This was one of the books that I bought in my book-laundering scheme in June, I got it mostly because of the title (The Librarians). It was supposed to be a books showing how the ‘real life’ in the library looks like, full of tensions, passions running high etc.
It was bad, so bad in fact that I am really happy it’ll never be translated, it minimizes the risk of any of you accidentally buying it because of the title. The characters are caricatures, each of the consists just of a few exaggerated features, their actions make no sense whatsoever. The dialog feels completely artificial, it’s been a while since I read a book thinking all the time ‘but no one speaks like this’ (the last time was here). It’s almost like she tried to write a library-based The Office, but everything that could go wrong went wrong.
You may ask why I finished it, I wondered myself, until today, while reading Cloud Atlas I found a sentence that made it clear: ‘A half-read book is a half-finished love affair’. Also now you’ve all been warned 🙂