Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Lexicon
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, students aren’t taught history, geography, or mathematics—they are taught to persuade. Students learn to use language to manipulate minds, wielding words as weapons. The very best graduate as “poets,” and enter a nameless organization of unknown purpose. Whip-smart runaway Emily Ruff is making a living from three-card Monte on the streets of San Francisco when she attracts the attention of the organization’s recruiters. Drawn in to their strage world, which is populated by people named Brontë and Eliot, she learns their key rule: That every person can be classified by personality type, his mind segmented and ultimately unlocked by the skilful application of words. For this reason, she must never allow another person to truly know her, lest she herself be coerced. Adapting quickly, Emily becomes the school’s most talented prodigy, until she makes a catastrophic mistake: She falls in love. Meanwhile, a seemingly innocent man named Wil Parke is brutally ambushed by two men in an airport bathroom. They claim he is the key to a secret war he knows nothing about, that he is an “outlier,” immune to segmentation. Attempting to stay one step ahead of the organization and its mind-bending poets, Wil and his captors seek salvation in the toxically decimated town of Broken Hill, Australia, which, if ancient stories are true, sits above an ancient glyph of frightening power. A brilliant thriller that traverses very modern questions of privacy, identity, and the rising obsession of data-collection, connecting them to centuries-old ideas about the power of language and coercion, Lexicon is Max Barry’s most ambitious and spellbinding novel yet.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
Mentallofilth
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

A mostly excellent thriller - the opening Wil segments are pretty disappointing and repetitive, but the Emily chapters make up for it. As Wil gets up to speed and we learn more about his companion, Eliot, those chapters get more bearable. Max Barry has a fascinating talent to consistently and engagingly pull the rug out from under his readers with paradigm-shattering plot twists executed so deftly they never feel like a cheat. A ton of fun.

review
PagesByTheWater
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

LOVED this book. Fast paced, kept me guessing. Loved every minute of it. If you‘re a fan of Altered Carbon (the show, haven‘t read the book yet) you‘ll love this. Also a great choice for a #24in48 or a #24B4Mon challenge.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#litsyAtoZ #letterL

blurb
PagesByTheWater
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

If you‘re reading this, consider yourself tagged 😉
#thisorthat #litsy @rheareads

quote
PagesByTheWater
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

So I‘ve already started in on my next #LitsyAtoZ book for #letterL and I‘m hooked. Never been one for thrillers or mystery but I do love me some dystopian societies. And I love the idea that “words could kill”. Great read so far and I‘m LOVING how the author paints this story. It‘s like I can see how the movie would play in my head. Also loving this quote.

blurb
PagesByTheWater
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Collected all my TBR‘s that I actually own for the A to Z challenge! My personal goal this year was to read 27 new books so taking on this challenge was a no brainer.
#LitsyAtoZ2019 #AbecedarianTBR #TBRStack

review
Schlinkles
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

A dark and twisty take on language and persuasion. I didn‘t want to put this one down.

blurb
Schlinkles
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

This month‘s Sci-fi book club pick

Slajaunie Sounds interesting! 5mo
31 likes1 comment
blurb
BeckyMerilatt
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Husband, 60 pages into the first book on his Christmas book list - one of my all time favorites, Lexicon! 😍 I‘ve been telling him to read this book for years now.

Reggie Have you read Syrup by this author? So hilarious. @ and 6. Lolol 5mo
BeckyMerilatt @Reggie not yet! I‘ll check it out. 👍🏻 5mo
108 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
Kimberlone
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

My last pool reading pic from Mexico. Sad to be leaving today...I have to be back at work tomorrow after flying all night.

review
Meganbub
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Mehso-so

I wanted to like this... I really wanted to. The timeline jumps were confusing at times and ultimately... meh? It was a quick read and engaging but overall I wanted more.

