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The Rule of Four

by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason X
The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell, Dustin Thomason
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    May 2004, 384 pages
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    Jun 2005, 464 pages

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The Rule of Four received very good reviews when it was published in hardcover last year, and both the hardcover and the newly released paperback appear to be selling well. However, it is interesting to note that of all the books shortlisted for the 2004 BookBrowse Awards (which about 1,000 BookBrowse subscribers voted on earlier this year), The Rule of Four was one of the most widely read but lowest rated of the books. I suspect that this was because many people bought it believing it was going to be similar to the 'Da Vinci Code' (to which it was often compared), but in reality it is a much denser read.

The mysterious coded manuscript that forms the core of the book is The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili - a late 15th century Italian text. You can browse a reproduction of the book at http://mitpress.mit.edu/e-books/HP/

Caldwell and Thomason have been friends since they were eight years old. They're currently at work on their next book.  See them in a short video recording or read an interview at BookBrowse.

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