Worldsoul What if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world Worldsoul a great city that forms a nexus point between Earth and the many dimensions known as the Liminality is a place where old s

  • Title: Worldsoul
  • Author: Liz Williams
  • ISBN: 9781607012955
  • Page: 336
  • Format: Paperback
  • What if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world Worldsoul, a great city that forms a nexus point between Earth and the many dimensions known as the Liminality, is a place where old stories gather, where forgotten legends come to fade and die or to flourish and rise again Until recently, Worldsoul has been governed by the Skein, but they have gone misWhat if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world Worldsoul, a great city that forms a nexus point between Earth and the many dimensions known as the Liminality, is a place where old stories gather, where forgotten legends come to fade and die or to flourish and rise again Until recently, Worldsoul has been governed by the Skein, but they have gone missing and no one knows why The city is also being attacked with lethal flower bombs from an unknown enemy Mercy Fane and her fellow Librarians are doing their best to maintain the Library, but.sep breaking out of ancient texts and legends are escaping into the city Mercy must pursue one such dangerous creature She turns to Shadow, an alchemist, for aid, but Shadow inadvertently possessed by an ifrit has a perilous quest of her own to undertake.

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    1. DNF at 46%Really did try loved the idea of it and it was fun for awhile.What lead to me DNFing it:1. The world building: this was a small part of it, we are just thrown into this world without any explanations about how this world came to be or the customs/terms of it all.2. The pacing: it didn't bother me at first and I can be a patient reader if the plot interests me enough but I just couldn't take it anymore. I had to force myself to keep going I eventually lost interest in even my favorite c [...]

    2. Mercy Fane is a Librarian, but sometimes the stories in the Library run free. One particular captive escapes, leading her to casually meet up with an alchemist from the Eastern part of Worldsoul (think "City"), Shadow. Together, they start to learn some serious stuff about Worldsoul and a devious plot from one of the Council.This is one of those slow-starting books that a reader dreams of. So many times, I read a book, bored to death in the beginning and it never gets better. But we keep reading [...]

    3. Never have I been more frustrated by a book than this one. I know that info-dumping is not cool however I need context especially since this is the first novel in a series. I didn't get that context. I got NO information whatsoever about the world - there is no worldbuilding whatsoever - no, that's wrong. There is a world, it seems like a fascinating world but I have no idea where it is - is it a different planet as I suspected? And if so, how was it populated by humans? Are they still humans? W [...]

    4. "What if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world?" I think that tagline sold a lot of people on this book, or at least convinced them that it was something that they might be interested in. I know it hooked me. Which is why I was delighted to receive a review copy from Prime Books via Netgalley.So how well does it live up to that tagline? Moments of subtle wry humor, the mythological mashup of the setting (a universe where tales have tangible power), women bonding because of sh [...]

    5. "What if being a Librarian was the most dangerous job in the world?" What book loving librarian could resist a tag line like that? Set in an alternate reality where stories, myths, and the creatures that inhabit them coexist, the great Library of Alexander was saved from the flames, but for whose benefit? This is a world where the leading class has just disappeared, the opposing factions of the Library and the Court are secretly at war, and magical creatures quickly complicate things with their [...]

    6. I remember reading a book by Liz Williams before, though I'm not sure of the title. I think it was The Poison Master. As I recall, I was a little disappointed that, with such wonderful materials to work with (Dr Dee!), she had crafted a less-than-amazing book.She's improved since then, clearly. I enjoyed Worldsoul, especially the second half (the first half I found a little slow-moving). The setting, a magical city more-or-less powered by story, is wonderful, and she doesn't waste too much time [...]

    7. An extravagant mess of a setting; the Library of Alexandria is stolen by the Powers and set up in the middle of a world-spanning city outside of time or something. Story-pathways open into everywhere. It's Pratchett's "L-Space" taken three-quarters seriously, with cod-Miltonian angels and demons butting heads with djinn as Loki stirs up trouble. At one point the White Witch shows up, or a close calque of her, zipping along with a bag of kings' heads in the back of her chariot. I loved that. I lo [...]

    8. This book suffered from a great idea, poor excution. I was so excited about this book, but it fell short of my expectations. It started slow, and I had a really hard time getting into the story. About 2/3 of the way through, I still couldn't understand what the overall plot was about, and where the story was moving to.The characters felt very one dimensional. I didn't feel much of anything for anyone. Mercy and Shadow seemed somewhat interchangable, and I could't find any reason to care about ei [...]

