The Library At Mount Char by Scott HawkinsThe Library At Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library At Mount Char

byScott Hawkins

Paperback | March 15, 2016

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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
SCOTT HAWKINS works as a software engineer for Intel. He and his wife live in Atlanta, where they spend much of their time playing Olympic-caliber fetch with their large pack of foster dogs. THE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR is his first novel.
Title:The Library At Mount CharFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.9 inPublished:March 15, 2016Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0553418629

ISBN - 13:9780553418620

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! I read this book a year ago, and it's still often on my mind. It was utterly unique in its story line and honestly left me feeling thunderstruck by the end of it. I really loved this book, and would say it's up in my top 5 favorites. It starts off a bit confusing, but in all honesty it makes it all the more satisfying when everything comes together. There's more than one "AHA!" moments.
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic read! I bought this book off a recommendation from a friend, she reads a lot of sci-fi, whereas I prefer some fantasy but mostly modern fiction. I thought this was a fantastic read and very well written. The story hooks the reader right away, and holds the mystery until the end. I would highly recommend this book, it is very unique and well thought out story.
Date published: 2017-11-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very Interesting I bought this book not realizing it was Sci Fi, which is not my thing. I can't say I loved it because of this, but it was well written, and very imaginative, almost makes you wonder if we could be living in such a false reality. I guess that is testament to a good Sci Fi book. The book must have captured me because I kept reading, with intrigue, I think? Too Sci Fi for me to want to read again, a little dark.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect. A fun, imaginative and well crafted story. I loved what the book was about, the themes, characters and lore. I strongly disliked Scott Hawkins' writing style, however. He reminds me a bit of Andy Weir, but not quite as difficult to stomach. This is very much a matter of personal taste of course, and if a book being compared to Gaiman at his best interest you, then this is a surefire hit.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Library at Mount Char I'm not a huge fantasy fan, but this book struck a cord. Something about the story reminds me of a Christopher Moore book, but with a more serious tone.
Date published: 2017-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I never read fantasy but I loved this book! What a unique and original story! I could not put this down - I think I finished it in two days. A lot of reviews seemed to find this book confusing, but I did not find it confusing at all. It is fantasy - at some points there are going to be things you aren't meant to fully understand! From start to finish I found it really enthralling, and the ending did not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from average Had trouble getting into this book, once I was there it was decent, not a bad read
Date published: 2017-07-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not for me The idea of reading a book that took place in a magical library drew me in. However, I wasn't too pleased with the weirdness of this book. Half the time I had trouble keeping up with what was going on. It didn't live up to my expectations.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strange, Engaging and Weird: What Did I Just Read? I elected to read this book based on its favourable reviews via Entertainment Weekly. As I began my quest, the question which kept popping up was (and I'm not kidding) "what the hell am I reading?"- is this fantasy? Is this fiction? Is this angsty YA? Is this a dark comedy? Prepare yourself gentle reader. If you seek to read this tome, be prepared. It takes some determination, mainly due to the many directions it takes with regard to genre. The story weaves its way through with deft determination by following our female lead... through some genuinely weird territory (and some uncomfortably terrible situations). There are parts of this book which are darkly funny, especially when juxtaposed against common day to day existance- particularly, a call to the President. What do you do when a seemingly sadistic God disappears? Don't get me wrong, this book delves deeply into group thought, humanity and redemption. As a read, it is fun, imaginative, contemplative and vivid.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sticks with you! I read this unique book shortly after it was released and I find it drifting back to me every now and again! Luckily, I had the time to finish it in 2 days and never felt the need to put it down. I'd definitely recommend if you're in for something wonderfully different!
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Weird, slow at times As a lot of reviewers have said this book is definitely weird, but I loved that about it! A very unique read that left enough questions to keep me intrigued through the whole story. I did find it to drag a little at times, though, and I found it ended a bit abruptly.
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from weird and wonderful I still don't know what to say about this book. I just finished it this morning and I definitely liked it but I am unsure what to say about it. It put me in mind of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. I definitely recommend it, but, again, I am not sure how it left me feeling!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bizarrely Amazing! I picked this up a couple weeks ago for two reasons - it was on a shelf of books recommended for Welcome to Night Vale fans and the cover caught my eye. I have mostly been on a binge of reading biographies at the moment, but I'm glad I took the time out to read this. It had a lot of twists and turns - some of which I expected and some of which took me completely by surprise. The only disappointment is that this is Hawkins' first work, but I look forward to reading more of his stuff in the future and would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys weird and entertaining fantasy books.
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good! This book goes from 0 to bat-shit in about 10 pages, and it's fantastic! Definitely a unique idea, and a well- executed one too. I liked that there were a lot of details that go unexplained, but not in an unsatisfying way or a way that makes the plot seem weak. The details that are missing are largely a part of Carolyn's personality: she isn't used to interacting with humans who would care about getting specific, detailed answers, so it would never occur to her to provide explanations. However, all the big plot points are well fleshed out, everything gets resolved in a way that's satisfying and fits the overall feel of the novel, but without being perfectly tied up in a neat little bow within the last 10 pages (a big issue I've been having with other novels lately!) The ending does seem to leave things open to the possibility of a sequel, which I would definitely pick up eagerly!
Date published: 2016-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! #plumreview I sped through this book, due to how captivating it was. Original storyline, and very interesting all the way through.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So great! I picked this book up and promptly finished it 5 days later. Without giving too much away, it was an unexpected take the idea, and I definitely didn't expect it to go the way it did, but it was so great! A little more gory and graphic than I expected, but that didn't bother me too much. Definitely would recommend it!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exciting, will keep you until the last page! This is truly an awesome find! I was recommended it from a staff at the local bookstore, and from page one I was captivated. Each page will leave you thirsty for more. I wasn't sure what to expect with the book, but I am very glad I picked it up! For sure will be one I read again!
Date published: 2016-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my absolute favourites!! I love this book, it is definitely in my top 10 or so. There was a fabulous story that was different and interesting that you don't see very often. Learning and seeing how Carolyn's character changed and advanced through the book was amazing. The end was perfect and strayed away from the typical love stories written about day to day. Such a phenomenal piece of work.
Date published: 2016-04-11

