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The Library at Mount Char Paperback – March 15, 2016
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“This book is batshit crazy. From the very first pages, the story grabs you by the guts and doesn't let go. It mashes together fantasy and thriller, love stories and dark comedy, into a wild trip at once unpredictable and unforgettable. You'll never look at a librarian in quite the same way.”
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About the Author
SCOTT HAWKINS works as a software engineer for Intel. He and his wife live in Atlanta, where they spend much of their time playing Olympic-caliber fetch with their large pack of foster dogs. THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR is his first novel.
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Hail the Amazon Gods for recommending this book about American Gods while I was shopping the other day! I am sad that I didn’t know about it when it was released last year, but am oh so thankful to have had this experience now. Fans of Neil Gaiman are in for a treat.
In his debut novel, Scott Hawkins has created a darkly weird world of adult librarians, who were essentially kidnapped by Father when they were eight years old and brought into the infinite Library at Mount Char to study and work. The librarians have been trained in twelve catalogues – one category per child, with strict instructions on not discussing/sharing your catalogue with another.
David (master of the war catalogue) and Margaret (master of the dead catalogue) have story lines that are the most violent and brutal, and some of the scenes concerning David, frankly, I could have lived without, but what do you expect from a character who is the master of the war catalogue? His story line is not going to be about eating cupcakes in the park with his girlfriend. The violence is necessary for the subject matter. After all, one does not get to be a God without being burned alive a time or two. As examples of other catalogue subjects, Rachel’s catalogue involves the prediction and manipulation of possible futures. Carolyn is the master of all languages.
So. Back to the plot. Father is dead, and maybe one of his librarians killed him (I don’t want to spoil it for you) and maybe another one of his many enemies killed him. All of the librarians are completely out of touch with humanity and arguably insane now that they are in their 30s. It made me think of our world leaders, and how out of touch they must all be with their respective citizens. (Oh, do you not have the sun anymore? Food is a problem for you now? And I am to understand that you don’t like that?)
I was also quite amused by the zombies in the suburbs. Hey, I know these people! Wait a minute, am I one of these people?! Just kidding. I am pretty sure I am not one of the reanimated dead. But, you never know who your neighbors are…
I think what I enjoyed the most about this read is how Hawkins brought the story full-circle towards the end of the book. We learn more about Father and his relationships with his librarians, specifically, with his protege that he has been grooming all this time to take over his position. Many times, after I am finished with a book, I am still left with a lot of questions that I wish were tied up by the author. Challenging your readers is great, and Hawkins does this in the beginning and the middle. The end is tied up quite nicely for you, and I appreciate that. I want to know what the author thinks he’s written! Tell me a story. Don’t tell me a set of circumstances and then leave me sitting over here pissed off contemplating like a jerk for days on end – “Well, what did it all mean?”
I think that is a skill that is quite rare, and I hate it when the author doesn’t address the big “Why” questions.
Great job, Hawkins! This is one of the best books I have read in many years. I am so glad I purchased this one, because I marked the copy up quite a bit, and will no doubt be returning for a second read next summer. This is one that I am betting will read different to me after knowing how it ends.
It was definitely outside of my wheelhouse. Fantasy is not a genre I normally select, but all of the quirky things in this book worked. There was also a tiny bit of Sci-Fi in there, and I am a fan of that. The characters and plot were well developed.
This would have been my favorite read of the summer, if I had not read it in April!
It was a truly wonderful read. I was plunged into an interesting, exciting and occasionally hilarious world peopled with intriguing, unusual and often unpleasant characters. There is a flavour of Neil Gaiman and perhaps a touch of Terry Pratchett in the atmosphere of the world of Mount Char but I do not want to suggest there is anything derivative in the writing. This is an original conception and a delightful surprise.
I must be cautious here, however, the world depicted is not delightful at all. Neither is it dystopian. it is a cynical depiction of the powers that be - those who create worlds and devastate them. It seemed to me it might owe something of its capricious whimsy to the gods and goddesses of Homer's world and brings to mind a quote from Shakespeare " as flies to wanton boys are we to the gods, they kill us for their sport".
My only complaint might be that the uncovering of the plot is too protracted. I am not an editor and so I have no thought as to how the construction could be improved without losing the delightful headlong rush into the mad world of Mount Char.
I want the author to write more - immediately!
The entire time reading this book I just wanted to know what was actually happening. I wasn't sure if it was the imagination of someone with a mental illness or what was going on. Then of course you're following Carolyn who turns out to be the catalyst for many of the events in the story but you only get hints of this throughout the book.
I was taken aback, at first, by the inclusion of Erwin Leffington. His narrative seemed completely out of place with the story and at the time appeared to be an odd, unnecessary addition. But, as I read on I realized there was reason for it and everything slowly began to tie together. Actually, nothing about this book to me was slow. Everything seemed to swirl around the reader in a frantic spiral of words and ideas. Just when you think you have a grasp on what's going on new information is thrown at you that turns everything on its head.
Some of the characters were wonderfully crafted, some fell a little flat for me. Steve was the one character that just did not mesh with me. He definitely felt stiff and in need of some more work. I loved the complexity of Carolyn and her relationship with Father. The memory flashback essentially explaining her presence at the library was satisfying and the right amount of creepy.
I absolutely loved this book