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OK, the story line is original (I can't imagine anyone could have come up with it), but totally boring. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by D. K. Miles
Alexander Short is a librarian. His job is in jeopardy and his marriage is coming apart. He meets a curious figure improbably named Henry James Jesson III, a book-lover who hires... Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2003 by HORAK
a book written with the full use of the english language. words pour out here in a very intriguing way and capture the audience very well. Read morePublished on July 27 2003 by William D. Tompkins
I did love this book. It was very different from most of the good modern fiction that I read (Poisonwood Bible, The Orchid Thief, Balzac and The Little Chinese Seamstress, etc.). Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2003
A decent premise, marred by unsympathetic and not particularly interesting characters, mediocre writing, and a dead-end plot. Other than that, it was OK. Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2003
A suspense novel, this book is full of eccentrics and literary/historical curiosities. Alexander Short is a quirky reference librarian; Henry Jesson is an extremely eccentric,... Read morePublished on Dec 5 2002 by Fanoula Sevastos
Allen Kurzweil has done it again! Quirky characters, grand inventions and, yes, grand complications. Read morePublished on Nov. 7 2002
This is one of my favority books this year. It is a well-crafted book, the writing is superb, and it is fun to read. I learned a lot about worlds I knew nothing about. Read morePublished on Sept. 23 2002