    9. As when I read Liz Williams's first Detective Chen book, I found myself distracted and unattached to the characters in Worldsoul. Williams's strong prose is still in evidence, as is her ability to mash up genre tropes into a concoction that feels fresh. The trouble is, the characters in this outing change little over the course of the story and act more as foils to a weird world rather than living inhabitants of it. The shake-up events that pepper the story also felt random.Some of Williams's ea [...]

    10. Egalley thanks to Prime BooksUnfortunately me and Worldsoul got separated due to irreconcilable differences twenty or so chapters in the story.You see, I like to have the lay of the land as soon as the story begins, a little bit of world-building, a bit of history for the main characters, some sort of inkling as to what direction the story would take.I had absolutely no idea what was happening in Worldsoul through most of the book. There are few major characters driving completely separate plot [...]

    11. Here's what I love best about Liz Williams: she is always more subtle and complicated than you think she's going to be. When I start one of her books, I think 'oh, this is what kind of book this is'. But I'm almost always wrong. Her world-building is complicated and revealed slowly, so if you're the kind of reader who is put off by a dreamlike ambiguity, then Williams will probably frustrate you. If you're willing to trust that her puzzle will fit together in the end, then relax and enjoy. She's [...]

    12. It is an interesting story and I will definetly read the next book, however at times I felt that the author could have taken more time to explain some or the ideas and rules of this world a bit better. I don't think it is necessarily a good idea to assume that your audience knows what you are talking about as this is a new world to them and their understanding of something may not be what is meant by the author. It took some dedication to stick with this book until the end, but it was well worth [...]

    13. After quite high expectations, I have to say that Worldsoul turned to be a little mixed for me as the novel aligned closer to the UF subgenre than to the SF that remains by far the most interesting of the author's oeuvre to date. It is true that the novel is not quite the usual UF junk as it takes place in a "higher dimension" from Earth, but Earth's cultures, myths, supernatural beings of lore, books and tales are crucial for all that happens.Worldsoul has great inventiveness and the writing st [...]

    14. Mercy Fane is a librarian in the Liminality. The kind of librarian that chooses a favorite weapon before wandering the stacks, these books have a tendency to misbehave. Things have been going downhill since the Skein disappeared. They were the almost-gods who made things run smoothly and ever since they left, things have been, wellless than smooth. When a very old creature escapes, or is released, from a very old text, Mercy vows to find it. Along the way, she is joined by a djinn-infested Alche [...]

    15. Here’s a quirky little fantasy containing some of my favorite elements, including myths, alchemists, and librarians who have the most dangerous job in the world – managing the Library located in Worldsoul. And what is Worldsoul, you ask? Why, it’s an immense city that forms a nexus point between that backwater known as Earth and the dimensions known as the Liminality.What kind of place is Worldsoul? A strange and wondrous place, where architecture rises like a thousand cultures, magics ble [...]

    16. Worldsoul took a little while to get used to. There are several POVs to keep track of, and this book takes the "in media res" idea awfully far. I put this down a few times because there is so much the author isn't telling us about the world. It's a beautiful world, what we can find out about it, but there is so much hinted at that isn't ever explained. I have a feeling that this book will benefit from being read as a series, where dangling plot points or tantalizing  bits of prose will turn out [...]

    17. Worldsoul features strong women characters who meet a series of adventures with wit and courage. They live in a society where stories and words have a real existence. Librarian Mercy steps up to defend the books under her care when a destructive magical monster attacks. Alchemist Shadow searches for a cure when she is invaded by a strange creature. Using magic power, craftiness, and fighting ability, the two women battle demons and sorcerers. The fun for the reader is to watch how the heroines o [...]

    18. I won an Advanced Reader's copy through a contest, so I wanted to get my feedback up since it comes out next month.The book started heavy in the world jargon, and I was a little confused. It lasted only about a chapter or so though, so it was easily overcome. Once I got used to the language, the story got a chance to grab me.I enjoyed the story overall. There were places that I would have liked more information, but I think maybe it will flesh out when the trilogy is complete. I like the charac [...]

