“I'm giving this one 1 star, as in I didn't like it; a first for me as I can usually dredge up at least a 2. I didn't like it at all but my Mom always taught me to finish what I start .... so I plodded through this dark story of obsession, dysfunctional relationships, treachery and evil with cipher and code suppositions that were way too far fetched for me.
In real life, the co-authors have been friends since they were 8 years old. I hope their relationship is healthier than that of the group of characters who they picked to portray. This is a disjointed, convoluted mystery without end.
There were a few good lines, like: Make new friends but keep the old; one is silver and the other gold. Most of the other good lines have already quoted by others, so I will just say, read the quotes from the book and you'll have had the best of this loathsome book.
“An interesting read, and a fast one. It's like a Dan Brown novel that isn't poorly written. The present-tense writing was distracting for me, but some of the digressions were quite good, and not distracting.”Paul wrote this review Saturday, February 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book wasn't quite there.”wiley wrote this review Tuesday, February 1, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I can't believe people called this better than The DaVinci Code! If you want to know what it's like to be a student at Princeton, this is your book. But if you want an adventure solving riddles and exploring ancient history, there are better offerings out there. This was too...it was equivalent to armchair anthropology. There wasn't really much adventure here. Learning about the arts and the history of the arts is always interesting, but the characters didn't really get out and do much. I was very disappointed in this book. It's not terrible, but it's just too dull for me.”Talia J wrote this review Thursday, January 13, 2011. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“fun to read, yet not as well written as some books of the same genre”Natasha C wrote this review Monday, January 3, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read this book at the height of the Da Vinci Code mania, which has got to be the only reason anyone read this. The authors (yes it took two of them) were far more interested in convincing us of how great their times at Princeton were than developing a plausible story”Biogeek wrote this review Saturday, June 18, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book reads like Da Vinci Code - only better. The charm lies in the obscurity of the text/book in question and the exclusivity of the setting of the plot.”Eden April A wrote this review Sunday, December 12, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Thoroughly enjoyable.”Domonique B wrote this review Tuesday, November 23, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“kind of slow, began it about 3 years ago, I keep going back to it.”yarboroughd wrote this review Thursday, November 18, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No