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voynich manuscript

Post by Kveto from Prague » Tue December 16th, 2008, 10:47 pm

anybody ever heard of this. it poped up in prague in the 1600. nobody knows what it is.


seems good for a historical mystery writer

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Post by Ludmilla » Wed December 17th, 2008, 1:59 pm

Or SF... Dan Simmons makes great use of it in his Ilium/Olympos duology.

You might find this list interesting.

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Post by Volgadon » Wed December 17th, 2008, 2:03 pm

I rather lean towards the idea that it was a quack medicine book, but on the other hand the massive amount of work that went in to it must say something.

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Post by Rowan » Wed December 17th, 2008, 2:15 pm

I've heard of this and agree it would make for an interesting mystery.

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Big Fat List of Voynich Novels...

Post by nickpelling » Thu December 18th, 2008, 1:21 am

Oddly enough, quite a few novelists have appropriated the Voynich Manuscript, particularly during 2008 (though with varying degrees of success, it has to be said).

I've collected as many of these as I can (and have reviewed a fair few of them too) on this Big Fat List on my Cipher Mysteries website.

As a writer myself, I'd say that the particular challenge with Voynich novels is preventing all the (frankly rather dull) historical exposition from taking over the story: whatever your story idea / plot structure, the #1 question you should ask yourself is "how can I keep this interesting for the reader?" - only a few of the books on the list actually manage to answer this satisfactorily.

As a general rule, I'd recommend that any aspiring Voynich novelist should read Max McCoy's "Indiana Jones and the Philosopher's Stone": it keeps a light touch to the history, while managing to keep all the balls in the air.

Cheers, ....Nick Pelling....

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