The Library at Mount Char

The Library at Mount Char

eBook - 2015 | First edition
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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.
Publisher: New York : Crown Publishers, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780553418613
0553418610
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Reviewers on MORE have called this book, "a mix between horror-urban fantasy and science fiction," "a brutal and bizarre novel," and "the craziest adventure that I have ever been on." Oh, and "One of the best books I've read in some time." Siblings investig... Read More »


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ScorchingSun
Oct 19, 2020

Great imagination.
A progression from a mid level magical setting to ultimately an eye-popping level, world and mind altering super bang.
It does swing back and forth a bit from comic quirkiness to heart-rending seriousness, but it's that kind of crazy novel.

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lynnewalker
Oct 19, 2020

DNF

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lisser
Aug 23, 2020

I want a sequel.

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becker
Aug 12, 2020

Park reality at the door before you curl up with this story. This book really deserves a second reading. It has one zany scene after another and in the first reading, you're attention is used up by trying to figure everything out. You end up missing all the brilliantly phrased one liners. You will find both humour and wisdom in the most unexpected places.

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SherryMarieJ
Mar 12, 2020

recommended by TOR and Sarah Waites

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waxscoralpants
Feb 12, 2020

V. E. Schwab rec. The book she wants everyone to read.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 05, 2019

A mix between horror- urban fantasy and science fiction, The Library at Mount Char is a very unique story. It was dark and at times disturbing but so so good. I listened to the audio book and I found it to be excellent narration. It's hard to describe this book and it's not for the faint of heart but it was definitely worth it. I was concerned it would have an abrupt ending but it all played out very well in the end.

Hillsboro_RobP May 23, 2019

A brutal and bizarre novel that will challenge your sensibilities, subvert your expectations, and ultimately make a bit of sense. If you've got a taste for the weird and can stomach the language and violence cranked to 11 for the whole ride, this might suit you. There's nothing quite like it so 10 points for originality.

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MoniqueCordes
May 01, 2019

This was the craziest adventure that I have ever been on. This story is violent and gruesome and yet at times laugh out loud funny. I recommended it to a few like minded friends and they all enjoyed it thoroughly. One of the most memorable books that I have ever read!

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pdegens
Apr 24, 2019

The book creates its own mythology and deeper hidden world under our own that is unique and surprises. (analogous world building might be Amber , Umber, Lovecraft, etc.) I really enjoyed the lions.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Sep 24, 2019

“Peace of mind is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”

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“The only real escape from hell is to conquer it.”

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“Some people have an enormous capacity for feeling guilt, deserved or otherwise.”

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“How, he wondered, did humanity ever get along without duct tape?”

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slang123
Jun 27, 2016

"Carolyn rose and stood alone in the dark, both in that moment and ever after."

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slang123
Jun 27, 2016

"What we perceive as emotion is just a quick connection between three-dimensional space and one of the higher physical planes - rage, joy, pleasure, whatever. The repercussions can echo for years, but the actual link usually only lasts for a fraction of a second."

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