The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

My latest read is truly indescribable. I found out about it through the All the Books podcast by Bookriot. 

The genre is listed as Horror Fantasy, and as I read the first few pages I knew it would be different from what I was traditionally reading. There are both an internal and external storyline with interludes in the midst to connect the pieces.

I’ve had a hard time articulating why this book is so unique to everyone I’ve talked to. It’s like an apprenticeship on mortality crack. One of the common things that occurs is both death and resurrection in order to teach lessons. And although there are some real whackadoodle things that happen, the wierdest is probably the variety of ways people die and that throughout the deaths, you sort of get it. You don’t necessarily support it but you get it.

This text is so different from everything I’ve ever read. It is unique and interesting and kind of unfathomable. It’s got interesting stories and jumps time periods in a way that makes sense. Carolyn the main character begins by committing a murder and then following it up by picking up a man in a bar. If this idea bothers you, this book is not for you.

Have you read this? Or anything else in this genre?

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