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The Va Dinci Cod (Gollancz S.F.) [Hardcover]

Adam Roberts
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6 April 2005 Gollancz S.F.
Something fishy is going on in the world of artistic scholarship. How can there possibly be a link between the hidden cod of Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings and the over fishing of the North Atlantic fish stocks? Could it be that Leonardo Da Vinci, the greatest genius of his age and inventor of the photocopier and mouse mat, had a chilling insight into European Union Fishing policies. Only one man can find out. Robert Hangdog, international scholar, master spy and action hero. Oh and Bezu Fish.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; First edition (6 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575077190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575077195
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 11.1 x 15.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,199,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adam Roberts is a writer of science fiction novels and stories, as well as Professor of Nineteenth-century Literature in English at Royal Holloway, University of London. Three of his novels, "Salt", "Gradisil" and "Yellow Blue Tibia" were nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award; and his most recent novel "By Light Alone" has been shortlisted for the 2012 BSFA Award. He has published over a dozen novels, a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF, stories, parodies, bits, pieces, this and that.

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About the Author

Adam Roberts is 39 and Reader in English at London University. His first novel, Salt, was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He has also published a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very funny 27 Jun 2006
Format:Hardcover
Firstly, I have only given this book 4 stars because i feel that the book itself was a little too short, and Roberts could have easily extended it, thus increasing the hilarity of the content!

the main points I found to be funny, were: firstly the fact that Roberts has portrayed "Robert Donglan" as a complete buffoon and fraud, clearly mocking the self-righteous know-it-all attitude of Langdon in the real thing. Donglan is despised by "sophie nuvidue" and hilariously tries to woo her in a number of ways, yet failing at every attempt, being greeted with indifference and dislike from Sophie.

So the best bit of this parody is the relationship between Donglan and Sophie and it really develops well. The plot itself actually becomes quite exciting whilst still keeping the underlying comedy.

Overall then, a very funny quick read that will make you laugh in many places.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Silas VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
After Adam Roberts's magisterial parodic take on the world of Tokieniana, I eagerly opened The Va Dinci Cod in the hope of reading a literary and intelligent parody of the publishing sensation which itself is in fact neither literary nor intelligent, the appaling Dan Brown techno-religious thrillers epitomised by The Da Vinci Code.
The book starts well, (although for some reason neither Roberts nor the author of the Asti Spumanti Code seem to have noticed that every single Dan Brown novel begins in the same way, a prologue within which the first victim is actually in the throes of his own violent death). The usual Roberts hallmarks are there - the author's footnotes painfully explaining a normal English idiom as a means of highlighting the strangeness of it, the highlighting of something of an afterthought by the original author as being rather more significant. For example, believe it or not but in the Da Vinci Code, when describing its hero Robert Langdon, it actually states that he looks a little like Harrison Ford - a clear hint to Hollywood. So Roberts extends this further and amusingly has his author more or less saying "anybody except Tom Hanks" - Hanks of course is the one who actually is playing Langdon in the forthcoming movie.
However, one has got a little over half way through the already quite short book before this kind of extended riff has gone by the wayside in favour of a more or less straight re-telling of the story with slightly different characters and motivations. There is nothing intrinsically funny about the idea of Eda Vinci, purported sister of Leonardo who is supposed to be the real model for the Mona Lisa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Rather Silly Yet Consistently Amusing Parody 24 Sep 2006
By Tom Chase VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
This short and sweet book is a parody of the Dan Brown mess ''The Da Vinci Code'', and will certainly appeal to those with a bit of a silly sense of humour and a dislike of the original book. Actually, I don't really dislike the original as such, but just find this rather hilarious.

I stumbled across it in a bookstore in Toronto, and after reading the back cover extract I was laughing uncontrollably. It reads -

''In his own blood, the dying man had written a single sentence in splashy, red letter. It was very much a red letter statement:

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAD ME MURDERED!

For long seconds Donglan stared at the mysterious message. 'That, Doctor Donglan,' said Tash, 'is why we have called you in at this time. That mysterious message.'

'It may,' said Robert, 'be an anagram.'

'We wondered about that,' said Tash. 'Can you decipher it?'

Donglan smiled. 'Of course. It is my speciality.' He said. He tried to add 'I am an anagram master'. But instead said 'I amanana manna' and 'I am anamanna' and stopped.'''

For those that really dislike Dan Brown's style of writing, how he throws in useless facts and sets things up perfectly for a film, you will find pleasure here. -

''He could play Robert Donglan. Which I only mention here to help you, the reader, visualise the character, not to try to influence any casting decisions...Just as long as it's not that hideously ubiquitous Tom Hanks, with his huge sandbag please-punch-me face...anyway. Anyway...''

It's funny and rather silly stuff. But if you disliked the original and want a good mockery of it, then this will have you giggling.
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By Paz
Format:Hardcover
Having read the first line of the prologue I was already laughing!

A very light hearted spoof of the ridiculously popular Da Vinci Code. Brine (aka Roberts) does a very good job of adapting the characters (who include Jacques Sauna Lurker and The Exterminator), places and events to put together an easy read, single sitting, novel. Largely following Brown's format, Brine develops his own unique version of `the conspiracy' and Brown's "writing style".
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