Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Angels and Demons

I just finished Angels and Demons, and it's another superb read. Well, what did Dan brown wrote that you can not consider superb? Brown's fictions are always great and mind-twisting that putting down the novel is always the hardest part of the ritual. Although critics wrote stuffs about the flaws in the novel, still it has become a bestseller. Here is a review I found at Shelfari.

It takes guts to write a novel that combines an ancient secret brotherhood, the Swiss Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire, a papal conclave, mysterious ambigrams, a plot against the Vatican, a mad scientist in a wheelchair, particles of antimatter, jets that can travel 15,000 miles per hour, crafty assassins, a beautiful Italian physicist, and a Harvard professor of religious iconology. It takes talent to make that novel anything but ridiculous. Kudos to Dan Brown (Digital Fortress) for achieving the nearly impossible. Angels & Demons is a no-holds-barred, pull-out-all-the-stops, breathless tangle of a thriller--think Katherine Neville's The Eight (but cleverer) or Umberto Eco's Foucault's Pendulum (but more accessible).

Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is shocked to find proof that the legendary secret society, the Illuminati--dedicated since the time of Galileo to promoting the interests of science and condemning the blind faith of Catholicism--is alive, well, and murderously active. Brilliant physicist Leonardo Vetra has been murdered, his eyes plucked out, and the society's ancient symbol branded upon his chest. His final discovery, antimatter, the most powerful and dangerous energy source known to man, has disappeared--only to be hidden somewhere beneath Vatican City on the eve of the election of a new pope. Langdon and Vittoria, Vetra's daughter and colleague, embark on a frantic hunt through the streets, churches, and catacombs of Rome, following a 400-year-old trail to the lair of the Illuminati, to prevent the incineration of civilization.

Brown seems as much juggler as author--there are lots and lots of balls in the air in this novel, yet Brown manages to hurl the reader headlong into an almost surreal suspension of disbelief. While the reader might wish for a little more sardonic humor from Langdon, and a little less bombastic philosophizing on the eternal conflict between religion and science, these are less fatal flaws than niggling annoyances--readers should have no trouble skimming past them and immersing themselves in a heck of a good read. "Brain candy" it may be, but my! It's tasty. --Kelly Flynn

What makes the novel more interesting are the ambigrams of the Illuminati brotherhood. I always wonder how the artists make such perfect graphical figure, that even if you read the word upside-down, it would still make sense. Here are a few examples:


Geez, interesting, isn't it?

13 comments:

nyl said...

hayy!i miss my reading habit...

nice one janj..and i like your music!

Ayel said...

I enjoyed reading that book, too... :D But it's Digital Fortress that I loved more.

Janjie said...

Thanks Nyl... Do you want to have a music box like mine? I think I can share it to you... Just give me a buzz...

Hi Ayel... I also love digital fortress... It's ingeniously written... I just love dan brown...

SPLICE AND DICE said...

I find ambigrams quite interesting, let alone ambigrams which are artistically created.

allknowing superboi said...

read deception point as well. really nice :D

Janjie said...

I've already read deception point, superboi... I have a review on my previous posts... tnx anyway...

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