The Va Dinci Cod (GollanczF.) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/5/11
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Something fishy is going on in the world of artistic scholarship. How can there possibly be a link between the hidden cod of Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings and the over fishing of the North Atlantic fish stocks? Could it be that Leonardo Da Vinci, the greatest genius of his age and inventor of the photocopier and mouse mat, had a chilling insight into European Union Fishing policies. Only one man can find out. Robert Hangdog, international scholar, master spy and action hero. Oh and Bezu Fish.
Adam Roberts is 39 and Reader in English at London University. His first novel, Salt, was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He has also published a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF.
If you do not enjoy a good laugh, then don't read this book. It is not meant to be taken seriously - seriously. It is meant to be a book you enjoy with your favorite beverage.
I started reading it straight through and realized it would be over all too soon. So, I rationed it out over a week.
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Check your reality when you enter and just have fun. I'm heading next for his "Doctor Whom: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Parodication."
I stumbled across it in a bookstore in Toronto, and after reading the back cover extract I was laughing uncontrollably. It reads -
''In his own blood, the dying man had written a single sentence in splashy, red letter. It was very much a red letter statement:
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAD ME MURDERED!
For long seconds Donglan stared at the mysterious message. 'That, Doctor Donglan,' said Tash, 'is why we have called you in at this time. That mysterious message.'
'It may,' said Robert, 'be an anagram.'
'We wondered about that,' said Tash. 'Can you decipher it?'
Donglan smiled. 'Of course. It is my speciality.' He said. He tried to add 'I am an anagram master'. But instead said 'I amanana manna' and 'I am anamanna' and stopped.'''
For those that really dislike Dan Brown's style of writing, how he throws in useless facts and sets things up perfectly for a film, you will find pleasure here. -
''He could play Robert Donglan. Which I only mention here to help you, the reader, visualise the character, not to try to influence any casting decisions...Just as long as it's not that hideously ubiquitous Tom Hanks, with his huge sandbag please-punch-me face...anyway. Anyway...''
It's funny and rather silly stuff. But if you disliked the original and want a good mockery of it, then this will have you giggling.