After all the seriousness lately, I need a little lightening up.
My husband, Mark, recently finished reading The DaVinci Code. Despite the way he usually reads a book, he finished this one quickly. Which is probably part of the reason it was a best seller. However, that's not to say he liked the book, because it pretty much trashes religion while not even coming close to exploring the established religions that would better suit the mind-set that's explored in the novel.
That aside, we both thought this was rather interesting.
Brown admits he used "Holy Blood" when he wrote "The Da Vinci Code," but that it was only one of several sources and he did not copy its "central themes."
"I have never been shy about saying 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' is part of this," Brown said. "The whole Teabing section of the book -- those are the sorts of snippets of information that 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail' is very good on."
Apparently he's being sued for stealing his ideas from another book, without giving proper credit. Frivolous perhaps, but then again... Intellectual property should be exchanged freely and credit should be given where it's due. Perhaps Brown should have boned up on the Ten Commandments before he started his project?