The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins


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Carolyn has grown up with her eleven siblings in the Library. Each of them has to master a catalogue: a series of books about a specific theme that they have to master, and become God-like. Carolyn for example speaks all the languages of the past, present and future world.

Their Father is now vanished, maybe someone killed him, but even more serious is the fact that none of them is able to go back to the Library, due to a mysterious magic they are not able to destroy.

So, Carolyn and her brother and sisters have to live as common Americans, but it’s ages since they lived like that, before Father came and took them to the Library.

The Library at Mount Char is a book I find truly engaging: the story, at the beginning mostly incomprehensible, becomes clear with the advancement of the plot, thanks also to some feedbacks. We see some weird things, evil, crazy gods in tutu, people who came back from the death, killer dogs, lions and some lucky humans who appear to be immune to the whole folly.

The novel, that made me think about American Gods, is hard to review because it will be so easy to spoiler, but it is hugely entertaining.

* The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins ★★★★★

*I read this book in english

[Series] A land fit for heroes by Richard K. Morgan


Richard K. Morgan è autore di una serie di stampo fantascientifico che ho molto apprezzato incentrata su uno specifico personaggio, Takeshi Kovaks. Morgan è però autore anche di una trilogia fantasy nominata A land fit for heroes.

Per questa trilogia, più che per altre, penso che parlare dei singoli romanzi – prescindendo dalla serie – potrebbe fare più male che bene, quindi segue un commento della serie nel suo complesso.


Richard K. Morgan is the author of the sf series about  Takeshi Kovaks that I liked. Morgan is also author of a fantasy trilogy named A land fit for heroes.

For this series I think commenting each single novel is not the better choice, so here follows a review for the whole series.

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The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons


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Suddenly Frodo noticed that a strange-looking weather-beaten man, sitting in the shadows near the wall, was also listening intently to the hobbit-talk. He had a tall tankard in front of him, and was smoking a long-stemmed pipe curiously carved. His legs were stretched out before him, showing high boots of supple leather that fitted him well, but had seen much wear and were now caked with mud. A travel-stained cloak of heavy dark-green cloth was drawn close about him, and in spite of the heat of the room he wore a hood that overshadowed his face; but the gleam of his eyes could be seen as he watched the hobbits.

This is the first meeting between the hobbits and Aragorn: at a first glance we can’t know what is to be expected from him, maybe some danger.
Soon enough we will learn how much a positive companion he is to the fellowship, and how much is true that “All that is gold does not glitter”.

Sometimes the reverse may happen, an example is this novel, “The Deep End of the Sea“, that begins as an innocuous young adult until it shows its true face, the one of a harmony – a kind of novel I normally try to avoid.

Hence this comment will follow the moments when “The Deep End of the Sea” show me its true – not so good – nature.

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