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The Library at Mount Char [BOOKS] ✭ The Library at Mount Char By Scott Hawkins – 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 cigar A missing God A library with the secrets at Mount Epub Ý 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 The Library PDF/EPUB or 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 Library at Mount eBook ☆ 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.

10 thoughts on “The Library at Mount Char

  1. chai ♡ chai ♡ says:

    The Library at Mount Char is a novel where you must not wish to arrive but which you may approach stealthily sideways Yet even then it comes rushing towards you like an oncoming train unstoppableThe novel begins and it’s like a nightmare; you expect each moment to wake to reliefFather is missing and it’s an answer to a uestion unasked just out of your reach You sit very still waiting for the next answer to come Father is missing but his Library is still standing like a kind of awful memorial to him It’s a place built to make you want to keep driving away from it—literally For years Father held the lives of the 12 children he kidnapped in his steady grip For years they all thought Father might be GodCarolyn the protagonist of Hawkins’ nightmarish novel was formed alongside her siblings in the desperate keep alive pattern of the years they spent at the Library losing their innocence like the bloom off a dandelion while committing themselves to Father’s blood drenched set lessons They were smashed and spitted torn to pieces killed and killed so that nothing so noble as love or forgiveness could ever claim space in them But they have lived and grown to strength and Father is missing and Carolyn is come looking for her vengeanceFather had set the fire but Carolyn will provide the tinder to burn it all down “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” I’ve come to realize that the only stories that really matter to me are the ones I don’t and can’t understand What’s mysterious ambiguous unfathomable So naturally I loved the fuck out of this bookSpending time in this novel is an exercise in trust—trusting that though the author will take you to deep dark places he won’t abandon you there The Library at Mount Char is full of eclectic macabre details The author lets the reader into his world abruptly and the beginning of the novel brings with it the buzzing sense of a warning the sounds that come a moment before wasps swarm I felt like I was reading a mystery book with every third line missing unable to shake off the suspicion that there was something hovering just on the edge of the pages waiting to pounce if I looked directly at itThrough a fragmented narrative we piece together Carolyn’s past and much of the novel’s white knuckled tension stems from the increasingly horrific flashbacks that the author wields with wicked skill There is a tangible sense that Hawkins is holding out on the reader for effect and that feeling of unreliability is particularly heightened by Carolyn whose thoughts run deep and silent like subterranean riversCarolyn’s rage was a closed house and it made me afraid She is a very interesting character There was gravity in her something somber and bleak Everything Carolyn did she did it with the grim purpose of a ship battened against a storm The novel allows the reader only a peek of her motivations and plans but the hint of it is as dangerous as a coiled adder And it’s what constantly pulled me toward the pages as if by a hook in my chestCarolyn’s relationship to Father—and her siblings—is another point of intrigue Carolyn hates Father but hate it seems binds as strongly as love Father’s chief skill was excavating the souls of his charges digging into their center and like some sort of malefic cat with a ball of strings tangling their emotions until they lost all distinction between love and hate “You can adjust to almost anything” remarks Carolyn chillingly throughout the novel And it’s that sentence that often echoed through my mind every time the narrative yields a new facet of the characters and I struggled to reconcile what I thought I knew of them with what I’m reading before me “Step down into the darkness with me child” Just that once Father looked at her with real love “I will make of you a God” There’s a swirl of chaos at the heart of the story yes but the novel is tightly plotted and beautifully contained The Library at Mount Char leaps from terror to terror Things get nasty Get bloody Get complicated But it’s fun too and for every string of violence there's a welcome stretch of hearty banter It’s clear that Hawkins knows exactly when to dole out the humor amidst the havoc and his infallible ability to veer from terrible dread to downbeat comedy in the span of a paragraph makes for an incredibly thrilling rideAs for the ending it felt like a déjà vu—so familiar that it registered less as tragedy than as nodding predictability But in a good way and it was satisfying to see all threads connecting eventuallyHawkins’ heady brew of visceral horror is irresistible The Library at Mount Char is a bracingly original mind blowingly twisty and fiendishly clever novel It’s also unlike anything I’ve ever read and it’s all the better for it☆ ko fi ★ blog ☆ twitter ★ tumblr ☆

