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The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount Char (edition 2015)

by Scott Hawkins (Author)

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Title:The Library at Mount Char
Authors:Scott Hawkins (Author)
Info:New York: Crown Publishers, 2015
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The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

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    The Magicians by 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?"
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    Lexicon by 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.
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    American Gods by Neil Gaiman (sturlington)
    sturlington: Hawkins' style reminds me of Neil Gaiman.
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    Duplex: A Novel by Kathryn Davis (KatyBee)
    KatyBee: Unnerving and strange, dark literary writing that follows no rules.

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I was SO looking forward to this book. I kept picking it up and hugging it and touching the cover long before I actually had the time to read my review copy. I was SO disappointed that not only did I not like the book, I actually hated it.

This book makes NO FUCKING SENSE. It appears to consist of hundreds of pages of weird shit piled on top of each other in a nonsensical manner. Of course I wouldn't know for sure, since I tried twice to read it and stopped around 1/4 of the way in, but the portion that I waded through consisted of pages and pages of weird shit piled on top of each other in a nonsensical manner.

It bored the shit out of me because I had no clue what THE FUCKING FUCK was going on. I like fantasy for the most part but this is some extreme, incohesive, out-there type of shit. It's like watching a movie in some random another language with no subtitles: fucking boring and everything the characters do looks weird.

I really am completely baffled by all of the glowing reviews. It seems like others can see something in this mess of a book that I can't, and it's frustrating for me. Of course my review on another website which owns GR was hit with the negs of rabid, intolerant, head-up-their-asses fanboys and -girls, so the book works for a lot of people for some strange, strange reason.

I still have my review copy; I wanted to get rid of it but it's inexplicably still here, and the positive reviews keep pouring in. I guess I'll be giving it another try when I have massive amounts of free time, no other books I that want to read, and an endless supply of caffeine. ( )
  CosimaS | Jun 14, 2017 |
~Superheroes, which I hate, but very charmingly done. Along the lines of American Gods . . . but with an all-new and pretty interesting mythical framework. ( )
  ehines | May 1, 2017 |
I believe the technical term for this is "gonzo." ( )
  Jon_Hansen | Apr 21, 2017 |
Minor Spoilers

Solid new fantasy. I'm looking forward to what this guy does next. But in my humble opinion, any book where the main character calls and makes demands of the president lands comfortably on the "young" side of young adult. ( )
  dwkenefick | Apr 20, 2017 |
Easily has become one of my favorite books of all time, after becoming intrigued by the title when I saw it on a library shelf. The most unique book I have every read, seems impossible to pigeonhole into one category or tell someone what this book reminds me of. Ranging between funny, horrifying, heartbreaking and astonishing, you will not be able to put it down.

I recommend this book to anyone, regardless of what genre you are a fan of, there will be something for you to love. And the characters are some of you will never forget. ( )
  kjor0903 | Apr 18, 2017 |
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For my sweet-natured and extremely patient wife, Heather, with much love and many thanks.
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Carolyn, blood-drenched and barefoot, walked alone down the two-lane stretch of blacktop that the Americans called Highway 78.
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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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