I’m Ashamed to Admit This…

October 4th, 2009

I don’t want to show you the book I bought at Wal-Mart yesterday.

I don’t want to admit even to myself that I bought this book… and especially that I bought it at Wal-mart.

I like to support local bookstores with my book buying dollars and I could have bought this book at a local bookstore.  I passed it up several times over the past few weeks.   I was trying to be all strong… I was trying to be tough… I was trying to be better than I usually am.

I told myself that I would check this book out at the library.  I knew I would have to get on a waiting list, but I could do it.  I could dig down deep and find the necessary strength to wait.

But yesterday… while buying a few groceries I passed the book one more time and well… this time…

It ended up in my cart.

And I didn’t take it back out either.

It’s Dan Brown’s follow up to The Da Vinci Code.

The Lost Symbol.

I will send my copy to one lucky (or unlucky) commenter after I have finished it.

You can respond to one of the following statements if you would like…

When I read the Da Vinci Code, I found myself thinking that it was true… all of it was true, the secret societies,  the child of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the horrifying albino monk and his spiky cilice… all of it.  I got weirdly in the grip of this book and it made me question the entire history of Christendom.

Or…

I found The Da Vinci Code to be utterly ludicrous and couldn’t even finish it.

Yes or no or something in between?

This giveaway will stay up until I finish The Lost Symbol.

Comments

  • DirtyKSmama:

    I thought the first book was a good story and made me consider things differently for a bit, in a “What if?” kind of way. But nothing life-changing.

    Did “The Da Vinci Code” make you look at things differently at the Louvre than if you hadn’t read the book?

    P.S. – I noticed the notes on your hand. :)

  • I loved the Da Vinci Code. It made me go “hummmm…” but did not change my ideals. I can say it made for some interesting dinner conversation. We hashed, rehashed then ate some hash over the concept of this book. Both my husband and son are huge scholars of the bible and the hidden meanings within it. They were hilarious with it though. They decided Angelina Jole is actually the Holy Grail :)

    • Rechelle:

      Har Har – Yes – I think every man I know would agree that Angelina is the Holy Grail. What does that make Brad Pitt?

  • Dorothy from Ohio:

    I really liked The Da Vinci Code. I believe I stayed up all night reading it. It did not change my beliefs at all. I also saw the movie. I have read Dan Brown’s other books and enjoyed them all.
    I would love to win this one because I am on the fence as to whether I want to spend the money to purchase it right now. I know it will be a good read but I need the money for other things so will probably resist the purchase at this time.
    I knew when I saw the back of the book which one it was. Hope I win.

  • Janet B:

    I’m with #1–so true–I feel anyway. It’s now a dream of mine to visit all those hisotirc sites and see what they look like–with my new eyes.

    I think it’s great to be challenged and to have our conventional thoughts challenged.

  • I read the DaVinci Code and absolutely loved it! I really loved the historical site information in it. It didn’t change my beliefs in any way, and I am a Christian. I just love books that make you think! Its challenging! I have passed this book several times and promised I would wait till it came out in paperback. But I hope I win!!

  • Loved that book. I had trouble putting it down, but I didn’t take it to be truth. I just really enjoyed the story! I hope to win because all of Dan Brown’s books are page-turners!

  • When I read the Da Vinci Code, I found myself thinking that it was true… all of it was true, the secret societies, the child of Jesus and Mary Magdalene, the horrifying albino monk and his spiky cilice… all of it. I got weirdly in the grip of this book and it made me question the entire history of Christendom.

    It really did while I was reading it. Then I chewed on it for awhile and came back down to earth.

    I will say I still question though.

    Brad Pitt is THE HOLY GRAIL (he MUST be in caps!)

  • I don’t want to win the book but do want to chime in with my comment. I thought the DaVinci Code was a page turner and read it as quickly as I could to get to the end. I was horrified with the assertations Brown made about pretty much everything in the book, but I had to finish it. That said, I don’t have a desire to read the sequel. I do wish that some of the stuff would have been based on facts. It would have made interesting research. It was interesting research finding out where he got those bizarre ideas. It disturbs me that so many people believe that he is writing facts. They don’t seem to understand the fictional concept.