Editorial Reviews

“Wholly original…the work of the newest major talent in fantasy.”—Wall Street Journal"Freakishly compelling...through heart-thumping acts of violence and laugh-out-loud moments, this book practically dares you to keep reading."—Atlanta MagazineAn engrossing fantasy world full of supernatural beings and gruesome consequences."--Boston Globe"Vivid...the dialogue'll spend equal time shuddering and chortling."—Dallas Morning News"“A spellbinding story of world-altering power and revenge…Hawkins has created a fascinating, unusual world in which ordinary people can learn to wield breathtaking power—and he's also written a compelling story about love and revenge that never loses sight of the human emotions at its heart. A wholly original, engrossing, disturbing, and beautiful book.”—Kirkus (starred)   “An extravagant, beautifully imagined fantasy about a universe that is both familiar and unfamiliar…Hawkins makes nary a misstep in this award-worthy effort of imagination. You won't be able to put it down.”—Booklist (starred)   "A bizarre yet utterly compelling debut...might remind readers of Robert Jackson Bennett's or Neil Gaiman's horror/fantasies.”—Library Journal (starred)“A terrific book, full of dark mystery and genuine beauty.” —Richard Kadrey, New York Times bestselling author of Sandman Slim   “A first-rate novel… a sprawling, epic contemporary fantasy about cruelty and the end of the world, compulsively readable, with the deep, resonant magic of a world where reality is up for grabs. Unputdownable.” —Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother and Makers   "Funny, horrifying and original…the kind of story that keeps yanking you off in ridiculous new directions every time you think you know what's coming next." —David Wong, New York Times bestselling author of John Dies at the End   "The most genuinely original fantasy I’ve ever read. Hawkins plays with really, really big ideas and does it with superb invention, deeply affecting characters, and a smashing climax I did not see coming." —Nancy Kress, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Beggars in Spain   “This book is batshit crazy. From the very first pages, the story grabs you by the guts and doesn't let go. It mashes together fantasy and thriller, love stories and dark comedy, into a wild trip at once unpredictable and unforgettable. You'll never look at a librarian in quite the same way.” —Keith Donohue, New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child   “A pyrotechnic debut...The most terrifyingly psychopathic depiction of a family of gods and their abusive father since Genesis.” —Charles Stross, Hugo and Locus Award-winning author of Accelerando and The Apocalypse Codex   "Don't pick up this book unless you want to read something you've absolutely never read before. The Library at Mount Char is funny, bizarre, moving, frightening, and surreal.  The most original work I've read in ages." —Walter Jon Williams, New York Times bestselling author of Destiny’s Way and This is Not a Game