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The Library at Mount Char

por Scott Hawkins

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Neil Gaiman meets Joe Hill in this astonishingly original, terrifying, and darkly funny contemporary fantasy. Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. She's sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for. After all, she was a normal American herself, once.; That was a long time ago, of course--before the time she calls "adoption day," when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father. Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible. In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn't gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient Pelapi customs. They've studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power. Sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library--and with it, power over all of creation As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her. But Carolyn can win. She's sure of it. What she doesn't realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price--because in becoming a God, she's forgotten a great deal about being human.… (mais)
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    American Gods por Neil Gaiman (sturlington)
    sturlington: Hawkins' style reminds me of Neil Gaiman.
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    The Magicians por Lev Grossman (TFleet)
    TFleet: Both novels are centered in the modern real world, but with a set of young adults who have magical powers. The novels are different takes on the question, "What would the modern real world be like if there were magic?"
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    Lexicon por Max Barry (TFleet)
    TFleet: Both novels feature a female protagonist, whose ability with language is crucial, in a life-and-death struggle with antagonists of greater power.
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    Duplex: A Novel por Kathryn Davis (KatyBee)
    KatyBee: Unnerving and strange, dark literary writing that follows no rules.
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Ambitious and dramatic--a riveting story of how a group of people are changed by their traumatic childhood, told through the filter of a speculative fiction novel about a woman who is trying to become God.

To understand my review, let me put it this way: I would describe Lilo and Stitch as a story about a girl being taken away by social services, told through the filter of aliens and monsters.

It's that kind of thing but darker and for adults. ( )
  Sunyidean | Sep 7, 2021 |
I had this book in my library for ages, but I waited so long to read it because in the reviews everyone said that for the first 100 pages you don't understand what's going on, and I just hate that. Fortunately, while it is true that there wasn't a lot of context in the beginning, I really didn't feel lost.

A lot of stuff revolted my stomach, but I got used to the images the more I read. The characters are great (yay Steve!), the ending was perfect, and the storyline never failed to surprise me. Great read. ( )
  mariu911 | Sep 6, 2021 |
Holy hell, what did I just read?

Imagine, if you will, Clive Barker's [b:The Great and Secret Show|32628|The Great and Secret Show (Book of the Art #1)|Clive Barker|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1407710558s/32628.jpg|942597] sitting at a bar. Neil Gaiman's [b:American Gods|30165203|American Gods|Neil Gaiman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1462924585s/30165203.jpg|1970226] comes in, sits down, and buys the Barker book a drink. Probably something mixed by Alan Moore. They slow dance to Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, then go back to one of their bedrooms and make sweet, sweet love. Nine months later, this is the book you would get from that union.

That's the best I can do. That's the only description I can think of, and trust me, I thought about this a lot as I went through this amazing novel.

I will say, for the first quarter of this book, I mostly thought, What the hell am I even reading? None of this makes sense. Characters come and go and I don't know why.

For the next quarter of the book, I began to understand the shape of the story, and I thought, Enh. It's okay, but nothing to write home about. Some neat concepts, but where is it all leading?

Then, around the halfway point, shit began to happen. I sat up and took notice. Then, shit turned left, then left again. Then shit went into seventeen dimensional space. I was hooked.

The first half is necessary set-up. The last half? It's fucking genius. I am in awe of Scott Hawkins.

This book easily...easily wins best book of the year for me. Nothing else I have, or will read this year will come close to its scope, its imagination, or sheer breathtaking wonder.

It's a shame I can only award five stars. This one sits in a dimensional reality all its own, and in that reality, it wins all the stars. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book via Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.]

I usually try to start off a review with a brief summary of the plot (main themes/storylines and such) before going into my thoughts about the book. But this is one where I don't know where to start because any attempt to summarize this book would no doubt fall way short of doing it anything close to justice. And while it's not a disjointed story by any means, there are just so many themes and takeaways here that I could probably write an entire treatise on the depth that exists within this book. That said, I will make an (admittedly feeble) attempt to present the gist of the story so you will know if it might be for you (though I will say that if you like fantasy--especially urban fantasy--anything dark, or character-driven stories with an interesting array of side characters, this is probably a must read).

Carolyn is a librarian. But she's not the kind of librarian you think of when you hear that word. No, she is one of twelve students of a man she knows as Father, a very powerful man who adopted her and her now siblings when she was a child. Father has a vast library and each of his twelve students is responsible for reading, understanding, and mastering a specific catalog from within the library. But these books, like their owner, are not ordinary, and the power that they contain is beyond what a normal American could ever imagine. And Father will settle for nothing but the highest level of effort, success, and obedience from his students--even if he must use brute force to get it.

But now Father has gone missing and the librarians have reassembled to try to find out where he's gone and if he's okay. The dynamics between Carolyn and her siblings aren't what an outsider would necessarily describe as functional, but they do all have a vested interest in finding the man who raised them and getting back into the library to continue their studies. But to do so, they will need to enlist the help of some outsiders--Americans--and their involvement quickly reveals there is much more going on here than meets the eye...

This book definitely seems a little strange at first, but that's because it is different. And until you get a sense of Carolyn and the initial backstory, it's easy to wonder what exactly is going on. But don't worry, you'll wonder that through most of the book, but in different ways with each chapter. As it all starts to come together, if you're like me, you will be in awe at the foreshadowing and the various other hints that have been dropped along the way.

Hawkins does an excellent job of keeping the story moving forward and occasionally inserting what he labels as 'Interludes' which take readers back in time before the story to provide just enough of Carolyn's past to better understand what is going on in the present. And the character dynamics and interactions do not disappoint at all.

I definitely give this a very high recommendation. It's up there among the best books I've read so far this year, and I'm glad I picked it up. ( )
  crtsjffrsn | Aug 27, 2021 |
DNF at 19%
  OphelieDepoortere | Jul 27, 2021 |
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Carolyn, blood-drenched and barefoot, walked alone down the two-lane stretch of blacktop that the Americans called Highway 78.
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Neil Gaiman meets Joe Hill in this astonishingly original, terrifying, and darkly funny contemporary fantasy. Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. She's sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for. After all, she was a normal American herself, once.; That was a long time ago, of course--before the time she calls "adoption day," when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father. Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible. In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn't gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient Pelapi customs. They've studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power. Sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library--and with it, power over all of creation As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her. But Carolyn can win. She's sure of it. What she doesn't realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price--because in becoming a God, she's forgotten a great deal about being human.

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