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The Library at Mount Char

af Scott Hawkins

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"Wholly original . . . the work of the newest major talent in fantasy."--The Wall Street Journal "Freakishly compelling . . . through heart-thumping acts of violence and laugh-out-loud moments, this book practically dares you to keep reading."--Atlanta Magazine A missing God. A library with the secrets to the universe.  A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.   Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.   After all, she was a normal American herself once.    That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.  In the years since then, Carolyn hasn't had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient customs. They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.   Now, Father is missing--perhaps even dead--and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.  As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.  But Carolyn has accounted for this.  And Carolyn has a plan.  The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human. Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling--and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.  Praise for The Library at Mount Char An engrossing fantasy world full of supernatural beings and gruesome consequences."--Boston Globe "Vivid . . . the dialogue sings . . . you'll spend equal time shuddering and chortling."--Dallas Morning News"… (mere)
  1. 62
    Amerikanske guder af Neil Gaiman (sturlington)
    sturlington: Hawkins' style reminds me of Neil Gaiman.
  2. 31
    The Magicians af 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?"
  3. 00
    Duplex: A Novel af Kathryn Davis (KatyBee)
    KatyBee: Unnerving and strange, dark literary writing that follows no rules.
  4. 11
    Lexicon af 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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I'm not entirely sure how to describe this book. It is truly an original work of art. It contained fascinating, multi-dimensional characters who constantly surprised me. It was well paced, and hard to put down. The story itself was both horrific and wonderful at the same time. I look forward to reading more from this author! ( )
  JanaRose1 | Jan 22, 2024 |
"The Library on Mount Char" by Scott Hawkins is a literary rollercoaster that defies conventional storytelling. From the first page, Hawkins immerses readers in a world that's both bizarre and captivating. The narrative weaves through a labyrinth of twists and turns, leaving you constantly on the edge of your seat, unsure of what will happen next. The characters, each with their unique quirks and mysteries, add layers to the story, making it a truly unforgettable experience.

What makes this book stand out is Hawkins' ability to blend fantasy, horror, and humor seamlessly. The unconventional nature of the plot might make you question how it all fits together, but somehow, it does, creating a narrative tapestry that's both intricate and satisfying. The author's imaginative prowess is on full display, turning what could have been a chaotic mess into a brilliantly orchestrated symphony of weirdness.

"The Library on Mount Char" is not a book that fits neatly into a specific genre—it's a genre of its own. Hawkins has crafted a tale that challenges expectations, and while it might not be for everyone, those who appreciate a wild and unpredictable journey will find themselves thoroughly engrossed in this peculiar and enthralling literary adventure. ( )
  HauntedTaco13 | Dec 29, 2023 |
"With this particular species of crazy, you stop trying to make things better. You start trying to maximize the bad. You pretend to like it. Eventually you start working to make everything as bad as possible. It's an avoidance mechanism." Jennifer looked Carolyn directly in the eyes. "It can't actually work. That's why they call it crazy."

I've been singing the praises of this novel for years, but it's also been years since I've read it. Spurred on by a fellow author's initial love, and ultimate disappointment with the novel, I decided it was time to revisit it.

My original review from October 16, 2016 read like this:

Holy hell, what did I just read?

Imagine, if you will, Clive Barker's The Great and Secret Show sitting at a bar. Neil Gaiman's American Gods comes in, sits down, and buys the Barker book a drink. Probably something mixed by Alan Moore. They slow dance to Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, then go back to one of their bedrooms and make sweet, sweet love. Nine months later, this is the book you would get from that union.

That's the best I can do. That's the only description I can think of, and trust me, I thought about this a lot as I went through this amazing novel.

I will say, for the first quarter of this book, I mostly thought, What the hell am I even reading? None of this makes sense. Characters come and go and I don't know why.

For the next quarter of the book, I began to understand the shape of the story, and I thought, Enh. It's okay, but nothing to write home about. Some neat concepts, but where is it all leading?

