Angels & Demons

By: Dan Brown
Robert Langdon series
2000
Fiction
Rating: 3/5

Angels & Demons

Do you remember when The Da Vinci Code took over the world a few years ago?

I do.

I also remember resisting it so hard. I have a habit of steering far and wide from current bestsellers, because I don’t like the hassle of trying to get ahold of them, trying to avoid spoilers, etc. But, I mean, come on. The book received so much praise that I had to add it to my “To Read (Once All the Hype Has Died Down)” list.

Another quirk of mine: I absolutely HAVE to read series in order.

So when The Da Vinci Code popped up on my list recently, I knew I had to start with Angels & Demons.

This book has received its fair share of fame, too. There’s a Tom Hanks movie, for crying out loud.

I’ve read some Dan Brown before – shout out to my parents, who are obsessed with the Brown, Clancy, Ludlum, Baldacci, Patterson, etc., genre of books. Quick chapters (like… less than a page), enthralling stories, lots and lots of ghostwriting.

I think that’s my problem with this book.

I’m obviously not going to rip on the storyline – it’s brilliant and so involved and probably took ages upon ages of research, and for that, I’m in awe.

But the writing is not for the likes of me. Plot points are especially spelled out; incomplete sentences abound. Every other paragraph reads like this (and I’m paraphrasing):

Robert thought the situation couldn’t get worse.

But then it did.

So my best advice for picking up this series is to go into for the fun, not for the art. It is fun. Anyone who can take 24 hours and turn it into >550 pages deserves some credit.

Let yourself get caught up in the Illuminati conspiracy and the race around Rome and the impending apocalypse and the treachery and corruption and history and mystery and constant twists and turns.

Read it at the beach or on a rainy day.

I think you’ll enjoy it.

 

*****

 

Big Angels & Demons fan? Here are my suggestions for what to read next:

(for warnings creating technology we don’t yet know how to control)

Prey by Michael Crichton

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

(for modern day conspiracies dependent upon ancient art)

In the Hand of Dante by Nick Tosches

(for more by Brown)

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

Inferno by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

(for more by similar authors)

The Guilty by David Baldacci

The Hit by David Baldacci

The Rainmaker by John Grisham

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum

11/22/63 by Stephen King

 

Coming up:

The Epic of Gilgamesh edited by Andrew George

A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz

The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie Macomber

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

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