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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.

Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c2005, c2004.
Edition: 1st Harvest ed.
ISBN: 9780156028592
Branch Call Number: Fic Grossman
Characteristics: 348 p. ; 24 cm.


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May 27, 2014

Very enjoyable book I picked up kind of by accident just because I wanted a paperback. Even though 10 yrs old it reads very contemporary considering there's a lot about technology. It's fun to watch Edward, who is used to taking risks with other people's money but not with his own life, have an Adventure. Crazy ending I did not see coming.

Mar 06, 2014

The first part of the book is very good and addicting, while the climax isn't great. I seem to not really enjoy this style of ending from the author and it is very popular. Interesting ideas however.

Jun 25, 2013

I stuck with this novel for several chapters, but found that the author had an unfortunate propensity for telling rather than showing. Although this issue improved as the book continued, I also realized that I did not want to be absorbed by the same virtual worlds being explored by the protagonist. I put the book down and walked out into a lovely summer's day.

Jul 19, 2012

It takes some time to warm up to the main characters and to root for them. It has some surprising twists and turns. It's a bit of a read-alike for The Da Vinci Code. This book has some more obscure references though and less bloodshed.

iRead26 Jun 23, 2011

This book moves very slowly. At around page 187 it starts to get interesting. It's already a bit out of date in its references to technology. Doesn't compare to the author's other book, The Magicians, which I loved!


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