book to the Davinci Code. Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon, even after what, 3 years?
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I so agree about the bandwagon and I have not read many of those but I like Kathy Reichs tho a writer friend of mine (Daniel Kalla who has a new book out, something about Rage, I forget the rest - some promoter I am ,lol) sent me 5 books by a new author but maybe this summer. This is an Ontario based writer named Barbara Fradkin eho he says is better than Reichs.

Anyway - the second to last book of Reichs was about finding bones that might be of the family of Jesus at Masada - kind of mixing Jewish and Christian history if I can call it that together. (Sort of like my family, Jewish and Christian and everything else in between, lol).

And there have been two books - one by Berry whose 1st name escapes me - who also had one about the knights Templar - and the other by the two sisters who write about the character Nina Reilly - and the Russian Family. I LOVED Nicholas and Alexandria (the book - never saw the movie and part of my heritage is Russian Jewish, not that the Royal family did much for Jews, lol) so it intriged me. I just recently found Robert Massie's sequel - written after the bones of the Romanov's were found - and I liked that. He wrote about the conclusive findings and my biochem background is interested in that analysis - that Anna Anderson (the woman who was found in the Germany and claimed to be the youngest daughter Anastasia) - -s actually a Romanian peasant but she sure did a great imitation of a Royal Duchess!

So, yeah - there are a plethora of me too books, sigh!
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Anyway - the second to last book of Reichs was about finding bones that might be of the family of Jesus at Masada - kind of mixing Jewish and Christian history if I can call it that together. (Sort of like my family, Jewish and Christian and everything else in between, lol).
I read this book as well and had to say that I really enjoyed it.
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I haven't read the newer Kathy Reichs ones yet but have always enjoyed them, HO. They certainly fly off the shelves at the store!

The "me-too" books I can recall off of the top of my head are:

The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry
First Impressions by Jeffery Archer
The DaVinci Legacy by Lewis Perdue

I know that there are more, these are just the ones I can think of. Brad Meltzer's latest in PB looks to be about Freemasonry, as well-it's called The Book Of Fate.

I started to read The Templar Legacy and then realized that there are 3 other books with the same lead character first, so I'm going to go back and read them first. The Amber Room and the Romanov something are two of them, I think.
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I liked it too - the reichs one and sorry to go offtopic, we can go back to Da Vinci now, lol
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Loved it!!! I was hooked right from the start.
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I gave up on it Byrd. Just couldn't get interested in it at all.
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I really liked it! Was so long ago that I read it though (in highschool 4 yrs ago) but I enjoyed it.

i remember skipping bits here and there lukkasma..why dont u try that? Ull still get the main idea.

I tend to skip a few pages/skim read here and there and most books I read and I read alotttt. Sometimes authors drone on about things that make no difference to the book IMO.
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I thought Da Vinci code was a pretty good book, but i must agree with others, it was a little hard to get into for abit. Try his other book angels and demons it a much better book.
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I read it and liked it, I did enjoy Angels and Demons by Dan much more, though.
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