The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char

Book - 2015
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Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553418606
Branch Call Number: FIC Hawk
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 25 cm

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ohbrietta
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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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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