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Ex Libris: Stories of Librarians, Libraries, and Lore

by Paula Guran (Editor)

Other authors: Edoardo Albert (Contributor), Kage Baker (Contributor), Elizabeth Bear (Contributor), Gregory Benford (Contributor), Holly Black (Contributor)18 more, Richard Bowes (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor), Amal El-Mohtar (Contributor), Ruthanna Emrys (Contributor), Esther M. Friesner (Contributor), Xia Jia (Contributor), Ellen Klages (Contributor), Kelly Link (Contributor), Ken Liu (Contributor), Scott Lynch (Contributor), Jack McDevitt (Contributor), Sarah Monette (Contributor), Norman Partridge (Contributor), Robert Reed (Contributor), Tansy Rayner Roberts (Contributor), Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Contributor), E. Saxey (Contributor), AC Wise (Contributor)

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Portals to all the knowledge in the world, libraries are also created universes of multitude of imaginations. Librarians guide us to enlightenment as well as serving as the captains, mages, and gatekeepers who open the doors to delight, speculation, wonder, and terror. This captivating compilation of science fiction and fantasy short fiction showcases stories of librarians -- mysterious curators, heroic bibliognosts, arcane archivists, catalogers of very special collections and libraries: repositories of arcane wisdom, storehouses of signals from other galaxies, bastions of culture, the last outposts of civilization in a post-apocalyptic world....… (more)
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Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.
  fernandie | Sep 15, 2022 |
3 1/2 stars overall
The stories run from a low of 2 stars to high 4 1/2


In the House of the Seven Librarians by Ellen Klages 4 stars
The Books by Kage Baker 3 1/2 stars
Death and the Librarian by Esther M. Friesner 3 1/2 stars
In Libres by Elizabeth Bear 3 stars
The King of the Big Night Hours by Richard Bowes 3 stars
Those Who Watch by Ruthanna Emrys 2 stars
Special Collections by Norman Partridge 2 stars
Exchange by Ray Bradbury 4 1/2 stars
Paper Cuts Scissors by Holly Black 4 stars
Summer Reading by Ken Liu 4 stars
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link 2 stars
The Inheritance of Barnabas Wilcox by Sarah Monette 3 stars
The Midbury Lake Incident by Kristine Kathryn Rusch 3 stars
With Tales in Their Teeth, from the Mountain They Came by A.C. Wise 3 stars
What Books Survive by Tansy Rayner Roberts 3 stars
The Librarian’s Dilemma by E. Saxey 4 stars
The Green Book by Amal El-Mohtar 3 stars
In the Stacks by Scott Lynch 4 stars
A Woman’s Best Friend by Robert Reed 4 stars
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler by Xia Jia, translated by Ken Liu 3 stars
The Sigma Structure Symphony by Gregory Benford 4 stars
The Fort Moxie Branch by Jack McDevitt 4 stars
The Last Librarian: Or a Short Account of the End of the World by Edoardo Albert 4 stars
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  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
(2.5 out of 5)

I ended up not really caring for this anthology. It's not bad, per say. But it's not really that good either. A few of the stories are nice, particularly the first one, "In the House of Seven Librarians", but the rest failed to leave any kind of real impression on me. The quality of the shorts varied greatly, some being much better than others. But overall, the anthology itself was a bit of a trek to get through. It wasn't as enjoyable as I'd hoped it would be. Perhaps some will enjoy it, perhaps the writing styles of many of the shorts just weren't my cup of tea. But I didn't much care for it. It's not bad, it's just forgettable.

(I received a digital ARC of this book from Edelweiss in return for a fair review.) ( )
  thoroughlyme | Apr 23, 2021 |
All the stories in this collection involve libraries or librarians. This collection of stories is a mixed bag - some stories were great, some original, others ok, a few I did not enjoy. A book to borrow first if you are interested. ( )
  ElentarriLT | Mar 24, 2020 |
Full review to come! ( )
  Floratina | Dec 7, 2019 |
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Guran, PaulaEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Albert, EdoardoContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baker, KageContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bear, ElizabethContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benford, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Black, HollyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bowes, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
El-Mohtar, AmalContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Emrys, RuthannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Friesner, Esther M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jia, XiaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Klages, EllenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Link, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liu, KenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lynch, ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDevitt, JackContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Monette, SarahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Partridge, NormanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reed, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Roberts, Tansy RaynerContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rusch, Kristine KathrynContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saxey, E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wise, ACContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Portals to all the knowledge in the world, libraries are also created universes of multitude of imaginations. Librarians guide us to enlightenment as well as serving as the captains, mages, and gatekeepers who open the doors to delight, speculation, wonder, and terror. This captivating compilation of science fiction and fantasy short fiction showcases stories of librarians -- mysterious curators, heroic bibliognosts, arcane archivists, catalogers of very special collections and libraries: repositories of arcane wisdom, storehouses of signals from other galaxies, bastions of culture, the last outposts of civilization in a post-apocalyptic world....

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