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Codex Paperback – May 2, 2005
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For the most part, Edward moves through his adventure merely following Margaret's dedicated lead. As each new twist unfolds, he slips further into the comforting daydream of a life that isn't his but is as thrilling as the race for the codex. Codex wrestles with notions of dreams and reality that commingle as Edward finds himself adrift in a sea of passionate scholars and Old World plots. In all, Lev Grossman's novel is excellent entry into the emerging genre of literary history thrillers with an added twist for the technophile. --Jeremy Pugh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is the first online review I have ever written about anything, but I thought this book was so bad I owed it to people to try to steer them away from it. I, like other reviewers here, only finished the book to see if it would get better. It didn't. And to think that this kind of tripe gets published when there are much better books getting turned down right and left.
Don't waste your money or your time. I only wish I could give it fewer stars.
What a great ride the first 3/4 of this book provided! Effortless segues between modern labyrinthine MYST-like games and medieval mysteries, with enough intriguing characters and a very human protagonist, and as the narrative galloped toward the end, accelerating in suspense and menace, I kept noticing that there were far too many loose ends to be tied up and too few pages to do so (sorry about the mixed metaphors). Authors should not tackle thrillers if they can't resolve them with satisfactory endings. I thought I'd missed something, went back and read the last few pages. Even thought my book may have lost some pages somehow. But reading some of the other reviews, I realize that I hadn't missed anything. There was nothing there to miss.
I did not find the plot to be intriguing nor in the slightest bit believable, instead, it seemed contrived to fit a tidey, neat little literary mystery package.
Instead seek these codexes:
Mathew Pearl's 'Dante Club'
Carlos Ruiz Zafon's 'The Shadow in the Wind'
Arturo Perez-Reverte's 'Club Dumas'
Erik Larson's 'The Devil in the White City'
I enjoy good trash. Which this book isn't. Just to add a couple of examples to the mountain of problems presented by the other reviewers here, to toss off the Letter of Aristaeus as a literary hoax, or to have a scholarly character dogmatically insist that some particular lacuna cannot exist, exposes such an ignorance of paleography that makes the writing of a book titled 'Codex' an unlikely project.
But aside from the flaws, this book reveals something, I can't say exactly what, but something corrupt about the whole publishing/editing/reviewing process. I am convinced that nobody, not one person, actually read this book from beginning to end before it was published.
The number of obvious editing errors increases from chapter to chapter; and I'm talking about the paperback edition, where errors from the hardcover are usually corrected.
The excerpted reviews are from the New York Times, the Village Voice, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, novelist Iain Pears, places and people who should know better. The book I read before this, a meticulously researched volume by the brilliant stylist Penelope Fitzgerald, had only a few quoted reviews. Yes, I hear you, buyer beware!
I can't help imagining that a scandal might erupt someday among book reviewers; just like the brokers/investment advisors in 2000, or the accountants/bottom line inflators at the now defunct accounting firms, I imagine investigative reporters uncovering collusion, conflicts of interest, and who knows what.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A historical mystery almost as rich and packed with details as an Umberto Eco novel. A thrilling read that continues to build layers of suspense all the way to its final pages.Published 5 days ago by Cynt Woodward
A lot of it just doesn't make any sense. Why would some rich Brits choose a 25-year-old investment banker to catalog and organize an old library? Read morePublished 29 days ago by Lee Fleming
Wanted this Lev Grossman tale to be more amazing, but great ending. Give it a try.Published 1 month ago by Rosemary F
This book was a great disappointment. I recently finished reading his Magicians trilogy and was excited the read more by Lev Grossman. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Walking Man
THE WORST ENDING. I was so deeply disappointed in myself for investing time into this book.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Edward was living the life. He had just been promoted and was moving from NYC to London-big shot banker. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rebecca Zelazny
The novel is a slow start and it took awhile to get the narrative rolling but toward the end I couldn't put it down.Published 5 months ago by margaret donaghue
Good story but I would have liked a more complex ending. All the loose ends were tied up too quickly and with little impact on the characters--their lives were still separate and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Melody Chambers