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The Library at Mount Char


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Neil Gaiman meets Joe Hill in this astonishingly original, terrifying, and darkly funny contemporary fantasy.

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SCOTT HAWKINS works as a software engineer. He and his wife live in Atlanta, where they spend much of their time playing Olympic-caliber fetch with their large pack of foster dogs. The Library at Mount Char is his first novel.


"A spellbinding story of world-altering power and revenge . . . Hawkins has created a fascinating, unusual world in which ordinary people can learn to wield breathtaking power-and he's also written a compelling story about love and revenge that never loses sight of the human emotions at its heart. A wholly original, engrossing, disturbing, and beautiful book."-Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"An extravagant, beautifully imagined fantasy about a universe that is both familiar and unfamiliar. . . . Hawkins makes nary a misstep in this award-worthy effort of imagination. You won't be able to put it down."-Booklist (starred review)

"A bizarre yet utterly compelling debut . . . might remind readers of Robert Jackson Bennett's or Neil Gaiman's horror/fantasies."-Library Journal (starred review)

"A terrific book, full of dark mystery and genuine beauty."-Richard Kadrey, New York Times bestselling author of Sandman Slim

"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, New York Times bestselling author of Little Brother and Makers

"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, New York Times bestselling author of John Dies at the End

"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, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of Beggars in Spain

"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, New York Times bestselling author of The Stolen Child

"A pyrotechnic debut...The most terrifyingly psychopathic depiction of a family of gods and their abusive fathersince Genesis."-Charles Stross, Hugo and Locus Award-winning author of Accelerando and The Apocalypse Codex

"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, New York Times bestselling author of Destiny's Way and This is Not a Game

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