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ISBN13: 9780156028592
ISBN10: 015602859x
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Staff Pick

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!
Recommended by Mark, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

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When hotshot young investment banker Edward Wozny is called to the home of an important and mysterious client, the last thing he expects is to be ordered to uncrate and organize a library of rare books. Edward's indignation turns to curiosity when he learns that among the volumes there may be hidden a unique medieval codex, a priceless treasure kept sealed away for many years and for many reasons.

Enlisting the help of Margaret Napier, a passionate and brilliant medieval scholar, Edward learns the strange history of the codex's author, Gervase of Langford, as well as the dark, intricate tale that lies within the missing medieval text. As Edward's obsession with the codex deepens, friends introduce him to MOMUS, an addictive computer game set in a fantasy world that, perplexingly, begins to parallel the legend of the codex. Yet MOMUS confounds more than it clarifies, and it becomes evident that someone is trying to prevent Edward and Margaret from ever finding the elusive codex. As they race against an unknown enemy, the two begin to uncover secrets that the codex's powerful owner will do anything to keep hidden.

An accomplished, powerful literary thriller, Codex explores dark mysteries of both the medieval era and the present, keeping readers guessing right up until its astonishing conclusion.

Review:

"An exhilarating literary tour de force...mesmerizing from start to finish. A fabulous double-helix of a novel." Baltimore Sun

Review:

"A genuine treat with its sneaky plot and richly-textured storytelling. Moves so fast you won't realize how smart it is." San Francisco Chronicle

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:

"As in cyberfantasy, there are side trips andnarrow escapes and dwarfish types with helpful tips, and if Time book critic Grossman weren't so smooth and dry, one might think about hitting esc. Sophisticated, scholarly fun and games." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

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

Review:

"Often sophisticated...Codex is rife with far-fetched coincidences and anticlimactic plot twists. Still, Grossman...creates an alluring and meticulous fantasy world... (Grade: B)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[T]akes its place on the shelf of self-referential, bibliophilic page turners like The Name of the Rose [and] Possession...and it's as entertaining as any of them....What sets Grossman's novel apart is not its abstractions but the satisfying concreteness of his metaphors." New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Before the indifferent plotting and the lazy writing do Codex in, it's a moderately engrossing time-killer....The real problem with Codex is that it's a popular entertainment stuck in the uneasy middleground between high and low." Newsday

Review:

"[C]erebral, stylish...one of those rare novels that transcend categorization: it is part mystery, part thriller, part romance and part literary history." BookPage

Review:

"A fiercely addictive page-turner, Codex is also a fascinating and informative exploration into some of the most exclusive and unusual (and highly inaccessible) realms of society..." San Diego Union-Tribune

Review:

"Grossman...writes with an accessible, inviting style, and his characters are appealingly human....[His] knowledge of rare books, moreover, is solid and impressively articulated, although the driving premise is invented." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"As literary thrillers go, this is pretty slim stuff...that lacks the complexity, plausibility, or stakes found in works by Ross King, Iain Pears, Arturo Perez-Reverte, or Umberto Eco....[E]ngrossing, if ultimately unsatisfying..." Library Journal

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.

Synopsis:

A hotshot 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, the young man's indignation turns to intrigue as he realizes that there may be a unique medieval codex hidden among the volumes.

Synopsis:

A National Bestseller

"A genuine treat with its sneaky plot and richly textured storytelling." -San Francisco Chronicle

Edward Wozny, a hotshot young banker, is about to leave for vacation when he is sent to help an important yet mysterious client. His task: search the family library for a precious, centuries-old codex that may not even exist. Enlisting the expertise of medievalist Margaret Napier, Edward is determined to solve the mystery of the codex and to decipher the parallels between the codex legend and a computer game that absorbs him in the dark hours of the night.

Weaving the medieval and the modern aspects of its plot in a chilling twist, Codex is a thriller of the highest order.

