Saturday, March 28, 2015

Week 13 Review: The Lost Symbol

From Goodreads:
Famed Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon answers an unexpected summons to appear at the U.S. Capitol Building. His planned lecture is interrupted when a disturbing object—artfully encoded with five symbols—is discovered in the building. Langdon recognizes in the find an ancient invitation into a lost world of esoteric, potentially dangerous wisdom. When his mentor Peter Solomon—a longstanding Mason and beloved philanthropist—is kidnapped, Langdon realizes that the only way to save Solomon is to accept the mystical invitation and plunge headlong into a clandestine world of Masonic secrets, hidden history, and one inconceivable truth . . . all under the watchful eye of Dan Brown's most terrifying villain to date. Set within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., The Lost Symbol is an intelligent, lightning-paced story with surprises at every turn--Brown's most exciting novel yet.

My Review:
Gah, it was a really great to reread this book! I enjoy this series so much (and I'd kinda love it if there was a movie based off it, too, but that's unlikely, seeing the time passed between them, and how well the previous movies did!) so yeah, just great to read it!

OK, this book was a lot like Angels & Demons. It took place in the span of a day, though it did cheat a bit, with some recollection scenes, of what happened, of how the characters were lead to where they are now. But yeah, it was really great to read!

I don't know if there was a subconscious memory of the last time that I read this book, that the twist made a lot of sense, or both, but I guessed that the bad guy was Peter's son. He did say that the person he was died in the prison, when he was going by the prisoner number!

The idea that the Mason's hidden ancient knowledge is the bible, and the bible telling us that we are all gods, combined with modern science research rediscovering what could lead to this, well, on one hand, sounds cool. On the other, sounds a bit egotistical. But as Rachel says, it'd be like putting an instrument, and saying you have the ability to play it well. You just have to practise!

Favourite lines: "Neckties had been required six days a week when Langdon attended Phillips Exeter Academy, and despite the headmaster's romantic claims that the origin of the cravat went back to the silk fascalia worn by Roman orators to warm their vocal cords, Langdon knew that, etymologically, cravat actually derived from a ruthless band of "Croat" mercenaries who donned knotted neckerchiefs before they stormed into battle. To this day, this ancient battle garb was donned by modern office warriors hoping to intimidate their enemies in daily boardroom battles." Oh, how fun! Glad that it's more a guy thing to wear! Though I've had to wear one for school band performances! "This guy eluded the French loafers?" Yeah, it's pretty strange to think about, and unlikely, but it happened! "While at Langdon's home, the dog apparently had become homesick for his favourite leather chew toy and had located a worthy substitute in Langdon's study-an original vellum, hand-calligraphed, illuminated Bible from the 1600's. Somehow "bad dog" didn't quite seem adequate." Yeah, not much to say there! "It seemed Professor Langdon, the art connoisseur, was having an ethical dilemma about using the Internet when an original was so nearby." Well, yeah, it's kinda his livelihood, after all! "'What in the world is Darth Varder doing on Washington National Cathedral?' 'A contest for kids to design a grotesque that depicted the face of evil. Darth won.'" I can totally see that happening! Go Star Wars! "'Robert? I'd like a word.' 'Yes, I hear you lost one.'" Funny little bit of humor, what with everything going on!

Really enjoyed rereading this book, it was really fantastic, now I'll finally be able to read Inferno, like 3 years after it was published! And I've been meaning to read it since then!

Author: Dan Brown
Series: Robert Langdon #3
Read: March 27th, 2015
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading the series! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2015 Book!
Publisher: Doubleday
Published: September 15th 2009
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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