I’ve read a few new books in the last few weeks, and I figured I’d share how I liked each one. Here’s the list:
The Codex, By Lev Grossman
The Rule of Four, By Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason
The Historian, By Elizabeth Kostova
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, By Mark Haddon
I don’t want to totally give away the plots, but I’ll try to give some generalizations and let you know if I liked it or not. One thing you may notice is somewhat of a theme. I really enjoyed reading the DaVinci Code and have since looked for other books that are similar in style or genre. I’ve read a couple of other Dan Brown books, as well as a book called The Moses Riddle. These are just the latest in my series of books that I’ve found along my search. The only one that really stands out as different is Mark Haddon’s book The Curious Incident. It’s different than the others, but it sounded interesting so I picked it up as well.
The Rule of Four:
This book was probably my favorite out of the 4 I just read. The plot is essentially some mundane research project that becomes mission impossible due to someone in the story wanting to steal the credit for solving the mystery. It was very interesting, entertaining and suspenseful. I had a hard time putting the book down every night, and in the end I read it all in about 3-4 evenings. I would definitely recommend this book to others.
Although it was entertaining to read, The Codex wasn’t as good as the other books on this list. In general it was about an investment banker that was given the task by one of his clients to catalog their library, and specifically to find a book that is believed by the collection owner to be part of the long forgotten library collection, but believed by most literary experts not to exist. This would normally be a very boring situation, except there are people who don’t want the book found, yada yada. It’s somewhat suspenseful in parts, and boring in others. I still enjoyed reading it and finished it off in a less than a week, and others would probably find it enjoyable as well.
With this book I’m kind of torn. The plot was good however there seemed to me to be too much filler. The story is again about research into a mysterious book that contains only a picture of a dragon and the word Dracula, which turns deadly with a kidnapping and threats from actual vampire attacks. It was suspenseful, however, being the meat and potatoes kind of guy that I am I had a problem with what were entire pages that contained descriptions of scenery and locations that, in my opinion, really didn’t have a whole lot of bearing to the story. Overall, if you like a good story about vampires and like very descriptive books, this would be a good one to read. However if your like me and like to read stories that get to the point, then this book is iffy.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time:
This book is slightly different from the other 3 that I read. It’s written in the first person from the perspective of an autistic teen living in England. He finds a dog in the neighbor’s yard that was killed with a pitchfork and decides to do some Sherlock style investigating to find out who did it. The investigation is the story the plot follows, but the book is more a first-person chronicling of the events that transpired for this kid after finding the dog. Again it’s written with a view of the world through an autistic kids eyes, so the thought process and perspective of the kid are the most interesting parts of the story. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It’s pretty short and very easy to read. I think I finished the entire book in one weekend.
As I find more books to read I’ll keep posting here about them to let people know what I think. Maybe someone will find it useful.