About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hotshot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. His task is to search their library stacks for a precious medieval codex, a treasure kept sealed away for many years and for... show more
About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hotshot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. His task is to search their library stacks for a precious medieval codex, a treasure kept sealed away for many years and for many reasons. Enlisting the help of passionate medievalist Margaret Napier, Edward is determined to solve the mystery of the codex-to understand its significance to his wealthy clients, and to decipher the seeming parallels between the legend of the codex and an obsessive role-playing computer game that has absorbed him in the dark hours of the night.The chilling resolution brings together the medieval and the modern aspects of the plot in a twist worthy of earning comparisons to novels by William Gibson and Dan Brown, not to mention those by A. S. Byatt and Umberto Eco. Lev Grossman's Codex is a thriller of the highest order.
Publish date: May 2nd 2005
Publisher: Harvest Books
Pages no: 348
Edition language: English
, Books About Books
, Historical Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
This is just such a weirdly-conceived book. I think it wants to be a more cerebral Da Vinci Code, but what it ends up being is neither particularly cerebral nor particularly successful as a thriller. It follows Edward, a hotshot financial lawyer person (I think?), as he's hired by the mysterious...
Neither well-written enough or intriguing enough to finish. Grossman actually resorts to having his protagonist catch sight of himself in the mirror so he can describe his (probably very average, but I wouldn't know because this damn book is so full of useless descriptions that I was exhausted of th...
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"Codex" caught my attention when seeking additional reads like, "Erebos." I cannot speak highly enough of, "Codex." This creation was the perfect blend of historical mystery and techno-fantasy with a labyrinthine plot.Upon arriving here today to write this review, I was positively puzzled to read so...
One of the most boring books I ever read.