Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Next Up on the Reading List

Currently I am reading the "Codex" by Lev Grossman, here is the back of the book write up:
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.
I love the premise of this book and I really want to love the book. There is one big issue I find with this book that I feel like the writer or the editor should have caught. The entire first part of the book (that is as far as I have gotten) they deal with very old books and very rare books and no one wears glove. Even the expert the main character pulls in doesn't wear gloves.There are other incidents were things are just off enough to make it hard to read. I am going to try keep reading just because I love the concept of this book. 
Next book on my to read list is The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro, here is the back of the book: Almost twenty-five years after the infamous art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum—still the largest unsolved art theft in history—one of the stolen Degas paintings is delivered to the Boston studio of a young artist. Claire Roth has entered into a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner by agreeing to forge the Degas in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But as she begins her work, she starts to suspect that this long-missing masterpiece—the very one that had been hanging at the Gardner for one hundred years—may itself be a forgery. The Art Forger is a thrilling novel about seeing—and not seeing—the secrets that lie beneath the canvas.
I am so excited to start this book. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum mystery. It was my one regret on our trip to Boston that I didn't make it there. I have read a few other fictional tales how this caper was pulled off and have loved them.

And my final spring read is The Rule of Four by  Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason, here is the back of the book: Princeton. Good Friday, 1999. On the eve of graduation, two friends are a hairsbreadth from solving the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a Renaissance text that has baffled scholars for centuries. Famous for its hypnotic power over those who study it, the five-hundred-year-old Hypnerotomachia may finally reveal its secrets—to Tom Sullivan, whose father was obsessed with the book, and Paul Harris, whose future depends on it. As the deadline looms, research has stalled—until a vital clue is unearthed: a long-lost diary that may prove to be the key to deciphering the ancient text. But when a longtime student of the book is murdered just hours later, a chilling cycle of deaths and revelations begins—one that will force Tom and Paul into a fiery drama, spun from a book whose power and meaning have long been misunderstood.
As you can tell I am a sucker for books about books and / or art. I think they are some of my favorite topics.  
~ Cassi
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