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The Library at Mount Char

– tekijä: Scott Hawkins

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1,9402156,337 (4.04)98
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.… (lisätietoja)
  1. 51
    Unohdetut jumalat (tekijä: Neil Gaiman) (sturlington)
    sturlington: Hawkins' style reminds me of Neil Gaiman.
  2. 30
    The Magicians (tekijä: 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?"
  3. 11
    Lexicon (tekijä: 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.
  4. 00
    Duplex: A Novel (tekijä: Kathryn Davis) (KatyBee)
    KatyBee: Unnerving and strange, dark literary writing that follows no rules.
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She was crying. Steve didn't stop her, didn't try to say anything. There was nothing to say.

As the days and weeks and seasons wore on he found himself repeating this nothing, not wanting to. Gradually he came to understand that this particular nothing was all he could really say now. He chanted it to himself in cell blocks and dingy apartments, recited it like a litany, ripped himself to rags against the sharp and ugly poetry of it. It echoed down the grimy hallways and squandered moments of his life, the answer to every question, the lyric of all songs.


This is one of those books that I wish I could see objectively. Because when I walk into an opening chapter and find a linguist who spent a year living with deer, a man who still lives with cougars, a guy in a tutu who squeezes the heart's blood of his enemies into his hair, a woman who can raise the dead, and a woman licks the tears of disembodied heads, and all of it is as well written as this, I think, "Man, it's good to find a home." And you know? That probably isn't a normal reaction to a story like this. (Though looking at the average rating, I'm certainly not the only one who's had that reaction.) So I'm going to start this with a word of warning. This is a dark, brutal story. There is onscreen torture. Nearly onscreen rape. Onscreen child and animal abuse. Lots of people die. I read it smiling most of the way through. Your mileage may vary.

This is also one of those books I wish I'd gone into more blind. Maybe don't read so many reviews for this one. Maybe, if it has tickled your fancy at all, just find a copy and read it. (Not that I read any terrible spoilers, but we all have our favorite moments. Maybe it's best if you don't know what all of them are before you read them.)

Can I tickle your fancy? I'll try. This is a book that is really asking if we could ever have a relationship with such a thing as a god, if such a thing as a god could remember or understand such a thing as a human being. This is the story of the struggle for a throne, a throne made of all the knowledge. And it's a very funny story about a scholar who has a problem, and that problem happens to be a rampaging murderer in a tutu. Oh, and a regular guy who just won't quit being so regular. Some seriously bad celestial events. And her own withered heart. (OK, I lied; she has a lot of problems.) There are some weaknesses here, but none of them hit me while I was reading. If you want to read a fantastic fantasy that is not a cardboard cut out of every other fantasy you've ever read, give this one a try. You may find Mount Char is the dark, dark doorway to a dark, dark home just for you.

(Reviewed 3/26/16) ( )
2 ääni amyotheramy | May 11, 2021 |
I couldn't put this book down so that was a definite five stars for me. If I had been able to stop for three seconds to think about the book, I might have been a little annoyed at some of the big plot holes and the sometimes uncomfortable way that Hawkins dealt with gender and sexuality. However this book was outrageously readable and I completely fell under its spell (even though magic's not real, Steve). ( )
  jobinsonlis | May 11, 2021 |
I really enjoyed this. It never went anywhere I expected it to. ( )
  KittyCunningham | Apr 26, 2021 |
A Unique and Enjoyable Fantasy

What if there was an all powerful man who stored all of his knowledge in a library that could only be read by his twelve "children"? And what if that man disappeared one day, causing the library to be totally unreachable to those children? This is the mystery at the heart of "The Library at Mount Char". Naturally, of course, if quickly becomes something else entirely - but still very enjoyable.

Like most fantasy novels, it does take a while for the story to really get going. It's always well-written, but the first 25% of the novel, or so, is filled with a lot of exposition that's needed to set up the world of the story. It's important information, but it is a bit of a slog to get through. However, once you get through it, the story definitely takes off.

Throughout the book, the point of view shifts between different characters and a number of interludes shift the action between different times. This was a bit challenging for me to get into, at first, but I did eventually wrap my head around it and all of this point of view shifting and time shifting ends up coalescing in a really interesting conclusion. It's not a super surprising one - the book is definitely littered with clues as to how it eventually ends, but that doesn't make the journey any less fun.

Ultimately, "The Library at Mount Char" is a really fun book. It's very well written, filled with a number of very interesting characters. It tells a wholly complete story, though does feature an epilogue that sort of sets up a sequel were the author to want to revisit the world in the future. If you enjoy weird fantasy stories or stories about quasi-Gods, this is the book for you. ( )
  thoroughlyme | Apr 23, 2021 |
4*
This is one of the strangest books I've ever read. And it was actually pretty good. Things were pretty confusing at the beginning. Storylines slowly came together as timelines changed throughout the plot. Parts of the story dragged a bit as there were parts that didn't feel overly necessary and other parts that felt a bit info dumpy at times. HUGE trigger warnings for animal abuse, rape, suicide, and death. ( )
  courty4189 | Mar 24, 2021 |
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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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