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Codex by Lev Grossman
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Apr 04, 2009

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Interesting book that had just tons and tons of positive reviews. It’s funny how so many people find a book to be “mesmerizing” or “a page turner”. Although the story line was ok, it really didn’t seem to me to be a page turner. Edward Wozny is a young, successful investment banker. He is promoted to a new post in London. He has two weeks to report. On the first day or so, one of his clients requests that he take on a special project of cataloging their rare book collection. Even though Edward really doesn’t feel like doing it, he simply can’t say no. In fact, the entire book has Edward constantly not feeling like doing much of anything. He spends most of his time complaining about doing any work, yet every time he does, something somewhat exciting happens. He then lets it all go and becomes depressed again. Meanwhile, as the reviewers think it is “brilliant”, the author somehow ties a video game into the plot, having Edward become obsessed with it. Of course, the “surprise” of the story is that the video game is directly intertwined with the whole solution. The sad part of this “brilliant surprise clue” was that it was neither really “necessary”, nor was it really in the big picture “ a logical solution” created by the author. It could have done better without the whole video game aspect. But that is the very reason for all of the great accolades. The whole randomness of the author’s creation is only superseded by the apparent “geekiness” of the author.
I love bibliophile sleuth books. This one clumsily plodded along and was sadly predictable.


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