Michael Baigent, famous for his controversial scholarship (including the conspiracy theory classic "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" (1982), and fairly recently "The Jesus Papers" (2006) and the brand new "Racing Toward Armageddon: The Three Great Religions and the Plot to End the World"), has reviewed Dan Brown's new thriller "The Lost Symbol":
"[I] settled down to devour a fast-paced thriller. By Page 8, my plan fell to pieces. I closed the book, took a deep breath, and looked at the ceiling in despair: The book was awful. It was so bad that it was a candidate for the worst book that I had ever tried to read. And I had another 501 pages to go."
According to Baigent, his words are not related to the lawsuit he and Richard Leigh lost over claims of copyright-infringement, charged against Random House, the publisher of "The Da Vinci Code" (and, consequently, against Dan Brown, the author), over inappropriate usage of the intellectual property created in "The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail". Instead of scoring cheap shots on Brown's novel, Baigent "resolved to be scrupulous; to praise what was praiseworthy and to criticize what wasn’t", as is clear from the quote above.
Read the whole article, "Debunking Dan Brown", here.
2013 SBL Annual Meeting Diary
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