- File Size: 7093 KB
- Print Length: 336 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Laughing Rain (October 18, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 18, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B016VAQVXM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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At first I was worried. Please not another depressing future world. Of course it was that too...with a twist...an apparently perfect utopia--wonderful climate, no unemployment, cradle to grave medical care, etc.-- with a rotten underbelly. It reminded me of my favorite short story by Ursula Le Guin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas. The price for that utopia was the torture of one child. The price for Brandt Legg's perfect world is the loss of our history, our books and other chilling events.
Now let me tell you why his story was so uplifting despite all the evil in it. The characters are powerfully presented. They are us. They are weak, greedy, confused, hopeless, terrified, strong, loving, but they continue to struggle. They often fail too. But take one more step and then another. They will make you feel sad and proud at the same time. The other technique Brandt uses to breathtaking effect are all the famous quotes he puts in, under and around his story lines. Each one delights and surprises. By doing this he reminds us of how much we have to lose: from Asimov and Bradbury to Shakespeare and Proust. We lose even more each day as our language deteriorates because too many people Do Not Read. Lop off their heads said the Queen of Hearts in Alice, another lovely totalitarian regime. I imagine those heads being words that are becoming abbreviated and unrecognizable in a .com future. Brandt Legg is shining a light into some very dark corners.
I will try to share this book with as many persons as I can. Although it could involve bribery, even torture.
The characters are believable and likeable. The protagonist Runit is someone who we can relate to. He is just an average person like most of us. But he reluctantly steps up and overcomes his fears to become the unlikely hero. Runit is the last librarian. He is a would-be author who never got around to writing that novel. This tormented him for most of his adult life. Here is an excerpt that tells of Runit’s inner turmoil:
“Every book Runit hadn’t written haunted him, so he understood about the mental takeover from the craft of writing. Those unwritten books, locked inside a writer’s head, make an inescapable noise, like murmurs from conversation one can’t quite make out blended loudly with paper pages blowing in a disturbing wind.”
We don’t generally see a lot of twists and turns in science fiction books. Shocking surprises are usually in crime novels. But The Last Librarian has some surprises you won’t expect that will send chills up your spine. And what can be better than that? Highly recommended and a solid five stars.
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Look forward to book two. Bye now
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.