A few months ago... mom upset... did some research on Metafilter, and here is what I found:
1) They come in quest of the Grail - on Roslyn Chapel.
2) Rennes-le-Chateau is a small French village with... - This Metafilter post has hours of interesting, Time-Suck links. Beware.
3) And Best of All....Oak Island and all of its sundry links are worth at least 8 hours of Time-Suck and is a much better mystery than the Grail and Mary Magdalene. I promise. Pirates, booby traps, maps, miles of tunnels built hundreds of years ago with no machines.... and all of it in Canada! Novia Scotia = A Total Ecilspe of the Heart.
I promptly forgot about the whole "Da Vinci Code" to do with the Oak Island Time-Suck, until Julie Wanda loaned me the book just before Bowling. I completed it the other night, and I have to say, with many others ... it is an ok to decent Romance/Thriller with all the thin characters and silliness of both genres. Regardless of my newly found literary snottiness, Jude Deveraux and Umberto Eco could have written a tighter plot in their sleep...
Ramon Jusino's Review of the DaVinci Code
The Opus Dei reponse
Dismantling The Da Vinci Code
Dan Brown's Web Site
My small contributions to the critiques on the novel:
a) The Lit Crit Concept of Unreliable Narrator: Ummm... So the biggest expert and proponent of the novel's main thesis also happens to the be the Evil Guy. Hmmm... can we say Unreliable Narrator? If the main authority of the subject in the course of the book is also the main Bad Guy, does this not give Mr. Brown a big loop hole and out on any faulty research and theology?
b) The Sacred Feminine repressed and supressed by the Roman Catholic Church? What glue was Mr. Brown sniffing when he wrote the novel???? Cough, cough, cough... Mr. Brown, have you never heard of the Virgin Mary? The Queen of Heaven? Prayed to regualarily by all 1.3 billion Catholics worldwide... The Rosary... Hail Mary, Queen of Heaven. Hello!
If Mr. Brown wanted to write about the "conspiratorial" supression of the Sacred Feminine, he picked the wrong Church. Small tip for you, Mr. Brown, Protestants - not Catholics - are very afraid of the Sacred Feminine.