Thursday, January 13, 2005

Da Vinci meets Oprah

I have just finished reading "The Rule of Four" by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason, the book everyone loves to compare to The Da Vinci Code. Which is unfair really because the only thing they have in common is that both deal with a cryptic Renaissance mystery. In TROF the secret revolves around a 15th century book called Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (I kid you not) which is a massive book with an unkown author and strange illustrations. Other than that, it's apples and oranges. In some parts you feel the mystery is insignificant and neglected, more of a side-story to keep you reading. Which is why all the DVC fans were probably disappointed. Sure, I enjoyed the fast-paced action of DVC, but this new book offers much more insight and really gets you into the mindset of the characters.

Case in point: One beautiful discussion between the main character Tom and his dad describes the geometry of love. I don't want to give it away - but it leaves you nodding your head in silence, tracing triangles in your mind.


Blogger Slink said...

crikey. here I am posting about short short skirts on my blog, then I read your intellectual review of a clever book. *hangs head in shame with slightly embarrased look* ...

4:53 PM, January 13, 2005  
Blogger Sinda said...

hi ramzi:)
y're blog is so cool ;)

3:20 PM, January 19, 2005  
Blogger Anwar said...

I loved the book, problem was I was dissaponted when I knew that there wasn't any real trasure!

10:24 PM, March 04, 2005  

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