  2. karen karen says:

    i don't read a lot of fantasy i read slipstream magical realism and horror but fantasy typically just confuses mei think my obstacle is that with MR and slipstream things are only just slightly tweaked and what i relish is that unsettling feeling that the possibility for fantastical occurrences is present but there's still something concrete and recognizable to ground me my imagination is typically not strong enough for pure fantasybut that cover and a libraryi was intrigued and ready to give it a shotand at first i was not digging it at all for at least the first fifty pages i was all holy shit what is happening is this part two of something what is going onthis book does not gentle you into its world there are definitely elements that are our world; character names like michael carolyn david there is mention of a post office and horses and club soda but there are also things like Pelapi and people coming back from the dead a man wearing a helmet of blood and a tutu and another communicating with animals initially it is unclear when this takes place if this is our world or just a version of our world if there has been some sort of global event that forced people to live differently and have different associations and only vague memories of something called Reese's Peanut Butter Cups but all will be revealed if you are a patient readerand it's pretty great in fact i already want to read it again to see how those earlier scenes read now that i know all that i know because the book takes some unexpected turns so many in fact that i'm not really sure how to review it without treading into spoiler territory at its most basic level it's a dark fantasy version of a bildungsroman in which orphaned children are schooled in esoteric and powerful arts by a man known as father whose lessons are dangerous and freuently cruel they grow up in the flexible time of his library and are raised according to the ancient rituals of the pelapi which distances them from the americans they once were they never break into song like the charming orphans in annietheir particular lessons are harder and turn them into harder people prone to infighting violence and fearat the start of the book father has gone missing and without him in place the world including our world is in danger of his eually powerful enemies making a power play which would be very very badunusual alliances are formed there is a great deal of violence for those of you with triggers many animals are harmed people too scores of them but i know a lot of readers are sensitive to animal deaths so be warned and the story is not at all concerned with who the reader may have become attached to this is a harsh realmit's a vengeance plot with a long fuse that demonstrates that power doesn't just corrupt it also dehumanizesi really enjoyed it and i would be really interested to see what those of you with a deeper background in fantasy think of itbut i do know that never has a tutu been terrifying than it is hereor has slapping a lion been funniercome to my blog

  3. Matthew Matthew says:

    What just happenedThis book is bizarre This book is weird This book is fantasticSometimes books are complex weird and artsy but it all feels forced Kind of like the author sat down and said check out how artsy and deep and meaningful I can be I have some books in mind but I will play nice cough American Gods cough But with this one it felt like all the bizarre complexity and weirdness was flowing out of the author and he couldn't help it He sat down and said OMG what is coming out of my mind right now It is awesome I must be hallucinating The world must share this acid trip with meWhat I am trying to say is that it was odd I often had no clue what was going on but I loved every second of it I don't think this book is for everyone and I think no matter how weird your tastes are it will take a while to get into this I am thinking I was 14 of the way through before I could put even the smallest coherent thought together But once you do the great characters pretty much all of whom were interesting in their own way the creative dialogue and the uniue story come together for an experience not to be missedI am looking forward to seeing what others think about this since it is so different than anything I have ever read