6 likes2 stack adds
blurb
Jokila
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Lexicon is on sale today! Recommended if you like SFF with young adult-ish characters, punchy plotting & romance! A very fun read that deserves more attention

review
BeckyMerilatt
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

Mentioned this one in my last post and wanted to do a quick review of it. This is a rare book that (for me at least) had genuinely surprising twists. The characters were fascinating and terrifying. And the world building was so thorough that I was swept in without once thinking about what the author might have been trying to do - he made himself invisible. I‘m still thinking about it 3 years later. It‘s probably time for me to read it again.

Ashley85 This sounds really interesting! Great review. 1y
DGRachel This has been on my bookcase forever. I need to get to it soon! 1y
Readage If a book can stick with you for 3 years, I‘d say it made a real impression on you! I‘ll have to check it out! 1y
See All 6 Comments
Zelma @DGRachel mine too. So many books... 1y
Dragon Stacking 👍 1y
JaclynW Wow 3 years! Nice review! 1y
111 likes4 stack adds6 comments
review
Ewells
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
Pickpick

Super interesting concept despite slightly predictable plot lines. Would recommend it

blurb
MrBook
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

The fifth pick!!! May May come soon 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! Thank you @Christyco125 !!! #LittenPicksTBR

LisaJo This is a wonderful book. I received it from @bookriot and went in blind to what it was about. What a ride. Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts. 1y
Christyco125 Yay! It‘s about the power of words. You should just roll with it from there. I hope you like it. 🤞 1y
102 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
The.Intentional.Reader
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

New review on Lexicon by Max Barry. Enjoyed this smart thriller. Read the review here: https://intentionalreader.wordpress.com/2017/12/05/lexicon-by-max-barry/

18 likes1 stack add1 comment
blurb
The.Intentional.Reader
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Started this one. Love the idea of the power of words and secret societies who wield them as weapons. And man, Max Barry can write!

whatsjennareading This one is phenomenal. I read it in a day. 1y
10 likes1 comment
blurb
Christyco125
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Thank you for #payingitfoward with the #7777giveaway. My last five star rating was Lexicon. I just couldn‘t put it down.

Megabooks Awesome!! 2y
16 likes1 comment
review
Christyco125
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

This was a surprise. I didn‘t even read the description of this book. I just picked it because it was about words. I was blown away by the theme of the story and how it was put together. Big gold star ⭐️. #wordshavepower #2017christyread #audio

20 likes1 stack add
blurb
TobeyTheScavengerMonk
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Great send-off in the Acknowledgements. And yes, that bit about the librarian is creepy as hell. #thumb

Yeah_I_Read A. Librarian.that.doesn't.read 😱😱😱😱😱 2y
melrailey I loved this book! 2y
mcipher OMG. That seems just bizarre. I can see wanting to switch off work, but if your work is books?!??! 😳 2y
See All 12 Comments
Librarianaut Blasphemy!!!!! 😱😱 2y
chapter_fifty2017 Great book !!!! 2y
Crystalblu Why would you become a librarian?! I'm a wine buyer and I still drink wine at home! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great, and yes creepy as hell! Shouldn't that attitude disqualify you as a librarian? 2y
xicanti That hits me the same way as those writers who're all, "Oh, I don't read for fun anymore." WHY. 2y
Laura317 I just don't get why either. Im not sure about creepy, but it is sad. 2y
Soubhiville I can't imagine feeling that way about reading! Although, I did quit teaching dance because I was falling out of love with dancing for fun... and I adopted a dog Who doesn't require grooming because I don't want to do my day job at home (grooming), so maybe I do understand a little. 2y
2BR02B I don't think it's terribly uncommon. I remember Ted Chiang saying in an interview that he needs to take time off from his day job as a technical writer in order to write fiction. It's apparently quite difficult to write for a hobby and for a living. 2y
2BR02B Also, I had a roommate with a degree in library science, and during the year we lived together I never once saw him open a book. Maybe it was just post-grad school burnout, but I was always like, really? I kinda thought being bananas about books was why one chose a master's program with a notoriously low job placement rate. 2y
82 likes12 comments
review
TobeyTheScavengerMonk
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

Answer these 5 question and a member of the secret society of Poets can isolate your psychographic segment* and speak a collection of words to unlock your brain's defenses and make you open to any suggestion, from "Relax" to "Kill".

