Friday, January 9, 2015

First Impression Friday: The Library at Mount Char

This is the first of a new meme I thought I would start.  I'm sure everyone has heard "don't judge a book by its cover" and just as many have disregarded that actual advice.  We all have a first impression of something and that will make us either pick the book up or put it down.  First Impression Friday is an opportunity to tell everyone what impression you get from a book before you even start to read it.  The book can be released already or something far off in the future.

This week I'm spotlighting The Library at Mount Char, a book I recently received for review (thank you Netgalley).  Here's the description taken from Goodreads:
"Neil Gaiman meets Joe Hill in this astonishingly original, terrifying, and darkly funny contemporary fantasy." Carolyn's not so different from the other human beings around her. She's sure of it. She likes guacamole and cigarettes and steak. She knows how to use a phone. She even remembers what clothes are for. After all, she was a normal American herself, once. That was a long time ago, of course--before the time she calls "adoption day," when she and a dozen other children found themselves being raised by a man they learned to call Father. Father could do strange things. He could call light from darkness. Sometimes he raised the dead. And when he was disobeyed, the consequences were terrible. In the years since Father took her in, Carolyn hasn't gotten out much. Instead, she and her adopted siblings have been raised according to Father's ancient Pelapi customs. They've studied the books in his library and learned some of the secrets behind his equally ancient power. Sometimes, they've wondered if their cruel tutor might secretly be God. Now, Father is missing. And if God truly is dead, the only thing that matters is who will inherit his library--and with it, power over all of creation. As Carolyn gathers the tools she needs for the battle to come, fierce competitors for this prize align against her. But Carolyn can win. She's sure of it. What she doesn't realize is that her victory may come at an unacceptable price--because in becoming a God, she's forgotten a great deal about being human. 
The description makes me think of The Magicians by Lev Grossman.  I could only get through the first book in the series.  It was captivating, but it was also very depressing.  It just wasn't my cup of tea.  This one sounds like it may have the same sort of tone, although with some more philosophical elements, perhaps.  It also sounds like it might deal with phsycological issues and actually have more realism to it than meets the eye (similar to how The Enchanted uses magic and whimsy to deal with real life situations).

So that's my First Impression.  Have you got any you're willing to share?  Leave a link in the comments and I'll check out your blog!

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