  • susan:

    I loved The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons. The code does seem plausible and fascinating to think about the ramifications of it all. I have always been one to look a bit further into the what ifs and Dan Brown starts be thinking. I have been lusting after his new book too. So far I have been able to resist, but maybe I will get lucky and win this copy.

  • Ok, here’s what it was — I loved the DaVinci Code and believed it, more or less. My husband was the one who thought it was a load of **. :D I’ve also heard that this latest one isn’t as good. I’m looking forward to hearing your impressions of it. I’d love to win your copy too. :D

  • Anonymous:

    Gotta admit…I thought DaVinci Code was one long car chase, with each chapter ending in another unlikely getaway. But, I read it all, strangely intrigued in what would happen. Not to be ungrateful, but if my number is called, please…pull again, lol.

  • JenniferB:

    I never read the DaVince Code, but when I finally watched the movie I wondered why such a big deal had been made about it — it did “grip” me *while* I was watching it, but then no. I am interested to read the 2nd one though and see how they carry the story forward. (that grip might be a little tighter than previously thought). ;)

  • Anonymous:

    I enjoyed the DaVinci Code but I read it like it was- a work of fiction. I’ve heard that the Demons one was good but haven’t read it yet.

  • I bought the book too of all places Wal Mart,
    I can’t get past the first 50 pages.
    I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code
    and Digital Fortress.
    Wonder what he will come up with next.

  • Anoria:

    This is not an entry because I, being accustomed to the luxuries of Charmin and Quilted Northern and Cottonelle, have no use for anything written by Dan Brown.
    But I have this pair of pennies that I’d really like to get rid of:

    I didn’t read The DaVinci Code. I am sick and tired of all the books and tv specials about it, even now, popping up all over and making peope think they’re real science. Clogging up all the good TV channels too, not that that affects me much.
    Last spring, one of my professors showed us a video clip about the Angels and Demons movie, specifically the parts relating to CERN and antimatter. The entire class had a good laugh, and then proceeded to learn about what actually goes on at CERN, from our professor who works there. That was fun. By their third year of a physics major, everybody should know that carrying grams of antimatter around and blowing stuff up with them is a pretty silly idea.

    How many people have the opportunity to see the fiction in context like that? I’m sure actual scholars of Biblical history feel the same way about this code and stuff as I do about antimatter. It’s obviously not true and from that point of view the story can be enjoyed as an entertaining work of fiction.

    But the general public is not so well informed. I mean, on an individual basis, people are pretty cool and pretty deep and I generally respect them. Conversely, viewed as a whole, the general public is a bunch of gullible idiots. People go to these sites and ask the caretakers about the secrets they’re holding back, which were all exposed in this amazing book – and I start to cry. Because it’s not a few scattered nutjobs, it’s a scarily large number of people who actually submit this crap to what they think is critical analysis and still believe it. And that makes me sad and angry and internet-ranty and as such I am not willing to turn a blind eye to the inaccuracies and enjoy it for good entertainment. I’d prefer to turn a blind eye to the whole darn thing and hope the stupid doesn’t rub off on me while I’m not looking.

  • Marilyn:

    I read the Da Vinci Code and loved it. It was written as a book of fiction and should be read that way. Can’t wait to read Dan Brown’s newest…hope I win.

  • I’m not entering this contest because I think you might be secretly biased towards homeschoolers or former homeschoolers seeing that you are a closet homeschooler. (I bet you have some right smart closets!) I want to be fair.

    I do have a comment (because my two visiting children needed to go out and visit other people *tonight* while I am home and I have time for this sort of thing). I haven’t read any of Dan Brown’s books. Danny was against the very idea of the books and the movies, but I forced him to watch both The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons with me. I thought they were both fascinating fiction, and, in my experience, good fiction often contains just enough fact to make it plausible. No, I don’t believe Jesus and Mary Magdalene had a child together and I don’t believe in the sacred feminine–at least not as presented in The Da Vinci Code. There are a lot of things I don’t believe that were in that book, but there are some things I do believe are based in historical fact.