  4. Bradley Bradley says:

    Re read October 11 2019Just in case you might think that a book like this might lose its flavor or lessen my enjoyment three years after the last read or it being the third read with the third read blues check your expectations at the doorI still freaking love this bookIt has everything I could ever want A mastermind plan or three Godlike powers A mystery a revenge story a freaking humorous and heartbreaking debacle including lions dogs and a very special man in a tu tu and a library that is so much than a libraryWhere both rage and love can be the energy source of suns and bitch slapping lionesses is perfectly acceptable behavior Or where standing up for yourself can usually mean several dozen suicides Seuentially For one manDamn I love this book It has not lost any of its flavor I could keep reading this every single year and still love it It's definitely one of my all time favorites Re read October 14 2016I read this one back in September of last year and loved it enough to drop it into my Top 100 list I've been thinking about it off and on ever since then And I just had to re read it for the Halloween season too It just fits oh so well Did it hold up to my beefed up expectations Did it lose any of the fires of ultimate agony or any of its Asshole Buddhism Hello No I still love itI've never loved lions as much as I have in this book I've never been surprised to discover a love story either or an actual loving Father in Adam Black the man who by all rights should go down in all literature as the most fucked up villain of all time All the oddness of this book its sheer creativity blows me away All its characters become real and archetypes and real all over again wrenched from all those endlessly tired grounds to become something new and fantastic againYou want to see the training of gods You want to participate in a war of gods From their point of view Well welcome yourself to this book my friend It's not for the weak of heart The stakes are really high Maybe higher than any but the strangest and strongest SF or Fantasy out there and the wrap up is frankly an even awesome story than all the action that came before itExpect an evolving story of unsurpassed creativity and courageAnd even though the deaths deaths and even deaths of world eating plagues and starvation of the snuffing out of the sun and the raising of a new one it's kinda odd that this is strangely one of the most up beat and hopeful of Fantasies or Science Fiction or Horror that I've ever read I might just have to make this a tradition and read it every year just for the plain joy of it Old ReviewThis one is going to be a difficult review because I love it so muchI'm not going to have Steve warm my bones under his light any I'm not going to have the thunder out of the east to have my back But in the end it is in Carolyn I trust I have faith in her and I'll have to have faith in her for the rest of my lifeConfused Read the book You'll know what I mean afterward My word I can't get over how much new mythology that Mr Hawkins crammed into such a short book or how much of it wormed its way into my brain I haven't been this enthused about any book like this since American Gods and I have to admit this is a BETTER EXPRESSION than even thatGods walking the earth is one thing but to actually watch them perform an infinite regression of events to create their own successors in such a way that the poor sap doesn't even realize it until long after the big battle is a scale of craft that ought to be left to actual gods and not some person named Scott Hawkins who out of the blue blew my mind by actually pulling it offI cried after Carolyn succeeded in getting her revenge and I cried again after I realized what she had become by doing so I don't need a heart coal to see me through to the end though I just cried like a little baby when Steve finally succeededThis is an IMPORTANT work It's going to stick in my mind for a damn long time and even now the story is continuing in my hindbrain either resurrected endlessly or a victim of the Black Book Or maybe worse than any of that it's going to stay with me because I Never want to let the story goI'm recommending this for the Hugos for next year It's not uite fantasy It's SF and even Carolyn laughs at the notion of magic so there you go This novel is officially replacing my current top pick of Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson tooI am absolutely amazed by what I have just read and I'm bumping this one up to one of my top ten novels of all time It's just that good Oh yeah and if I ever get a chance to bitch slap a lioness you know I'm going to be blaming this novel Just saying

  5. Mark Lawrence Mark Lawrence says:

    This is a very strange bookReading the blurb I thought I was in for some sort of urban fantasy of the angels demons werewolves vampires sort that often has a young woman in leathers on the cover showing an inch of midriffNothing could be further from the truthThis is a very brutal rather crazyflaky book that is so compellingly written it just drags you off on its bizarre journeyThe story opens on the small scale and stays there for a while all the time stacking up the uestions and level of weirdness It concerns the children of a godlike father figure each of whom have access to a very specific fraction of his vast knowledge power Our main character one of three points of view has mastery of languages Which doesn't sound like much but she works itTowards the end of the book the sense of scale accelerates rapidly zipping through the US president and moving on to issues of planetary significance and beyond to jeopardise the solar systemThe book has been highly successful Its average rating is good but not sky high and I suspect that this is to do with the way that the closing sections really don't make a lot of sense unless you are prepared to take a lot of random arm waving on boardI found I could swallow the end game weakness and thus ended up thinking the book was excellentSurprisingly for a book set in the US lions play a significant role in the story Given my knowledge of lions gathered solely by watching David Attenborough etc I would say that Hawkins doesn't know much about lions I don't think the male head of the pride goes hunting with his female cub I think the males laze around and the females hunt But this is a minor niggle and I may be wrong I actually really liked the lion sectionsSo yes a very imaginative very well written intriguing exciting brutal funny book that you should definitely give a go Join my 3 emails a year newsletter #prizes

