Let’s get it clear: no one reads Dan Brown to uncover the mysteries of the universe or unravel the complexities of the human psyche through skillfully turned phrases. We read Dan Brown because he is bloody entertaining. He makes 500-year-old paintings relevant and textbook Dante, well, cool. I like that he’s managed to unearth such precise architectural terms that reading about Byzantine and Gothic buildings is like a vocab lesson. He’s like that supernerd in school who finds everything fascinating. My friend wasn’t wrong about the writing. What kept me going were the tiny nuggets of trivia. Just fascinating.