    Danny did find Angels and Demons much more palatable because it dealt mostly with the Catholic Church rather than the Bible, making man made religion suspect instead of God’s Word. I agree, but again, I think it is all meant to be fiction, and I love a good story.

    We were both irritated by so much coverage of The Da Vinci Code on The “History” Channel, but then The “History” Channel’s coverage of biblical events and what the Bible says is pretty shameful. The “History” Channel also seems to like specials about UFOs and alien life forms. You’d think the Sci-Fi Channel would have something to say about The “History” Channel stepping all in its territory, but maybe they’re both owned by the same folks anyway.

  • Debra:

    I liked the book and learned a lot of interesting things. In no way did I buy the idea that Jesus had kids though!

  • Melanie:

    I was obsessed with The Da Vinci Code when it came out. Obsessed. Spent way too much time researching different sites and things online.

    Then I moved on and obsessed over other things.

    I never even saw the movie.

  • Apparently, I have a thing for these kind of “alternative theory” books. I was at a (sorry, big chain) bookstore not long ago, and they had a display of 20 or so books in the same genre – please don’t make me name it – and I had read like, fifteen of them! When did that happen, and why did no one stop me? So yes, I would very much like to read the new one, and no, I don’t want to wait for the 43 people ahead of me on the library hold list to take 3 weeks to read a 2 day book.

  • I have to admit that it wasn’t the kind of book I normally enjoy reading but I couldn’t put it down. I had the version that contained all the reference photographs (and really had to use them!). Couldn’t get into Angels & Demons though so I’m hoping that this one will hold my interest. Thanks for the chance to win it!

  • linda:

    My Goodness!! We are talking about a novel here people. Get a grip. I like Dan Brown’s books. I think The DaVinci Code is fiction but I do believe that there are some true and well researched things in it. His wife is an art historian and they travelled a lot to visit the art and locations that he writes about. I don’t want to join in the give-away because I will be away from my computer for two weeks on vacation. I like your blog….a lot!

  • Terri:

    I enjoyed the DaVinci Code book, but have not seen the movie. It made me think, but didn’t change my long held beliefs.

  • It made me stop and wonder…..one of those….”well, MAYBE it could have been like that….”. I read the book in record time, it was riveting. I believe that the book is fiction, but there could be a lot of truth mixed in there too. So I guess I fall somewhere in-between……which is the story of my life. Sigh ~ Enjoy reading it, I hope its as good as the ‘code’.

  • The DaVinci Code was a very entertaining story and that is all it is…I do not believe it’s true. But I loved reading the book, it kept me engrossed until I was done with it. If I don’t win your copy, I’ll check it out of the library, either in book form or audiobook form. Some books I can listen to easier than I can read. I haven’t watched the movie, just seen bits and pieces ot it.

  • Monty:

    I was truly torn if I should read The Da Vinci Code. I felt as if I might be being ‘unfaithful.’ When a good Baptist friend of mine said, “Remember it’s fiction.” I read it, enjoyed it, discussed it and felt no guilt. It was a very enjoyable read. Even read Angels and Demons. Can’t wait to see that movie.

  • Cheryl:

    I read the DaVinci Code as well as Angels and Demons. I took them for exactly what they were, entertaining. I don’t believe they were true. I am looking forward to Dan Browns new book and would love to win a copy since I am too cheap to buy hardcover:)

  • Anoria – What you said is right on and can be applied to so many things – other books, movies, POLITICS, religion etc. etc.

    People just don’t think critically anymore.

    Which is one of the many reasons why I have sacrificed, sweating blood and crying tears for twenty years homeschooling my kids. My kids never had to deal with the daily peer pressure and clique groups that influence the thinking of young people and as a result they have grown up to be individual free-thinkers who don’t care if their opinions go against that of the sheeple.

    For critical thinking, discernment and free thought – homeschooling is the way to go!

