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Codex de Lev Grossman
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Codex (2004 original; edició 2005)

de Lev Grossman

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Edward Wozny, a hot shot young banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. When asked to uncrate and organise a personal library of rare books, Edward's initial indignation turns to intrigue as he realises that among the volumes there may be hidden a unique medieval codex, a priceless bound manuscript that has been kept sealed away for many years and for many reasons. Edward's intrigue becomes obsession that only deepens as friends draw him into a peculiar and addictive computer game and mystifying paralells begin to emerge between the game's virtual reality and the legend of the codex.… (més)
Membre:mschaefer
Títol:Codex
Autors:Lev Grossman
Informació:Harvest Books (2005), Paperback, 368 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:***1/2
Etiquetes:Books, library, rare book, England, steganography

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El Códice Secreto de Lev Grossman (2004)

  1. 52
    El codi Da Vinci de Dan Brown (conceptDawg)
    conceptDawg: The “mystery/intrigue that is tied to an historical relic” genre
  2. 20
    The Book of Air and Shadows de Michael Gruber (Jannes)
    Jannes: Mysterious manuscripts, bookish femme fatales, old libraries... if you liked one, you'll probably enjoy the other.
  3. 20
    El vuit de Katherine Neville (conceptDawg)
    conceptDawg: The “mystery/intrigue that is tied to an historical relic” genre
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  hpryor | Aug 8, 2021 |
No payoff for a long buildup. Not sure how the various pieces fit together. A bottle rocket of a book, a well written bottle rocket but ultimately underwhelming. I think I must have missed the point. I will have to reread in a year or so. I felt the same way of the Magicians at first.

Feel free to explain the ending to me. I recently read Ethan Fromme and if this is another "life sucks, no one cares, you live with your mistakes and then you die" books, I'm not buying at the moment. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
Brilliantly bizarrely, or bizarrely brilliant? Either way, an addictive page-turning mystery. ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
Codex has a very interesting premise - a long lost manuscript that holds a secret and good guys and bad guys going after it. Sure, it's been done before but I'm always up for more stories like this.

But. . . .

Ultimately unsatisfying.

It is going to be very hard for me to review this book without spoilers, so -



Edward - the main character. Not particularly likable or unlikable. How a hard driving investment banker becomes a gob of goo over a bitchy woman he sees once and talks to a couple of times on the phone is beyond me. And he definitely blew it with Margaret. What was with "Core Competencies" (how I hate that phrase!) in that last speech?

And Margaret? What was up with her at the end? Was she always with the Duke? Or at some point called up the Duke and said - "Yeh, I got it". Did she know the Duke would destroy it? I think she would have gone with Edward at the end but then he would have known what she really put in the box.

The Duke had very ineffectual friends trying to stop Edward. Really, that was the best they could do?

I read this book in about 1 day and laid awake at night pondering these questions.

The video game - well, kind of an interesting tie-in but it didn't really work all that well because it didn't really do what I thought it would do and it was just unsatisfying.

Like the entire novel.
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  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
At this point I have read every book (not including short stories) Grossman has written, including his newest children's book as a lark. I've read the magicians trilogy at least 3 times and I'll probably read it many more, they're some of my favorite books. Sadly I didn't like any of the others as much as the magicians and if I had only read the others, I'm not sure I would have expected the trilogy to be as good as it is.

What he captures in all of them is the tension between reading fantastical amazing lives in books and living mundane boring lives. All his protagonists in all the books spend a lot of their time thinking about it and they all live through what it's like to be a part of the fantastical for a while. In the silver arrow and the magicians they struggle and ultimately succeed in integrating it into their lives. It is always imperfect (I think the magicians is 3 books to realize how much work and how bitter magic is (the TV show even more so)) but they learn to deal with the mature problems of it and still enjoy the magic, accepting its hard parts.

In this book and warp, the protagonists don't escape. (Without spoilers, look at both endings). It's not because the magic was less alluring, the protagonists just don't fit into that world, and they accept that resignedly. The Magicians gets around this because Quentin is resigned to falling from magic, but the magic is kind enough to pull him back ... agonizingly and slowly.

Without going too in-depth, I think both codex and warp were written first, when he couldn't escape from his bleak feelings about the world and the endings reflect that. But magicians (maybe as it got more successful, maybe he was just happier) finds a way to turn hard work into holding onto it.

I like the magician's version much better ( )
  Lorem | Sep 21, 2020 |
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Such sorowe lady to her tok
That trewly I, that made this book,
Had such pittee and such rowthe
To rid hir sorwe that, by my trowthe,
I ferde the worse al the morwe
Aftir to thenken on hir sorwe.

- Geoffrey Chaucer,
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Edward Wozny, a hot shot young banker, is sent to help one of his firm's most important and mysterious clients. When asked to uncrate and organise a personal library of rare books, Edward's initial indignation turns to intrigue as he realises that among the volumes there may be hidden a unique medieval codex, a priceless bound manuscript that has been kept sealed away for many years and for many reasons. Edward's intrigue becomes obsession that only deepens as friends draw him into a peculiar and addictive computer game and mystifying paralells begin to emerge between the game's virtual reality and the legend of the codex.

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