I decided to resurrect my resolution to read more and popped into Smith’s yesterday and bought the Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason. It styles itself as Da Vinci Code meets Name of the Rose and bases its plot on a genuine arcane medieval book, the Hypernotomachia Poliphili.

Now I know that DVC had its detractors (bestseller snobbery?) but I really enjoyed it. And as it has been number one for the past year, lots of people obviously agree with me. All you have to do is suspend disbelief just as you do when you watch 24. I imagine the same will be true for RoF, but I’ll keep you posted.

Oh, I forgot to mention the Rule of Fourgame game on the web, a series of cryptograms to be solved. I haven’t managed to get past the first one yet, even with a couple of hints.

PS (Friday): Hah! got the hang of the cryptograms now.

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2 comments… Add yours
  • Son of Groucho 11th March 2005

    I liked DVC too. I'll keep a look out for The Rule of Four. Dan Brown's book "Angels and Demons" is good too, if a liitle unbelievable at the end!

  • Shooting Parrots 12th March 2005

    I too enjoyed Angels and Demons, although, as you say, even more unbelievable towards the end. Also Digital Fortress was good, but it was a bit like one of those tv programmes where you're shouting at the screen because I'd worked out the answer two pages before our heroes had. I never got round to the one set in the antarctic though.


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