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The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell's Library Book 1) (edição 2019)

por A. J. Hackwith (Autor)

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In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories. Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing? a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto. But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil's Bible. The text of the Devil's Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell....and Earth.… (mais)
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Título:The Library of the Unwritten (A Novel from Hell's Library Book 1)
Autores:A. J. Hackwith (Autor)
Informação:Ace (2019), 382 pages
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More "religious" than I expected, and less "bookish," but still an exciting read once it gets going. I do love me some Hero, though. ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
Totally fun, and a perfect audiobook for my commute the past few weeks. Neil Gaiman-esque epic fantasy, with all the metafictional interest in the significance of storytelling that that implies. ( )
  jalbacutler | Sep 24, 2021 |
Some of the same issues I encountered in the [The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep] novel are here too. All the pieces are in place, good conflict, great characters, setting and yet. I would read a few pages and have to stop. Was I bored? No, but I felt a kind of fatigue, my brain would say, "Okay that's enough for now." Too much going on? I don't think so, but maybe? There is a huge cast here and a lot of ground is covered from Heaven to Hell to Valhalla and parts in-between. I could say what 'an awful lot of scampering about'. But some characters, Ramiel, for example, slow everything down and are riveting. Leto had the same effect. Claire, the main, did not, not for me. Also and this is why it is a full 3 1/2 stars, towards the end the story lifts off and I read 100 pages in one go, happily. Will I read the next one? Very likely. ***1/2 ( )
  sibylline | Sep 6, 2021 |
Every so often, a book will come along with a seemingly endlessly original premise, and I get filled with excitement to dig into that story. The Library of the Unwritten was one of those books. I saw it on the shelves, picked it up, read the summary, and immediately thought, oh hell, yes!

Now, here's the thing: I have a fairly substantial TBR pile, and I typically put all the new stuff right at the end, and when I finish a book, move to the next oldest in that pile. That way, older books don't keep getting pushed back and back, never to be read. For me, it's a good system, because no soldier gets left behind.

One unintended result of that is, by the time I'm reaching for a book, it's typically a few months since I picked it up and, in most cases, I'll have forgotten what it was that really grabbed me about the book. And I won't re-read the back cover copy. I prefer to go into the book cold, trusting my months-earlier self to have chosen a winner.

So, all I remembered about this one was that, like the title states, there's a Library of the Unwritten. And that sometimes, the stories somehow escape.

...or something like that.

In my head, I had ideas of what I wanted out of this one. I mean, this concept is ripe with creativity, isn't it?

Instead, I found myself almost instantly disenchanted. There was no opening grab for me, and when the narrative finally settled into the story, I didn't really care about any of the characters, or the stakes. I honestly thought about just setting it down right then and there, and declaring it another DNF book, but I'd just given up on Claire North's [b:The End of the Day|31408829|The End of the Day|Claire North|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1484652403l/31408829._SY75_.jpg|52102281], and didn't want to immediately drop another one.

I should have.

I listened to the audiobook for this one, and I'll be honest, my mind wandered. A lot. And when I would realize this and come back around to the story, I simply didn't give enough of a shit about what was going on to even skip back ten minutes and pick up the threads.

I can't point to anything particularly awful in the book. The writing seemed fine, the characters were okay, and the story wasn't horrible.

I have to put this one down to my expectations being completely out of line with what the story offered up.

Not for me. I will not be revisiting Hell's Library. ( )
  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
I’ve been so excited to read this book since the day I first heard about it and I’ve been waiting for its release since then. Multiple rejections for the ARC didn’t deter me and I think I’m glad to have read it on my own time without any deadlines looming. And it was such a fun adventurous read.

I have to say, I’m amazed at how ingenious this world is and how fascinating is the author’s imagination. A Library located in Hell which contains unwritten books (which are incomplete) is wonderful in itself, but this world has so much more. I loved how it’s inclusive of different religions’ concept of Heaven and Hell, and the trip to Valhalla was a lot of fun. I was delighted to see a mention of Indralok and hope we get to explore all these other dimensions in the future books. We also encounter a lot of mythical creatures which is fun but the best part is that they don’t conform to their typical roles we are aware of, and subversion of all the usual tropes is the most amazing part of this book.

This book was fast paced right from the get go, and I was delighted to be in on this roller coaster adventure. There is a lot of wit and sarcasm and banter in the dialogue, which made the story seem lighter despite the high stakes. There are also quests and puzzles and mazes and action sequences, making us all feel like a part of the adventure and I had such a gala time following along with the characters. And of course, I particularly loved the discussion about stories and characters, and how much authors are attached to their books. I think this book is a love letter to authors and stories and definitely why I was so attracted to it in the first place, and I am so happy that reading it made me feel all the more affection for books and book lovers.

After the wonderful world building, it’s the characters who steal the show. Claire is the Hell’s Librarian who is very prim and proper, a strict rule follower, who treats books and characters who escape from them like things without feelings. While this might make us feel a bit put off, getting to know her backstory and the way she develops through the story is awesome to read. Leto is a demon courier who seems more like a mortal teenager, a little scared soul who has his own tragic past but is very innocent and sweet and curious. The way these two come to care for each other is beautiful and there are some amazing heart wrenching scenes featuring them.

Brevity is a muse who is also Claire’s assistant, a tiny little spitfire, always ready to help Claire in her tasks. She can have bouts of anxiety, but ultimately she draws inspiration from those around her and is brave and a true defender of the Library. She is also very compassionate, cares a lot for the books and characters and will do anything to keep them safe. Hero on the other hand is a character who escapes from his book and is snarky, vain and pretty selfish initially. He is also the one through whom we (and the other characters) learn about the unwritten books and their feelings and how the characters within them are just not abstract words. I absolutely loved how he is written in a way that subverts the standard “perfect hero” trope and every scene with him is a lot of fun. We also have Ramiel who is a fallen angel who is feeling lost and just wants to find a home to which he can finally belong, and his character development is probably the best in the book which I don’t wanna spoil by giving away any other details.

To conclude, I have to mention that while my above review might seem like an incoherent mess, it’s probably because I’m not feeling well and it’s absolutely not the fault of the book. This was a delightful adventure novel which combines a lot of myths and legends, with some amazing characters whom we slowly come to love. If you love the “Books about books and book lovers” genre, or have previously enjoyed books like Sorcery of Thorns or The Invisible Library series, then this book is perfect for you and I promise you will have a lot of fun. ( )
  ksahitya1987 | Aug 20, 2021 |
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In the first book in a brilliant new fantasy series, books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is up to the Librarian to track down any restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories. Many years ago, Claire was named Head Librarian of the Unwritten Wing? a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the library. When a Hero escapes from his book and goes in search of his author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and nervous demon courier Leto. But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifyingly angelic Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil's Bible. The text of the Devil's Bible is a powerful weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the power to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell....and Earth.

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