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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IndyPL_MarianneK Dec 03, 2018

Imagine if Joe Hill wrote a book for Neil Gaiman. Magic, language, a lot of violence, but an intriguing storyline to pull it along. You won't believe this one is written by a guy who's usual fare is Linux manuals.

sit_walk Nov 03, 2018

One of the most creative pan-genre genre novels I’ve read in a long while. Probably appealing to fans of China Mieville and other weird fiction authors. Not perfect, but a pretty fine read.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 26, 2018

Super weird and awesome! This one is for fans of titles like Welcome to Nightvale. This will be loved by the right reader, but not by everyone!

Oct 25, 2018

This book kept me guessing, and I never had any clue what was going to happen next. It was outstanding, weird fiction with a satisfying conclusion. One of my favorites! I would recommend it to those who enjoy dark fantasy or even Lovecraftian novels.

Hillsboro_BoE Oct 25, 2018

This is a weird amazing book. It was full of surprises and every time I thought it would settle down into an expected story arc it went somewhere else. This is one of my all time favorites.

Oct 21, 2018

Very weird. I am trying to figure out how any mind could come up with it,

Oct 05, 2018

Wow, what did I just read?! This book was so addictive that I took it to my dentist appointment and read through the drilling. I'm not even exaggerating.

I feel like the Library at Mount Char turned my brain inside out, in the best possible way. This book may be incredibly strange, but the humor and the fantastic characters really make the pages fly by. The ending won't let you down either: it's one of my favorite endings ever, hands down.

The only downside? You'll never look at a barbecue grill the same way again.

Aug 19, 2018

Such a strange starts off by throwing you into a world that makes no sense but with a tantalizing mystery: "Who is 'Father' and what happened to him?" It captivated me with its multi-faceted characters and evocative writing. It kind of reminded me of American Gods because of the god-like characters fighting for power and because of the constant out of this world, wacky things that happen. However, the world that Hawkins built is 100% creative, yet raw and violent.
The element that most intrigued me about the story is the role of the 'librarians', it's completely different to what we expect when we hear the word. In this book, the librarians personify the concept of 'knowledge is power' in a most fantastical way!
The only drawback is that I wish more of the story took place inside the library itself. For a book about a library, most of it was spent outside the library and I would have loved more in-depth descriptions.

Jul 28, 2018

Fantastic book in every sense. I loved every line and i hope there is more to come. Writing novels has got to be better than than writing computer books, right?

May 09, 2018

Strange, nightmareish, and more than a little bit disturbing. The descriptions of violence - physical, psychological, and sexual - can be difficult to handle, but despite all of that, it felt like there was a real heart beating underneath all the graphic content. One of the things that I really enjoyed about it was it's unpredictability - I really did not know where they were going to go with things, which is an exciting experience as a reader. While the violence may be off-putting for some readers, I think those with strong stomachs may find it rewarding.

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Jun 27, 2016

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

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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Aug 20, 2018

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