The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char

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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. When Father disappears, they square off against each other to determine who will inherit his library, which may hold the power to all Creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come she has a play. The only trouble is that in the war to make a new God, she's forgotten to protect the things that make her human....
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780553418606
0553418602
Branch Call Number: FIC HAWKINS 2015
Characteristics: 390 pages ; 25 cm

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SherryMarieJ
Mar 12, 2020

recommended by TOR

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waxscoralpants
Feb 12, 2020

V. E. Schwab rec. The book she wants everyone to read.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 05, 2019

A mix between horror- urban fantasy and science fiction, The Library at Mount Char is a very unique story. It was dark and at times disturbing but so so good. I listened to the audio book and I found it to be excellent narration. It's hard to describe this book and it's not for the faint of heart but it was definitely worth it. I was concerned it would have an abrupt ending but it all played out very well in the end.

Hillsboro_RobP May 23, 2019

A brutal and bizarre novel that will challenge your sensibilities, subvert your expectations, and ultimately make a bit of sense. If you've got a taste for the weird and can stomach the language and violence cranked to 11 for the whole ride, this might suit you. There's nothing quite like it so 10 points for originality.

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MoniqueCordes
May 01, 2019

This was the craziest adventure that I have ever been on. This story is violent and gruesome and yet at times laugh out loud funny. I recommended it to a few like minded friends and they all enjoyed it thoroughly. One of the most memorable books that I have ever read!

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pdegens
Apr 24, 2019

The book creates its own mythology and deeper hidden world under our own that is unique and surprises. (analogous world building might be Amber , Umber, Lovecraft, etc.) I really enjoyed the lions.

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iujigga2003
Mar 05, 2019

Was completely confused the first 75 pages of the book not understanding "The Library" then an encounter happened between Steve and Carolyn which was somewhat easy to follow as Steve had nothing to do with "The Library". The book eventually came together as you were able to get more of the back stories and understanding of Father's universe. However, the book would have been more enjoyable with a better understanding of Carolyn's mission from the beginning. The plot and characters were mostly "dark" but unique and had interesting twists and ending but could not become emotionally engaged with anyone or follow the overall purpose/goal of what was happening most of the read while constantly revisiting the book's description.

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RobMikkelson
Mar 05, 2019

One of the best books I’ve read in some time. A bit like American Gods, but more brutal. A well told tale from start to finish.

IndyPL_MarianneK Dec 03, 2018

Imagine if Joe Hill wrote a book for Neil Gaiman. Magic, language, a lot of violence, but an intriguing storyline to pull it along. You won't believe this one is written by a guy who's usual fare is Linux manuals.

sit_walk Nov 03, 2018

One of the most creative pan-genre genre novels I’ve read in a long while. Probably appealing to fans of China Mieville and other weird fiction authors. Not perfect, but a pretty fine read.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 24, 2019

“Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 24, 2019

“The only real escape from hell is to conquer it.”

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“Some people have an enormous capacity for feeling guilt, deserved or otherwise.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 24, 2019

“How, he wondered, did humanity ever get along without duct tape?”

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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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