Scootsa1000’s #CBR5 Review 39: Lexicon by Max Barry

Unknown-4About 8 years ago, when Bunnybean wasn’t even a year old, we moved from Boston to the Washington DC area. And I went from being a working mom to a stay-at-home mom. And at first, I wasn’t very good at it. I couldn’t get Bunnybean to sleep when she was supposed to, and spent a lot of time driving around so that she would nap in her car seat. And then, randomly, one day, I saw Christa Miller (we loved her from Scrubs!) on the Ellen show talking about the book she had written the introduction to that was about helping your baby develop healthy sleep habits. I ran out to Borders the very next day and bought the book. And soon, Bunnybean was sleeping like a champ.

But I digress…because of this book, I started to pay a bit more attention to Christa Miller. I realized she was really smart and funny and watched CougarTown just because of her. She was one of the first people I followed on twitter. And she gives great book recommendations, too. She recommended Where’d You Go, Bernadette? months before I had heard of it. and so, a few weeks ago, when she said that she stayed up all night reading Lexicon, I knew I’d be reading it next.

Thanks, Christa. Another great choice.

Lexicon starts out with a man named Wil being accosted by two strange guys in an airport bathroom. They ask him a bunch of non-sensical questions and then inject a syringe into his eyeball, with no explanation. Bang — all of this in the first page or two, and the book barely lets up from there.

Told in alternating narratives and timelines, Lexicon is about a secret government agency that monitors the power of words and the persuasion that certain words have over certain people.  The bulk of the plot is centered around an ancient and powerful word that is let loose in Broken Hill, Australia, provoking the citizens of the small town to commit unspeakable acts. Who brought the word there? And why?

Max Barry brings this crazy world alive with a lot of humor and action. I haven’t enjoyed an action book like this in quite a while — I hate to compare it to The Rook (because that book really does stand on its own), but Lexicon did remind me of it several times. But all in a good way. I really enjoyed it and will look forward to reading more Barry in the future.

 You can read more of my reviews (as well as Bunnybean’s!) on my blog.

Arya of Winterfell’s #CBRV Review #6: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

the rook

Reading the back cover review snippets alerted me to The Rook being a “genre-bender”.  (Ha, this was originally auto-corrected to “gender-bender”, which, I would argue, is also true of this novel.)  The Rook is likened to Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Ghostbusters, as well as the Jason Bourne trilogy, War of the Worlds, etc.

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Malin’s #CBR5 Review #1: The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

This book appeared on a lot of various book bloggers’ Best of 2012 lists (including more than one Cannonballer), and I totally see why. It’s the first book in a long time that I was reluctant to put down and stop reading, even for short periods, and that I stayed awake until stupid o’clock in the morning to finish reading.

A young woman stands in a park in the rain, surrounded by fallen bodies of people wearing latex gloves. She’s beaten and battered, with no memory of who she is. In her jacket pocket, she finds two numbered envelopes. “Dear you, the body you are wearing used to be mine.” starts the first letter.

Read the rest of the review on my blog.