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The library of the unwritten (udgave 2019)

af A. J. Hackwith

Serier: Hell's Library (1)

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Books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, but when restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories escape, it is up to the Librarian to track them down... and keep the collection complete. Many years ago, Claire was named head librarian of the Unwritten Wing--a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the Library. When a hero escapes from his book and goes in search of its author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and the nervous and sweet demon Leto. But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifying angel Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil's Bible. The text of the Devil's Bible is a weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the ability to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell...and Earth.… (mere)
Medlem:jmdavis413
Titel:The library of the unwritten
Forfattere:A. J. Hackwith
Info:New York : Ace, [2019]
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
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This was good fun! Fans of the show Supernatural and/or Neil Gaiman will appreciate the tropes of dysfunctional and power-hungry angels, an unraveling Heaven, charitable demons, and confused humans. Claire, librarian of Hell's Library of the Unwritten is a good protagonist: deeply flawed, sometimes likeable, and she develops and grows at a good pace. Brevity, former Muse (ha!) turned assistant to the librarian, is a great character, although I found Lisa Flanagan's otherwise excellent voice characterizations a bit trying here. The secure little world in which Claire has been sequestered gets turned upside down with the arrival of Leto, courier for Lucifer, and one of the most loveable characters in the book. Ultimately the three of them are joined by Hero (who probably does the most to help Claire fight her own *figurative* demons), and Andras, Claire's former mentor and a demon archivist. Their travels take them to Seattle, Valhalla, Malta, and beyond in a truly entertaining and multi-dimensional story. The hero's quest, with a lot of switchbacks and figurative boobytraps.

The humor is on point, although occasionally borders on too precious (e.g. "Interworld Loan - IWL" -- library humor!). A minor quibble regarding editing would be the overabundance of the word "worrying" as in "to worry at one's clothes"... it felt like it appeared in every chapter (an exaggeration). While a perfectly acceptable use of the word, there were points where it seemed that most of the characters expressed themselves through "worrying" at their attire. Outside of these minor issues, the writing is solid, and the world-building engaging. I will definitely be putting the next in the series (The Archive of the Forgotten) on my TBR list. ( )
  rebcamuse | Feb 2, 2024 |
See the full review and more here!

Recommended: Yes!
For a world full of creative systems and imaginings, for a a breakneck adventure that goes between realms and countries, for the best trip to Hell or a library you'll probably ever have

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So if I liked it so much, why not five stars? I just want to get this out of the way so I can gush about everything I loved. I didn't feel very attached to the characters, for whatever reason. There was plenty done to build them, it just didn't click for me. Rami and Hero were my faves, but even then it was still a bit lukewarm. Claire did nothing for me, and with her being our main leading lady, that took away from it a bit.

But you know what made this OUTSTANDING? So many things. Let's see if I can cram them all in here. Most importantly, the wildly creative imaginings of systems. By that, I mean things like how and why there's a library in Hell, how to get between the different realms of belief, how and why unwritten books awaken into their characters, what happens when you die... y'all, this got serious. The cleverness and creativity that went into so many aspects of the worlds we see blew me away, and more impressively, there didn't seem to be any plotholes or gaps in the designs that exposed them as untrue. I could solidly believe that there's a library in Hell.

I had so much fun exploring the details of this book. While it was funnier than I had expected, and significantly less dark and violent (for something set in Hell and about the Devil's Bible, who knew?), it was still a powerful adventure. There was darkness in it, but more of the personal kind. I mean, remember, Claire did end up in Hell. There's a reason for that.

Also, this whole book should make you commit to finishing every story ever no matter how badly. Don't leave your poor characters to rot!!! Nanowrimo folk, I'm looking at you! ( )
1 stem Jenniferforjoy | Jan 29, 2024 |
Excellent, libraries, fantasy, books ( )
  freshmenarerats | Jan 22, 2024 |
Fun romp. A little too meta at times.
  RTFlynn | Dec 10, 2023 |
I really liked the concept of there being a library in hell and that there is unwritten books in there and how the characters literally come to life in this.
I also like the librarian logs since I think it gives good foreshadowing of the chapter and it’s also hilarious at some parts too, I feel that the previous librarians are characters themselves in the book that grow and communicate to the rest of the characters or other previous librarians as well.

I instantly took a liking to the characters mainly, Ramiel, Claire, Leto, Hero and Brevity from most to least liked in that order. I love that Ramiel is back in his old roots of loving a pond caring for human souls where as Uriel was more cruel and unforgiving. I loved Claire as well and her snarky and funny relationship with Hero is hilarious considering that he keeps on riling her up a lot which might as well helped her loosen up a bit. Brevity was a bit annoying but I like her well enough, Leto is the most sweetest and loveliest character there is and it’s sad what happened to him but it was well worth it in the end. ( )
  clstrifes | Nov 10, 2023 |
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BOOKS RAN WHEN THEY grew restless, when they grew unruly, or when they grew real.
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"No, he's still leading us in the right direction." Claire lowered her voice. "As long as he's taking us toward it, we'll tolerate whatever foolishness he's about. It may be this McAllister is in possession of the codex pages."

"And what part of that doesn't scream 'terrible trap'? (Chapter 21)
It is a story’s natural ambition to wake up and start telling itself to the world.
We think stories are contained things, but they’re not. Ask the muses. Humans, stories, tragedies, and wishes—everything leaves ripples in the world. Nothing we do is not felt; that’s a comfort. Nothing we do is not felt; that’s a curse.
Books are knowledge weaponized. And what weapons you cannot steal, you must burn.
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Books that aren't finished by their authors reside in the Library of the Unwritten in Hell, but when restless characters who emerge from those unfinished stories escape, it is up to the Librarian to track them down... and keep the collection complete. Many years ago, Claire was named head librarian of the Unwritten Wing--a neutral space in Hell where all the stories unfinished by their authors reside. Her job consists mainly of repairing and organizing books, but also of keeping an eye on restless stories that risk materializing as characters and escaping the Library. When a hero escapes from his book and goes in search of its author, Claire must track and capture him with the help of former muse and current assistant Brevity and the nervous and sweet demon Leto. But what should have been a simple retrieval goes horrifyingly wrong when the terrifying angel Ramiel attacks them, convinced that they hold the Devil's Bible. The text of the Devil's Bible is a weapon in the power struggle between Heaven and Hell, so it falls to the librarians to find a book with the ability to reshape the boundaries between Heaven, Hell...and Earth.

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