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ISBN13: 9780151010660
ISBN10: 0151010668
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This clever literary thriller concentrates on a series of incidents that appear straightforward but grow more and more complicated as our protagonist's mission to track down an ancient codex runs eerily parallel to a virtual reality game he's become caught up in. Highly enjoyable page turning!
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About to depart on his first vacation in years, Edward Wozny, a hot-shot young investment banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. When asked to uncrate and organize a personal library of rare books, Edward's indignation turns to intrigue as he realizes that there may be a unique medieval codex hidden among the volumes, a treasure kept locked away for many years and for many reasons. As friends draw Edward into a peculiar and addictive computer game, his obsession deepens as he discovers surprising parallels between the game's virtual reality and the mystery of the codex.

An accomplished and entertaining thriller, Codex explores the mysterious power of books in the medieval and modern ages.

Review:

"[A] well-orchestrated final twist bring this intelligent, enjoyable novel to a fittingly understated conclusion." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Takes its place on the shelf of bibliophilic page-turners like Name of the Rose and Possession. Such a good story." The New York Times Book Review

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"Blisteringly hot. If you've ever been seduced by libraries and the dusty history of books, put Codex on your list." Santa Cruz Sentinel

Review:

"[A] captivating thriller....A trip to England and a well-orchestrated final twist bring this intelligent, enjoyable novel to a fittingly understated conclusion." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Grossman...adds a new twist to the emerging bibliothriller subgenre by combining rare books with computer gaming." Booklist

Review:

"Alluring and meticulous. Replete with a sexy duchess, a jaded academic...and a shadowy programmer." Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[A]n artful, populist, conceptually ambitious exercise....An addictive meditation on narrative addictions." Dennis Lim, The Village Voice

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

Lev Grossman is a writer and book critic for Time. He has written articles for the New York Times, Salon, Lingua Franca, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York and the Village Voice. He lives in Brooklyn.

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One of the five worst books I've ever read. Completely inept and pointless.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780151010660
Author:
Grossman, Lev
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Orlando, Fla.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Nobility
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Book collecting
Subject:
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Subject:
Medievalists.
Subject:
Investment bankers
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series Volume:
03-5
Publication Date:
March 8, 2004
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1.34 lb

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Product details 368 pages Harcourt - English 9780151010660 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This clever literary thriller concentrates on a series of incidents that appear straightforward but grow more and more complicated as our protagonist's mission to track down an ancient codex runs eerily parallel to a virtual reality game he's become caught up in. Highly enjoyable page turning!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "[A] well-orchestrated final twist bring this intelligent, enjoyable novel to a fittingly understated conclusion." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Takes its place on the shelf of bibliophilic page-turners like Name of the Rose and Possession. Such a good story."
"Review" by , "Blisteringly hot. If you've ever been seduced by libraries and the dusty history of books, put Codex on your list."
"Review" by , "[A] captivating thriller....A trip to England and a well-orchestrated final twist bring this intelligent, enjoyable novel to a fittingly understated conclusion."
"Review" by , "Grossman...adds a new twist to the emerging bibliothriller subgenre by combining rare books with computer gaming."
"Review" by , "Alluring and meticulous. Replete with a sexy duchess, a jaded academic...and a shadowy programmer."
"Review" by , "[A]n artful, populist, conceptually ambitious exercise....An addictive meditation on narrative addictions."
"Synopsis" by ,
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.

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