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review 2018-02-08 15:53
Lexicon by Max Barry
Lexicon - Max Barry

What a fun read. Interesting ideas, good use of fantasy, characters I cared for, worried about a bit and wanted to come out OK. A fairly romance-heavy speculative book (I really wouldn't call it sci-fi, but I'm no master at these things. Seemed like sci-fi lite, at most.) Romance is not my normal fare, but I wanted this dyad to work. I'm usually not in favor of the romance working, so that says something actually.


I saw the main "twist" coming long before it did, but I didn't know how things would turn out after that, so I was all aboard for the ride.


Some interesting things about the lexicon and yet another novel this year that deals with the theme of words meaning far more than the sounds they make or the direct message. It reminded me a bit of micro-expression analysis, only with words -- which is cool. Especially if you could do both, but tragically, I doubt either of them are truly reliable. This is why speculative fiction, sci-fi, fantasy are so good.


It did seem like after the big reveal, the plot got muddier, but it was not a mess by a long shot. It was an easy treat, done in one night and off the library stack that's due soon. I liked this one!

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review 2016-08-22 01:21
[Book Review] Lexicon
Lexicon - Max Barry

Lexicon is a book about words, about using them to manipulate and control the world around you.  About power, balances, and relationships.

In some ways Lexicon is a light thriller with a unique premise.  In other ways it is a very complex and multilayered story.  Part of my reason for picking it as a book club read was that I knew I would be able to read this quickly, something I generally need in July, and it delivered.

My discussion questions are limited, but ones that are tied deeply to the narrative itself, and questions that are not necessarily insubstantial on their own.

Discussion Fodder

  • What issues does Lexicon bring up in regards to privacy and personal data?  "But what bothers me is how HARD they're all working for that data, how much money they're spending, and how they never admit that's what they want."
  • Words have power, what are the different ways this story explores it?  What ways do they have power in your life and the world at large?
  • How do words shape our conceptions and understanding?
  • Is there a hero of the story?
Source: libromancersapprentice.blogspot.com/2016/08/book-review-lexicon.html
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Lexicon for A Tested Love: O-Z

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url 2015-10-31 00:48
Lexicon for A Tested Love: A-D

 Find out a bit about the world Andreas and Theron live in.

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review 2015-05-20 00:00
Lexicon - Max Barry Lexicon is, at it's heart, a story about neurolinguistic programming and what happens when a group of people not only have access to its power, but keep it a secret from the rest of the human race. It's clever, weaving in recent politics and societal trends into the framework of conspiracy, and painting a Darwinian picture of the nature of such a society within society.

The neurolinguistic aspects of the story hark back to Neal Stephenson's brilliant Snow Crash, but this is a very different beast. Absent the futuristic dystopia, any reference to a cyberpunk like "cyberspace", this is a novel set very much in "contemporary" times with contemporary technology.

Absent too is much of the wry humour of Stephenson's Snow Crash, making this a much darker and far more brutal novel than the former.

That said, it is a thought provoking page-turner that grabs the reader with the initial questions and doesn't let go, dragging us through an adrenaline filled present interspaced with chapters of a fascinating past, and challenging us to guess how we got here from there - until all threads are tidily, and satisfactorily, resolved in the climax and denouement.

There is great tragedy in what is in some ways an epic, blood-stained love story, contrasted against another, very sad one.

In short, brilliant. Read it.
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