A Novel

Book - 2017
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Jul 04, 2019

The best Brown novel in recent memory. Other than the mandatory movie-friendly plot line (Langdon on the run with a pretty woman at his side, again), the story was solid. The supporting characters had some depth to them. As always, the geographic and historical descriptions make me want to save up my Euros and rush off to that setting.

Jun 26, 2019

I thought this would be a quick beach read but the topic of science vs. religion was super thought-provoking, especially when adding the element of artificial intelligence. The references to William Blake really piqued my interest and I am determined to explore the mystical side of his writing. What more can one want from a book--it educates, entertains and leaves you wanting to learn even more.

Jun 26, 2019

Epic reads recommendation

Jun 22, 2019

Not as exciting as reading Angels and Demons, but it was an exciting read nonetheless.

Apr 06, 2019

I wish I had found this visual companion to Origin before I had finished reading the book, but better late than never. Great images, including maps, of all the places in the novel. https://langdonsworld.com/category/origin/01-prologue/

Mar 30, 2019

I was a bit disappointed by this last novel by Dan Brown. I suppose it is not easy to keep your books extremely original and I am not saying that this is a bad book. On the contrary, it has the usual suspense and high-speed action that we are accustomed to, and the descriptions of monuments and buildings are as always wonderfully accurate. It is just that it seemed to me that in the end Dan Brown didn't deliver, the ending is not - for me - the revolutionary revelation that I was expecting. Thinking of previous books, I found "Inferno" much more effective and of course "Angels and Demons" is my absolute favorite. However, this story deals with religious beliefs and that is an important theme too.

Feb 12, 2019

I love the Robert Langdon series. This was just not my favorite Robert Langdon story and I wasn't wowed by the subject or twist...I feel like we all already know this is happening.

Jan 18, 2019

This is the best book; set in Spain; many places where we have been and want to return. concerns "no god" and artificial intelligence. Professor Langdon.

Dec 27, 2018

Another historically embellished but entertaining piece from Dan Brown. This author takes many liberties, but for the sake of fun. A good vacation read.

Nov 24, 2018

This novel has elements of plots in Dan Brown's other books, plus scifi that is realizable in Millennium's lifetime, and a future that religions with deity have to ponder. Ingenious in weaving it all together.

Nov 01, 2018

I am very, very picky when it comes to books. I read a lot of reviews about this book before deciding to read it. A lot of people didn't like it, but I took the risk.
Much to my surprise, I liked this book. Wow. And I was surprised by the ending. So, I'm glad I didn't listen to the negative reviews and took a chance on this book.

Oct 23, 2018

An earth shaking premise-never achieved despite the usual cast of bad guys in the church-yes that church which is actually populated today by bad guys still. Sadly I rate the author against his first great success and that is perhaps unfair but inevitable. Pass on this one.

Oct 11, 2018

The whole book prepares us for some earth shattering information that should shatter everything that we know about where we come from and where we are heading. What a crock. In the end, after much zigzagging, we learn that... well, we learn that nothing has really change, or will change, if not that we will become... more robots than human. Well, I could have figure that out. Just look around, and all you see is people with I-Phones, I-Pads, and have you. We could say that we're already there. I know, I know, in the end the book backs down and affirms that we are still human... Forgetting all the action, we could believe that we were reading a travel guide, and maybe THAT was the best thing about this book.

Jul 30, 2018

Robert Langdon is again the pawn in one of the better Dan Brown thrillers. The pacing is quick, the characters are memorable and the settings and architecture are spectacular. The premis that a brilliant scientist is about to answer the age old question of "where did we come from and where are we going?," catalyzes a series of cascading events that pull the reader into the story and never let go. It's a roller coaster well worth the ride!

Jul 16, 2018

By trade, I am a travel agent so when I finally got my copy of Origin which has been on hold for a year, I was truly delighted because I had no idea that the central character was Spain. I'm thinking, "Oh Great, another Dan Brown tour to sell" (these are very popular). First of all, when you read the novel, have your IPhone, IPad or a computer close by because you will want to look at all of the palaces, museums, churches and edifices that he features. Start with Photo of... Truly, some of these sites are glorious, others, monstrous. You can even see photos of the art he talks about.

The story is a fun ride although I thought that the big revelation at the end was stupid. I'm not being mean here, if you want a really vile review, read Ron Charles of the Washington Post; it drips with sarcasm and pure jealousy. I had the large print at over 700 pages and finished it in 4 days which means it moves beautifully; and that's with the " photo look-ups". Some of the technical jargon was way over my head but it didn't take away from the story, and besides, you don't need to be a rocket scientist to enjoy it.

