There's nothing actually wrong with this book, for me it just felt too quirky and too witty (without being witty). Perhaps I would have liked it at 13, but not at 30.
This charming book takes the best elements of different genres -- mystery, hero's quest, code making and breaking, and even a sprinkle of good old fashioned growing up -- and makes something that is both all of them and not quite any, but certainly satisfying. Not only that, but there is something for all lovers of crafts and craftsmen... even audiobooks. Sloan nimbly balances seemingly conflicting worlds and ideas to bring about something wholly enjoyable, and Fliakos provides a perfect voice for the twenty-something narrator trying to figure out his life and identity at least as much as the literary goings-on. I listened to this in a single day, it was just that captivating.
Delightful sounds old-fashioned, but when you come across a story like none you've ever read, and you love it, the best word is delightful. The media employed to tell great stories is more varied than ever, but great stories will always be about life, love, friendship, work, mystery and serendipity. Boomers and millennials will find a new fondness for each other in these pages, whether paper or tou ch-screen. The performance was spor-on.
I became weary of this book about a third of the way through but I was just curious enough to start skipping through the chapters to see if it got back on track or at least see what the big reveal was. I got to chapter 19 or 20 and it seemed like there was a caper going. There was, sort of, but the height of the suspense was wondering if the hero would faint because he didn't eat dinner. I only wish I was kidding and that was when I was done. You should not start
I prefer non-fiction and historical fiction to novels and if you do too, this will be a light, fast and halfway entertaining book. It has the elements of the typical novel: a bit of romance, the plot that moves rather quickly to the big climax, and lots of details that try to make it sound true. It was a light read for sure.
I loved reading this book! It's definitely one of the most original and true statements about the resilient magic of books in light of advancing power of technology that only seems to threaten the survival of the centuries-old relationship between the reader and the written word, as well as among the fellowship of readers themselves.
I really tried to finish this book. the story droned on and on. I found myself checking to see how much longer the book was and if I could manage to get through it. I couldn't.... the reader was expressive but it just doesn't capture enough to keep the story from being riddled with too many geeky computer references and irrelevant banter about nothing.