What a read! After finishing Dan Brown's Inferno, I dove straight into Max Barry's Lexicon. It's the most fun I've had reading a book in quite a while.
From the blurb for Lexicon, I have to admit, I had imagined something radically different that what I got. I suppose I was expecting something like Lev Grossman's The Magicians. After all, it tells the story of Emily Ruff, a 16-year-old admitted to a school for "poets" - people who use words as weapons, to persuade or control people. Sounds kind of like magic, right?
Imagine my surprise when I realized the book was in fact a thriller. Not only that, it also told the parallel story of Wil Parke, who may or may not be uniquely immune to Poets.
I had a really hard time putting the book down. I actually stayed up way too late several nights reading, only to have to give up mid-chapter when I got too sleepy to make sense of what I was reading. And it is dense reading: if you're not paying attention, you'll miss things. Max Barry showed a unique grasp of his craft, I thought; the language in the book was outstanding.
Lexicon was the most pleasant surprise I've gotten in quite a while. It was thought-provoking, compelling, and yet totally whimsical at times. I can't wait for the next surprise.
Books: Lexicon. Taking a break from new stuff to do a re-read of Harry Potter this December in lieu of my usual Lord of the Rings annual reading.
Bottles: Got some new stuff from wine club but forgot to take notes. Blurgh.
Writing: Nearing the 50% mark again. Yea!
Guitar: "Echoes" still.