Not really, no. By the end of book I was more annoyed than anything.
The Magicians and The Magician King are both enjoyable and I'm interested in the continuation of that series.
Not a fan.He does female voices well but he has an odd way of finishing sentences that started to grate on me after awhile.
No. There is not enough here to justify a sequel.
I enjoyed The Magicians and The Magician King so I figured I would check out this one. It's got an interesting premise and, given the tone of the other two books, I expected something similar with this. I was disappointed. I'd almost say the synopsis is misleading. The game, while taking up a good portion of the narrative, isn't all that important to the plot. By the end, the game is really superfluous to the overall story arc. And there are a few tense moments where you're expecting something to happen and nothing actually does. He builds a lot of moments that should have some kind of thrilling ending but they never materialize. The two man characters sneaking around in the dark, tension builds and then... nothing. They walk away with nothing at all happening. Once or twice that's okay but he does that in just about every instance. The other shoe that's waiting to drop does not only never drop, it doesn't even exist. No more is this apparent than in the ending. It's completely anti-climatic. All the energy put in to the game story arc has no bearing on the conclusion, the codex itself is nothing what you expect and it all boils down to family politics. If you're thinking of getting this book for some sort of supernatural thriller, don't waste your time. It's not a supernatural thriller and it's certainly not fantasy. Not in any sense. At best it's an uninspired novel of the garden variety fiction novel.
If I had listened to this book before Lev Grossman's other work, I probably would not have done so. This was the very first audio book that I could not bear to finish because it was so dreadful. I was very disappointed.
Yes, but based on his other work. If I listened to second book like this, I probably would forgo Lev Grossman's work in the future.
Yes, I loved Codex. I was reading (listening to) a New York Times member one bestseller with a sexy twist when I began reading Codex. I couldn’t stop listening to Codex until I had finished it. It moved along right from the first page. It sucked me into the story and kept me there. I highly recommend.
I liked the way that it kept moving forward without wondering off on needless side trips.
My favorite scene was when Margaret began assembling the Codex.
An interesting premise quickly deteriorated. The main character isn't interesting. Forty percent of the story describes his poor performance in a video game. The narrator makes it worse with a droning delivery. The book suddenly ended irrationally. Save your credits.
The plot is unbelievably slow and the writing is very bland. Almost anything would have made it better.
This book was long and tedious. I kept expecting that it would get better, but in the end you are left confused and very unsatisfied. This book was a total waste of time and money.
All of them.