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Upload Sign In Join. Save For Later Save Bravo. El contratista For Later. Create a List. Download to App. Length: pages 2 hours. Related Categories. Book Preview Bravo. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. Strains the imagination upon occasion. Enjoyed the relationships between the primary characters.
The initial graffiti scenario almost caused me to give up , but I plodded on to the end. Both are religious thrillers in the mode of The Da VInci Code, but the two authors take such a different approach that it turns out the two books don't really have that much in common beyond the Voynich manuscript itself.
There's plenty of action, conspiracy galore although the flat characters and holey plot make it almost unreadable. Joven, on the other hand, writes a meandering mystery that doesn't have the sense of impending crisis a good thriller should have. In spite of the difference in setting, Eco used the mystery as a framework for a discussion of Aristotle and philosophy in much the same way that Joven uses his mystery to serve as a framework for discussion of a history of early astronomy and alchemy, along with some of the more interesting characters from 16th century Europe.
Eco does it better, but Joven's attempt is decent enough. It would have been better, though, if there was less of the polemic and the history and more of the mystery. Though I congratulate the author on not being a credulous fool with regard to American retroactive-murder-prosecution conspiracy theories, and though he clearly has interest in and has researched the centerpiece of this thriller - the Voynich manuscript - his extensive exposition is not woven into the plot, does not foreshadow, and carries as little emotional impact as his unnecessarily detailed descriptions of the narrator's computer system, which now accomplish little more than dating the story.
Only a tiny number of characters demonstrate distinctive personality traits; a great deal of narrative time is given over to the character's plausible but tiresomely described frustration with both high school students and city council corruption; some of the choppy wording could imaginably be attributed to the translator, but it is impossible so to attribute the abundance of uninterestingly stated, rhetorically unconnected, blandly factual paragraphs, or for the hamhanded characterizations of the other principal characters, John and Juana.
Of course there are mysteries to be found surrounding the actual Voynich manuscript, which is, as the narrator reminds us several times, of uncertain provenance, beautiful, and unintelligible. There is, however, a lack of narrative craft in the relation of the existing mysteries, in the creation of thriller tension, and in the development of both setting and characters.
A disappointing treatment of a thrilling subject, this novel might have ridden in on the waves generated by conspiracy bestseller Dan Brown, but was deservedly swept back out with the tide. I kept thinking this book would improve. My impression is that the translation was lacking in literary value. Perhaps in Spanish it would be better, but very clumsy in English.
The Book of God and Physics is occupying a strange place in the literary landscape. It's a fictional response to a non-fictional book. The Gilders posit that the astronomer Johannes Kepler murdered the astronomer Tycho Brahe for his research materials. Most consider it a conspiracy theory book. All this is then taken on in a book of fiction. It doesn't work. Into this mess is thrown the Voynich Manuscript. It is a real coded manuscript that has never been broken over the centuries. It now resides in Yale University.
Thousands have made the attempt. Some have declared it an elaborate hoax. This book fictionalizes an effort to break the code. It does not come across as very believable.
The writing of the book is square-tire clunky. Transitions between some scenes are abrupt and jarring. The book is translated from the Spanish so part of the problem could be the translation. The story nor the prose ever flows. I'm not sure if the author could have turned all the information contained in the book into a non-fiction book that would have been plausible but it doesn't work as fiction. Not even as ax-grinding fiction.
Nothing wrong with that per se if it is well done. It only makes sense to write what people want to read. I will put a disclaimer here. This novel is a translation from the Spanish which means that the author's work must be judged though the filter of the translator's abilitiesThis a volume that wants to follow the success of others more famous.
It features an international cast, including an American, an astronomer,. Throughout the novel, this priest and his Jesuit brothers are facing an impeding eviction and the destruction of their historic convent. I though only nuns lived in convents? The book gives much historic background of the convent buildings and their founding, but alas not much in the character development which is unfortunate. I did not feel much sympathy for the protagonists even when they turned into antagonists.
