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Old 01-05-2006, 19:07
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Does it matter which of the above I read first, and why?

I am new to this whole Da Vinci Code thing... know nothing about it etc so any recommendations would be fab.

Many thanks
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Old 01-05-2006, 19:10
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Doesn't matter that much but Angels and Demons is chronologically first its also a better read.
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Old 01-05-2006, 19:45
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Both good books. I preferred Angels & Demons, and as the prvious poster said it is set before The Da Vinci Code so I'd that first.
It also helps you undertand Langdon better.
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Old 01-05-2006, 19:58
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Definately read Angels and Demons first. I didnt, read Da Vinci Code first, but I have just started reading Da Vinci Code again and have noticed how he eludes back to the Angels and Demons story. This was an exception but I always believe in reading an authors books in order at all times as you see the development of the writing and also for when he/she eludes back to previous books - i hate reading them out of order.
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Old 01-05-2006, 20:10
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without a doubt' Angles and Demons first, i think there is a very brief reference to the women in Angels and Demons in the Da vinci code at the start, but thats it
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Old 01-05-2006, 20:12
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Originally Posted by claire55
Definately read Angels and Demons first. I didnt, read Da Vinci Code first, but I have just started reading Da Vinci Code again and have noticed how he eludes back to the Angels and Demons story. This was an exception but I always believe in reading an authors books in order at all times as you see the development of the writing and also for when he/she eludes back to previous books - i hate reading them out of order.
it was only a couple of sentences though, hardly a sequel or anything.
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Old 01-05-2006, 23:02
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Angels & Demons .. it's a much better book than the Da Vinci Code in my opinion..

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Old 02-05-2006, 11:09
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Originally Posted by pad
Angels & Demons .. it's a much better book than the Da Vinci Code in my opinion..

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I liked the DVC though it didn't live up to its 'for intellectuals only' reputation which it had when the hardback was released. It's a good read and enjoyable though not to be taken seriously; ideal airport and beach fodder in my opinion.

As for Angels and Demons; oh dear. I have read more thrillers than I've had hot dinners but A&D is as far fetched as anything Stephen King has written. I was gasping in incredulity at the holes in the plot and the ludicrousness of it all.

In the book, Dan Brown claim that the BBC would cover a Papal election with just one outside broadcast van and two rookie reporters was just plain silly. If only that was the worst of the nonsense he churned out in this terrible tome!
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Old 02-05-2006, 11:15
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I've read both and to be honest I can't see what all the fuss is about - I don't think Dan Brown is all that good - when I read the Da Vinci code when it came out I thought I know I've read about this before and was convinced the book was a re-print that I had read before but when I checked I did of course have a copy of Holy Blood, Holy Grail on my bookcase
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Old 02-05-2006, 20:19
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Originally Posted by JCCCC
it was only a couple of sentences though, hardly a sequel or anything.
no you are right, but its a personal preference of reading an authors books in order. no need to show sarcasm
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Old 02-05-2006, 20:53
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I prefer The Da Vinci Code. I enjoyed both, but TDVC had something in it that, althought fiction, made you think - think that maybe he DID get married and havea child afterall.
A&D was good, but too rushed and not that well thought out either.
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Old 07-05-2006, 00:49
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I read DVC before A&D and have to admit I enjoyed DVC much more. DVC I could read for 12 hours straight, whereas A&D seemed to drag on for about 50 pages too long. I didn't feel I missed out on anything by not reading A&D before DVC
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Old 07-05-2006, 14:42
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Originally Posted by claire55
no you are right, but its a personal preference of reading an authors books in order. no need to show sarcasm
sarcasm? i was simply stating a fact.
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Old 07-05-2006, 20:14
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Wednesday night on Channel 5, theres 2 programs about the DVC and 1 about A&D from 8pm. Might be worth a watch.
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Old 08-05-2006, 17:29
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Angels and Demons is a better book than the Da Vinci code. In fact, IMO, all Dan Brown's other books are better than DVC which is overhyped and not well written.
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Old 08-05-2006, 17:41
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The Da Vinci Code might have pushed the boundaries of credulity a few times throughout the story, but Angels and Demons really does take the biscuit. I read it and all the way through I was half distracted by how unrealistic and far-fetched it is.

I enjoyed the Da Vinci Code immensely - purely as a gripping page-turner, but I wouldn't recommend Angels and Demons. I just found it quite silly and not all that interesting. I also didn't feel that the characters ever really developed, considering the turmoil some of them were going through. The characters in TDVC weren't exactly 3-dimensional, but in AAD they're not much more than cardboard cutouts.
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Old 08-05-2006, 17:46
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Angels and Demons was a much better read than I thought it would be and I read it second, think I should have read it first. Quite topical too given that the Pope died shortly after I read it. Wouldn't have said that Da Vinci Code was a sequel though, maybe I missed summat.
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Old 09-05-2006, 05:35
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I've read some of Dan Brown's books and don't even recall what Demons & Angels was about...that says how good I thought it was. I don't think I'll be rushing out to buy any of his new books.

I think he's disappointing as a thriller writer in comparison to the masters. The Da Vinci Code catupulted him into the limelight, but IMO many readers have got fed up with him already. Well I have anyway.
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Old 09-05-2006, 12:17
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neither. both in my opinion not worth the effort.
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Old 09-05-2006, 21:29
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neither. read the other books first. Digital fortress is excellent and the other Deception Point is better.

then Angles and Demons. then DVC

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Brown
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Old 09-05-2006, 21:59
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I find Angels and Demons better but it is a prequel rather than Da Vinci code being a sequel. I would read Da Vinci code first otherwise it's kind of like seeing a film backwards.
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Old 10-05-2006, 14:21
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Angels & Demons was amazing. Same that it was not made into a film first! Even though Angels & Demons was before the DaVinci Code, it does not matter what order they are read in.
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Old 11-05-2006, 07:49
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I really enjoyed them both, I read Da Vinci Code first. Given the choice, I would probably have read Angels and Demons first.
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