This collection of short story science fiction took me by surprise. The introduction which lists an overview of all important libraries in literature was kind of long, and I wasn’t quite sure what direction this book was taking. After the first story, In the House of Seven Librarians, I was hooked. I would have loved if the entire novel just continued with that story. They got more magical and weird as I kept reading. It very much reminded me of Ray Bradbury, and I think if he were alive now he would have been thrilled with it. As an anthology, some stories were more interesting than others, but the mediocre ones didn’t stop me from finishing. I’m sure it helped that every story centered on books, libraries and book lore. My other favorite story involved an apocalyptic scenario where circus kids were forced to steal books from an abandoned library. All in all, I’d give it a B assuming that you are into SciFi/Fantasy. I’m labeling it YA and grown-up fiction.
I read a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
by: Paula Guran
May 30, 2017