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My mom brought Da Vinci Code home from Costco just the other day. I'd been waiting for it to come out in paperback (student budget!), but since it's sitting all lonely on the counter and since I've finally finished The Devils, I think it wants me to pick it up...

I finally read it a couple of weeks ago. Ugh. I thought the gnostic stuff was pretty poor. Standard secret sex sect stuff. Actually what's funny is that there was that pseudo-gnostic Mormon apostate group from back in the early 90's that rumored to have gotten a lot of people exxed. If even half the stuff I heard at the time was true, then it actually paralleled the secret society in Da Vinci Code fairly closely.

Overall though I thought the prose poor, the plotting weak and contrived and the ancient history less than engrossing as written. Want a really good secret conspiracy book? Check out Umberto Eco's Foucalt's Pendulum or The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte.

I read Da Vinci Code about a month ago and found it entertaining. It's not a great book. I wouldn't read it twice. It's a treat for when you want to sit back and not think too much -- a twinkie for the brain.

Dave, you were smart to get Da Vinci paired with Mormon in a post. You'll probably get a lot of sweet hits that way.

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