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The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char

"Now, here's a debut novelist who knows how to pack a punch. Get ready for lions in suburbia, debatably evil librarians, zombies, explosions, and lots and lots of blood. Not to mention the most badass collection of characters you've seen since Mad Max: Fury Road.

For two nights in a row, I read this book instead of sleeping. By the third, much to my sorrow, there was nothing left to read."

Serena L.

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"Imagine being adopted by a middle aged retiree who turns out to be a mix between an Old Testament god and Whitey Bulger. You live in what looks like a 2-story ranch, but it's really a library so weird and vast that it would make Borges stutter. Your brothers and sisters can do things like bring back the dead or kill the President on a whim. Sounds interesting doesn't it?"

Brad L.

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Author Scott Hawkins
Publisher Broadway Books
Publication Date 2016-03-15
Section New Titles - Paperback / Science Fiction / All Staff Suggestions / Fiction Suggestions / Brad L. / Serena L.
Type New
Format Paperback
ISBN 9780553418620

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.

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