The Lost Symbol

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The Lost Symbol

Postby |3lack|ce » Sat Sep 26, 2009 8:58 am

I've held off a bit on reviewing this one to get my thoughts completely together, but now the time has come to put them to print.

I was somewhat disappointed at Dan Brown's latest - he promised lots of Masonic symbology, and on that he delivered, but all of it taken from context and bent to his plot instead of what I know to be true as a Mason. Over and above the half truths and wild tangents explaining things, I found the plot to be decent enough, and the story to be decent enough, but nowhere near the caliber I expected from the author of The Da Vinci Code.

I'll give this one a B for the effort - it's a decent read, just don't expect great things from it.
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Re: The Lost Symbol

Postby rapier57 » Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:00 pm

Since I would rate Angels and Demons at about a B+ (the book) and The Da Vinci Code at C+ (both book and movie) I would probably rate The Last Symbol book around a B- or C+ based on the sample chapter I've read and when I get around to reading it.

I don't expect accuracy in Brown's work, and that is not what I read it for. It is fiction, after all, and the story is the thing. But, I think Dan Brown has milked this cow pretty dry by now. The whole Masonic/Illuminati/Templar/conspiracy legacy only stretches so far and it was getting pretty thin and tiresome by the time The Da Vinci Code movie hit the theaters. The most irritating part was that people kept mistaking Brown's fiction for fact.

Since Tom Hanks will likely play in all the resulting movies, I will still go to see them and enjoy his work.
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Re: The Lost Symbol

Postby Aspman » Mon Sep 28, 2009 10:07 am

I think I'm possibly the only person who doesn't like Dan Brown's books. I've read a couple and I thought they were both weak and formulaic.

I've seen both films too and they were extra average.
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Re: The Lost Symbol

Postby outerlimit » Mon Sep 28, 2009 4:02 pm

rapier57 wrote:The most irritating part was that people kept mistaking Brown's fiction for fact.


I hate that too! :angry1:
Or people think that others are taking Brown's fiction as fact...
Namely, alot of Christians... I remember all the havoc when the movie was coming out.
I stated several times over that Brown doesn't claim any of it to be fact, he even has a discalimer in the beginning of the book that it is fiction.
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Re: The Lost Symbol

Postby sahail » Sun Jan 24, 2010 10:16 pm

Not trying to bitch about a highly successful author, but I read about four pages of Da Vinci Code and it looked incredibly hackneyed. Just my opinion.
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