    Wouldn’t you agree, Rechelle? I know you do.

  • Barb:

    Nope, couldn’t get through the DaVinci thing. Sorry.

  • Tracy:

    I just wish you hadn’t bought the book (or anything for that matter) at WalMart.

  • Paula:

    Oh, I really enjoyed The DaVinci Code. Never forgot it was a work of fiction, but I did check out some of the things it said. I mean, come on, I had to go back and look at The Last Supper again! I haven’t read the new one yet, but I definitely will. Maybe sooner than later if I win your copy!

  • isa:

    I look forward to reading the second one. As soon as you finish, I will be happy to get the book!!! Hint hint…..just to take it off your hands…..hint hint. It was definately fiction/historical.

  • Sarah in NM:

    I’m trying to be better than a Dan Brown book, but let’s just face it: I’m not. I own most of his books. In hardback, from Barnes and Noble ’cause I wasn’t even patient enough to wait for paperback, let alone a library check-out. My husband is a very smart physicist, and he’s a sucker for them all too (although he’s compelled to point out the scientific inconsistencies). We don’t put them on the bookshelf in the front room since we’re a little embarrassed that we own them, but we devour them within hours as soon as we get them home. Hypocrites with a Capital H!

  • I read ANGELS AND DEMONS first and found it to be the better book. Of course, I had also read HOLY BLOOD, HOLY GRAIL [non-fiction] by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln years before so I was fammiliar with some of the more intriguing concepts/facts in the two Jesus-related books. Indeed, the character of Leigh Teabing is an anagram of of Baigent, done by Brown to honor their work.

    Some of it is fact which can be easily verified using Google, some is fiction, as was stated earlier by the physics students.

    I think anything that has us questioning reality is good, even if its a fictional novel.

    I have controversial religious ideas/beliefs, though, I question everything, and was once tossed out of a non-religious Yahoo group for pointing out that the traditional Christmas tree was actually originally started by Pagans celebrating the Winter Solstice. Getting thrown out doesn’t make it any less true.

    I would love to win this book simply because I don’t want to pay for it, and won’t. Brown, IMHO, is a good writer, but not a fantastic writer. His others books are really horrible. *shiver* I hate to reward hacks…. ;D

    Thanks,

    Jules

  • OMG – are you suggesting that this book was NOT true? I, for one, found it so convincing that I found myself looking for weird sadistic monks at every street corner and library… ;-)

    OK – so it was filed under the Fiction section, but then, so should lots of politicians’ memoirs, don’t you think?

    You realize I’m kidding, right? One of those weird eccentric-ironic Brit type comments…

  • christina564:

    I really enjoyed reading The Da Vinci Code. It’s fiction, and no, of course my beliefs weren’t changed. I’d love to win the book.

  • Melissa K:

    I loved the DaVinci code. Yes, while I was in the midst of reading it, I had myself convined that it was possible it was true. Once I finished it, however, my real beliefs came back through and I just really enjoyed it for the story.

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this new one, but I refuse to buy it so unless I win this, I’ll be waiting for it to be available at the library!

  • Debra:

    Well, I LOVED the book and honestly couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about. Good fiction often contains enough facts to get the reader really thinking, but, good grief, this book is fiction!! …and a darn good read!!

  • Stephanie-Oh:

    I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code as a fiction story, interesting and filled with both fact and fiction and twisted truthes. I look forward to reading this new book.

  • Stephanie:

    I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code, it does make you consider the possiblities….
    Have been thinking of getting this book….I’ll wait to see if you enjoy it ….and maybe win your copy for free….

  • I enjoyed reading Da Vinci Code, but will not see the movie. I was frightened by the albino monk in the book, and don’t think I could take seeing him ‘in person’. Is this weird?

    I thought Angels and Demons was good too, until the end with that whole helicopter scene…I thought that was just too far fetched to believe.

    I’m like you, I’ve been passing this book up but want to read it. I keep waiting for it to go on sale, or maybe come out in paperback!

