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The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox ARC {4 Stars}

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox ARC {4 Stars}

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox (The Librarians #2)
Published by Tor Books on April 25, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 288 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil.

Stories can be powerful. In 1719, Elizabeth Goose of Boston Massachusetts published a collection of rhyming spells as a children's book, creating a spellbook of terrifying power. The Librarian of that age managed to dispose of all copies of the book except one, which remained in the possession of Elizabeth Goose and her family, temporarily averting any potential disaster.

However, strange things are happening, A window washer in San Diego who was blown off his elevated perch by a freak gust of wind, but miraculously survived by landing on a canopy over the building entrance. A woman in rural Pennsylvania who was attacked by mutant rodents without any eyes. And, a college professor in England who somehow found herself trapped inside a prize pumpkin at a local farmer’s market. Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Fynn Carson AWOL once again, it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.

4 Stars

Note: I received an advanced copy of The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.

Strengths:

  • Pull up a hammock and get started on your summer reading with this fun romp through the alternative world of The Librarians.  Cox has really captured the light hearted, often tongue-in-cheek flavor of the Librarian movies and the currently airing TV series.  This time, the Mother Goose stories are coming to life, which doesn’t sound all that threatening until you start considering the consequences of cosmic symbolism hidden in children’s stories in a world where magic is real.  It’s high camp in the tradition of Saturday afternoon B-grade adventure movies.
  • Cox has really improved in bringing these characters to life, making use of their strengths and weaknesses – and their friendships – to keep the plot moving smartly along.  The point of view very naturally follows each Librarian (or Guardian) as he or she heads off to tackle a portion of the mystery, improving the flow of this book over the previous one in the series.
  • I think the author also has dramatically improved in explaining this alternative world for those who have not closely followed the TV show.  The explanations of how magic works, why the Library exists, and each Librarian’s gifts (and faults) were in more depth than the prior book, but they were smoothly tucked in where the reader would find them just in time to make sense of the action.
  • There is a twist to the plot that I did not see coming.  And it’s funny.

Weaknesses:

  • While I really enjoyed the book, it is a novelization of a TV episode.  Characters do not grow and change, and the world is not greatly affected by events.  It’s light and fun and perfect for a summer’s day when you do not want anything too deep or thoughtful.

Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
– Barbara

 

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

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