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Books to read before the Da Vinci Code

David Barnes
 
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)
"This book is popular but not especially good. Read on for books that are better."
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
Slaughterhouse 5, or The Children's Crusade - A Duty-dance with Death
"This is about a quarter of the length, but has at least 5 times as many interesting bits."
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Penguin Popular Classics)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Penguin Popular Classics)
"Even though it's written in the style of a 10 year old uneducated boy, the prose here is a million times better than Dan Brown's."
Brighton Rock
Brighton Rock
"Graham Greene's thriller mixes excitement with an incisive look at Catholicism, good and evil, right and wrong."
Going Postal: A Discworld Novel
Going Postal: A Discworld Novel
"Funny, great characters, and makes the post office as interesting as Leonardo."