Author: Scott Hawkins
Published Date: June 16, 2015
Page Count: 388
Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Magical Realism
Age Group: Adults
*I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way can affect my opinion on the book and its content.
Carolyn’s not so different from the other human beings around her. She’s sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for.
After all, she was a normal American herself, once.
That was a long time ago, of course—before the time she calls “adoption day,” when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.
Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible.
In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn’t gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father’s ancient Pelapi customs. They’ve studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power.
Sometimes, they’ve wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.
Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library—and with it, power over all of creation.
As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her.
But Carolyn can win. She’s sure of it. What she doesn’t realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price—because in becoming a God, she’s forgotten a great deal about being human.
“Brilliantly plotted, blackly funny, truly epic in scope—and featuring a cast of characters that includes a tutu-clad psychopath, a marvelous iceberg, and a lion named after an atomic bomb.”
I came to The Library at Mount Char think it was just a book about, well, books.
“Read it,” they said.
“Oh, it’s JUST another book about a library,” they said.
So I walked in, didn’t aware it was actually this…
“…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.”
Yep, that is a very great sum up of my experience with this book.
First, you should know this: This. Book. Is. WEIRD.
Not the creepy weird that give people goosebumps, or the weird that nobody like. No, it’s the crazy, scary, mind-blowing weird that despite all the weirdness it possessed, people draw to it. Everything in this book made absolutely no sense, and at the same time, everything is perfectly clear.
Okay, you probably think I’m crazy now and try to run for your life.
But wait, before you have any idea whatsoever of leaving this place without the thought “Mhm, this book intrigued me,” hear me out.
The Library at Mount Char is MAJESTIC. It’s going to stick in my mind for a damn long time, simply because I never want to let the story go. Stories about modern gods is one thing, but to actually experience them perform a series of powerful events, from going such a length to create their own successors in such an intricate way that blew my comprehensive mind into tiny pieces, to rearranging the universe, literally, like a real
boss God. The book is mesmerizing and contain power, real, raw power that just overwhelmed me, in the best, most amazing way possible. Also, despise all the magical realism and bloody, intricate survival plot, the book has an incredible dry sense of humor that knock you off your chair at the most unexpected time.
Steve sighed, wishing for a cigarette. “The Buddha teaches respect for all life.”
“Oh.” She considered this. “Are you a Buddhist?”
“No. I’m an asshole. But I keep trying.”
For you Scott Hawkins… I TRUSTED YOU!
You dropped hint and pieces of your clues between the lines, and I collected it dutifully like freaking MANNA. And stuff happened, I . . . panicked. But then, my mind screamed no, no way he would ever do that. My explanation has to work, the one that made perfect sense, the one that will keep my mind sane and my heart in one piece, the one that…
Oh yeah, but before my brain even got a chance to convince me to trust that perfect, absolutely reasonable explanation, the twist hit me HARD, and I’m telling you, the feeling is exactly like coming back from a roller coaster, realizing the truth that you haven’t and wouldn’t fall to your death.
So you might have skipped all the rambles I got up there, and it’s okay. But no matter what, keep this advice of mine: Go to the store and get a copy of this book NOW. You will never regret it! (except for the part where the twist tore your mind apart, but that’s totally fine, right?) 😉
“That’s the risk in working to be a dangerous person,” she said. “There’s always the chance you’ll run into someone who’s better at it than you.”
― Scott Hawkins,
Have a great bookish day!