  6. Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Shelby *trains flying monkeys* says:

    This is honestly the weirdest book I have ever readThe first hundred or so pages of this book make no sense whatsoever I mean none You just get thrown into the book and hope for the best I kept thinking I was going to dnf this sucker but I looked and most of my friends on Goodreads had given it a pretty decent rating I didn't want to be that weird oneagainI'm going to attempt to sum up some of this book and hopefully make some sense of it in my mind at the same time Probably not going to happenbut what the heckSo there is this Caroline chick She says she used to be normal Then Father adopted her and she became one of the librarians Then you have people getting killed Several times They bring them back from the dead and kill them again I'm telling you this book is whackedYou have talking animals that help the librarians You also have David A librarian who loves to kill and maim As he wears his tutu Father taught each of his librarians but they were only allowed to study out of the books in their fields Or they suffered the conseuences Father also seemed to have friends in high places I give up This book really makes no sense Parts of it were actually pretty good Thus the three star rating I think I'm going to go and take a nap now though and hope to just forget about these librarians They gave me a freaking headache

  7. Sean Gibson Sean Gibson says:

    Many people are familiar with Schrödinger's cat a thought experiment developed by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in the mid 1930s Essentially the idea was this if you put a cat in a box to an external observer the cat is eually likely to be alive or dead at any given moment or accurately simultaneously alive and dead—eg uantum superposition Smarter people than I of which there are many can elucidate how the experiment suggests flaws in the Copenhagen interpretation of uantum mechanics applied to everyday objects but I’m going to apply it to another scenarioLet’s say you’ve experienced something weird that is difficult to articulate but you really enjoyed it So you want to recommend it to people because you think they’ll dig it But the you try to explain it and what you liked about it the less likely they are to want to give it a shot because it really is weird And violent And graphic And mind bendy And kind of gross And perplexing And unusual And sometimes a little bit funny And sometimes a little bit dark And sometimes a little confusing And even a little non sensical And so when you describe it people might be like “Whoa easy there Tiger—I’m not into things that are simultaneously weird and violent and graphic and mind bendy and gross and perplexing and unusual and a little bit funny and a little bit dark and a little confusing and a little non sensical I prefer cats though whether they’re alive or dead I don’t care” So you’re faced with a conundrum you can try to explain this thing that you liked and get people to check it out or you can just stick it in a box not tell people what it is and make them wonder whether it’s something they’d love hate or be indifferent toward and hope that their curiosity induces them to check it out Because ultimately it’s the kind of thing that only someone who’s intensely curious is going to enjoy The latter method seems effective to me so I’m just going to stick The Library at Mount Char in this unmarked box here and leave it out on the Goodreads community counter Hopefully some of you will be insatiably curious and open it up at some point And it’s totally not my fault if it turns out that there’s a dead cat in there too; I swear I fed the thing

