Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" opens wide today. Yes, that is a film distribution term, but the release of the third book in the Robert Langdon series is meant to be more like a blockbuster movie release than a book release. And so far, so good. I've been very interested in whether or not bookstores would give "The Lost Symbol" the sameRed Carpet treatment that has greeted the release of all of the Harry Potter books. After all, I don't think I'm the only person who thinks of Dan Brown's books as Harry Potter for grown-ups. I was thrilled to discover at least one book store is jumping on the fun bandwagon and using all of the new media they can get their hands on to promote sales of the book.
I read "Angels & Demons" before I sat down with the phenomenon that had become"The Da Vinci Code." I enjoyed reading Angels more than enjoyed Da Vinci. And I felt the opposite about the two film adaptation. I had a good time watching "The Da Vinci Code" on the big screen, while I thought "Angels & Demons" didn't know when to end.I haven't had the opportunity to read "The Lost Symbol" yet, but you can bet that I'm setting aside time this weekend -- the perfect time, now that the weather is starting to cool down a little, to curl up with a fun read.
You can find the New York Times and Los Angeles Times reviews here. Personally, I always take the New York Times review with a grain of salt. My tastes in books are for things that are truly readable and fun rather than a well-crafted literary opus. Dan Brown writes for the adults who read Harry Potter and turned "National Treasure" into a blockbuster film. Brown's writing style is both readable and engrossing. I can't imagine that the Lost Symbol won't be a great read.