Dan Brown has levitated me to heights of excitement.

Right after closing the book “Angels and Demons,” I saw myself sitting alongside volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica. I was taking down notes… on Michaelangelo, Raphael, Bernini… immersing myself into Art. I observed that my taste for fiction has shifted from imaginary, funny and unbelievable stories to real, serious and factual forms of literary bestsellers; I blame Dan Brown (Author – Deception Point, Digital Fortress, Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons) for that! Code after code, I ran with Robert Langdon as he cracked the mystery of the Illuminati. Personally, this is far better than ‘The Da Vinci Code’ but for critics, Brown’s works are not as good as one book I recently bought – “The Rule of Four” – ‘A Da Vinci Code for people with brains’ as London Independent describes it.

Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, authors of ‘The Rule of Four’ were successful in sharing the revealing issues about the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (I couldn’t pronounce it well). Though again, fictional, the Hypnerotomacia is real (an ancient Renaissance text unsolved for centuries). After tagging along with the characters’ adventures at Princeton University, the ending is actually a self-discovery. It is not a puzzle that was solved after finishing over 400 pages of bits and pieces. After unraveling clues per chapter, things became clearer not just for the story, but for yourself as well.

Later on, I’ll leave these headache-causing books. But wait, somebody (Dr. Carlos) suggested that I should try reading Tom Clancy’s works, and I can’t wait to grab one. O-oh, too many books for just two eyes!

On Pope and Dan Brown

It’s not surprising but it’s absolutely heartbreaking.

Pope John Paul IIWitnessing the death of a Pope who has loved a third world country like the Philippines is such a sad experience. Since the day I was born, Pope John Paul II has been the only Pope I have ever known. His face was like that of a pop star, recognized by almost everybody. And I am impressed by the fact that he was able to lead the Catholic Church swiftly in the time of modernization.

The Pope’s death focused media on the Vatican City, the center of Catholicism. I recalled the books of Dan Brown ‘The Da Vinci Code’ and ‘Angels and Demons.’ I already finished the ‘Code’ and it contained facts revealing some of the Church’s secrets. I still don’t have a copy of ‘Angels and Demons’ which contain more interesting points about Vatican. Pity me!

Dan Brown’s work may contradict the traditions we already know as Christians. Always keep in mind that these are only fictional novels and some facts were just adopted. That’s what makes a novel a bestseller!

At this point, there are questions in my mind which are still left unanswered regarding my own religion. But I see to it that my faith is never lost. Being in a Catholic University may also be a reason why Dan Brown never conquered my faith.

I challenge everyone to read the books themselves.