This book was quick and brutal with plenty of twists along the way. If you dig thrillers that walk on the weird side, check this out.

*a totally real thing real advertisers use I horrifyingly learned from Google

mcipher This sounds creepy and weird and fun - can't wait to read it! 2y
Sha0102 I read Machine man by him too. And it's kinndaa of weird too but I liked it. 2y
ChasingOm I loved this book! 2y
65 likes12 stack adds3 comments
quote
TobeyTheScavengerMonk
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

My #firstlineofcurrentread is unspectacular, simply "He's coming around."

This line comes further down on the first page and packs a bit more of a punch. #anditsaugust

Jabberwocky 😲😲 2y
LauraBeth 🙀🙀 2y
Billypar This has been on my shelf for awhile- I'll look out for your review. 2y
64 likes4 comments
blurb
Brie
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

It's always a #challenge keeping my #TBR down, especially since I just found out that I shelved 5 books as read when I hadn't actually read them. #anditsaugust

Ashley_Nicoletto This is the biggest challenge. 😂 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto PS love your shelves! 2y
Libby1 I loved this book. 2y
Brie @Libby1 Good to know. I've heard it's great. I should move it up my list, I've had it unread for 3 years. 2y
72 likes5 comments
review
JPeterson
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

A fun, quick read. Lexicon was verging on to the boundaries of being a thriller, and definitely had some dark moments. I absolutely love the premise and how words are used. The ending seems a bit rushed, but I still enjoyed it.

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
bitterbear Oh my... 💖💖💖 2y
Jinjer Kitty! 2y
102 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

I loved the new twist on magic words/words of power mashed up with Big Brother style paranoia in a modern setting. Dark, but compelling!

blurb
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Time for some lunchtime reading outside in this gorgeous weather!

blurb
Alicia
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Late Day 3 for #riotgrams! #whereiread! I read lots of places, but my most frequent/ favorite is actually my dining room table! I like how my chairs keep you super upright so you can't fall asleep like in bed or on the couch...

Zelma Love the chair fabric. 👍 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Gonna be reading this one soon! 2y
Jinjer That's what I need to do. I can't keep my eyes open for the life of me lately. 2y
See All 6 Comments
Alicia @Zelma thank you!! 2y
Alicia @TobeyTheScavengerMonk hope you enjoy! It ended up to being my favorite but it was so interesting! Very glad I read it. 2y
Alicia @Jinjer I have the same affliction! I'm always falling asleep so chairs that keep me upright are so helpful. 😂😂 2y
54 likes6 comments
blurb
bookwrm526
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

So I cheated a bit and used yellow spines instead of strictly #yellowcovers because I don't have that many with yellow covers. What I do have is a cat who doesn't like it when I make piles of books - he's just yawning but doesn't he look ferocious?? #RiotGrams The tagged book got cut off by the cropping :(

BooksForYears So ferocious! 🦁 2y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 2y
44 likes2 comments
blurb
Scott_BookInvasion
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Well, I got totally blindsided and fired from my job last week. The business found my position no longer necessary. I used to have an hour commute and used that to devour audiobooks. Anyway I have a shelf of friends here to support me. ❤️

ReadingSusan So sorry this happened 😢 It happened to me nine years ago. It was the hardest thing I ever had to go through and ultimately the best hung that ever happened to me. Sending lots of good thoughts your way. 2y
AJBowers That's awful. Hope you find something soon! 2y
LeahBergen Aww, I'm sorry to hear that. ❤️ 2y
saguarosally Have you had some reading in the meantime? (PS: What do you do? They're hiring where I work around the Phoenix metro area.) 2y
Scott_BookInvasion @saguarosally technical customer service, project management, implementation, business analyst. I'd like to avoid sales positions as much as possible. Thanks for looking out! 2y
9 likes5 comments
review
etoile
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

Fast paced and cerebral. I flew through this book. I love the idea of language as a weapon and the study of neurolinguistics. The ending was a bit weak imo but, not so much that I didn't enjoy it.

blurb
etoile
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

This is an action packed read so far!

