Monday, April 5, 2010

The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown

I'd like to think I don't have any preconceived notions, but the reality is I was already inclined not to like this book.  Unfortunately, it lived up to my expectations.  Back when it came out I read Da Vinci Code and liked it, didn't love it, but it was reasonably exciting and a quick, fun read.  But that was it, I knew I wouldn't love any other Dan Brown books so I didn't pick any up. 
But I got The Lost Symbol as a gift and it was at our beach condo when I needed a new book to read.  It takes place in DC, where I live, and the first half was about what I expected.  Not bad, not great, but definitely a page turner.  But at about the halfway point it took a turn that was just too asinine.  I found myself barely able to complete the book as one stupid plot point followed another, as one crazy coincidence or amazing "discover" followed another.  By the time it was over I knew I'd never pick up another Dan Brown book, ever again.  That's ok though, the guy has hammed out ridiculously successful novels and will continue to do so, I'm sure.

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