It's possible that I'm even around in 2050 when all this stuff will occur. By all means, pick it up then sit back and relax to read another Langdon adventure. Way to go, Dan Brown. What's your next big reveal?

Jun 19, 2018

Book started...need to recheck out...

read through start of chapter 8 - pick back up on page 44

Jun 17, 2018

Enjoyed reading this, style-wise (thoughts in italics), and the story itself. The ending is surprising, and with the religion vs science idea-it ends with a bittersweet optimistic note. Liked to learn about the Spanish landmarks, and how the story quite follows along with actual science in this field. This would probably make a great movie.

Jun 02, 2018

My least favorite of the Dan Brown novels. Found myself skimming through the sometimes unnecessary padding. As another critic commented, this one was somewhat cartoonish. At least Dan Brown's writing makes for an easy read. However, would not recommend.

May 04, 2018

Where did we come from and where are we going is the study area for a computer game theorist, a study which leads to his death, angers religions and brings the symbologist, Langdon, to Spain to sort it all out. Much ado about not much and not original.

May 03, 2018

Origin is Dan Brown's latest book. It covers the tricky subject of religion and creationism while maintaining the action, suspense, and fascinating plot that Brown is known for. Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors, and I wasn't let down by Origin. It follows Brown's famous symbologist, Robert Langdon, in the aftermath of one of his mentees and close friend's (Edmond Kirsch) murder, just before that friend announced something earth-shattering. He goes searching for the culprit with curator of the museum that Kirsch was shot at, Ambra Vidal, who just so happened to be the prince of Spain's fiancee. The story is full of twists and turns and will leave you wanting more, not being able to sleep with anticipation. I can't find anything wrong with it. I give it a perfect 5/5.
- @ɹǝʇsɐɯʞooq of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 30, 2018

Brown's premise earned a side eye from me in the opening of the book. He essentially promises us answers to two of life's basic questions that will be shocking, revelatory, and that will make religion obsolete. That is a tall order, and as much as I enjoy Brown's fun and incredible quests and his ever-engaging hero, Robert Langdon, I couldn't see how Brown could deliver. And he doesn't, really. The answers, when they are finally revealed, are pat and expected. But don't let that scare you away from a story that is full of twists and turns and employs Brown's usual puzzles, codes, encryptions, and thinking games. If nothing else, read the book for the rich visual descriptions of Barcelona, the Spanish royal residences, and the incredible otherworldly architecture of Antonio Gaudi.

NOTE: Don't continue reading if you have yet to read the book. Did anyone else catch the discrepancy between the presentation given to the 3 clerics and the one given to the public? It was not explained anywhere, unless we were to understand that the change in endings was part of the machinations of Winston.

Mar 26, 2018

Another great book by Dan Brown. I especially enjoyed it because years ago when we visited Madrid, we visited sites in and around Madrid. I like how religious beliefs are questioned by the masses.

Mar 24, 2018

Enjoyed this latest book by Dan Brown. As the critics write it is classic Robert Langdon doing what he does best...getting involved in a world changing mystery!

Feb 28, 2018

Where do we come from?
Where are we going?

Two questions proposed by Edmond Kirsch, Professor Robert Langdon's inventor, futurist, game theorist, and prominent atheist friend. He brings the world together to submit these questions, and ultimately provide a scientific answer to them. Unfortunately, some shady things go down and the presentation is cut short. What unravels afterward is typical author Dan Brown fare; suspense, intrigue, action, adventure, and a whole lot of heady dialogue.

If you've read or watched other Dan Brown offerings, you are aware that the "Robert Langdon" series deals heavily with themes of religion vs history/science. Origin brings this conversation to the direct center of the book. Brown's narrative is built around the mystery of what the character Edmond Kirsch was going to bring to light. Langdon goes on a journey to release the information, accompanied by the future queen of Spain... Seriously.

In my personal opinion, this book has a lot of elements that Brown executes on at a very high level. His drama, adventure, and suspense hold up against with the best. Although his prose is monotonous at times, he makes up for it in action and continuous plot momentum.

Where I feel like I have to give a small push back is the inherent nature of the book. Edmond Kirsch is a passionate atheist, bent on his discovery eliminating religion and making way for science to rule the land. Without divulging too much information, I feel like the climax of finding out what his discovery is doesn't give religion the "knock out punch" Kirsch hoped for. But, that's coming from some one with a pretty deep faith background.

Anyway, this book is fun and totally worth a read!

Feb 23, 2018

Love that Dan Brown researched the architecture in Barcelona. Will only see the movie if
Tom Hanks is in it. Light fast read.

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