The Rule of Four

by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0440241359 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Quez45 on 1/25/2006
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8 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by Quez45 on Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Just received this from a TitleTrader.com member.

Journal Entry 2 by Quez45 on Monday, February 20, 2006
Excellent book, but I honestly thought it was going to be better than I expected (just my own opinion). Either way, still a great read.

Journal Entry 3 by Quez45 on Monday, March 06, 2006
This bookray was stalled and then restarted by kiyoitsukikage. Please visit kiyoitsukikage's journal entry for this book here for the list of participants in this ray.



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  • WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE BOOK, please make a journal entry. This way we know that it has arrived safe and sound.
  • Please PM the next person on the list for confirmation of their mailing address as soon as you can. This makes sure they haven't moved or gone on an extended vacation, and reduces the chances of the book getting lost in the mail.
  • Please try to finish the book within a reasonable amount of time. This will allow us to keep the bookray moving, and avoid having it getting placed on a "to be read" pile for an undetermined amount of time. Also, if you don't like it, don't feel obligated to finish it before sending it on its way.
  • When you finish the book, please make a journal entry (NOT RELEASE NOTES) to let us know when you are finished and that it has been mailed. This way we all know it's traveling again.
  • If you are last on the list, it's up to you what to do with the book after reading it. You can keep it, trade it, wild release it, whatever!
  • Most of all...Happy Reading!
If you run into any issues, or have any questions, feel free to PM me. Enjoy!

Participants in this bookray:
  1. Quez45: Oak Ridge, N.J., USA
  2. nyota24: Richmond, Va., USA
  3. gkkk4: Franklin, Mass., USA
  4. dragonfly4: Ste Adele, Quebec, Canada
  5. kizmiaz: Lisbon, Portugal
  6. conto: Lisboa, Portugal
  7. marko167: Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
  8. Bubble74: Wallington, Surrey, United Kingdom
  9. skoopmanschap: Woudenberg, Utrecht, Netherlands
  10. kiyoitsukikage: Swidnik, Lubelskie, Poland (<-- stalled and restarted by kiyoitsukikage; see new journal entry here)
  11. Lukutoukka: Tampere, Pirkanmaa, Finland
  12. alice2623663: Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
  13. Enidq: Calif., USA
  14. BigBlueMarble: Greenbelt, Md., USA
  15. kidlitmp: Greencastle, Pa., USA
  16. adah-price: St. Louis, Mo., USA
  17. babyimran: Kajang, Selangor, Malaysia

Journal Entry 4 by Quez45 on Friday, March 10, 2006
This book is on it's way to nyota24 to start this bookray! Enjoy!

Journal Entry 5 by nyota24 from Richmond, Virginia USA on Monday, March 13, 2006
Arrived safe and sound in today's mail -- thanks!

I am bumping it to the top of the Great Wall of TBR.

Journal Entry 6 by nyota24 from Richmond, Virginia USA on Sunday, March 26, 2006
I finished this over the weekend and dropped it into Monday's mail.

I don't want to say too much with people waiting to read it, but I do think this is a MUCH better book than The DaVinci Code.

Journal Entry 7 by gkkk4 from Franklin, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, March 30, 2006
Just received in the bookring from nyota24 - will read as soon as I'm done with my current library book. Thanks!

Journal Entry 8 by gkkk4 from Franklin, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Finally finished this book; there was awhile when I thought I might not - it just didn't grab me and I set it aside (part of my issue was mentally stumbling all the time on the pronounciation of name of the tome the tale centers on, haha!) But I'm glad I picked it up again, as it turned out that right where I'd stopped reading, it started getting more interesting and readable.

Hard to describe, this story is definitely one of those "searching for the ancient and profound secret" stories, but this is the only way in which it compares to The DaVinci Code (which comparison is probably unfortunately inevitable). I'm not going to try to summarize the plot. I'll only say it is worth reading.

I'd previously PMd kizmiaz who was after me in the ray list, but I see dragonfly4 is now the person to send to next. I've PMd her for her address.

Thanks for sharing this book.

Journal Entry 9 by dragonfly4 on Sunday, June 11, 2006
This arrived on Thursday. I am moving in less than a week, but promise I will get to it as soon as possible.

Journal Entry 10 by dragonfly4 on Sunday, July 09, 2006
The book was sent to kizmiaz last week. Sorry for the delay in journaling. Things are very hectic with moving and building a new house.

I don't know if it was my busy life, but the book never really grabbed me. At times it seemed more like a brochure for Princeton University than a mystery novel. I think it was the constant moving back and forth in time that put me off. I'd love to find out more about the book they were studying (I won't even try and spell it). I'm surprised we haven't heard much about it before. Thank you Quez45 for sharing.

Journal Entry 11 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, August 21, 2006
Just got it, I'll try to read it as soon as I can, although I have a couple of books going right now.

Journal Entry 12 by kizmiaz from Belém , Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Let me start by saying that I hate TV series/movies/books that go in the C.S.I. vein, what I mean is that I don’t like it when they give me the food all chewed up and therefore deprive me from thinking and trying to figure it out for myself.
That said I must say that this book was a big letdown, there were some very interesting points in the story, specially the ones relating to Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, but I found the college part of the book quite predictable and deja-vu.
Sent to Switzerland today (27.09.2006)

Journal Entry 13 by wingcontowing from Lisboa (city), Lisboa (distrito) Portugal on Tuesday, September 19, 2006
I've read this book about a week ago and then passed it on to kizmiaz before being able to journal it... that's why I'm doing so now, after him: didn't have the bcid with me!

Now, about the book: I'm sorry to say it was quite a disapointment! I had great hopes for this one (and maybe that's also why) but I just thought it quite a bit booring. Really liked everything about the discovery of the riddles inside Hypnerotomachia and really disliked everything else about it!

Anyway, I was glad to get the opportunity to read it, once it was on my wishlist for so long. Thanks a lot Quez45, for it, for the invitation to join and for relisting the participants for my sake!
Thank you as well, kizmiaz, for letting me go on reading before you've been able to do so!

Journal Entry 14 by marko167 from Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Received this last week. Apologies for not registering quicker but life has been complicated and busy since getting back from holiday. Have a couple books in front of this but shouldn't take me too long.

Journal Entry 15 by marko167 from Sant Pere de Ribes, Barcelona Spain on Thursday, November 09, 2006
This book just didn’t do it for me. It tried to reach the intellectual heights of the master of this genre, Umberto Eco and failed. And also tried to be fast moving and exciting like the pulp trash writer Dam Brown and didn’t manage this nicely.

It kept me reading as I wanted to see how it turned out but I was ultimately disappointed.

Much is made on the cover about it taking six years to write and I’m afraid it shows.

If I was to compare this to a movie and Eco is an Oscar winning masterpiece, Dan Brown is Scooby Doo then I’m afraid this book is one of those Sunday afternoon movies that you are just too lazy to get up and switch off, that you forget the moment the next show starts.

In the post this lunchtime.

Journal Entry 16 by Bubble74 on Monday, November 20, 2006
Thanks to marko167 who sent me this as part of bookring. I am looking forward to getting stuck in.

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