  • km:

    I enjoyed the DaVinci code. I didn’t find it groundbreaking but it was a fun romp. We were taught that the Bible was not absolute fact but a series of allegories and parables etc to find some good moral framework in so I guess I’m not as out and out offended by the theories of the real Jesus and the Holy Grail etc. Since I have a huge problem with how females are written out of the good book I quite enjoy the concept of a female being the lynchpin of Christianity. One does get so tired of the virgin/whore narrowness of Catholicism especially. Interestingly from K through grad school except for my BA I went to all Catholic school but only in the USA (grad school) were we encouraged to believe that the Bible was everyword true.
    In summary so, I enjoyed it as a romping through the pages read, had heard some of the Holy Grail theories before, read it end to end in one full and satisfying day and wasn’t outraged :)

  • SameDay:

    It was definately a page turner for me. It did not change me spiritually, I did love the history part of it. I would like to read the sequal.

  • Lorie:

    When I read the Da Vinci Code, I was immediately hooked, but not necessarily by the content, but by the pace of the book itself. Dan Brown has a knack for keeping you spellbound with his writing. As for the content, I just kept thinking “Holy Crap!”. This is really going to tick off some people. But it’s fiction folks. Remember that you can’t take this stuff too seriously and that fiction is for the escape. Leave your worrying for the really tough issues…like whether or not you’ll fit into your winter fat pants after a summer of homemade ice cream, fried chicken picnics and mojitos.

  • I didn’t read the Di Vinci Code, but I did see the movie and it really confused me. Maybe if I read the book I would understand it more. But what I am really curious about is what you have written on you hand in the picture. I though I was the only one who had to write themselves notes on their hand.

  • Martha in Kansas:

    I’ve been reading comments wondering how it is that some books can be so spellbinding. I mean, how do the authors construct the story line or put the words together in such a way that we can’t put it down? Some years ago a young guest at my house was so involved in Davinci Code that she passed up dinner and all conversation. (She also unfortunately chose to drape herself across a sofa in the middle of the room, making after dinner conversation a little awkward.) I’ve not read any of these, but now am wanting to, just to see how they work their magic!

  • Martha in Kansas:

    By the way, I thought Tom Hanks was the Holy Grail!

  • Anita:

    I really enjoyed Da Vinci Code. It didn’t change my beliefs at all but it was a really good read.

  • Maggie:

    I thought it was a load of bumblebee poo poo..but I was riveted by the mystery and couldn’t put it down.

  • Jenny:

    My Mom and I had some feisty debates about the Da Vinci Code. She worried that some people would believe the fiction. She found it very irritating that Dan Brown wrote fiction about such an important subject and made it seem like fact. I enjoyed the suspensiveness of the story and thinking through the “what ifs”. At the end of the day, it’s just fiction.

  • Julie G.:

    When I read DaVinci, I knew about the controversy. Not being a “formally religiouis person,” I came to the conclusion that while based on fiction, Dan Brown took quite a number of liberties with the storyline. But you know what? That’s okay!! Because it’s a NOVEL, people! I absolutely loved, it though. And I loved Angels & Demons even more!

  • Kathleen:

    It was a good mystery but thats it. We’ve had Mason’s in the family forever and I know most of the myth surrounding them are not true. I’ve always thought that his other book Angels and Demons was actually better.

  • JJ:

    Very gripping book – both Angels and DaVinci. I like the what ifs, but taking it seriously – no. I don’t believe much of anything I read is all true – there are always too many what-ifs in life – the biggest being an individual’s perspective. Now on the other end, I am not one of those that believes everything is a conspiracy either – again perspective!
    But it is published as FICTION and it does amaze me that so many people pick up books like this and believe it has to be TRUE! Some elementary, middle, and high schools teachers are not getting the concept of Fiction vs non-fiction ( or even sci-fi?) across to their students!
    I plan on reading this new one. Online book club?
    Now I finished the Guernsey book after your recommendation and loved it – now I believe in THOSE characters! They were divine! I haven’t read a book like that in a long time – totally drew me in!

