The Library of Lost Things Welcome to the Library of Lost Things where the shelves are stuffed with books that have fallen through the cracks from volumes of lovelorn teenage poetry to famous works of literature long destroyed

  • Title: The Library of Lost Things
  • Author: Matthew Bright
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  • Page: 106
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  • Welcome to the Library of Lost Things, where the shelves are stuffed with books that have fallen through the cracks from volumes of lovelorn teenage poetry to famous works of literature long destroyed or lost They re all here, pulled from history and watched over by the Librarian, curated by the Collectors, nibbled on by the rats Filed away, never to be read At least, uWelcome to the Library of Lost Things, where the shelves are stuffed with books that have fallen through the cracks from volumes of lovelorn teenage poetry to famous works of literature long destroyed or lost They re all here, pulled from history and watched over by the Librarian, curated by the Collectors, nibbled on by the rats Filed away, never to be read At least, until Thomas, the boy with the secret, comes to the Library.

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    1. “Under no circumstances do you open the book. Is that clear?”When I was late in responding, he peered at me. “You are not a curious boy are you? I insist on no aspirations, no predilections. Books are not to be read.”“I haven’t read a word since my GCSEs, sir.”He smiled. I suppressed a shudder. His teeth were spotted, like the acid foxing on old paperview to comead it for yourself here:tor/2017/08/23/the-li

    2. I love library-based stories, and this is a pretty good one. It's free online at Tor. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature: Thomas Hardy applies for a job at the Library, a magical place that contains all of the books and literary works that have been lost over the years. The Librarian takes him on, with reservations: he’s interested only in incurious boys who aren’t particularly bright, don’t use multisyllabic words or think complicated thoughts, and have no real interest in literatu [...]

    3. Rating: 4.5* of five'At the Speakeasy, Genet regaled the crowd from atop the suitcase. (I wondered what had Hemingway done to Genet to deserve such roughshod disregard for his possessions, and eventually asked him; he said only “The man is famous for writing about a fish. Not a whale but a fish.”)'If you do not read this free story, then you are a ninnyhammer, a noddycock, a complete simp.

    4. REALLY liked this one. Imagine, a library FULL of all UNwritten works, lost to the world, but in a humongous library with rats that used words never used anymore. LOVE the setting. Plot? Characters? Who cares? I'll be reading in a secluded corner in this library. Kk?? Thanks! 5 I want to be there NOW stars.

    5. The Librarian turned his eyes upon me, reversed the single sheet of paper once, then neatly back again.“An excellent candidate,” he said.And:“Thomas Hardy. An apropos name. We have one of his, you know? No relation, I assume?”And:“‘Favourite grammatical form: passive voice.’” He looked me up and down, pinprick eyes narrowed, and licked his dry bottom lip. “Marvellous.”“Sir?” I said.The Librarian’s tongue flickered. “So wonderfully uninterested. Most boys, well they co [...]

    6. I loved this wee tale from Matthew Bright. It's full to the brim with a slightly off-kilter weird fiction vibe that, in the hands of a skilled writer such as he, is entirely endearing. A library of lost works? A librarian with a dark desire for those of zero imagination or expansiveness to sort--without reading--those works? Rats who've nibbled enough fiction to learn polysyllabic verbiage? And maybe, just maybe, a little bit of romance of a forbidden sort? Bring it. You can even read it for fre [...]

    7. That half written novel about dragons you wrote aged 12? That's in the library of lost things. Probably filed under Pre-teen: Abandoned in Transition to Teen, or some such thing. This is the crux of this imaginative short - all the unwritten, lost, abandoned, and burned books go to the library. Don't read them though. Our hero gets a job filing the lost books. There are some super friendly but creepy sounding collectors, whose job it is to collect lost works; there are a lot of mice who have lea [...]

    8. A free short story from Tor.Com.A dark fantasy set in the library of lost things, "where the shelves are stuffed with books that have fallen through the cracks—from volumes of lovelorn teenage poetry to famous works of literature long destroyed or lost."Richly atmospheric, with colourful characters, and the pace necessary for a short story.Three and a half stars, rounded up.

    9. So after reading a Tor short that was actually enjoyable without caveats (Ghost Hedgehog), I was thinking that maybe the Tor curse was broken. SPOILER: nope.A guy starts working as a filer in a Library of Lost Works - one is only supposed to read the cover, of course, because of Plot Reasons, and which exists at all because of No Reasons, and then some other things happen for Plot Reasons, and he has an insta-love affair, or at least insta-sex affair, with Jean Genet, because of the Outside-the- [...]

    10. Available for free reading on tor. Dark and rich with books, vocabulary, seduction, too many syllables, regrets and risks. A great read.

