The Da Vinci Code
This book is poorly written, with cardboard cut-out characters and a deeply silly plot.
The main characters go on a treasure hunt, where they have to solve a riddle to get the clue to where the next riddle is, until they finally find the treasure.
They have to find the treasure before the bad guys do, and also keep from being captured by the bad guys, which means there is an elementary suspense which kept me turning pages for two thirds of the book. After that I only finished reading it because I had promised some friends to.
I prefer books with more realistic characters, but I do give Dan Brown points for at least making all the characters a bit likeable, and giving the bad guys reasons for their behavior.
My main complaint with The Da Vinci Code is the far too easy to figure out riddles and plot "surprises".
The incessant trivia also annoyed me - if the author had woven vivid descriptions of places and objects into the story, I would have enjoyed reading it, but long lists of facts and inaccurate or slightly misunderstood/misrepresented trivia bits are just boring and insulting.
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