  • Sarah H.:

    DVC is a ripping good yarn. Total fluff, but told well. Lots of my college students have told me “Angels and Demons” is better. I think most people are able to recognize fiction when they read it. But, whatever floats your boat on the controversy. People like to get cheesed off and feel intellectually superior to mass culture, myself included, but I can’t bring myself to get too riled up about Dan Brown.

  • Sarah H.:

    p.s. you look really cute in that photo

  • Kristina:

    I considered things differently for a while after I read “The DaVinci Code.” I really like “Angels and Demons.”

  • jancd:

    I enjoyed the fiction of the first book, it made me think a little, but did not influence my beliefs at all. A good read. That is all. Can’t wait to read this new one.

  • Kait:

    Never read it myself. I never read things that are hyped up if I can help it. I did cave in to Harry Potter, thank goodness, but that is the only one. :) I don’t want this new book either. I just want to know what is written on your hand. :)

  • Homa:

    I thought the Da Vinci code was a great read. I worked at Barnes and Noble when it came out. So many people bought it but then wanted to argue with me that it wasn’t true. I kept repeating “that is why it is in the fiction section.”

  • I read Dan Brown. I shop at WalMart. I don’t get sucked into popular, book-selling strategies. I do love to read a good piece of fiction. I’ll take that book!

  • I loved the Da Vinci code, I want to get this second book, but I can wait till Christmas, where it will be on my list. Thanks, Mary

  • Sheila:

    Somewhere in between. It was a good Fiction read

  • Rebecca:

    Of course the Da Vinci code was true…wasn’t it?

  • I found myself intrigued by The DaVinci Code. I discussed it with my Mom because it was her book I borrowed to read in the first place. I had decided that even though I didn’t truly believe it, it wouldn’t have bothered me so much if Jesus had a child. It wouldn’t have changed me as a Christian, as a believer. It would simply have given me one more thing that I could relate to….parenting. I hope you enjoy the book. I really enjoyed The DaVinci Code. Regardless of anything else, I think it’s undeniable how well written it is.
    Be well my friend.
    Jules

  • Peggy:

    It made me question everything…. and confirmed my thoughts about the Catholic Church.

  • Bridget:

    Reading The DaVinci Code made me deeply ashamed of myself for reading such terrible crap. Please don’t count me into this contest. There is this funny website that highlights 20 of the worse sentence in fiction and they all come from Dan Brown books. Its great.

  • Kristinrose24:

    I loved it, and I think I’m somewhere in between on the beliefs. It definitely makes you think a little.

  • joann in tx:

    i read Angels & Demons first and loved it better than the Da Vinci Code! i also read dan’s other two books – none robt. langdon characters. they were ok, but RL ROCKS!

    let us know how you liked the Lost symbol!

    joann in tx

  • I love all of Dan Brown’s books, but definitely take them for what they are…FICTION! Can’t wait to read this one but I’m too cheap to buy it and the wait at my library is loooong, so I’d love to win yours!

  • Stephanie:

    I loved both Angels and Demons and The Davinci Code. Both books really made me think about everything I have learned about Christianity. I think it’s good to question things and learn to think for yourself instead of believing everything you are told. I would love to win the book!

  • Amy Cook in WI:

    I read the book….as a thriller that it was meant to be. I couldn’t put it down. I am in a bible study group that is led by my Rector, Fr. Michael, who is also a ancient history professor. It makes for a very lively long evening when someone brings up Dan Brown’s name! I love hearing it all!

  • Native Floridian:

    I think the DaVinci Code was a good piece of fiction somewhat based on history and an entertaining thriller that I enjoyed reading

  • Roseanne:

    I read the book, but I still like Angels and Demons the best! Hope you enjoy the book.

  • Missy Litzinger:

    I love read – period. Anything and everything. Fiction is FICTION people.
    I loved Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons which I read after The Da V – Code. I am waiting for the paperback – but I win this contest that would be OK too!

