Lexicon

Lexicon

by Max Barry
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Lexicon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
AuntMay More than 1 year ago
What an amazing book! The characters are so interesting. The writing is hypnotically good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a frightening, funny, page-turner of a book. "Are you a cat person or a dog person?" There is something sinister in that question... In a world where words can kill, an organization has developed a survey with which it can determine your segment and control you with words used as weapons. This book has it all - thrills, laughs, love, wit and a narrative style that is beyond clever. Terrific read. Satisfying in every way!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not bad for a fantasy thriller more aimed at the young adult to late adolescent crowd. The reminder that popular media is often a route for propaganda and a tool for shifting public opinion could possibly have been stressed a bit more. The best aspect of this book is the way it communicates to a generation that has constant contact with the media that words and phrases alone are not the whole message but often a disguise for manipulating public opinion. I found the idea that a single symbol could subjugate nearly everyone and anyone by opening the mind to sugestion. Before literacy was common, there was a kind of awe surrounding the written word, a symbol that could be passed from one person to another to convey and idea without the speaker uttering a sound or even being present. That, for most common people was a truly revolutionary idea. I found the idea that certain words --combinations of sounds--could influence another human being beyond conscious control bsased on their personality type a bit difficult to swallow. However, it pays to recognize that each of us by providing personal information to a person, persons, or entity opens the door to certain attempts at manipulation. Whether it be advertizing or something less benign, we must be aware that we are responsible for maintaining our privacy and security of information.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The reference time jumps around a bit which makes it hard to follow at time.
michaelsjlrc More than 1 year ago
It was very readable, but I feel like the author used a lot of short cuts when he was writing this. It felt like something was missing - a level of depth that would have made it a more enjoyable read. I liked it, but it felt very shallow to me.
SoCal_Reader More than 1 year ago
Liked it; didn't love it.  Good, not great.  While the concepts were intriguing and the characters well developed, something seemed to go awry in the telling.  It's entertaining enough, so read it and see!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptionally good book. Original and superb. Very difficult to describe. It certainly is a fast-paced thriller, but it is so much more than that, I found myself rereading most of it to really savor it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read - different from anything else I've read recently! Words become weapons and motives are always in question. Very clever concept. Heading to B & N to see what else Max has written.
Smikelje More than 1 year ago
This is a FANTASTIC book! I couldn't put it down. Very brainy combination puzzle - mystery - sci fi ...so much fun! It's based on words, language, psychology ... lots of learn here, as well as very entertaining. I read it in 2 days and am going to re-read it very soon! Best book I've read in a long time!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great book by my favorite author.
Anonymous 18 days ago
We all sort of maybe kniw that language is as close to magic as you can get, but a world where poets are deadly soldiers? Love it.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved this from beginning to end. So creative. Makes me want to study words.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this. It was a fantastic read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book. A little gory, but also funny too. Would read again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gave up half way in
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall, the book was entertaining. It's easy to read. It's the first book I've finished in a week in quite some time. So I don't ramble, I'll organize my review into topics. Plot. A plot that includes a school for intellectually superior individuals is always intriguing to me. I especially enjoyed the linguistics element to the plot. While I enjoyed the plot development throughout, I thought it fell short in how it explained some of the important pillars of the plot. For instance, I was never able to wrap my mind around what a "bare word" was, and why it had power or where it received its power. Also, the school and the organization as a whole was never fully explained in terms of purpose, who really runs it and why. That being said, all of the unexplained parts don't hinder the overall story, but it would be more satisfying to have them explained. A sequel that delves further into the purpose of the organization would be a entertaining read. Characters. I thought the characters were done well. It would have been nice to have characters I felt closer too, but that is asking more than expected from an action/adventure book. When I was annoyed by Wil's constant questioning of Eliot, I knew Barry had done a decent job of getting his character types down. When Wil is supposed to be annoying, it comes through. Structure. In some places, I thought the narrative went back and forth in time too much. I found myself having to go back just to make sure I was reading a section in the same time as the previous section. It was almost tedious, but does not ruin the understanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This novel had me turning pages so fast, I got paper cuts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought it on th nook store and the actual book nothing is stopping me from reading this over and over XD
Readthemall More than 1 year ago
I really, really enjoyed this book. I have a closet full of unread books and so I usually don't read ones I JUST bought, but I couldn't help myself with this one and I'm glad I didn't wait. I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this novel. It was set at a good pace with great characters. I'd definitely recommend this one! A+++
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shdybr8 More than 1 year ago
Good read!