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20. Juni 2013
Two years ago, something terrible was unleashed in an Australian mining town called Broken Hill. Thousands died. Few people know what really happened. Emily Ruff is one of them. She belongs to an elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will. She was one of their most promising recruits until she made a catastrophic mistake: she fell in love. Wil Parke knows the truth too, only he doesn't remember it. And he doesn't know why he's immune to the poets' powers. But he knows he needs to run. As their stories converge, the past is revealed, and the race is on for a deadly weapon: a word. Because the poets know that words can kill...

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 400 Seiten
  • Verlag: Hodder & Stoughton; Auflage: First Edition (20. Juni 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1444764659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444764659
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24 x 15,8 x 3,8 cm
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Brilliantly realised... strikingly relevant... a resounding success SFX Highly entertaining and engrossing... characters that are both complicated and likeable SciFi Now Gripping... a pitch-perfect thriller, a jetpack of a plot that rocketed me from page one to page 400 in a single afternoon -- Cory Doctorow BoingBoing Truly original... a crack-paced thriller... smart and tons of fun Australian Barry's smartest dystopia yet io9 Sophisticated and laden with subtext... clearly reaffirms Barry's status as a gifted purveyor of suspense Time Out New York Best thing I've read in a long, long time... a masterpiece -- Hugh Howey, bestselling author of Wool Wonderfully crafted, dark yet humourous, fast-paced and tragic in turn National An extraordinarily fast, funny, cerebral thriller -- Lev Grossman Time Delightfully high-concept...think Noam Chomsky meets Christopher Nolan Vogue Insanely good. Dark and twisted and sweet and humane all at once Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City and The Shining Girls Dazzling and spectacularly inventive. A novel that jams itself sideways into your brain and stays there. Mike Carey, author of The Devil You Know The perfect mix of philosophical play and shotgun-inflected chase scenes. Like someone let Grant Morrison loose on the Bourne identity franchise. -- Austin Grossman, author of You and Soon I Will Be Invincible LEXICON grabbed me with the opening lines, and never let go. An absolutely thrilling story, featuring an array of compelling characters in an eerily credible parallel society, punctuated by bouts of laugh-out-loud humor. Chris Pavone, author of The Expats A spellbinding, intelligent read...a freewheeling plot intermeshed with linguistic theory and some genuinely creepy horror set-pieces Guardian

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Max Barry is the author of four previous novels, including New York Times Notable Book Jennifer Government and Syrup, soon to be a major film. He is also the creator of the internet mini-phenomenon NationStates, an online political simulation game. He lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. He is a cat person. Visit Max Barry's website at maxbarry.com, find him at facebook.com/maxbarry or follow him on twitter.com/maxbarry.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend, faszinierend und ausgesprochen clever 13. Juli 2014
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Auf einem Flughafen wird Will von Unbekannten entführt und wacht während eines seltsamen Experiments auf. Was wollen seine Entführer? Warum interessieren sie sich so für seine Augen? Und wer sind die 'poets', vor denen sie ihn angeblich retten wollen? In San Francisco wird Trickbetrügerin Emily von einer namenlosen Organisation angeworben und zum Aufnahmetest einer elitären Schule gebracht. Was will die Organisation, und wofür soll Emily ausgebildet werden?

Von Max Barry habe ich vor Jahren schon "Jennifer Government" gelesen. Das Buch hat mir gut gefallen, aber "Lexicon" ist noch um Klassen besser. Es ist ausgesprochen clever und immens spannend - eins von den Büchern, die man anfängt und nicht mehr aus der Hand legen will, bis man auf der letzten Seite angelangt ist. Zumindest hatte es auf mich diese Wirkung. Ich habe das Buch an einem Wochenende gelesen und war richtig begeistert.

Barrys dystopische Welt unterscheidet sich auf den ersten Blick nicht von unserer. Die Handlung spielt sich an realen Orten ab, es werden aktuelle politische Ereignisse und Personen genannt. Aber etwas ist anders: Sprache hat eine etwas andere Bedeutung. Dass Worte manipulativ sein können, weiß jeder, der schon einmal etwas nur aufgrund einer gut gemachten Werbung gekauft hat. In "Lexicon" können sie viel mehr als nur manipulieren – manche von ihnen können töten. Eine ausgesprochen interessante Ausgangssituation, durch die sich die spannenden Szenen von denen in herkömmlichen Thrillern stark unterscheiden, denn wie schützt man sich vor dem, was Worte im eigenen Kopf auslösen?

