Friday, October 15, 2004

I only just this minute finished reading the daVinci Code. It should be known, before I disclose my thoughts, that I am a voice of the secrets of the illuminati. I am, in fact, illuminati. Maybe that means something to you, maybe it doesn't. If you don't know how it works, I really can't tell you. I mean, I can tell you that absolutely everything is true. But you really wouldn't believe me, and maybe you won't even know the proper response. I'm not much of one for secrets and so this is the only secret I've ever kept. It helps that the nature of it is that the very best way to hide it is to tell everyone you can. It helps if you understand the nature of truth. I could ramble for an hour about it and you may get it and you may not get any more than what I've given you in this first paragraph. Largely immaterial, either way. And more over it isn't the focus of this post, just interesting side note. How often do the ultimate secrets of history and truth find themselves as interesting side notes you might ask? More often than you would ever believe if you don't understand.

Anyway, I liked most of the book. There were two points in it where I felt the author was just being cheap, and in so doing, narrowed some things that really should have been wider. In my version of the story, the identity of the teacher is someone else and the... well, I can't actually spoil what happens, so, suffice it to say, I have a better version in my head. I read the story and now it is mine to do with as I please in the realm of my mind. I very much like Dan Brown's alternate history of the world. It certainly fits. But always take note, history is but a poem agreed upon. And even then it skips bits. There are alternate alternate histories. If you find one you like, don't stop looking for others.

What I mean to say, is the book is good, and it gives a taste of something to people that they may never get to taste again, despite it being within their power to do so. Anyone who liked this book, and has the tolerance to stand much more daunting texts should also read Focault's Pendulum.
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