Friday, October 14, 2005

Maybe you should read: Codex.

By a chap called Lev Grossman. If the name rings a bell, think Time magazine. He reviews books for it.

Codex is a great book, if:
1. You like oddish titles, especially ones that pun. (Yeah, codecs. Short for compression/ decompression, a codec is any technology for compressing and decompressing data.)
2. You're working yourself up to reading Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.
3. You've ever wondered about the existence of obscure texts other than the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, immortalised in Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason's The Rule of Four.
4. You've been unfortunate enough to do a paper on Medieval English in college.

It's quite ho-hum, if:
1. You like your books to have proper endings.
2. And proper heroes.

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