The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Format: Hardbound, 509 pages
ISBN: 0385504225 (ISBN13: 9780385504225)
Published September 15th 2009 by Doubleday
borrowed, favorite
Read from October 25 to November 02, 2012
Rating: ★★★★★

Notorious worldwide for blurring the line between fact and fiction, best-selling author Dan Brown continued the adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in this third book. The novel centers about one of the oldest and most mysterious brotherhood—the Freemasonry, along with its many “secrets”—making The Lost Symbol an enthralling and gripping novel difficult to put down.

Da Vinci Code created quite a stir when the movie adaptation was shown in the Philippines (and around the world, I believe), being a Christian country dominated by Catholics. Meanwhile, I have read the Angels & Demons nearly two years ago, and I could say that it was one of the most engrossing novels I have ever read. I have not yet read the Da Vinci Code when I read The Lost Symbol though (but I’ve already read it now), but I have watched the DVC movie after reading A&D, and I pretty liked it (though I find some of the parts hard to understand, so I think it’s better if I could read it). Then, a friend let me borrow her hardbound copy of The Lost Symbol, and having had a good experience from Dan Brown’s A&D, I immediately immersed myself to it.

In Angels & Demons, Dan Brown explored the secret society of Illuminati. Da Vinci Code is an international sensation because of its plot about Jesus’ alleged romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene. This time, in The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown crafted another compelling story by divulging the fraternal organization of Freemasonry. Being an old and exclusive brotherhood, Freemasonry—in reality—has a lot of controversies in its name, followed by countless conspiracy theories.

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The Time Machine by H. G. Wells

The Time MachineThe Time Machine by H.G. Wells

Format: e-book (epub file)
Read from February 24, 2014 to February 28, 2014
My rating: ★★★★

The Time Machine is a science fiction novella written by H. G. Wells, which was published in 1895. The author was also the one who coined the term “time machine” through this novella, and it has long since universally used to refer to such vehicle that is capable of travelling through time. With its steady presence in bookstores as well as various film adaptations and several derivative works, The Time Machine is definitely considered as a timeless literary classic that has spanned more than a decade.

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