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Codex by Lev Grossman
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Aug 09, 2007

it was ok
Read in April, 2007

Here's the thing. I loved the story and the way it unfolded--at a leisurely pace, with moments of inspiration and excitement. The problem, however, is that the last couple of chapters build build build and FIZZLE. There were at least half a dozen scenarios that I could think of for the ending as I was reading up to it, and instead what I got was this uninspired, pat ending with loose ends left everywhere. I don't need everything to be resolved by the end, but really. The author couldn't have at least given us another chapter? Was there a deadline or a word limit or something? The whole thing left me cold and reminded me of how I feel when I read Michael Chrichton's books. Meaty and interesting plot & content (even if it feels a LITTLE like it's cashing in on the DaVinci Code trend), highly unsatisfying ending. My rec: read this book until about 20 pages from the end, then stop. Whatever you imagine as the ending will likely be way cooler than what the author wrote.
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message 1: by Jyv (new) - rated it 2 stars

Jyv I couldn't agree more. I found it an interesting story until that point and the ending was utterly pathetic. A HUGE disappointment.

Susanna I wish I had taken your advice.

message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I completely agree with you. The last few chapters turned it from a weird book with tons of potential for greatness into the only book I ever hated.

Emily Van Coolput My thought exactly… tbh it left me wondering if it wasn't just the first part of a series, but apparently not.

message 5: by Co (new) - rated it 3 stars

Co Completely agree. Ending was pretty much a shrug.

message 6: by Sidney (new)

Sidney The plot made a lot of promises it couldn't keep. The computer game felt tacked on. I kept thinking there would be some great tie-in of the game to the plot but it never came.

message 7: by Amy (new) - rated it 5 stars

Amy Hodges I just finished Codex, and although I understand where you all are coming from in regards to the ending - I was surprised at how satisfying the ending was to me. I'm okay with an ending that feels melancholy but hopeful & really doesn't seem like an ending at all...I have never read an author that is able to describe depression as well as he does - it's brilliant. And I think the injection of realism into fantasy is refreshing. I can feel his good intentions of trying to create something that will inspire or teach or be great without him having to spell everything out for me and more importantly, I feel connected and understood when I finish his books - so that may explain the satisfaction. I look forward to the next Lev Grossman novel - I think the best is yet to come.

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