"Takes its place on the shelf of self-referential, bibliophilic page turners like The Name of the Rose, Possession and A Case of Curiosities, and it's as entertaining as any of them."--The New York Times Book Review

"This puzzle of 'nested secrets within secrets' is tailor-made for fans of The Name of the Rose and The Club Dumas." --Detroit Free-Press

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LEV GROSSMAN is Time magazine's book critic. He has written for the New York Times, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, and Time Out New York. He lives in Brooklyn.

About the Author

Lev Grossman is Time magazine's book critic. He has written articles for the New York Times, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Time Out New York, and the Village Voice. He lives in Brooklyn.

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Stevebux, August 19, 2007 (view all comments by Stevebux)
A really entertaining book, well thought out plot, keeps you entertained from the first to the last page. Read the book over a weekend, had to put it down several times, couldn't wait to get back to it though.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156028592
Author:
Grossman, Lev
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st paperback ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
May 2, 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.72 lb

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Product details 368 pages Harvest Books - English 9780156028592 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!

"Review" by , "An exhilarating literary tour de force...mesmerizing from start to finish. A fabulous double-helix of a novel."
"Review" by , "A genuine treat with its sneaky plot and richly-textured storytelling. Moves so fast you won't realize how smart it is."
"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 , "As in cyberfantasy, there are side trips andnarrow escapes and dwarfish types with helpful tips, and if Time book critic Grossman weren't so smooth and dry, one might think about hitting esc. Sophisticated, scholarly fun and games."
"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]n artful, populist, conceptually ambitious exercise....An addictive meditation on narrative addictions."
"Review" by , "Often sophisticated...Codex is rife with far-fetched coincidences and anticlimactic plot twists. Still, Grossman...creates an alluring and meticulous fantasy world... (Grade: B)"
"Review" by , "[T]akes its place on the shelf of self-referential, bibliophilic page turners like The Name of the Rose [and] Possession...and it's as entertaining as any of them....What sets Grossman's novel apart is not its abstractions but the satisfying concreteness of his metaphors."
"Review" by , "Before the indifferent plotting and the lazy writing do Codex in, it's a moderately engrossing time-killer....The real problem with Codex is that it's a popular entertainment stuck in the uneasy middleground between high and low."
"Review" by , "[C]erebral, stylish...one of those rare novels that transcend categorization: it is part mystery, part thriller, part romance and part literary history."
"Review" by , "A fiercely addictive page-turner, Codex is also a fascinating and informative exploration into some of the most exclusive and unusual (and highly inaccessible) realms of society..."
"Review" by , "Grossman...writes with an accessible, inviting style, and his characters are appealingly human....[His] knowledge of rare books, moreover, is solid and impressively articulated, although the driving premise is invented."
"Review" by , "As literary thrillers go, this is pretty slim stuff...that lacks the complexity, plausibility, or stakes found in works by Ross King, Iain Pears, Arturo Perez-Reverte, or Umberto Eco....[E]ngrossing, if ultimately unsatisfying..."
"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.

"Synopsis" by , A hotshot 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, the young man's indignation turns to intrigue as he realizes that there may be a unique medieval codex hidden among the volumes.
"Synopsis" by ,
A National Bestseller

"A genuine treat with its sneaky plot and richly textured storytelling." -San Francisco Chronicle

Edward Wozny, a hotshot young banker, is about to leave for vacation when he is sent to help an important yet mysterious client. His task: search the family library for a precious, centuries-old codex that may not even exist. Enlisting the expertise of medievalist Margaret Napier, Edward is determined to solve the mystery of the codex and to decipher the parallels between the codex legend and a computer game that absorbs him in the dark hours of the night.

Weaving the medieval and the modern aspects of its plot in a chilling twist, Codex is a thriller of the highest order.

"Takes its place on the shelf of self-referential, bibliophilic page turners like The Name of the Rose, Possession and A Case of Curiosities, and it's as entertaining as any of them."--The New York Times Book Review

"This puzzle of 'nested secrets within secrets' is tailor-made for fans of The Name of the Rose and The Club Dumas." --Detroit Free-Press

[Author photo]

LEV GROSSMAN is Time magazine's book critic. He has written for the New York Times, Salon, Entertainment Weekly, and Time Out New York. He lives in Brooklyn.

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