Fleshing them out would have made possi8nle for us to empathize better with them through the many events. There is a conspiracy! This only centered around a very interesting group of people, Tycho Brahe, the great Danish astronomer, Johannes Kepler, one of the founders of modern astronomy, John Dee, a great scientist, mathematician, and mage when all that was still considered conpatable, Edward Kelley, Dee's assistant and Seer, and last but certainly not least Athanasius Kircher, thought by some to be the last man in history who knew pretty much everything.
It centers around them and the Voynich Manuscript and secrets revolving around it. For those who wish to read this book I will not wreck it for you. The author has left himself room for sequel. I hope he writes in the light of where this one has fallen somewhat short. At first look I was not sure what to expect from this book.
Typically I am not much of a mystery fan but once I started to read it it was hard to put it down. The story centers around a document called the Voynich Manuscript and the history of it, and attempt of three individuals to solve its riddle and translate it.
There is a bunch of history thrown in and with each historical bone that is thrown in front of you you are dragged that much further into the book. I won't go to the story any further so as not to ruin it for others but it is good and the ending, well, I wasn't quite expecting it. So yeah I highly recommend this book for a good afternoon read.
Although somewhat difficult to get started, this book is a wonderful read. Anything published within the last 10 years and dealing with the words church and conspiracy will most likely be gathered into the same fold as The DaVinci Code, but this is not the case.
It has it's similarities but with a different endview or result. Some will want to compare or call it a pale imitation, but I don't think so. As an amateur astronomer I greatly enjoyed the 'what if' factor and the fact driven writing about the leaders of thier scientific time, Kepler and Tycho Brahe. A Good one for the shelves to keep! This is a fascinating story interwoven with history, astronomy, alchemy and intrigue.
Centered around a Jesuit trying to decipher it, the reader learns about the Voynich manuscript which today is housed at Yale and the mysteries surrounding it. The pages are dotted with many "Greats" of science such as Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo. Included almost as a side story is the debate between religion and science, creationism, intelligent design and evolution. This book is more well written than Ian Caldwell's The Rule of Four, which, even though it shares the subject of old cryptic books, was a chore for me to finish.
I found the translation of The Book of God and Physics to be a bit clunky, so it didn't read as smoothly as The Da Vinci Code, but overall I enjoyed the story and found it hard to put down. I'll be replacing my advance reader's copy with a hardcover. Hector is a young Jesuit priest who becomes entangled in plot to destroy the school where he works and a race to uncover the meaning of a mysterious real-life book called the Voynich manuscript.
Joven, and I'm completely confused. I'm not sure if I read a novel, a series of essays on the mitigation between creationists vs darwinists, a history textbook on astronomy or a scientific essay on the meaning of the Voynich manuscript.
To finish this off the author tells us many times throughout the book that all the research was done with Google and Wikipedia. And exhale. Except that instead of telling us this at the end, we find it in the introduction. The introduction does not do the book much service. It sets up certain expectations and confusions as to what is going to follow.
From the introduction and the comparisons to other works of the same genre, the author appears to want to show kids that anyone with a computer can unlock history's mysteries. A worthy goal to be honest, but the message gets diluted in between all the other imporant goals. For the first time in reading a novel did I see an author directly compare his book to other people's works. Joven creates a direct parallel to Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code and later on uses the same foxhunt pattern to chase down an all important document.
By doing so, the author invites the readers to keep comparing this book to the one by Dan Brown. Further on the author does something similar by comparing the sleuthing of Hector to that undertaken by the main character in the television show House MD.
Even though the author's intentions are clearly very admirable, they result in setting up an arrogant tone with these comparisons. Throughout the book various puzzles are introduced that unlock the next step to finding more information that can help decode the Voynich manuscript.
Some of the puzzles are quite clever and entertaining, some of them require a PhD in math and feel like another way in which the author places himself above the reader. This is too bad because the tone of the protagonist Hector has towards his students feels very real and genuine, not to mention endearing.
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