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About the Author
- File size : 2417 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 374 pages
- ASIN : B0848NGDLK
- Publication date : January 27, 2020
- Publisher : Syntell Smith Publishing; 2nd edition (January 27, 2020)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0578440520
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #720,606 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Starting out, I was very intrigued by this story. All of the characters were interesting and well fleshed out, and I loved getting a behind the scenes look into the working of a library. The jargon and the inside knowledge the workers had and used to test the others was fun to read.
But beyond that, this book became a very intense read, one that I wasn’t sure I was ready for. Full of racism, hate, hazing, and violence, Call Numbers was a very difficult story for me to finish. I did do so, but I found myself having to skim across some of the more vicious scenes.
Now I’m not saying this is a bad story - it’s not. It’s very well written and executed, but for me, it was too much. The vitriolic way the coworkers treated each other and how fighting was used to solve almost every problem resonated badly with me. Certain themes like the racist remarks and hate acts were definitely there to teach a lesson, but I felt as if the use of violence was almost encouraged, or at the very least condoned.
At the end of the day, I was unable to relate or care for any of the characters because of their anger and the way they spoke and treated each other. They did have reasons for the way they acted and childhood traumas that made them more predisposed to violence but still...it felt so unrealistic, almost as if I was in another world where everyone was perpetually furious and had no brain to mouth filter.
Syntell Smith is a very talented author but this story wasn’t the one for me.
Call Numbers: The Not So Quiet Life of Librarians, is my top read in general fiction so far this year!
This workplace drama follows the lives of the workers at the New York Public Library (One of them). From 14 year old pages, all the way to graying hair secretaries of the head librarian, this story gives you a nice mix of what workers in the library workplace have to endure not only at work but in their personal lives as well.
Syntell does an amazing job with the character building, scene setting and pace of this story. One wouldn't think the life of librarians would be interesting, but from how Syntell writes this thrilling drama, they'd be wrong. Every chapter brings you new suspense that keeps you turning the pages (no pun intended), and wanted to find out what will happen next. To me this was better than watching a TV series!!
I am so glad I picked this up! I absolutely loved this and can't wait for book 2 in September. Normally I stay within the fantasy/PNR genres when reading. This was my first time branching out and reading something different from my preferred genre... and I am so happy I did!! I wish I could give 100 stars. Syntell, is now on my favorite reads and favorite author list! AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING!!
Robin Walker, charming, volatile, a man with the moves, and "The Battleaxe's protege", has been transferred to one of the most diverse libraries in the New York Public Library system. Unfortunately, the employees don't want him there and will go to any lengths to get rid of him.
Backstabbing, secrets, and mayhem come to mind when I read this book. And what better and more unique place than a public library. The author does a thorough job explaining the different services and policies the New York Public Library system entails and he includes a helpful Library Terminology Glossary at the beginning for those who don't speak library-ese. In addition, Mr. Smith, provides a useful Character Index at the beginning for some background on the multitude of characters throughout the book.
As for the characters, Robin is a mystery to me. His personality is mercurial. I want to like him with his charisma, charm, and wit one minute, but his unstable temper frightens me the next minute. As for Augustus Chavez, the head librarian, I understand he wants to make his branch library the best in New York, but his decisions are sketchy at best Ms. Yi is also a mystery to me with her diligence to maintain the equilibrium of her library by hiring employees who value the sanctity of the Clerks Credo, but will use any means necessary to get rid of one man who just happened to get hired at the wrong time. And of course, the other supporting characters have their own individual story-lines and a myriad of secrets that add to the depth of the story.
Overall, the 58th Street Branch Library holds a lot of surprises and laughs that this reader enjoyed immensely. The book thoughtfully touches on social justice, nepotism, diversity, mysteries, romance, and just good old fashioned drama in 1994 New York. Triggers include racism and bullying. And the book ends in a cliffhanger.
If you think you know librarians and library staff, this book will change your mind.
Thank you to Mr. Smith for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.