March 21, 2006
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
I really, really didnâ€™t like this book.
The short chapters, drip feeding the plot and withholding information sent me crazy. Then there were often plot recaps at the start of each chapter, how short do you think my memory is?! Then there were huge chunks of exposition, just thrown in with no effort.
Also, having worked at CERN, its depication had me roaring with laughter. The director has a space plane?! (For the record CERN is actually like a big trading estate and a large chunk of the work is done by the vast coalition of Universities that work there). And donâ€™t get me started on antimatter.
The twists and turns annoyed me too. Very often there was no way to work it out, and when there was a way it was obvious. The last few chapters were so over the top and heavy handed I was not the slightest bit surprised at each twist.
But to be honest I think the plot may have survived in better hands, but the writing was so dreadful, the plot trying so hard to be shockingâ€¦.
I hated it. And I don't want to read another of his books, life's too short.