  8. Justin Justin says:

    I'm staring at a blank screen trying to figure out how to even review this book Outside the rain has been falling steadily for hours I don't think it has any plans of slowing down today The rain is a nice distraction I can sit and listen to it while I sit inside and wrestle with coherency I don't even know if that makes sense but it sounds pretty impressive to me I really don't know where to begin I mean am I even reviewing the book anyway Aren't my reviews just a bunch of jumbled thoughts with little to no prior thought so they're really my thoughts without me thinking about them but don't you have to think to have thoughts in the first place The Library at Mount Char is the most fun I've had reading a book in a long time I feel like I used that exact same line in another book review recently but I lied if that's the case This book really is the most fun I've had reading a book in a long time If I use that line again in the near future please remind me that I'm lying about that book too I think I've made my point way too clear at this point I've gotta stop using the same word multiple times in the same sentence even if the meaning is different I didn't really understand what I was getting myself into when I started reading Hawkins just threw me into this world without any background information with the understanding that I would put the pieces together as I moved along And I trusted him with that and he didn't let me down in the end I actually felt smarter as I turned each page up until the very end where everything is revealed Now I feel like I need to read it again from my new vantage point The world within these pages is awesome One of the most creative stories I've ever read You're not going to find anything to really compare it to since it's so uniue People have thrown around comparisons to Gaiman and I can see that People have also compared this to Grossman's The Magicians but that book sucks and no one should ever do that The characters the world in which they live the writing it's all so good I felt the full spectrum of emotions while reading through this thing It's hilarious at times violent thrilling and even sad and depressing as it moves along I really don't want to say anything about the story It's almost better if you don't know much about it Just give it several chapters You're gonna have to learn it and you will be handsomely rewarded in the end for sticking around I promise I've also been known to lie possibly so don't trust me It's cool Thanks Kelley for recommending this book to me I didn't know it even existed until I got your recommendation Now I'm recommending it to all of you Clear your calendar and read this one

  9. mark monday mark monday says:

    super fucking fun adventures with some super fucking powered librarians it all gets very fucking dark; after all it features the end of the fucking world kinda what's not to fucking like but why all the fucks mark this is an all ages site come on man restrain yourself for teh childrenokay this devious bizarre pitch black evilly sardonic take no prisoners adventure novel is written by Scott Hawkins it is his first piece of published fiction but it reads like he's been publishing novels for years I could not pull myself away from this book and I read my eyes out til the crack of dawn crack cocaine for people like me who have no interest in crack cocaine but still want that exciting high unlike many my version of crack includes a novel whose first three uarters are dense with action but whose last uarter is basically a series of melancholy and contemplative conversations between three characters about change death ptsd empathy and the natural and unnatural cycles of life plus lots and lots of GOD gimmeso here's a fucking story that I've probably already used in another fucking reviewas a lad I grew up in a household that was just not into the traditional concept of God or into God at all my dad was sort of an atheist and my mom was sort of an existentialist which amounted to basically the same thing to me at least like most kids I rebelled against my parents' rule I did this by finding God haha that really came out of left field for my parents this included accepting Christ as my personal savior going to bible study and a few summers spent at a religious camp at the end of one such summer the pastor had a practice of gathering us all together to answer any uestions we might have I had a classic one If God truly loves us why does He allow bad things to happen to ushis reply was eually classic Imagine a uilt If you turn it over all you can see are a mess of colors that make no sense and go nowhere But the top side is God's side And there you can see a beautiful pattern That's God's plan We don't see its beauty but it is there guiding usI loved that answer It made perfect sense to me I came home excited to challenge my heretical dad and his outlandish lack of faith I told him my big uestion and then I smugly recounted the pastor's golden answer an approximation of my infernal father's reply Well genius if God is so good then why does he only show the shit side to us Why doesn't he show us that other side and why does he hoard it all to himself What kind of fucking God does thatSo I think it's safe to say that Hawkins shares my dad's perspective on God

  10. Ginger Ginger says:

    Update 02 09 2018It's been two weeks and I still have no idea how to do a review on this one I loved the characters especially the despicable ones The whole concept of whether they were Gods or not was fascinating The plot was just complex and wonderful Just go read itOriginal review 01 26 2018 ALL THE STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️What a mind fuckI absolutely loved this book I’m not even sure how to go about doing a proper review I know without a fact that this will be a book that I will remember 10 years from now It was so great weird and mesmerizing as I read itOnce I sort out my thoughts and put the LSD down I’ll do a review on this

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