A Disappointment After All the Hype – Purposeful Obtuseness Ruins The Library At Mount Char

The libraryLibrary at Mount Char by  Scott Hawkins
First Published on June 16, 2015
Paperback First Edition on March 15, 2016
Penguin Random House
Source: theReadingRoom Advanced Readers Program Finished-Copy

“A missing God.
A library with the secrets to the universe.
A woman too busy to notice her heart slipping away.

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.” Source: Penguin Random House.



The Library at Mount Char is an odd little fantasy about a tribe of orphaned children being raised in a “library” by Father, an enigmatic cult-like leader (or so it seems at first).

That’s as much positive as I can muster before the “BUTs…” begin spilling out. This is a very popular, highly-rated book, and you may enjoy it. I personally wavered between acceptance and true detestation. Perhaps I just don’t “get it”; feel free to tell me so in the comments. (more…)