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Monday Book Review: The Lost Symbol (no spoilers) November 3, 2009

Posted by dataduchess in Book Reviews.
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Today we debut a new regular feature, the Monday Book Review.

I recently finished the new Dan Brown novel, The Lost Symbol. I like to read popular new bestsellers while they are still popular, but rarely buy a new book on the release date. (Only Harry Potter and Twilight books have held that honor up until now.) I was not going to rush to buy The Lost Symbol until it occurred to me that the longer I wait to read it, the more likely someone would spoil it for me, and I really hate spoilers. On that note – if you haven’t read it yet, I will not give away any details.

To be perfectly honest, I was not particularly impressed by the writing – it was not classic literature, but it wasn’t so bad as to be distracting either- in any case, perfect for a quick-read thriller. The plot was very well-planned and, as expected, the pieces all fell into place neatly, and surprisingly, without too much contrivance. The subject matter of the Free Masons and the setting of Washington D.C. was fascinating, and made me want to visit D.C. again with new eyes. As with any thriller, there are twists and turns along the way, some expected and some unexpected.

If you enjoyed Dan Brown’s other novels, especially The DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons, and are not yet tired of the formula, then there’s a good chance you’ll also enjoy The Lost Symbol. It was an easy, fun page-turner, that I had no trouble putting down, but wanted to know what would happen next. If you’re tired of the formula, be warned that this book offers nothing new and you’re better off trying another author.

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