Title: The Library At Mount Char
Author: Scott Hawkins
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal & Urban, Humor
My Rating: 5 stars
“For all intents and purposes, the power of the Library is infinite.
Tonight we’re going to settle who inherits control of reality.”
Caroline is a librarian. Although when she uses that term to describe herself, it means something completely different than what you think it does. Caroline also has a plan- a plan involving a man named Steve, a robbery, and a duffle bag filled with $327,000-ish in cash. She will have to rely on what she can remember from the time she was a normal human to help her navigate the tricky path she has ahead of her. If everything goes as she hopes it will, then the fate of the universe will be forever changed.
I’m not really sure what I expected to read going into this book, but I definitely didn’t imagine it to be anything like what I ended up getting. I ended up absolutely loving it, and reading it over more than once. First off, this author has a great sense of humor; I laughed out loud more than a couple times.
“Steve looked through the scope. The house was quiet now. Thin trickles of smoke leaked from the windows. As he watched, Mrs McGillicutty staggered outside. She was bloody and dazed, but very much alive. “Hey, there’s the old lady! What’s that she’s holding?” Carolyn took the scope and looked for herself, then handed it back. “Muffins. She’s got muffins.”
At first the book was a lot to take in, there were so many characters, moving parts, and abstract ideas, but once things started to tie together everything eventually found its place. When a book has the word “library” in the title, the last thing that comes to my mind is that it will be a book full of blood, guts, the movement of space and time, negotiations with the president, reanimated bodies, or rabid packs of mind controlled dogs. Lo and behold, this book has all that and then some.
The only other book I’ve read so far that is anything like this one was American Gods by Neil Gaiman; both novels deal with Gods and the powers they have to manipulate things. This book doesn’t really compare well with anything though, it is a story of its own, and it was something that I’m really happy to have experienced. It was gritty and challenging, the characters were so well developed, and this futuristic take on old gods kept me interested from beginning to end. I highly recommend taking a look, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone a little. I promise you won’t be disappointed!