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The Library At Mount Char

(2015)
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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 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.  

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.

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.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"A first-rate novel… a sprawling, epic contemporary fantasy about cruelty and the end of the world, compulsively readable, with the deep, resonant magic of a world where reality is up for grabs. Unputdownable." - Cory Doctorow

"This book is batshit crazy. From the very first pages, the story grabs you by the guts and doesn't let go. It mashes together fantasy and thriller, love stories and dark comedy, into a wild trip at once unpredictable and unforgettable. You'll never look at a librarian in quite the same way." - Keith Donohue

"A terrific book, full of dark mystery and genuine beauty." - Richard Kadrey

"The most genuinely original fantasy I’ve ever read. Hawkins plays with really, really big ideas and does it with superb invention, deeply affecting characters, and a smashing climax I did not see coming." - Nancy Kress

"A pyrotechnic debut...The most terrifyingly psychopathic depiction of a family of gods and their abusive fathersince Genesis." - Charles Stross

"Don't pick up this book unless you want to read something you've absolutely never read before. The Library at Mount Char is funny, bizarre, moving, frightening, and surreal. The most original work I've read in ages." - Walter Jon Williams

"Funny, horrifying and original…the kind of story that keeps yanking you off in ridiculous new directions every time you think you know what's coming next." - David Wong


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Used availability for Scott Hawkins's The Library At Mount Char

Hardback Editions

June 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Library at Mount Char
Author(s): Scott Hawkins
ISBN: 0-553-41860-2 / 978-0-553-41860-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

March 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Library at Mount Char: A Novel
Author(s): Scott Hawkins
ISBN: 0-553-41862-9 / 978-0-553-41862-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Broadway Books
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Audio Editions

June 2015 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Library at Mount Char
Author(s): Scott Hawkins
ISBN: 1-62231-772-6 / 978-1-62231-772-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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June 2015 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Library at Mount Char
Author(s): Scott Hawkins
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon   


June 2015 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Library at Mount Char
Author(s): Scott Hawkins
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

June 2015 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Library at Mount Char: A Novel
Author(s): Scott Hawkins
Publisher: Crown
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU