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Bibliophile (L is for Librarian Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Tom Bruno
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Imperial Library Corps has brought the light of civilization to the Galactic Periphery for millennia, but when a rogue admiral launches a surprise attack on the Empire will the libraries be abandoned as just another casualty of war?
Amid the backdrop of interstellar conflict, a librarian at the edge of the galaxy must make a fateful decision which will determine the course of his life.

"Bibliophile" is a 11,000-word novella imagining the future of libraries and those who depend on them. It is the first installment in a series of library-themed science fiction stories titled "L is for Librarian."


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  • File Size: 134 KB
  • Print Length: 39 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073AJXN0
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #942,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reminded me of Old-School Sci Fi May 4, 2012
By jdowd
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I didn't know what to expect. Bibliophile? Is this going to be tome erotica? No, it's a story in the style of the old-school writers who used distant and far-flung colonies at the end of known space to highlight something about people and society. Ursula K. Le Guin would do this, so would Bradbury. And what we're talking about here is the visceral need for books, the concept of books and not just information or data. One would think that in the future the idea of the book would go away, but Bruno makes a convincing case that our connection to books and libraries is deeper than just a format. Bruno also throws in some cool technology- avatars, replicator machines, tacheyon communicators for laughs, but none of it gets in the way. And see if you can spot the homage to Vonnegot in one scene. Hint- it's very similar to the scene in Slaughterhouse Five that got Vonnegut's book banned in a large number of public libraries. I have to think that for a librarian writer writing about threatened libraries this had to be deliberate. Oh, and nice reference to the "Encyclopedia Galactica". All in all, the author clearly likes his classics and makes sure the elements are all there. For me this hearkened back to the sci-fi of my youth in the best of ways.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant surprise! May 4, 2012
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I know, you've probably just read the summary for "Bibliophile", and you're thinking "Imperial Library Corps? WTH?" That's what I was thinking anyway... But it piqued my curiosity. Sci-fi about libraries and librarians? Could it actually be worth reading? It is free, after all. (99 cents now, but still worth it)

So, I downloaded it and started reading. And kept reading. I had to put it down about halfway through, just because I had to get some sleep overnight. Then today at work, I found myself wondering how the story was going to resolve itself... A good sign, it made me care enough to keep thinking about it. After work, I picked it right back up again. I finished the story pretty quickly after that... It is relatively short, after all.

Afterwards, I realized something... This story about a galactic librarian out on the edge of civilized space had actually ended in a way that made me feel good. No, I wasn't overjoyed or ecstatic... Just... Content. I'm sort of reminded of some old classics I'd read as a kid... like one of Asimov's Foundation stories that had almost no action in it, but did have a nice little plot that resolved itself in a way that was clever and satisfying. That's what "Bibliophile" is like.

I'm glad I read this. It was a nice change of pace, it's written well, and the main character manages to be pretty engaging within the confines of a fairly short narrative. Kudos to the author; I look forward to the next installment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars compact, complete and endearing July 10, 2012
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Although the story wasn't complex it was well written and the character development was so complete. The librarian, Syd, displayed such depth of devotion to his calling and a sense of duty to the patrons of his library. It was a wonderful story. I will wait patiently at the door for the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the love of books... May 15, 2012
By C Moss
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If you are a librarian on the edge of the known universe, and your world is threatened by a rouge band of pirates, what do you do?

L is for Librarian is a lot like classic science fiction, but focuses on a librarian and those he serves. Its a unique view of the end of the universe.

I love the way technology is enhanced in this SF book. 3D printers, downloading books to be printed, printing parts for tractors... all very feasible and likely in future generations. This book leaps to some of the logical conclusions of what a library may very well be like centuries from now.

I quite enjoyed this. It's a quick read, and I hope the next one is as good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading July 18, 2012
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I agree with the reviews (4 of them at the time of this writing, and all of them positive). The story is original, well-written, fairly plausible, and enjoyable. The only "defect": it is over too soon. (Not that the plot lent itself to being longer or felt incomplete; rather, I liked the characters and want to get to know them better). I will be with the other reviewer waiting at the door for the next story...
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More About the Author

Tom Bruno has been writing ever since he learned to read. A librarian at Yale University, Tom lives in Milford, Connecticut with his wife, daughter, and baby boy. When he's not writing, working, or riding the train back and forth to New Haven, Tom enjoys fishing, cooking, hiking, and playing Skee-Ball (aka The Greatest Sport of All Time).


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