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This review is from: The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon) (Hardcover)
Dan Brown isn't a literary genius but I loved Angels and Demons and da Vinci Code (having both paperback and hardback illustrated versions) but the Lost Symbol is just plain dire. The previous books are rollicking yarns that have pace, tension, humour and a bit of controversy thrown in for fun.
In the Lost symbol the charcaters are unintelligent and annoying. It is not possible to care about them as they wandering aimless about without much rhyme or reason to avoid yet another weirdo (this time instead of being albino he is covered in tatoos but other than that...). Noetic 'science' (aka noetic tosh), too many pages filled up to make the book longer and an ending I just wanted to finish to say 'there done it, now I never have to see it again'.
The first two Dan Brown books weren't brilliant but at least they had some situations and ideas that made you occasionally think and more often laugh at the absurdity but at least they were entertaining. The Lost Symbol is just plain uninteresting, the story (for what it is worth) could have been written in about 50 pages (the rest of the book is pure padding). Ultimately it is too self referencing and tries too hard to spin some sort of ancient historical interest that the USA simply doesn't have.
It won't get read again for anything and I wouldn't insult anyone by trying to sell this second hand - it just deserves the paper recycling bin.
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Initial post: 20 Nov 2009 13:02:34 GMT
P. O' Connor says:
Thanks for a very honest review. My thoughts about the book totally reflects the reviewer's.
Posted on 21 Nov 2009 10:34:00 GMT
Thank you so much, Carol. I shall not buy. I also translated excerpt from your review into Russian to warn Russian publishers about the quality of this paperblock.
Posted on 4 Feb 2010 14:56:25 GMT
L. Murphy says:
Yea - This review sums up my thoughts on The Lost Symbol.
Except that I didn't love the first two books, just thought they were a
a bit far fetched, but a fairly good read with your brain out of gear - this
one is overlong and boring
Posted on 17 Jul 2010 14:55:14 BDT
Couldn't have put it better myself.
I really wasn't bothered who died and what the secret was...which when it was revealed was the biggest anti climax ever. There is no secret...Oh great thanks for that...what a waste of 10 hours of my life!!
Posted on 3 Aug 2010 12:35:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Aug 2010 12:40:43 BDT
I just finished reading this piece of pulp and could not agree more with this review. However, I found that Angels and Demons and The Da Vinci Code were both fundamentally flawed in the same way - the author simply did not know how to end either of them. This book failed by comparison and I found the last 30 pages to be incredibly boring and could not wait until it was over. So much so, if you had been on the same Tube as me you would have seen an incredibly disgusted look on my face followed by me filing it away in the nearest rubbish bin, as I exited at my station.
Posted on 28 Jan 2014 21:31:52 GMT
Robert Howcroft says:
The reviewer summed it up very eloquently... unlike me... I personally thought "The Lost Symbol" was complete and utter bollocks.
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2014 21:50:21 GMT
Carol Haynes says:
LOL ... it took you nearly 5 years to read it and come to that conclusion ... that's what you call dedication.
Posted on 7 Aug 2014 17:35:49 BDT
M. Alexandersson says:
This books is total crap, we all seem to agree on that. The most worrying thing is all the publications who have put in 5 star reviews and good quotes for the book, The New York Times for instance. Cant trust anyone...
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Aug 2014 17:51:17 BDT
Carol Haynes says:
The publishers probably advertise in the New York Times - which will guarantee good reviews or loss of revenue!!! I am sure a lot of the 5* reviews on Amazon are either from people who haven't actually read it and are waiting for the film, can't read or else are shills paid to post reviews. Can't see how anyone can honestly read this rubbish and give it any sort of rating at all. What is even more amazing is after this disaster the publishers agreed to another volume!!!
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