Comments on: PC038: In the House of the Seven Librarians http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/ The world's first audio fantasy magazine. Sun, 26 Oct 2014 09:32:37 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ellen Klages, Toastmaster of the 2014 Nebula Awards | Alas, a Blog http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-3418 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:56:14 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-3418 […] “The House of the Seven Librarians” which first appeared in Firebirds Rising and which I got to narrate for PodCastle, and which you can get a kindle single version of, too. But by no means is this the only wonderful […]

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By: REVIEWS: The House of Dead Maids, The House of the Seven Librarians, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore » Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-3359 Mon, 24 Dec 2012 15:41:07 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-3359 […] – Ellen Klages (read by Rachel Swirsky) [rating: 5] audio / freebie / read Nov. 18-19, 2012 / PodCastle Technically this is a mere short story but since the audio version is a little over an hour long I […]

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By: SF&F Short Stories Online « Book Love http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-3298 Tue, 12 Jan 2010 18:41:23 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-3298 […] In the House of the Seven Librarians by Ellen Klages […]

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By: Plug: Escape Pod « Erie Science Fiction Book Club http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-2883 Sun, 09 Aug 2009 03:42:50 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-2883 […] is far broader than the epic high fantasy ghetto I’ve come to despise. Try In the House of the Seven Librarians, which seems appropriate given our book club’s […]

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By: Liz http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-2189 Sat, 28 Mar 2009 08:08:00 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-2189 I loved this – especially the idea of the kitchen as a “taxonomic battleground” (I’m a librarian who constructs thesauri and taxonomies for a living…); this is definitely one I’ll be listening to another time…

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By: tielserrath http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-2081 Thu, 19 Mar 2009 10:25:12 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-2081 That’s an hour of my life I want back.

The writing was good, the descriptions were clear, but oh, dear dog, so slow.

And fillling it with a group of characters who were difficult to keep separate was not a good idea; I still didn’t know who was who at the end.

I’m not a fan of off-the-wall writing, but there was nothing here that didn’t happen exactly as you’d predict it to.

Most of the stuff I review is reasonable ideas let down by the writing quality. This is, more unusually, the reverse.

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By: Fred http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1961 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 18:01:58 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1961 I listened to this one on the way home from a convention with my own librarian sweetie. We both very much enjoyed the story, although she would neither confirm nor deny a secret magical society of librarians. (I did always suspect as such, though.)

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By: The Fix | From the Podosphere: January 2009 http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1948 Tue, 17 Feb 2009 14:44:58 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1948 […] first PodCastle story of January is “In The House Of The Seven Librarians” by Ellen Klages (read by Rachel Swirsky) and is a fitting start to the year for the youngest […]

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By: AdventureMom http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1930 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 02:56:25 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1930 Loved the story! Better yet my children (ages 6 and 8) could listen and enjoy it as well! Great choice. Please, please continue to offer family friendly fantasy. It is truly magical to share these stories and continue to build their love of the written word.

Regards,
AdventureMom

Perhaps you could convince P.M. Butler to write another another Squonk the dragon story?

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By: arminzerella http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1929 Tue, 10 Feb 2009 01:50:42 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1929 I liked this a lot – especially how the library was some kind of growing, living, vibrant organism itself (constantly adding to its own collection, and offering up boons to its caretakers/keepers, although maybe their relationship was more symbiotic). I’m a librarian myself, and have had discussions with friends of mine about having our own “not public” library to enjoy and look after. But I’m with Dinsy – I’d like to get out into the world and see what *it* has to offer. :)

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By: kirsty http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1908 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 04:09:57 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1908 I loved this story

It takes me back to childhood memories of when I was young and my spinster aunt would take me to an old library in her neighborhood.

How every corner held a secret and every book it’s own world

and the dark mysterious reference section I was always too young to be allowed to visit

magical

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By: Blaine Boy http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1906 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 06:49:01 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1906 A lovely story. I think that’s all need be said about it. Simply, lovely.

Sincerely,
The Blaine Boy

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By: Seraph http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1904 Thu, 29 Jan 2009 21:44:25 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1904 A lovely, gently magical tale. Very cool indeed.

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By: In the House of the Seven Librarians « i can bend minds with my spoon http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1902 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 02:15:00 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1902 […] I link it here so that you might also enjoy it. […]

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By: Dave http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1901 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 02:10:24 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1901 I liked this one. It made me miss the old library in my hometown, in an old church, that got replaced by a huge, sterile edifice across town by the high school.

