Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
I had a couple books that I had read a while ago that have recently become movies so I thought it would be fun to blog on them as I had read these books before I even knew what blogging was. One of these books is My Sisters Keeper (see review below this post)…. the other, Angels and Demons.
I like to call my book club the Bookies – ahead of their time. In 2005 we read this book and chose it as our best book we read that year. Now in 2009, it is a movie. Apparently we werent the only ones that thought it was pretty darn good.
Prior to my blogging debut, I wrote all the books I read into a three rng binder and kept reviews there. No kidding. I have wrote everything I have read and my thoughts (reviews) long before I ever knew that I would one day be doing it publically. I have everything I have read since 2002.
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.
Here are my original thoughts on this book:
January 22, 2005: Once again I have experienced a great read by Dan Brown. My first experience was last summer when I read The Davinchi Code which was a fantastic read. Now reading Angels and Demons for our book club, I see similarities in his writing style. Robert Langdon (same main character in both books), is called tot eh scene of a crime at the Vatican. I really enjoy reading about the Vatican = what a beautiful and mysterious place. Breda, in our book club has visited there and had pictures at the review. BREATH TAKING!
I actually finished reading this book on the plane to Costa Rica on our family vacation. I gave it to a person who I met onthe plane, a fellow reader and I have to share good reads!
(Update 6/23/2009) Looking at my old review I see I left out my favorite part of the book, and that was the library. I remember reading about the library of rare important books, air pressurized, temperature control and guarded in a locked glass room…. I thought if I could only have 10 minutes in that room to breathe in those books…. (much the same feeling I had when I watched the movie National Treasure with Nicholas Cage and they were in the rare library room…
As for the movie, I found it a slight disappointment as I had with Davinchi Code as well. Not really important to the book perspective, but I have to mention that Tom Hanks was not what I pictured of our character Robert Langdon. Granted, he looked better in Angels and Demons. I think what disappointed me the most is the fact of how easy it all comes together in the movie version. In the book you go through a long interesting process of clues and codes… wrong turns and deep plot… in the movie its like they turn a corner and it is just magically there.
The book, then and now rated a great fiction read. I would recommend not judging this book by the movie. Read the book.