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The Va Dinci Cod (GOLLANCZ S.F.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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VINE VOICEon 24 September 2006
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book is silly and daft and a total mickey take but that's what it's meant to be.

It genuinly had me laughing from the start until the end.

Robert Donglan heads a group to suss out the mystery of the conspiracy and attempts to 'unframe' himself for the crime or the murder of Mr Sauna-Lurker with a giant Cod Fish.

The book takes the micky out of the book and the film and is a wonderful book to take your mind off things.

:o)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 11 July 2005
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.
Worst of all is the denouement, which goes on far too long, only has two substantial jokes in it, and at the very end simply stops, with no epilogue or other satisfying roundup of the plot of the book. Then there is a map of Central London with the fish shape, and an annotated picture of a codfish, both distinctly devoid of any humour. And that's it, the book is finished. The advertisements for other "Dan Brine" novels at the end that one would have expected from Roberts, are absent. In point of fact the impression distinctly given is that, unlike the Tolkien parody, very little thought has gone into making the book a complete, total and intimately detailed spoof. Instead, Adam Roberts was given a set number of pages to fill, has filled them - towards the end, almost perfunctorily - and satisfied his publisher. But not this reader.
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on 25 July 2006
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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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2005
This is a must-read for anyone who likes parodies. It's very very funny although some of the puns on names I could have come up with myself.
If anything it was a little short. Robert is an old hand at parodies now and I thought this one could have been longer. He hasn't managed to parody some of the characters and the book is poorer without them.
A lot of the jokes are related to "The Da Vinci Code" so if you haven't read that, read it before reading this otherwise a lot of the jokes will not make sense.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 October 2006
This parody of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, is no masterpiece. It's still funny, in small ways. This is the only parody worth reading for jokes. If you want to be bored to death, go with the Soddit. If you want to wait for something really funny to happen but not get it, go with Star Warped. The Va Dinci Cod is not that detailed in way of pages but has plenty of funny stuff inside.
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