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By: LaShawn http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1894 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 18:09:43 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1894 When I was a little girl, my most frequent fantasy (and this was before boys entered the picture) was that I would run away and make my local library my new home. I think one time, I tried hiding during closing time just so I can stay the whole night, reading all the books I ever wanted. Unfortunately, the librarians weren’t as whimsical or sweet as the ones in this story.

Listening to this brought back all those magical feelings of the library I used to have in full force. I love the beauty of Dinsy and how she was raised not just by the librarians, but the library itself. I loved, loved, loved the fairy tale feel and Klages’ style of writing. It’s rare that I listen to a podcast twice, but this one I definitely want to sit down in a quiet room and listen for pure enjoyment.

And then I think I’ll start going to the library more.

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By: Xenia K. Chamberlynne http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1891 Sat, 24 Jan 2009 18:18:57 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1891 It’s stories such as these that make me truly desire to become a character within them. Only the finest of literature can evoke a feeling that brings to try desperately to climb within it. By the end of the story I desperately wish that I was the eighth of the seven librarians!

The imagery was unprecidented. I especially loved the descriptions of the fireplaces and Children’s Room. It brought me back to memories of my own childhood library.

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By: carrie http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1881 Tue, 20 Jan 2009 00:36:19 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1881 Oh, I wanted to like this so badly. Raised by feral librarians! A beautiful, wish-granting building! So much time alone with books!

Sadly, I found the story soft-toothed and cliched. None of the librarians I know would want to be stuck in time and all would realize that it’s the “outside world” that creates the exact thing that they protect.

As for Dinsy, she held no fascination for me at all. I couldn’t care less what happened to her after she left the library.

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By: The Evil Eyebrow » “In the House of the Seven Librarians” http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1879 Mon, 19 Jan 2009 13:47:26 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1879 […] listened to the Podcastle story, In the House of the Seven Librarians today. This is a story about a magical library and its seven librarian attendants who raise a […]

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By: Josephine http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1871 Thu, 15 Jan 2009 02:45:01 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1871 Swear I know these librarians.
This was a really wonderful story, thank you.

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By: Dylan http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1870 Wed, 14 Jan 2009 21:18:14 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1870 I enjoyed the start of this story so much that I didn’t even wait for it to be done to write this comment.

It wasn’t the magical library that grants wishes that made me love this. It was how the author constructed perfectly how it feels to be in the library at such a young age. It feels full and as if every book is telling its own story all at the same time.

The story also reminded me how wonderful it is to form new words with your mouth. This was common when I was young, but it is becoming harder to come by.

also “non-friction section.”

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By: Mark M http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1869 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 08:40:39 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1869 Oh yeah, I forgot. “Raised by feral librarians”. I roared. Best line ever.

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By: Mark M http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1868 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 08:19:05 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1868 I really loved this one.

The independent characters of each librarian really helped to develop and move the story, and Dinsy wasn’t simple or naive. And I didn’t make any real comparisons to witches (ala Andre Norton or other semi-magical genres) until the very last.

Although it did remind me (a LOT) of Norton at the very end when I finally looked back and compared all the librarians.

And I had to laugh at the reference to Marian. My daughter played Marian (the librarian) in a college production of “The Music Man”. Although no librarian never hummed “Stairway to Heaven”…

And I really loved the “10 things to remember” for the library.

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By: Gary H http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1867 Tue, 13 Jan 2009 05:17:30 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1867 Wow, that was great. Well imagined and written, especially the blend of the familiar with the fantastic. Nothing over the top, just fun fantasy in a real world setting.

I had to laugh at the librarians’ comments on the early teen years, exactly what we said about our daughter: “remember when she was a sweet kid”. They still are at heart, and we know that as parents. We are really lamenting for ourselves at the transitions we go through as our children grow up. We love every part of our kids, even the parts that want to break free of us.

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By: scatterbrain http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1865 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 23:47:00 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1865 A simply wonderful story that makes me want to get back to that Gene Wolfe on the bedside canbinet. Klages managed to create an interesting blend of Ballardian slipstream and magical realism without really tieing the story down to any genre.

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By: Penguin Girl » books » she’s back http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1864 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 20:02:10 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1864 […] If you want to read more of Ms Klages’s work, I highly recommend that you check out Portable Childhoods. I discovered her through the PodCastle podcast, they have at least two of her stories included in this collection of short stories in recent podcasts. […]

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By: Bingorage http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1862 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 09:04:24 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1862 Everyone wants a magical childhood, or at least wishes it for the children. It took seeing “Dinsy” in print, before I perceived reference to “Disney”; the ultimate purveyor of kiddy fantasy for us nouveau geezers.

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By: phignewton http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1861 Mon, 12 Jan 2009 04:18:52 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1861 ..i thought the warning said ‘a life made strange by boobs’ which perhaps gave me the wrong expectation for this story. Is good though.