Die Geschichte wird verschachtelt und nicht chronologisch erzählt und ist deshalb gerade zu Beginn ziemlich verwirrend.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Quite allright 13. April 2014
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Refreshingly different. Highly amusing. Perhaps not Great Literature, and some issues with internal consistency, but nonetheless a well-spun story. Read it!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Clever idea but lacking the right execution 5. August 2013
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I was really looking forward to this book. Good reviews and publicity aside I found the premise very clever and extremely enticing: "An elite organisation of 'poets': masters of manipulation who use language to warp others to their will." The characters also all have adopted names of the masters of literature that hint at their secret traits e.g. Plath, (T.S.) Elliot, Plath, Woolf, Yeats etc. (although already here was a sign of lack of imagination - the German character was Goethe and the Russian, Pushkin...)

It is a fast paced thriller and you are kept guessing pretty much to the end (which if nothing else kept me going) however (and this is the big "however") the "use of language" bit just did not work. It seems the Poets are hand selected, spend years in a secret school, out-witting each other to... come up with gems such as "kikkhf", "fkattkx" and "zttkcu" to control and manipulate. And that's it - no iambic pentameter or allegory or confessional poetry or whatever other weapon you would expect a "Poet" to use. Some made up, unpronounceable words.

Quite frankly, the protagonists in this novel could have armed themselves with some made up hypnotic drugs and called themselves the "Chemists" and not much else in the story would need to change.

Maybe my expectations were too high but in the end a rather disappointing read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen My new favorite book of all-time? 19. Juni 2013
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This may very well be my new favorite novel. For the past 20+ years, it's been ENDER'S GAME, but LEXICON moved me like few novels ever have. The plotting is intricate enough to warrant a second or third reading (It says something that I just ordered the hardback of a book I already read as a review copy). The writing is top-notch. There is a description of what love means that would make The Bard blush. There is a sex scene that is powerful and stirring without being raunchy. There is a ton of action, two characters that will live with me for the rest of time, and a respect for language that runs to the heart of this book.

I've been amazed in the past year that readers will drive hours to see an author or will beg to send them a book to be signed and sent back, but that's precisely how LEXICON makes me feel. I will cherish this book. I will never forget where I was when I read it (Australia, fittingly). And I plan on reading it again soon.

Kudos, Mr. Berry.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen disappointed fan 24. Mai 2013
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I've enjoyed Max Barry's previous novels, and I thought the premise for this one sounded great. Unfortunately, Barry just wasn't up to the task of writing the novel his premise deserved. The idea of an underground society full of people who are so skilled at persuasion that they can basically control people is interesting. But it requires someone who knows a lot about persuasion and linguistics. Barry displays little understanding of either. The way he's written the book, you could replace their mastery of language with any other fictional mind-control tool and have the same effect. I don't think it's a spolier to say that all this persuasion comes down to some made up words. Pair the right made up word with the right kind of person, and they become susceptible to your control. But there's only the briefest explanation of how and why these words work.

That being said the plot kept me engaged. It kicks off with action and leaves the reader trying to make sense of everything going on. There are two plot lines set at different points. Although you can tell the plot lines will converge, I was not able to predict exactly how they would come together.

If you're looking for some mildly entertaining sci-fi, it's a fine pick. But if you were hoping for a clever book with something intelligent to say about language and its power, look elsewhere.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Way with Words 4. Juni 2013
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Around a year-and-a-half ago, I was introduced to the writing of Max Barry with his witty satire Machine Man. While it didn't make me go out and seek his other books, it was definitely good enough to make me willing to give him another shot. That shot wound up being Lexicon, a book that has some of the same magic that worked in Machine Man, but wrapped up in a plot that just doesn't work.

Lexicon is centered on two characters who initially don't seem to be related to each other. Wil is coming home after an airplane trip when he's kidnapped by mysterious figures. They want information from him, but he has no idea what to tell them. Meanwhile, Emily, a homeless teenager with a gift for con artistry is recruited to go to a school that, not unlike Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books, teaches magic.

It's not truly supernatural magic, but rather the magic of the power of words. The graduates of this school are known as poets and are able to use language to manipulate people and affect all sorts of events. Some words are just a bunch of nonsense syllables, but have the power to control people's minds. Then there are the powerful barewords, words so powerful that they can raise or bring down civilizations. Essentially, it is all fantasy with a science fiction foundation.

