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The library at Mount Char
2015
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Neil Gaiman meets Joe Hill in this astonishingly original, terrifying, and darkly funny contemporary fantasy.

Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. She's sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for.

After all, she was a normal American herself, once.;

That was a long time ago, of course--before the time she calls "adoption day," when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father.

Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible.

In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn't gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient Pelapi customs. They've studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power.

Sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God.

Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library--and with it, power over all of creation

As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her.

But Carolyn can win. She's sure of it. What she doesn't realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price--because in becoming a God, she's forgotten a great deal about being human.
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*Starred Review* Carolyn is a librarian whose father has gone missing; could he be dead? Well, maybe, but that would be strange, since he is nearly omniscient and, by all evidence, almost omnipotent. And Carolyn herself is no ordinary librarian: for one thing, she is the self-taught master of all languages, even that of storms And she has the power to replace the sun (don't ask). Clearly, there is something weird going on here, but something wonderfully weird. Hawkins' first novel is an extravagant, beautifully imagined fantasy about a universe that is both familiar and unfamiliar. And it contains a library that may remind some readers of Borges' Library of Babel. It seems to contain all knowledge, and Carolyn and her 11 siblings were trained there, each developing a powerful specialty. Carolyn's is obviously languages; her brother David has more power than the Incredible Hulk can muster. Her sister Jennifer can resurrect the dead. In the father's absence, which of the siblings will inherit the library and the power that goes with it? Hawkins makes nary a misstep in this award-worthy effort of imagination. His language is entirely apposite; his characters are fascinating; his sometimes apocalyptic but always sly tone right on the money. And his novel is compulsively readable. Don't start it if you have something else to do because you won't be able to put it down. Consider yourself warned.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2010 Booklist
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