2 likes1 stack add
blurb
Sweettartlaura
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
emtobiasz I'm tracking this one too! I like their categories a lot better than Bookriot's Read Harder this year. 2y
Sweettartlaura @emtobiasz Yeah, I was talking about Read Harder with @christineandbooks earlier - of all the challenges I'm doing this year, that might be the one I ditch/don't finish 😕. 2y
emtobiasz @Sweettartlaura I like their focus on diversity, but too many of their categories were so hyper specific this time around. 2y
Sweettartlaura @emtobiasz yes - micro press??? YA by LGBT author? Translation of poetry... NOT about love? I have one for the YA/LGBT pick, but some of these... Not even sure that I want to look that hard for them . We'll see... 2y
christineandbooks @Sweettartlaura Yep, the micropress and the poetry are the two I'm going to have the most trouble with also. @emtobiasz 2y
45 likes5 comments
review
McFarchie
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

I wasn't sure what to expect but it was a ripping read IMO.

Libby1 Loved this one. 2y
90 likes4 stack adds1 comment
blurb
McFarchie
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Halfway and this is a hella good read 👍🏽

LisaJo 💗💗💗💗💗 2y
cathysaid Sold! 2y
95 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
McFarchie
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

I'm really getting into this 🤘🏽

Bette Yay! 👍😊❤️ 2y
Reggie Have you ever read Syrup by him? Its so hilarious. 2y
89 likes2 stack adds2 comments
blurb
McFarchie
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Lifted this from my TBR pile. Fingers crossed 🤞🏼

Lmstraubie I like the cover ☺ 2y
whatsjennareading This book is SO GOOD. 2y
LitHousewife I really, really enjoyed that one. 2y
Lindy This one is a lot of fun. 😀 2y
Bette This was fun to read. 😊❤️ 2y
102 likes1 stack add5 comments
blurb
Sweettartlaura
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Wow! Great job!! 2y
Sweettartlaura Thanks, @Riveted_Reader_Melissa ! My focus is my Goodreads Challenge, 192019, & Mount TBR. But most books are finding a slot on all these other challenges, too❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Excellent 🎉💖👍🏻 2y
36 likes3 comments
blurb
Libby1
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

What happens in a world where words are weapons?

This book is like a rocket ship. It starts explosively and then soars. I loved it. Just a warning - it is very sweary, so take caution if that bothers you. Not a bother for me!

#FeistyFeb
#AustralianAuthors

@RealLifeReading

45 likes3 stack adds
blurb
RachaelViolet
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Woohoo, what an amazing #cupidgoespostal gift from @ReadOrDieRachel !! am so excited to read Lexicon & Still Life! Love the 50 books to read before you die book mark! The detective card is a keeper, thank you thank you thank you! @BookishMarginalia thank you for organizing such a fun exchange!

CherylDeFranceschi I got Lexicon from my #cupidgoespostal too! Yay! 2y
readordierachel So glad you like it! :) 2y
KtheBookwyrm Lexicon is amazing! One of my favorite books I read last year 2y
35 likes1 stack add4 comments
blurb
Sweettartlaura
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

#bestofjanuary

This was a GREAT month, & a great start to the year. Lots of variety! It's hard to pick one, but I'll say Lexicon was my favorite.

Looking forward to next month📚

DebinHawaii Awesome month!! 🎉📚👍 2y
Eyelit Fantastic! 2y
christineandbooks Would you mind sharing the name of the app you used to make this pretty list? (I assume it's some kind of app...I have no tech skills so I'm just guessing...) Thanks! 2y
Sweettartlaura Thanks, @DebinHawaii & @Eyelit - it was a great month! 2y
Sweettartlaura @christineandbooks Vanillapen - it's so easy! 2y
43 likes5 comments
review
Sweettartlaura
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

