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  • There are a lot of people who consider themselves Christians who don't consider themselves Roman Catholic, so I'm not sure that Pullman's work is as particularly offensive as a whole as people outside of both groups might believe. However, I found the ending of the whole trilogy to be a letdown. Perhaps people take offense to the ineffective resolution of a great story.

    As for Dan Brown, my understanding is that he lifted the conspiracy almost wholesale from a lesser-known 1982 novel called Holy Blood, H

    • Unless you're making a deliberate point about the quality of the research, I should point out that The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail (as it was originally titled - another pointless US renaming) is not intended as a novel. The original authors intended it (and it's many sequels) as serious historical research. Many people disagree with them :)

      And you're right - Foucault's Pendulum is far superior to either The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail and The Da Vinci Code.
      • I haven't read Holy Blood, Holy Grail, so I can't comment on it with much authority. From what I've heard, though, anything that feels the need apologize for unsupported theories with phrases such as "This may be the case, but we can't prove it" is much closer to a novel than serious research of any kind. Perhaps my sources were both subtle and clever.

        (I originally thought it was French, with the obvious pun of sang real and san greal.)