The Da Vinci Cod A Fishy Parody Author:Don Brine, Adam Roberts Written by literature professor and science fiction author Adam Roberts under the pen name of "Don Brine," this is a gloriously savage and wacky send-up of the repetitious, digressive prose style; ridiculous plot convolutions; and continuity errors representative of Dan Brown's blockbuster bestseller THE DA VINCI CODE and other academic/historic... more »al thrillers of that ilk. Curator Jacques Sauna-Lurker of London's National Gallery is discovered dead, a cod stuffed down his throat. Fingerprints on the fish scales pin the murder on Anagrammatology Professor Robert Donglan, who has a reputation as one of the world's greatest codebreakers but is in fact a dimwitted slacker. Donglan, the lovely Sophie Nudivue, and the bizarrely behaving Sir Herbert Teabag attempt to find the true murderer of Sauna-Lurker, who had apparently located an elusive work of art painted by Leonardo's forgotten (and considerably more brilliant) twin sister, Eda da Vinci, which contains clues to an ancient, powerful, and incredibly fishy conspiracy.« less
I've decided, after attempting this book, I need to stop trying to read parodies in the hopes that they will be funny. Sure, they sound like something I may like, since "Weird Al" and the "Scary Movies" humor me, but this (and other by the author under his various pen names) always fall short.
There is just too much repetition of words in an attempt to get a laugh that actually makes it feel like the author is just trying to fill space and his version of humor really sucks. It's just not amusing. It got to page 40 (a record for me) and had to give up because I couldn't see this piece of 'cod' getting any better.