Ohmygodohmygodohmygod ... This book ... WOW!!!
If you liked/loved Dark Matter, read it!
If you liked/loved The Library at Mt Char, read it!
If you're looking for something for #24in48 pick this up - you will TEAR through it!
I KNEW I wanted to read this. I cannot believe I let it go for so long. Learn from my mistake - read this NOW!!!❤️📚
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookishMarginalia It's so good! 2y
LiteraryinLititz My boyfriend read this and I vaguely had it on my list to read. Guess I should move it up! 2y
Sweettartlaura @LiteraryinLititz Yes!!! It's really, really, really that good. If you have the vaguest interest in it, you won't be disappointed. I gotta get my hands on more Max Barry books now😍 2y
See All 10 Comments
Sweettartlaura @BookishMarginalia It's amazingly good! So glad I finally got to it😍 2y
Bette Did you read the acknowledgements, about the librarian who didn't read? That was nuts. I loved it as well. 😊👍❤️ 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It's setting on my kindle just waiting for me! 📚📚😎 2y
melrailey I loved this book. 2y
Sweettartlaura @bette I DID read that - that's insane! I'm happy to say my librarian friends don't fall into this weird category. Unbelievable😮 2y
Sweettartlaura @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Get to it! Really, you'll love it!😍 2y
48 likes10 stack adds10 comments
blurb
Sweettartlaura
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

#nextup ...
It's me & this book until it falls on my face when I finally nod off💤💤💤

whatsjennareading I could not put this one down once I started it. 2y
Sweettartlaura @hrhthebookqueen That's pretty much what's happening here📚😮 2y
43 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
KtheBookwyrm
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

My favorite reads of the year :) not pictured are the rest of the cliff janeway novels and descender, injection, wytches, and Lazarus, all graphic novels borrowed from the library.

TheLondonBookworm Now that is a great stack! 2y
20 likes1 comment
blurb
lisaschulte
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

A couple great reads #setinaschool . I'm sure The Secret History is going to be popular choice with how richly Tartt illustrates the world of Hampden College. Lexicon was an imaginative book set in a school where students learn how to wield the power of language and adopt the names of famous poets. #booktober

Libby1 Lexicon was one of my first thoughts for #setinaschool, too! 3y
14 likes1 stack add1 comment
quote
Nymeria
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

this baby just arrived in the mail

review
adeebee
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Mehso-so

Listened to the audiobook on Scribd. There were a lot of things I liked about this book. The idea of the art of persuasion as a sort of super power was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed reading about Emily's time at school. I also really liked the Memento-esque method of storytelling. However, there were some moments where I felt the story lost some momentum and dragged, and the ending was rather abrupt and unsatisfactory.
3/5 stars.

MrBook Great review 😊! 3y
4 likes1 comment
blurb
Zelma
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

A little #shelfie love. Mr. Z had a woodworking space at our last house and built this for me. 😍 I have now requested floor to ceiling shelves lining our living room. I just need to help get a workshop going again!

PurpleyPumpkin Beautiful 😍 3y
scripturient This is lovely! 3y
britt_brooke 💙 3y
See All 7 Comments
Soubhiville Beautiful! 3y
Hooked_on_books Oh yes, get those floor to ceiling shelves! That's a good home library. 3y
becausetrains Good on Mr. Z! Wishing I had that kind of workshop space. 3y
41 likes7 comments
blurb
Zelma
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry

A little #shelfie love. Mr. Z had a woodworking space at our last house and built this for me. 😍 I have now requested floor to ceiling shelves lining our living room. I just need to help get a workshop going again!

review
Kirstyb
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

Loved this original, fast-paced story about the power of words. How could a book-lover not be drawn in? Passing this one around to my reading pals.

review
jmkeene
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image
Pickpick

Fantastic! Listened to the audio book and enjoyed every second.

18 likes1 stack add
blurb
GameAndRead
Lexicon: A Novel | Max Barry
post image

Happy second Saturday on this lovely three day weekend! I started Lexicon yesterday and it is bizarre and also intriguing and also has a lot of cursing, so it's an A+ so far! #biblioweekend

4 likes1 stack add