The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char

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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.

Baker & Taylor
Carolyn and a dozen other children being raised by "Father," a cruel man with mysterious powers, begin to think he might be God, so when he dies, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which they believe holds the power to all Creation.

Baker
& Taylor

After she and a dozen other children found them being raised by "Father," a cruel man with mysterious powers, Carolyn and her "siblings" begin to think he might be God; so when he dies, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which they believe holds the power to all Creation.

Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, c2015
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780553418606
Branch Call Number: FANTASY HAW
Characteristics: 390 p. ;,25 cm.

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Carolyn and a dozen other children being raised by "Father," a cruel man with mysterious powers, begin to think he might be God, so when he dies, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which they believe holds the power to all Creation.


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VPAL7
Aug 19, 2018

Such a strange book...it starts off by throwing you into a world that makes no sense but with a tantalizing mystery: "Who is 'Father' and what happened to him?" It captivated me with its multi-faceted characters and evocative writing. It kind of reminded me of American Gods because of the god-like characters fighting for power and because of the constant out of this world, wacky things that happen. However, the world that Hawkins built is 100% creative, yet raw and violent.
The element that most intrigued me about the story is the role of the 'librarians', it's completely different to what we expect when we hear the word. In this book, the librarians personify the concept of 'knowledge is power' in a most fantastical way!
The only drawback is that I wish more of the story took place inside the library itself. For a book about a library, most of it was spent outside the library and I would have loved more in-depth descriptions.

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Kjkittrell
Jul 28, 2018

Fantastic book in every sense. I loved every line and i hope there is more to come. Writing novels has got to be better than than writing computer books, right?

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jessica_ebacher
May 09, 2018

Strange, nightmareish, and more than a little bit disturbing. The descriptions of violence - physical, psychological, and sexual - can be difficult to handle, but despite all of that, it felt like there was a real heart beating underneath all the graphic content. One of the things that I really enjoyed about it was it's unpredictability - I really did not know where they were going to go with things, which is an exciting experience as a reader. While the violence may be off-putting for some readers, I think those with strong stomachs may find it rewarding.

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sg60
Feb 03, 2018

I picked this up from the library based partly on a staff recommendation and am I ever glad I did (thank you Michelle). This is, without a doubt, one of the most inventive stories I've read in a long time. In Michelle's recommendation note she called it "impossible to describe" and I would have to go along with that. It's a crazy story but crazy in the best sense of the word. It's a fantasy story but has a contemporary setting (well, to a point anyway). If you're open to this kind of thing I would strongly recommend it.

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janajee
Dec 13, 2017

It's rare to read a book that is as intense as this.

It's equal parts engaging, creepy, funny, and filled with all kinds of hope. The story is definitely one of the more original ones I've read this year, with twists that I could never, ever, see coming.

No one is ever exactly what they seem, and that just makes them so much more compelling. Nothing was ever just black and white, and I love me some gray.

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BiblioBrietta
Nov 22, 2017

The storytelling is incredibly inventive, and ties together creatively at the end. However, it felt often like one of those books that was piling on weirdness for weirdness' sake.

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0007548100dmw
Sep 14, 2017

Did not realize it was fantasy. I do not like fantasy or sci-fi, therefore did not finish.

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isaachar
May 30, 2017

As a huge fan of books with morally ambiguous main characters, I really liked this one. Without giving too much away, a group of unrelated orphans raised in secret by a man they call "Father" are locked out of the hidden library they were raised in. Someone has done something that prevents them from returning, and whats more, they can't contact "Father" and believe he may be dead. Which is perplexing to them because, as far as they can tell, "Father" was invincible and nearly omnipotent. The book begins with a dark tone that leads the reader to question everything that's happening. "Is Father dead, hiding, or something worst?", "Why did each librarian have to stick to a separate catalog?", "Was Father actually what they thought he was?" and "What's with that Steve character?" And that's just the beginning. This book is unlike anything else I've ever read. It has elements of Fantasy, Mystery, Comedy, Science Fiction, and even Horror. I strongly recommend it.

VaughanPLRachelP Feb 01, 2017

Imagine Hogwarts, but all the students are murderous librarians, their teacher is a god, and they're all at war to learn each other's secrets of the universe and become the next ruler. The story never goes where you think it'll go, and the villain/hero isn't who you think it'll be. Highly recommended.

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ErikaCh
Dec 07, 2016

You'll never known what's gonna happen next! This book is a true thriller. Story is quite bizarre but this is also it's charming point.

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slang123
Jun 27, 2016

"Carolyn rose and stood alone in the dark, both in that moment and ever after."

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slang123
Jun 27, 2016

"What we perceive as emotion is just a quick connection between three-dimensional space and one of the higher physical planes - rage, joy, pleasure, whatever. The repercussions can echo for years, but the actual link usually only lasts for a fraction of a second."

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VPAL7
Aug 20, 2018

VPAL7 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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