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Ex-Libris (1998)

av Ross King

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Responding to a cryptic summons to a remote country house, London bookseller Isaac Inchbold finds himself responsible for restoring a magnificent library pillaged during the English Civil War, and in the process slipping from the surface of 1660s London into an underworld of spies and smugglers, ciphers and forgeries. As he assembles the fragments of a complex historical mystery, Inchbold learns how Sir Ambrose Plessington, founder of the library, escaped from Bohemia on the eve of the Thirty Years War with plunder from the Imperial Library. Inchbold's hunt for one of these stolen volumes - a lost Hermetic text - soon casts him into an elaborate intrigue; his fortunes hang on the discovery of the missing manuscript but his search reveals that the elusive volume is not what it seems and that he has been made an unwitting player in a treacherous game.… (mer)
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    Rosens namn av Umberto Eco (roby72)
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    Den fjärde sanningen av Iain Pears (amyblue)
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    Gårdagens ö av Umberto Eco (P_S_Patrick)
    P_S_Patrick: These books have some common themes, so may be enjoyed by the same people, but where Ex Libris is more of a "biblio-mystery", The Island of The Day Before is more of a general novel. Both books focus to a certain degree on the Age of Discovery, in the 17th Century, and the Longitude problem. They feature the historical conflicts, ships, and sailing, but this is perhaps where the similarities end. The Island of The Day before is better written, but whether you prefer the plot of one or the other will be due to personal preference. If you have an interest in the period, and enjoyed reading one, then I could recommend the other as a potential future read.… (mer)
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    Scholarium av Claudia Gross (amyblue)
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    Lemprières lexikon av Lawrence Norfolk (P_S_Patrick)
    P_S_Patrick: The common themes between these books include long voyages on ships, the historical disputes between England and Europe, books, intrigue, spying, and conspiracy, where the protagonist is wrapped up in a series of events beyond his control, which he does not understand. So, if you enjoy one, you should enjoy the other. But, what Ex Libris does, Lempriere's Dictionary does better, there is more intrigue, bigger and better conspiracies, a better plot, and overall it is better written. Ex Libris is shorter, and easier going due to its not being as dense, it also focuses more on books, and is set a bit earlier, so may appeal more to some people for these reasons, for example if you struggled with Lempriere's Dictionary.… (mer)
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    A Conspiracy of Paper av David Liss (amyblue)
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A cryptic summons to a remote country house launches Isaac Inchbold, a London bookseller and antiquarian, on an odyssey through seventeenth-century Europe. Isaac is charged with the task of restoring a magnificent library destroyed in the English Civil War. Moving between Prague Castle and London Bridge, Inchobld's fortunes -and his very life- hang on recovering a missing manuscript. Unfortunately, the lost volume is not what it seems, and his search is part of a treacherous game of underworld spies and smugglers, ciphers, and forgeries.
  Daniel464 | Sep 25, 2021 |
I was rather disappointed by this book. A historic mystery involving a library, a mysterious woman, a swashbuckling adventurer, espionage, and secret books—how could you go wrong? Ross King manages to, though. An unexpectedly somber ending seemed totally inappropriate for the amusing, sometimes comic, story that precedes. The convoluted resolution, including the destinies of some key characters, was abruptly and unsatisfyingly explained to us like a history lesson in the final few pages. By the end, I was quite confused, but that was okay because I just didn't care. ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
Se lo cambio a Paula, grupo Facebook - noviembre 2020
  Tatilake | Nov 9, 2020 |
A book of fiction written by a non-fiction writer --- what could go wrong did go wrong. The storyline is cartoon like and the dialoque pedestrian and thin. Written as a mystery adventure, the tandem story lines coalesce around important books, the English Civil War, and the Thirty Years War. Only one character is fully developed. The narrative functions as a hook upon which the author hangs much of what he knows about the world of 1600 - 1660. Three stars are generous. ( )
1 rösta Notmel | Aug 25, 2019 |
A book that didn't quite meet my expectations. Too much history, too much travels & searches with no real purpose (or so it seemed) and too little thrilling elements.

In the end the story of one of the travels meets the people who are engaged in conversation. That was nice, but did not really affect my overall opinion on the book. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Oct 12, 2018 |
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Responding to a cryptic summons to a remote country house, London bookseller Isaac Inchbold finds himself responsible for restoring a magnificent library pillaged during the English Civil War, and in the process slipping from the surface of 1660s London into an underworld of spies and smugglers, ciphers and forgeries. As he assembles the fragments of a complex historical mystery, Inchbold learns how Sir Ambrose Plessington, founder of the library, escaped from Bohemia on the eve of the Thirty Years War with plunder from the Imperial Library. Inchbold's hunt for one of these stolen volumes - a lost Hermetic text - soon casts him into an elaborate intrigue; his fortunes hang on the discovery of the missing manuscript but his search reveals that the elusive volume is not what it seems and that he has been made an unwitting player in a treacherous game.

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