Then, around the halfway point, shit began to happen. I sat up and took notice. Then, shit turned left, then left again. Then shit went into seventeen dimensional space. I was hooked.

The first half is necessary set-up. The last half? It's fucking genius. I am in awe of Scott Hawkins.

This book easily... easily wins best book of the year for me. Nothing else I have, or will read this year will come close to its scope, its imagination, or sheer breathtaking wonder.

It's a shame I can only award five stars. This one sits in a dimensional reality all its own, and in that reality, it wins all the stars.

_______

So, that was seven years, two months and five days ago. How did I feel about it the second time around?

That I was pretty much spot on with that last review, that's how.

There's so much that happens in this novel. There's so many concepts. This novel is the embodiment of two quotes from famous authors, both published in 1962. Arthur C. Clarke's "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." And Stan Lee's "With great power there must also come great responsibility."

But, for all the wild events, the universe-shaking occurrences, I think the thing that hit me the most on this re-read was the heart of the characters, especially toward the end of the novel. Just the little moments with the Black Beauty novel alone.

Hawkins takes liberties with the pacing and the plot, but they're all in service to the story. Trust me, outside of Tom Sweterlitsch, I don't think you'll find another novel quite as mind-blowing as this one.

I loved it seven years ago. I love it more now. ( )
  TobinElliott | Dec 21, 2023 |
DNF at 45%. I have too many other books I’m excited about to see if this gets better. I already gave it way longer than I usually would. Boring, meandering, and trying way too hard to look like it’s not trying at all. ( )
  ilkjen | Nov 4, 2023 |
This wasn't NEARLY as weird and incomprehensible as I was led to believe, and I'm only a little bit dissapointed.
Mostly very impressed by the characters, who I liked, and the world, which was interesting in a ha-ha kind of way. Has a good sense of humor without making itself a joke; some of the character moments in the first two-thirds or so were really touching, and there was clearly a lot of compassion for all of the characters, including the awful ones, which I appreciate.
The only real problem I had was the pacing, which wasn't bad in and of itself, but the part that I thought was going to be ending happened, inexplicably, halfway through the book. It was, I think, mostly a problem of expectation—the plot as described on the back cover is not the real plot, and therefore when it ends, the story, you know, keeps going except with the real plot. The real plot is also unexpected in the good way, insofar as it deals with problems that another (worse) book would ignore. So...basically I liked it. Yeah. ( )
  maddietherobot | Oct 21, 2023 |
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"Wholly original . . . the work of the newest major talent in fantasy."--The Wall Street Journal "Freakishly compelling . . . through heart-thumping acts of violence and laugh-out-loud moments, this book practically dares you to keep reading."--Atlanta Magazine A missing God. A library with the secrets to the universe.  A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.   Carolyn's not so different from the other people around her. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. Clothes are a bit tricky, but everyone says nice things about her outfit with the Christmas sweater over the gold bicycle shorts.   After all, she was a normal American herself once.    That was a long time ago, of course. Before her parents died. Before she and the others were taken in by the man they called Father.  In the years since then, Carolyn hasn't had a chance to get out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient customs. They've studied the books in his Library and learned some of the secrets of his power. And sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.   Now, Father is missing--perhaps even dead--and the Library that holds his secrets stands unguarded. And with it, control over all of creation.  As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her, all of them with powers that far exceed her own.  But Carolyn has accounted for this.  And Carolyn has a plan.  The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human. Populated by an unforgettable cast of characters and propelled by a plot that will shock you again and again, The Library at Mount Char is at once horrifying and hilarious, mind-blowingly alien and heartbreakingly human, sweepingly visionary and nail-bitingly thrilling--and signals the arrival of a major new voice in fantasy.  Praise for The Library at Mount Char An engrossing fantasy world full of supernatural beings and gruesome consequences."--Boston Globe "Vivid . . . the dialogue sings . . . you'll spend equal time shuddering and chortling."--Dallas Morning News"

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