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In the Stacks

by Scott Lynch

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The idea was interesting, but the twist was very obvious. No hindsight required.
A single introduction was enough to recognise Trouble. The neon sign was the only thing missing.
Emotional beats are flat and unbelievable. There was no genuine emotion in the fallout.

If this is how Lynch writes, I'd rather skip anything else of his. ( )
  QuirkyCat_13 | Jun 20, 2022 |
How fun and unique. It's like a dungeon crawl. I loved parts of it. Some of the "action" parts were a bit much for my personal preferences.

I listened to the multi-performer PodCastle podcast. Here: https://podcastle.org/2012/03/13/podcastle-200-in-the-stacks/ ( )
  Seayla2020 | Feb 19, 2021 |
Fun and short schooltime hack-n-slash fantasy with an always delightful twist of... a library dungeon with horrible nasties that aren't always just the books. :)

This is a revamped story from '09 turned into a full cast podcast with the link on the book page. :)

What makes this special is the humor and the delightful characters as they fulfill their final exam at their magic school by RETURNING A LIBRARY BOOK.

Delightful, scary, funny, and with as much fantastic action as you can squeeze into a little less than two hours? Hell, yes. With surprising twists, great dialogue, and beasties that learn new words. *gasp*

The best part is... this is Scott Lynch, ya'll. Lies of Locke Lamora Scott Lynch. :)

Happy eating! :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Ultimately a throw away short story, but still interesting. ( )
  CraigBrophy | Feb 24, 2020 |
This was a fun story with an interesting setting and creatures. ( )
  Cora-R | May 22, 2019 |
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Scott Lynchprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dunlop, GraemeNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fowlie, WilsonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hobson, M.K.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Latham, MarshalNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leckie, AnnNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwind, AnnaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sherman, NormNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stuart, AlasdairNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Thompson, DaveNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Originally published in 2010, the Author's Enhanced Edition of "In the Stacks" is revised and expanded, featuring new dialogue and new scenes.
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Life is always complicated for students of magic at the High University of Hazar, but the fifth-year exam is a particular challenge: Each student must return one library book.

Of course, they must return it to the Living Library, a haunted collection of ten million magical tomes, a collection where the rules of time, space, weather, and reality itself are subject to sudden change. Escorted by armored battle-librarians, a group of four students must face mysteries and monsters in a fight to get their books back on the shelves in this brisk, darkly whimsical sword and sorcery tale.
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