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The Library at Mount Char

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Wow, just wow. This was honestly like no book I’ve ever read. At first I didn’t know if I liked it or was just confounded by it. In a roundabout way, The Library at Mount Char is a story about creation, with definite biblical tinges. The world is now in the fourth stage of creation and ruled by Father, a heartless monster of a person who is training his “children” in different catalogs of knowledge. All of these children and their father live in the Library, a kind of metaphysical limbo. Each child is in charge of their own catalog and cannot share or will face extreme punishment. The catalogs are wide and varied from mathematics to resurrection.

The story itself starts off with a bang. You’re introduced to Carolyn who is walking the street covered in blood. So many, seemingly unconnected things, happen in the beginning. It’s not until you get closer to the end that you see what the novel is about.

Carolyn is the central figure. She’s the key to unlocking this mystery. But it’s a kind of slow burn to figure out how everything ties together and how these gruesome events all serve a greater purpose.

By the end of the novel, I was devouring the pages. I couldn’t wait to see how the story unfolded and see how much Carolyn grew throughout. Even as smart as she is, Carolyn has important things to learn if she is to control her destiny in a positive way.

This novel reminded me very much of the Golden Compass trilogy. Not so much the story line but in the dealing of large and weighted topics. In the destruction of the world and the building of new beliefs.

Rating: 4.5/5

Stay tuned for the next installment in the Pop Reading Challenge. Happy reading!

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Fables: Storybook Love

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Further down the path we go. This novel brings us further into the dark and scary woods of Fabletown and gives us a wider glimpse of the different facets of each character. The core of this installment is the issues entitled Storybook Love. This story is about the growing relationship between Snow White and Bigby Wolf as well as Goldilocks revenge plot against Snow White for thwarting her revolution in the previous volume. Some of my favorite moments in this installment weren’t part of the core story but before it. I loved getting a glimpse at Sleeping Beauty and how she’s used to get information from a reporter who’s found out what he thinks is the truth about Fabletown.

So far for me the series has it’s ups and downs. There are parts I love and parts I’m not too fond of. I’m interested to see which characters pop up later and how that will affect the story.

Discussion Questions:

1. How do you think Prince Charmings plan will influence further issues? Do you think he’ll succeed?

2. What do you think will happen with Snow White’s pregnancy? What powers will her and Bigby Wolf’s child possibly have?

3. Which issue in this volume was your favorite?