It reminded me of the Monty Python sketch about a joke that was so lethally funny that even looking at could kill; where that sketch was played for laughs, Lexicon tries to be more serious. It is a reasonably entertaining book, but the plot is too muddled to make it a good book. The non-linearity of the story is a little bit wearing, but the bigger problem is in the premise itself. Not only did I have a hard time buying into it, I had a hard time even understanding how it fully worked.

It's fine to make a fictional world that changes the laws of the universe, but the reader should be able to understand the new rules. While I got most of what was going on in Lexicon, there were times when things should have been clearer. This is what I think of as an "almost" novel: it has almost good. It has the potential, but it is never fully realized.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Surprisingly Good Alternate History Cerebral Thriller 7. April 2013
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Max Barry isn't the first writer of recent vintage who has opted to create a work of speculative fiction devoted to the destructive power of words; Ben Marcus' "The Flame Alphabet" is a notable, and perhaps, better, example. With "Lexicon", Barry offers readers a spellbinding alternate history work that will remind readers of a cross between a young Neal Stephenson ("Zodiac", "Snow Crash") and Elmore Leonard ("Get Shorty"), that, is truly, to quote Time magazine media critic and author Lev Grossman, a work that is almost the "perfect cerebral thriller: searingly smart, ridiculously funny, and fast as hell". Indeed, "Lexicon" is especially noteworthy for its intricate, rather suspenseful, plotting, though exhibiting far less sophistication than anything I have read from the likes of Graham Greene, John Le Carre or China Mieville, but still displaying more than enough to keep readers in suspense until the very end. To his credit, Barry offers readers a novel that is almost as compelling a novel of ideas, as it is of fast-paced action; however, his level of sophistication, especially with regards to his world building of the "poets" and their secret history, pales in comparison with the best I have seen from the likes of Neal Stephenson ("The Diamond Age", "Anathem"), China Mieville ("The City and the City", "Kraken", "Embassytown"), Paolo Bacigalupi ("The Wind-up Girl"), Matt Ruff ("Bad Monkeys", "The Mirage") and William Gibson ("Neuromancer", "Count Zero", "Idoru"), to name but a few. In plain English, "Lexicon" is far more enjoyable as entertainment than for thoughtfully exploring "language, power, identity, and our capacity to love, whatever the cost" (to quote from the concluding sentence of the book jacket copy); it should not be compared favorably with the notable works I have cited from the likes of Bacigalupi, Gibson, Stephenson, and especially, Mieville and Ruff.

Barry introduces us to an alternate version of the present; one dominated by a secret society of "poets"; men and women who have been trained in the art of literary manipulation to such a degree that they can use their knowledge to manipulate others, causing injuries and deaths. A young orphan, Emily Ruff, rescued from the streets of San Francisco, becomes the prize pupil at the poets' suburban Virginian private school, until she allows herself to fall in love; a cardinal sin of the poets that is prohibited simply because expressing such an emotion would leave one vulnerable to manipulation. Wil, a man without a past, becomes a pawn in a bitter, deadly, civil war between rival factions of the poets; a civil war that knows no national boundaries and results in the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians. The fate of the poets - and of the world itself - rests on the acts committed by Emily and Wil as they draw closer to each other, setting the stage for a potential apocalypse; their separate treks will keep readers spellbound until the very end. For these reasons - and despite its flaws - "Lexicon" may be one of the most discussed new novels being read this year.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Fiercely Brilliant! 10. Januar 2014
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This novel could be the love child of Margaret Atwood and Chuck Palahniuk. If you are drawn to borderline Sci-Fi tempered with: "Hey, this is actually happening in more minor forms already," then Lexicon is a must-read. While I enjoy reading near-futuristic pre- or post- apocalyptic visions, most have been centered on the hard sciences: environmental decay, genetic mutation, overpopulation, megaCorps engineering strategic disasters, etc.
What makes Lexicon fresh is the social sciences creating danger, fear, control: Not so much in Orwellian or Huxley ways (the End of Humanity is here, let's find out how "they" did/do it), but more like, "Ok, I'll suspend disbelief for the story.... Oh, wait.... no more disbelief... It's already emerging and very believable." Smash your TV and read this book!
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