Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Lost Symbol Review

It didn't take me long to finish The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. I usually get so addicted to his books that I can't put them down so I end up finishing them fast. I probably would have finished it even sooner, but he had a busy weekend with my parents in town. Considering the book took place in DC, I would be really interested in going on a tour of all the sites mentioned in the book. I originally had no interest in going to the Capitol Building when we moved here, but after reading this book I would love to tour the Rotunda. This book had you going from page one. I was anxious reading it the whole time because you never knew when something was going to happen. Dan Brown also left a lot of story lines open at once so I had all these questions going on at the same time. The only thing I didn't like about the book was that I felt the ending didn't live up to rest of the book. It's so suspenseful and then the end happens and you're waiting for that sense of completeness and closure. That feeling never came for me. I believe the reason is due to the book delving into a lot of subjects that aren't widely known or there isn't a lot of information available about it yet. At the end of Angels & Demons and Da Vinci Code I felt that the endings were jaw dropping. The Lost Symbol leaves too much open to me. Has anyone else read it? What are your thoughts? Here is a review from Amazon:

Let's start with the question every Dan Brown fan wants answered: Is The Lost Symbol as good as The Da Vinci Code? Simply put, yes. Brown has mastered the art of blending nail-biting suspense with random arcana (from pop science to religion), and The Lost Symbol is an enthralling mix. And what a dazzling accomplishment that is, considering that rabid fans and skeptics alike are scrutinizing every word.

The Lost Symbol begins with an ancient ritual, a shadowy enclave, and of course, a secret. Readers know they are in Dan Brown territory when, by the end of the first chapter, a secret within a secret is revealed. To tell too much would ruin the fun of reading this delicious thriller, so you will find no spoilers here. Suffice it to say that as with many series featuring a recurring character, there is a bit of a formula at work (one that fans will love). Again, brilliant Harvard professor Robert Langdon finds himself in a predicament that requires his vast knowledge of symbology and superior problem-solving skills to save the day. The setting, unlike other Robert Langdon novels, is stateside, and in Brown's hands Washington D.C. is as fascinating as Paris or Vatican City (note to the D.C. tourism board: get your "Lost Symbol" tour in order). And, as with other Dan Brown books, the pace is relentless, the revelations many, and there is an endless parade of intriguing factoids that will make you feel like you are spending the afternoon with Robert Langdon and the guys from Mythbusters.

Nothing is as it seems in a Robert Langdon novel, and The Lost Symbol itself is no exception--a page-turner to be sure, but Brown also challenges his fans to open their minds to new information. Skeptical? Imagine how many other thrillers would spawn millions of Google searches for noetic science, superstring theory, and Apotheosis of Washington. The Lost Symbol is brain candy of the best sort--just make sure to set aside time to enjoy your meal. --Daphne Durham

I am finally caught up on all my books! I need some recommendations. A girlfriend of mine recommended the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series that I'll probably check out, I was also recommended by a friend Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, and I'm tossing around reading The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. I'm a fast reader, so any ideas are greatly appreciated.

♥ Erin

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