Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason .

This 521 page book took six years to write and it was finished in 2004. I feel those six years were a waste. The Rule of Four reached the top of the New York Times Bestseller list, where it remained for more than six months. The book was a no. 1 national and international bestseller and has been translated into more than 25 languages. It has sold more than four million copies worldwide, and to date is the best selling debut novel of the decade. This really surprises me as I did not enjoy this book. I have had a good run of reading books lately, the last 6 books passed my quality threshold but The Rule of Four failed, big time. I vote this book an AVOID.

The Rule of Four is about a 500 year old book called the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili. It was thought that the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili was a coded book that held secrets. It was coded in 7 languages and it is not until page 292 of The Rule of Four that it is confirmed to the reader that it does in fact hold a secret. This tale belonging to the Renaissance period is drab, it is not exciting and this whole book is a big disappointment. I took nothing away from this book and I feel it is wrong that some people relate this book to The Da Vinci Code. The Da Vinci Code was a good entertaining book, The Rule of Four in comparison is boring. This book is poor and rambles along about the joys of college life at great length. This is more about the fun life of four college guys enjoying their education rather than solving some 500 year old riddles. It does explore the love that scholars can hold for certain books but having a book written in 7 languages that you have to decipher to get the hidden meaning is beyond me! Dan Brown does not have to look over his shoulder from this pair!

Next book please.
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