The DaVinci Code - Dan Brown

What's the big deal? Read Eco instead, or not.

Yes - this book is very entertaining, exciting even. It's plot-driven with a very interesting world - except that world is just a veneer of the one created by Umberto Eco in Focault's Pendulum. It left me feeling disappointed... but only a little.

I've been telling people that this book is like a plot-driven Eco, by a writer slightly better than the best of Michael Crichton. No wonder it's popular... and, yes, that makes this a really fun read. Just don't expect this to be a great book. Again - the book is good, and fun, and well-done, but not that new and not that fresh and I'd still recommend it.

So, the next time you travel, take the paperback with you - just don't expect to be challenged by the book, especially if you've read more than one Eco book.

Posted: Wed - January 7, 2004 at 06:55 PM