  • My problem with Christianity has always been the Christians, so yeah I think The Da Vinci Code was spot on. Why shouldn’t Jesus have been married and had a family? Why wouldn’t there be the female to balance out the male? Nature prefers symmetry. It would be natural.

  • Donna M.:

    I totally LOVED the Da Vinci Code! Even though I knew it was fiction, part of me really wanted it to be true. I’m waiting to read the Lost Symbol and can’t wait to hear what you think of it!! ~ Donna

  • melissa:

    I enjoyed reading the Da Vinci Code. It was a great page-turner, but nothing more. I’d like to read this new one, but have passed it up in favor of adding my name to the library waiting list. I’d really appreciate winning your copy!

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the DaVinci Code. But I thought Angels & Demons was much better.

    By the time I started reading them I was already well underway questioning Christian history. So I enjoyed them for the story, looked up some of the bits and pieces that piqued my curiosity, and then moved along.

    I’d love to win the Lost Symbol. Because I’m on one of those uber long waiting lists at the library.

  • Neena:

    Loved the book DaVinci Code and the movie. However, after reading Angels and Demons I found it even more interesting. Any book based on historical info that gets many people to talking and thinking about what might have been or how things may have been changed or altered in retellings through the years is good for thought provoking mind exercise.

  • Carol:

    I found the book very plausible and intriguing, but I knew it wasn’t true. But I do like it when authors can create the possibility it is real.

  • Tammy:

    I enjoyed the DaVinci Code as a great work of fiction and thought it was pretty amazing the way Brown took works of art and historical facts and wove them into a nearly-believable new story. I’m really looking forward to reading this book because I live about two hours from D. C. and have spent many, many days exploring the areas he uses as the backdrop for this story. Also, as a proud graduate of the University of Virginia, I’m a huge fan of Mr. Jefferson and I hear that he figures in the book.

    Thanks for your blog. I really enjoy it!

  • Linda B:

    Dan Brown is a talented author. I enjoy his books.

  • Gayl Venman:

    I enjoyed reading The Da Vinci Code, couldn’t put it down, and it had be thinking about the story for days…but, to me, it was merely an interesting fictional story with some factual basis.

  • Mary:

    I read the Da Vinci Code first and then read all of Dan Brown’s other books that I could find. I just bought Lost Symbol at a local Book Store because I had a gift card at that store. I could have gotten it cheaper at Target or Walmart. I think Dan Brown researches deeply and writes good reads.

  • Gini:

    The Da Vinci Code made me think about all the things we take for granted in terms of Biblical history (or history in general) and how what we think of as “fact” is really just an interpretation of history colored by the interpreter’s prejudices and life experiences. I enjoyed it and it made me want to read more on the topic, but I wasn’t convinced it was “gospel” truth. As with most well-researched and interesting fiction, I think there is some truth mixed with a lot of artistic license! I’d love to read “The Lost Symbol” though!!

  • I’m in between! I loved it, & got all caught up in it, but at the same time, I totally recognized it as FICTION. I got in a pissing match w/my church (all in my head, of course) for preaching against it, b/c “hello?” these people must all be idiots to be afraid of a FICTIONAL NOVEL! How come there’s no series on the evils of Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean? Where are the sermons about how bad Harry Potter is? Oh wait, don’t answer that :)

  • CarolB:

    I loved it; stayed up late to finish it but didn’t think it was true. I even liked the movie and I’m not a movie fan. It did make me think that there probably are all kinds of secret “clubs” because if someone can think up something weird, someone else is bond to try it.

  • safetydog:

    I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code as a good novel, which definitely spawned some interesting “what if” conversations. However, I live in the “buckle of the Bible belt”, and there were some rather rabid factions here condemning the book for its alleged truths. By the way, they also condemned Harry Potter.

  • Tammy:

    I read (in fact my husband and son read it too) the Da Vinci Code and couldn’t put it down. I KNOW that it is fiction based on fact but I have to admit it did make me THINK. I’ve not changed my spirtual views but have been made more aware of histoical ambiguities.

  • Teresa:

    I loved the Da Vinci Code. My youngest son read it also and we both went to the movie. I know it is a work of fiction but it certainly made me think.

