Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Lost Symbol

I am about a third of the way through Dan Brown's book The Lost Symbol. I usually enjoy Brown's books - the DaVinci Code, Deception Point, etc. and this one is no exception.

But I can't fully enjoy it. I started to read it the day after I finished reading Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Girl Who Played with Fire. They are unbelievably compelling books. I usually take a little break between books - savouring the completion of one project before I begin another project - but in this case I picked up the second book as soon as I completed the first.

These two books are the first two books in what is called the Millenium Trilogy. Evidently Larsson submitted all three manuscripts and then died! What a shame - the books are brilliant.

But the third in the series "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest" is only in hard cover in Canada. I will be going to the States in a week or so and will buy the paperback when I get there.

So until then I am reading the Lost Symbol - a good book - but my mind is on Lisbeth Salander and the last book of the Millenium Trilogy.

Which is a shame because the Lost Symbol is about Masons and their symbology and influence - or at least the myths about their influence.

I have always had an interest in the Masons. I clearly remember how excited my father was when he became a Mason and how proud he was when I became one too. It has been a long time since I was at all active but I did enjoy the ritual and the challenge.

There is always something entrancing about keeping secrets.

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