The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780553418606
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 25 cm

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0007548100dmw
Sep 14, 2017

Did not realize it was fantasy. I do not like fantasy or sci-fi, therefore did not finish.

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isaachar
May 30, 2017

As a huge fan of books with morally ambiguous main characters, I really liked this one. Without giving too much away, a group of unrelated orphans raised in secret by a man they call "Father" are locked out of the hidden library they were raised in. Someone has done something that prevents them from returning, and whats more, they can't contact "Father" and believe he may be dead. Which is perplexing to them because, as far as they can tell, "Father" was invincible and nearly omnipotent. The book begins with a dark tone that leads the reader to question everything that's happening. "Is Father dead, hiding, or something worst?", "Why did each librarian have to stick to a separate catalog?", "Was Father actually what they thought he was?" and "What's with that Steve character?" And that's just the beginning. This book is unlike anything else I've ever read. It has elements of Fantasy, Mystery, Comedy, Science Fiction, and even Horror. I strongly recommend it.

VaughanPLRachelP Feb 01, 2017

Imagine Hogwarts, but all the students are murderous librarians, their teacher is a god, and they're all at war to learn each other's secrets of the universe and become the next ruler. The story never goes where you think it'll go, and the villain/hero isn't who you think it'll be. Highly recommended.

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ErikaCh
Dec 07, 2016

You'll never known what's gonna happen next! This book is a true thriller. Story is quite bizarre but this is also it's charming point.

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koiishi22
Nov 21, 2016

took me a couple of chapters to get into it but once you get into it, sheesh!

LeRat Oct 30, 2016

A dark, disturbing tale that is sure to appeal to horror fans who like a more cerebral, fantastical style of story.

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Amber L Moreno
Oct 19, 2016

LOVED it. This was recommended to me, being a fan of Harry Potter, cited as a dystopian Hogwarts run by a darker, more enigmatic Dumbledore. The characters are so singularly well crafted and the story, which I kept considering to be finished chapter after chapter, kept surprising me anew as it continued to spiral further. An amazing debut novel.

SFPL_danielay Jul 06, 2016

A very imaginative story about a group of children raised by a mysterious father figure. Father is cruel and god-like and his death or disappearance leaves a power vacuum. The story centers around quiet Carolyn whose area of study is languages. This makes her much more at home in the normal world than her siblings but the question is if this is enough to overcome threats not just from her siblings but from the outside world as well.

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slang123
Jun 27, 2016

This is a fabulous book! Well, it's dark and full of incredible cruelties, but it is wonderfully crafted. Scott Hawkins has an incredible imagination.

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gusmcrae
Jun 22, 2016

This is probably the strangest book I've ever read. It's also one of the most clever--several current popular themes pop up in this book, but from a perspective you wouldn't anticipate. There were lots of moments when I found myself shaking my head in confusion. And then the author would offer a clever interlude that would help shine a light on what was going on. By the end, I was actually sad to see the story wrapping up; in fact, I wouldn't mind a sequel!

If you decide to give it a try--expect to possibly be confused/unclear much of the time, but don't worry--it's mostly clear by the end.

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slang123
Jun 27, 2016

"Carolyn rose and stood alone in the dark, both in that moment and ever after."

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slang123
Jun 27, 2016

"What we perceive as emotion is just a quick connection between three-dimensional space and one of the higher physical planes - rage, joy, pleasure, whatever. The repercussions can echo for years, but the actual link usually only lasts for a fraction of a second."

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