    19. I'm not sure what kind of rating to give this book. I loved the first 80 or 90%. I loved the setting of Worldsoul, the characters, and Williams's ability with the sense of weird and otherworldiness. I did get a bit tired of chapters ending with the character blacking out, and a few plot points seemed to happen too easily, but I was happy to go along for the ride. Then came the final section, which was far too chaotic, far too rushed. I remember checking the number of pages left and wondering how [...]

    20. I really wanted to like this book. Who wouldn't love adventurous, sword-wielding librarians and quirky cities built on myth? I'm not sure whether I was expecting this book to be something it is not, or whether the execution simply fell short. There were so many ideas and so much potential, but it feels like almost none of it was used. In the end, I only had a vague idea of who everyone was and what exactly was happening. Also did we ever find out what was going on with the flower attacks?

    21. This was a bit disappointing. It's a fine story with a nicely diverse cast, but I never felt very attached to any of the characters, nor did I have much of a sense of their motives.OH, ALSO!What the heck is up with the cover of this book? Who is that supposed to be? Mercy is not described as looking ANYTHING like that, and Shadow is veiled 99% of the time.

    22. This books needs a glossary. Too many kinds of characters with no real explanation. Very hard to get into.

    23. This starts promisingly enough in the prologue when the ancient library of Alexandria lifts off into the sky like a rocket with parts of it still burning. What follows after though is a bit of a disappointment by comparison as its settles down into a tale of fantasy and magic which arguably does not need that preamble at all. When we start chapter one the library has for a long while been in Worldsoul, a place in connection with Earth but also on the border of the Liminality - woven by the Skein [...]

    24. I bought this book a while ago and, I have to be honest, it's been sitting on my shelf because while it's supposed to be the first book of a series, I understand it's quite possible that none of the subsequent books may ever make it into print. So I approached Worldsoul with a degree of suspicion that grew as the number of pages remaining diminished, wondering if the author would be able to tie up the story enough - I'm pleased to say there is a conclusion, though it certainly leaves stuff unexp [...]

    25. AWESOMEAWESOMEAWESOME PREMISEThe entire idea of the Library and the stories and the magic and the fantasy were all GREAT AND LOVED THEMOnly thing was this book was a tad slow and hard to get into sometimes, But I enjoyed it a lot! :D

    26. What reader of fantasy can resist a book about kick-butt librarians with swords, and a mysteriously veiled young alchemist possessed by an ifrit. Of spirits, gods, angels, demons, djinn, and other myths and stories--stories that live on the "storyways" created by myriad human storytellers over the years, and safeguarded and maintained by the librarians in an other-dimensional city known as Worldsoul. Liz Williams is a wonderful writer and I thoroughly enjoyed her new book, "Worldsoul." The adven [...]

    27. An agreeably imagined and cast tale, set in a city/land/plane that is a composite of all the stories ever told and featuring a Librarian ("the most dangerous job in the world," as the blurb has it), an Alchemist and various demons and monsters--all of whom are wrapped up in a tangle of competing plots to take the place over in the extended absence of the two mysterious entities called the Skein who have governed it. There are some recognizable gods and figures from myth, but in general the autho [...]

    28. I enjoyed the book, though I can see some of the other reviewer's criticisms as being valid. The world itself was rather interesting, but wasn't fleshed out as much as I would have liked. We are given some glimpses of things that hopefully will be explored in future stories. I felt the same way about the characters of Mercy and Shadow, enjoyable, but left me wanting a bit more development. The book does switch between character points of view most ever chapter, and there were a couple of point w [...]

    29. 3 and a half stars. not particularly masterful in the follow-through - but the concept is very nice (the cover hook is "what if being a librarian was the most dangerous job in the world?", and the jumble of cultures and tropes is exotic and well-grounded) , it has many pleasures (far future, time travel, various types of magic, constructed storyways as paths that can be followed, a delirious mix of fairy tale archetypes) and was altogether colourful and entertaining. and it's full of writer meta [...]

    30. What if the most dangerous job was being a librarian? That line in the synopsis caught my attention, as I'm a former school librarian.However, in the end I wasn’t that crazy about it. I liked the friendship between the two main characters, Shadow and Mercy, and I liked the references to old myths. Some of them explained things I’d wondered about – like George MacDonald’s Lilith – apparently based on an old myth re Adam and Eve. Interesting concept that stories are “alive”.Still not [...]

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