Well, not exactly. Grumpy Old Bookman links to a post highly critical of Elizabeth Kostova's The Historian. Here it is: Thomas's demolition job on The Historian . Thomas says the writing is "more noticeably bad than Dan Brown's writing." That may be true of the writing, but Brown's Dick and Jane style is the least of the problems with The Da Vinci Code. Brown's is, after all, the book that has a character declaring that what makes English such a pure language is the relative paucity in it of words derived from Latin.