The DaVinci Cod: A Fishy Parody


Don Brine


Mystery / Thriller


Date Reviewed:

April 7, 2009

umor is difficult - what one person thinks is funny, another person will think is stupid. I am the type of person who finds the jokes in The Da Vinci Cod to be funny. I laughed out loud at some of the nonsense written here, and any book that is funny enough to make me laugh like this one did deserves a good review.

Here is an example that made me laugh:

"There was a pregnant pause. Not, perhaps I should clarify, a pause that lasted nine months. That would be more than a pause, quite frankly. It would be more like a hiatus. Rather a pause that contained within it the possibility of something that would only later come to light. A pause that might make you sick in the mornings."

That was one of the typical jokes - the author goes off on a looney tangent, dumping loads of unnecessary background information into the middle of a tense scene, but the digression by the author spoils the tension. Of course, he is making fun of Dan Brown's writing style, the Da Vinci code contained plenty of paragraphs of nonsense like this.

Here is another joke:

"He had a large black mole on his cheek of exactly the same color as his large black cassock."

That is just like the material in the best of bad writing in the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest. Check out this webpage for the best bad writing awards

The other jokes are outrageous plot coincidences and ridiculous statements by the characters. For example, the murder in the art museum is committed by shoving a cod (yes, a big fish) down the throat of the professor. Naturally, our hero is implicated in this crime because every single fish scale contains a copy of his fingerprint! The hero (Robert Donglan) is the best Annagramist in all of London. The police call him to the scene of crime to puzzle out a mysterious anagram, which the dying professor managed to write in his own blood - "The Chatholic Curch Had Me Murdered!" Will Mr Donglan be able to discern the meaning behind this obscure message?

One good thing about this parody is that while it makes fun of the plot and characters of The Da Vinci Code, but it doesn't do a tedious chapter by chapter rewrite. The Da Vinci Cod lampoons the longwinded book by Dan Brown by being a concise story. It also makes subtle fun of the Da Vinci Code by offering a ridiculous explanation of the Mona Lisa that is nonetheless at least as plausible the stuff Dan Brown dreamed up.

This book is only 180 pages, you can read it one enjoyable afternoon.

If you really loved The Da Vinci Code, then maybe you would not enjoy seeing a treasured tale mocked. But I was disappointed in the Da Vinci Code. Perhaps no book could have lived up to the hype, but I thought Brown's book had a terrible plot. Some of the puzzles and research he wrote about was interesting, but the story he crafted around those research gems was lame. I thought the movie was disappointing too.

Other books I think are funny: Confederacy of Dunces, Fletch (the first three in that series are the best), The Bear Went Over the Mountain, Freddy and Fredricka, some of the zany books about Discworld. I also think Mad Magazine humor is pretty good.