You know when people carp on about an author as either being amazing or atrocious, and you’ve yet to actually give it a try for yourself? Well, that’s what this was. I’ve never read anything by Dan Brown, and I didn’t want to go for The Da Vinci Code, so now you have the fascinating back story as to how I settled on Angels and Demons.
I’m going to cut straight to the chase. I’m not religious at all. I never have been, almost certainly never will be, I don’t find fault with people who are religious, it’s a case of each to their own. I like science. I would be more interested in religion (as in, actually look into it more) if the two were as successfully linked as they were in the book. That, to me, is interesting.
I was reading a lot of the reviews of people thinking it was drivel, and I was like ‘Really?’ But, then again, I do like puzzles. I knew everything would be worked out in terms of the symbology and I knew, unlike Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Angel’s Game, that I would have an explanation – so the book could go as wild as it wanted, and I knew I’d get an explanation.
The problem being, it was really predictable. The coupling of Vittoria and Langdon, the Camerlengo’s actual link to the Pope, the twist of who Janus was. The coupling was clear from the moment they met, the rest were abundantly obvious a few chapters in advance. So there were plenty of plot twists, but nothing that really caught you off guard.
And, where do I start on the chapters? If a chapter is under a page long, I find that annoying. If a chapter is under a page long on a Kindle, then that seems completely stupid. I do get a bit bored of drawn out chapters, because I like to take breaks from reading at the end of chapters and not in the middle, but the same counts the other way – stupidly short chapters are stupid.
So, I liked it because I like science, and I liked the crossover between science/religion and the ideas/symbology of the Illuminati. I am freakishly particular and organised, so I liked the ambigrams. I liked the idea and don’t remember getting bored of it (then again, I just rattle through books so I don’t have time to be bored…) but a lot of it was pretty predictable. I do also think that this will likely be something that repeats itself in Brown’s other works, am I right? It just feels like if I choose to read The Da Vinci Code it’s going to remind me of this. Who knows. (Well, people who have read both books do, obviously…)