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Old 10-29-2007, 03:45 AM
 
Location: in the southwest
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I loved The Da Vinci Code though, I enjoyed figuring out the clues myself. I think so many people disliked it because the hype formed unrealistic expectations in people's minds that were then unmet even though it was a pretty good book.
Not in my opinion.
I read The Da Vinci Code when all the hype was just beginning.
It was a fun travelogue but that's about it.
The characters were cardboard and the prose read like a comic book.
The story itself had already been told before (Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh's earlier work, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail).
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Journey's End
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On the money, cil. However, the Baigent and Leigh work was not a novel and more difficult to get through; hence no hype. And, apparently they lost their lawsuit, didn't they?


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Not in my opinion.
I read The Da Vinci Code when all the hype was just beginning.
It was a fun travelogue but that's about it.
The characters were cardboard and the prose read like a comic book.
The story itself had already been told before (Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh's earlier work, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail).
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Old 10-29-2007, 06:52 AM
 
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On the money, cil. However, the Baigent and Leigh work was not a novel and more difficult to get through; hence no hype. And, apparently they lost their lawsuit, didn't they?
They sure did, and probably rightfully so.
That, IMHO, does not make The Da Vinci Code any more palatable.
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Old 10-29-2007, 07:30 AM
 
Location: NY
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Almost anything by Stephen King and Dean Koonz.
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Old 10-29-2007, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Oxford, England
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I loathed "Catcher in the Rye" and "The English Patient" too. I was bored rigid. Sometimes I am "embarrassed" to tell people I did not enjoy certain books which are deemed by a majority to be classics and absolute Masterpieces ! I have some fairly violent reaction before.
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:21 AM
 
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I couldn't for the life of me get through Anna Karenina. I did finish The Pilots Wife which was terrible. I can't bring myself to read another book by Anita Shreve. So many of Koontz' books start out promising, but every one I've read, have ended up boring, pat, and predictable. Am I the only one who has no interest at all in Harry Potter books? I've not read one, but its not my genre.
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:21 PM
 
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I haven't liked a John Grisham novel since A Time to Kill and I hated The Bridges of Madison County. Totally agree on The Pilot's Wife too. Boring and predictable.
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:09 PM
 
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Marlow,do you remember at the end of The Pilots Wife, when the main character said she had to find out something (something like that) so she called someone, and I dont really remember what was said, but, it seems like I dont know who (or why) she called. Also, didnt you know immediately that she and the guy they sent to tell her about her husband, would fall in love? And so quickly. jeez
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:19 PM
 
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Yeah--you could tell in the first few pages that they were going to fall in love. I didn't read the whole thing but I did skip to the end to find out what happened. It was like a bowl of cheap ice cream full of non-dairy ingredients. I wanted to like it but it was so bad I had to throw it out.
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Old 11-02-2007, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Bergen County, NJ
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The Davinci Code was and is probably the most overrated piece of literature within the last 30 to 35 years. A few interesting concepts tucked away within a basically boring, predictable thriller novel. What was all the hype about?!
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