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
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,, 2015
ISBN: 9780553418613
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: 3M Cloud Library

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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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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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koiishi22
Nov 21, 2016

took me a couple of chapters to get into it but once you get into it, sheesh!

LeRat Oct 30, 2016

A dark, disturbing tale that is sure to appeal to horror fans who like a more cerebral, fantastical style of story.

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Amber L Moreno
Oct 19, 2016

LOVED it. This was recommended to me, being a fan of Harry Potter, cited as a dystopian Hogwarts run by a darker, more enigmatic Dumbledore. The characters are so singularly well crafted and the story, which I kept considering to be finished chapter after chapter, kept surprising me anew as it continued to spiral further. An amazing debut novel.

SFPL_danielay Jul 06, 2016

A very imaginative story about a group of children raised by a mysterious father figure. Father is cruel and god-like and his death or disappearance leaves a power vacuum. The story centers around quiet Carolyn whose area of study is languages. This makes her much more at home in the normal world than her siblings but the question is if this is enough to overcome threats not just from her siblings but from the outside world as well.

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slang123
Jun 27, 2016

This is a fabulous book! Well, it's dark and full of incredible cruelties, but it is wonderfully crafted. Scott Hawkins has an incredible imagination.

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Jun 27, 2016

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

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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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