  • Leslie:

    I thought it was a reasonably interesting book until the end when it all got tied up so neatly in about two pages. Then I just threw my hands up and said to myself that I wasted a couple of days.

  • Hallie:

    It’s good to have eclectic reading interests. Books are such reliable companions.

  • I thought it was a great, junky, summer read. I’ve read all his other books. It hasn’t shaken my faith at all…it’s fiction, folks.

  • Molly K:

    When I read DaVinci Code, I read it while soaking in my tub…. all in 1 day. I was enthralled. Did I think it was true?…. No. Did it make me think about what secrets are hidden in religion?….. Yes. Did it shake me to the core?…. No. Did I still love it?…. Yes.

  • Katie:

    I was fortunate enough to read the illustrated copy – the one with color picutures of most of the art and architecture – it was amazing and a lot of it made sense – who says it isn’t true? Who really knows the truth?

  • Fran:

    I resisted reading The Da Vinci Code for a long time, then finally picked it up and couldn’t put it down. If nothing else, it was an incredibly exciting mystery! Did it sometimes have me wondering if there was any truth to it? Yes, of course, though the core of my faith always drew me from going too far down that road. I did examine photos of The Last Supper quite closely!!! I need to reread it one of these days. I never did get around to seeing the movie – I was afraid that it wouldn’t measure up to the book. I haven’t made a move yet to read The Lost Symbol, but I’m sure that I will before too long, especially if you pick me to receive your copy. I totally understand how books can end up in your cart at Walmart when you had NO Intention to buy it!!!

    By the way, I finished reading The Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society while at the beach this past week and absolutely loved it. What a fabulous book! Have you read any books by Michael Lee West? I am currently reading her memoir Consuming Passions and am consumed (pardon the pun) by it.

  • It’s funny because I just rented the DaVinci Code tonight so I could watch it with a friend that had never seen it. I found myself searching for my huge big bible because I thought there was a copy of Davinci’s painting of the Last Supper and I wanted to compare it to what they showed. It didn’t. I’m still wondering and am the type I have to prove them right or wrong before I can 100% believe it. I hear that this book is very interesting.

  • Vicki M.:

    I don’t usually get all worked up about those kinds of books. They are fiction anyway. I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code, but I may have enjoyed Angels and Demons even more. Can’t wait to read the next one.

  • Rechelle:

    Just when I think that everyone on the WEB is a lunatic I come over here and read a whole bunch of sane people talking about a book. THANK GOD FOR BOOK READERS! People who read… who read books… they give me hope.

  • Ilene:

    I didn’t really believe the DaVinci code- although i wanted to. It was a good read on a long plane ride.

  • JudyK:

    Loved the DaVinci Code, but never thought it was true. Dan Brown is a great writer!

  • I really liked the books, thought they were great stories, couldn’t put them down. I do think they were works of fiction, and I liked them a lot. I’d love to win a book – especially one from another Nancy Drew lover!!!

  • Wow, your brave… asking for opinions and thoughts… my thought about the book, as with other books that get people all riled up, is that it is a book… it is a story that you can escape in for a few hours… it is a story that someone has taken the time to share with others… if it is a really good book… it will make one question and ponder the story for awhile… again, we all have our opinions and views on every aspect of life… my view is no better or no less than another… I think we as people are too busy looking for the bad, the evil, the other way of life that we forget that we should be more compassionate and understanding of all people … I’m sorry for the little rant… but, books are meant to be read… if you don’t like the subject …. choose another … just read it will broaden your views… expand your thought process and maybe even make you question and ponder your own views or others… just be kind about it …. we are just human…after all is said and done….

  • Christie:

    I thought it was an entertaining novel. Purely ficticious. I’m thinking I’ll have the same feelings when I read his new book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • 105 comments????!!! You’ve got to be kidding!!! i feel lucky if I get 1 on my garden blogsite every third post. I love reading them. Never read Da Vinci Code. Visited the Louvre. One cool place. Jesus–way cooler.