    11. Started off on a good note ‘cause umm that title. But I didn’t like the protagonist or his story. I did like the rats, the rats saved this storywell, almost saved this story. Maybe I’m too much of a prude for unnecesary sex scenes set in an otherwise whimsical library setting, no just no.

    12. I have a thing for libraries; of course I do. Who doesn’t? And magic libraries? *squees happily*This library rescues all the lost things: the burnt books, the hard drive failures, the teen diaries, the incomplete notebooks, and more works of music and poetry. The unpublished works.The hero, Thomas Hardy, applies for a job and is given the job of Indexer.A sheaf of laser-printed paper. “Untitled Novel About a Boy with No Hands (Incomplete) by S. Berman. That’s one for the Self-Doubt section [...]

    13. I think this was my favorite short story read so far this year, the tale following a new indexer in the library, who sorts the world's lost writings there. I read through without checking the by-line, thinking it would be unsurprising if it were by Seanan McGuire or something, as there is a similar quirky with a dark edge quality, only to go "who?" upon finally looking at who wrote it. On a quick search no published novels and the author appears to primarily be involved in horror films, so the t [...]

    14. “‘Favourite grammatical form: passive voice.’” He looked me up and down, pinprick eyes narrowed, and licked his dry bottom lip. “Marvellous.”“Sir?” I said.The Librarian’s tongue flickered. “So wonderfully uninterested. Most boys, well they come here with their nasty adverbs and their present tense, or, God forbid, second person.” How delightful!If you ever wanted to know where the books go that are lost to hard drive failure, author's self-doubt, or sheer human ignorance, f [...]

    15. The Library of Lost Things is a delightfully creepy tale about a library of books you are not supposed to read, lost changes, infatuation, and adorable rats with a rich vocabulary. I would love to hear a bit more about this world. More of the whys and the hows. But this brief moment was quite enjoyable.

    16. Maybe it would help if I hadn't fairly recently read the library-themed SFF anthology Ex Libris, but the key ideas here - the bibliophile's dream of a library where all the lost books of history are preserved, combined with the nightmare of nobody being able to read them - felt sufficiently played out that not even a celebrity queer romance could enliven them.

    17. Short and fun.I have a pretty large vocabulary, so _usually_ when I don't know a word, I look it up. I thought about it, but I'm rather glad I didn't this time.When I finished the story, I'd enjoyed it. It was sweet and clever. But then I looked up _the word_ and laughed aloud!

    18. Thomas is an apprentice librarian at the Library of Lost Things, where all the forgotten texts on earth are stored by a mysterious librarian and his patchwork doll assistants. Thomas wants to read one book in particular, but the Librarian doesn’t let any of his books be read.For the rest of the review, click here: scribblerhn-mendez/2017/11/02/the-library-of-lost-things-book-review/

    19. As we are all readers here on everyone might be able to connect with a huge library as a setting and loves the idea of working in one. The setting was what interested me the most in this story. I have to say in the beginning it kind of reminded me of "The Invisble Library" by Genevieve Cogman but the concept is not that similar in the end.The library is a bit a character on its own in this book. And I like these kind of settings - they come to live and drag you into their world.The characters a [...]

    20. tldr: i liked it enough but i probably won't be recommending it.i love the setting- a library- how could i not? and a library of lost works, no less. this was my favorite character. the others- ehe word choice is superlative but the actual flow is uneven. the details are clever, original, and should be used as an example in every creative writing classe plot, the driving force of the story, was less interesting, sadly. it was a pretty slow read altogether. half of me was amused and the other hal [...]

    21. I read this for ATY 2018 challenge Week 36, a book published in the last 3 years by an author I have never read. It is truly science fiction and short; only 28 pages. I might call it magical realism, too. A young man gets a job in a library. It is a very special library, as it only contains lost things. Mostly there are books. The Librarian apparently wants these lost items to remain lost, for when Tom finds a book he wants to read, and does read, the Librarian destroys it. There are collectors, [...]

    22. une nouvelle très intriguante (un peu difficile pour moi à lire en VO) mais l'atmosphère de cette très étrange bibliothèque vous attrape dès les premières lignes et vous tient jusqu'à la fin On voudrait y rester plus longtemps, en connaître plus sur ses secrets, ses pouvoirs, son personnel etc j'ai beaucoup aimé et la relirai avec délectationJe note également le nom de l'auteur, à suivre pour le style et le côté étrange et poétique à la fois merci à Tor pour la lecture gratui [...]

    23. This was a bizarre little morality play/fable. The language is the undisputed star of the piece. It's quite short, only 28 pages. It's the perfect length for a tea and 2 biscuits interlude. The language is just so lush and vibrant and full of exuberance that it's *swoon* worthy.Four stars, loved it!

    24. Weird but darkly fun tale of a library that keeps the books (some famous, some not-so-famous) lost to history.

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