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1.0 out of 5 stars Just like Ralphie's secret decoder, October 6, 2009
This review is from: The Lost Symbol (Hardcover)
Do you remember the scene in "A Christmas Story" when Ralphie anxiously deciphers his secret message with his Little Orphan Annie secret decoder and all he comes up with is "Eat More Ovaltine?" I feel his pain.
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Initial post: Oct 14, 2009 9:44:27 PM PDT
S. Watanabe says:
Your review made me laugh and pretty much summed up how I felt. Thanks for making me chuckle.

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 7:52:26 PM PDT
I'm enjoying the reviews here more than I liked the book.

Posted on Oct 22, 2009 10:05:28 AM PDT
AJD says:
I believe the quote is "Be sure to drink your Ovaltine"

Posted on Nov 14, 2009 10:30:34 AM PST
C2015 says:
Brilliant! I just got to page 56 or 58 and the noetic science B.S. is driving me up a wall. I really like the Langdon
character, the explanations of FACTUAL symbolic references in D. Brown's books, but in this case I'm seriously
considering returning the book to the library with the rest unread. It's just silly.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2009 11:42:01 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 21, 2009 11:44:32 PM PST
The two things that I found most annoying in TLS were the neo-gnostic prattle tumbling out of supposedly intelligent mouths and the constant lecturing. One of the most fundamental rules of good writing is "Show, don't tell". And the corollary to that is, "If you can't show it, then it's not relevant." I got so tired of action sequences screeching to a dead halt while Brown dumped yet another mini-lecture on us: "And Langdon rocketed down the street -- ironically enough right past the Blah Building, wherein hangs the Doodah Gizmo painted by Fred Smith, a secret 15th century Mason who secretly encoded all the mysteries of 17th-level Scottish Freemasonry in the top left ... " ad nauseum. Whereas the only real irony would be that a simple google would show that the Doodah Gizmo was in fact painted by George Krupp, and that Fred Smith actually lived a century earlier. But Brown was never one to let historical facts get in the way of a good lecture.

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Posted on Dec 4, 2009 2:00:25 PM PST
LOL! Great review! Pretty much sums up how I felt as well.

Posted on Dec 5, 2009 6:09:56 PM PST
Reader says:
oh, your review made me laugh!

Posted on Jan 16, 2010 7:50:42 PM PST
Withheld says:
You hit the nail on the head! When the end was revealed, I was left thinking, "WTF...that's it!?!"

Posted on Jan 23, 2010 4:40:41 AM PST
Succinct!
Quit half-way.
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