We gave it a B
THE EGG CODE Mike Heppner (Knopf, $25.95) Heppner is a fearsome cultural critic disguised in novelist’s clothing. And if he weren’t such an inventive writer — The Egg Code interweaves exploitative advertising campaigns and 15th-century humanist debates — his spleen venting would be annoying. The story, about a turn-of-the-millennium skirmish between an heir of Johannes Gutenberg and the architects of the Internet, moves so swiftly that it’s easy to enjoy Heppner’s sideswipes at the nuances of typeface or the origins of Internet protocols. But when the last chapter ends, you realize The Egg Code, while intellectually titillating, is emotionally unavailable.