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Tuesday, May 18, 2004

BOOK: Angels & Demons 

Although this one came before "The Da Vinci Code", I read "Angels & Demons" by Dan Brown afterwards. And, to my surprise, I actually like "Angels & Demons" even more than I liked "The Da Vinci Code" -- even if it is a more popular novel.

This book also features Robert Langdon, a symbology professor. This ones give a little more detail into his background and character development than the Da Vinci Code, in which it was glossed over.

Again, this was a fast paced novel. The pace kept things intriguing as Langdon sped through four different churches trying to stop the cardinals' assassinations. And, the art mysteries at every stop were good. The puzzles in this novel didn't seem as complex as the ones in Da Vinci, but they were still very entertaining. The least believable parts were that Langdon was able to survive three different encounters with the assassin. Each time, he should have probably been killed (at least most professors I know would have been :).

Brown did an excellent job of providing background for the church intrigue and the Illuminati. Let's face it, they're a great group to develop as the bad guys. And, all of the conspiracy theories around the Illuminati helps fill background information in people's minds. (also if you like Illuminati stories, check this out)

Also, Brown seems to like have extreme plot twists at the end of his books. I'm not sure if this one was more predictable than Da Vinci's twist (but I was able to see it coming) -- reading Da Vinci first may have put me on greater alert and expecting it though.

Overall, another good read by Dan Brown. And, as I said the background story and Vatican intrigue made it even more enjoyable for me than The Da Vinci Code. So, here's a question to other readers: are Brown's other two novels worth reading? Has anyone read those? And, if so, what do you think about them?