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By: James http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1860 Sun, 11 Jan 2009 16:23:26 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1860 A welcome return. I missed my Podcastle fix!

I loved this story, my local library here in the U.K. is a Carnegie.

Thanks.

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By: Jonathan http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1859 Sun, 11 Jan 2009 11:38:51 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1859 We have a split opinion of this one.

I loved it. Absolutely. I loved it so much I wanted to share it with my wife. We both shared a love of the Carnegie Library while stationed in Pittsburgh over the past four years, and I thought the story would strike a chord in her.

My wife, who is a green-eyed, black-haired beauty I met while she was studying for her Masters in Library and Information Science, hated it. She found it sappy.

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By: Hyperion http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1858 Sat, 10 Jan 2009 11:59:01 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1858 I have been so looking foward to the return of PodCastle, checking daily, like a girl might check the post for a letter from her soldier-love. (Okay, that was a lame analogy, but it was old-fashioned, and I think the librarians would have liked it.)

I was having a lot of fun listening to the story, so much so that I managed to forget for a little while that with any sort of “reality” making an appearance, one had to acknowledge that in some ways Dinsy’s completely sheltered upbringing bordered on child abuse, or at least neglect.

This thought took full shape at the door with the key, as visions of some creepy Witch-Ya Sisterhood (with unsettling implications) danced through my head.

Luckily, all was made right in the end, and we’re left with just a wonderful tale, and a shout-out to what WE will likely be the last generation to see: an old fashioned library, where many of us first learned that magic was real.

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By: Impressively uplifting « Capybaras are haters http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1857 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 22:59:05 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1857 […] 10, 2009 Various stuff is going on, making these last few days pretty awful. This still made me almost uncontrollably happy, though. I wish I’d grown up in a magical library. […]

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By: Chainring http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1856 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 19:10:18 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1856 What a fun story… nothing too deep, but rich enough to draw you in… sweet without being saccharine… moving without feeling emotionally manipulative.

… criminey… being a parent has turned me into a sap. I would’ve hated this a decade ago.

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By: Jason Puckett.net » Blog Archive » PodCastle: In the House of the Seven Librarians http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1855 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 18:05:44 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1855 […] week the fantasy fiction podcast Podcastle published In the House of the Seven Librarians, a fairy tale about a foundling raised in the Carnegie Library.  Don’t look for it to break […]

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By: Andy Kerr http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1854 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 17:56:46 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1854 Whoops, that should have been for Minitature 24, “Intelligent Design.”

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By: Andy Kerr http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1853 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 17:55:05 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1853 I love it. Not terribly different from my real view of an exceptionally creative, fun-loving God, but the portrayal as a mischievous little boy made me laugh.

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By: Wilson Fowlie http://podcastle.org/2009/01/08/pc038-in-the-house-of-the-seven-librarians/#comment-1852 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 17:12:03 +0000 http://podcastle.org/?p=83#comment-1852 What an utterly delightful story!

(Minor) Spoiler alert!

Even if it hadn’t been so enjoyable on its own merits, it would totally have been worth it for the phrase “feral librarians”!

End of (Minor) Spoiler

So much of this story resonated with me. I wonder if one would have to be of a particular age (or older) and remember libraries not unlike this (the library in my town was more central than this one, so what happened in the story – at least, the good part – couldn’t have happened, though the bureaucracy could have, and may well have).

I also liked hearing about Ann’s favourite books in the introduction. We have some favourites in common – I loved the Edward Eager books (and still do, and am now able to share that love with my daughter!) – and there are many she mentioned that I haven’t read that I am now looking forward to investigating. (My tastes, or at least the books that I knew about as a child, ran to more straight fiction, like the Alvin Fernald stories, the Danny Dunn series, almost everything by Cleary, and the Great Brain books.)

And, like Ann, my heart is wrenched every time I see those old, loved books put out as Discards. I did a similar rescue mission with a few of the Great Brain books (though not the actual copies I’d read as a kid – different library in a different city) as Ann did with the Norton.

I loved Rachel’s reading. Did I detect a bit of emotional choking-up in her voice near the end there? It would have been hard to avoid; I was rather overcome myself, even though I saw it coming. (In my opinion, an ending you can predict is fine, as long as it’s the right ending! And besides, I only predicted its general nature, not its specific form.)

This is – and I imagine will be for a long time to come – my favourite PodCastle episode.

For those who’d rather discuss it in the forum, the link is http://forum.escapeartists.net/index.php?topic=2282.0

Here’s hoping the HTML in this post works, or I shall be respectfully requesting Rachel to remove it.

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