The Twelve Catalogs, Cataloged

A couple of the advance readers have mentioned that they’d like to know what the complete list of catalogs is. To be honest, I had a little trouble keeping track of it myself. The big five (Carolyn, David, Margaret, Jennifer, Michael) are pretty clear, but the rest of the librarians don’t get a lot of page time. The problem was compounded by the fact that I wrote a dozen or so scenes involving catalogs that never made it into the book. In some cases the catalogs were owned by librarians from the final list, other times not. So, like, Al, the librarian of flying might have ended up on the cutting room floor. It was a mess.

Also, I tend to misremember names. Eventually I ended up keeping a spreadsheet just for myself.

By the time we got through editing and copyediting I *think* all the conflicts were resolved. Big thanks to my editor, Julian, and the copy editor(s?) whose name(s) I never learned.

Anyway, here’s the list. If you think you caught me in a mistake, it may not be your imagination.

Jennifer     Medicine, healing, reanimation/resurrection (white catalog)
David         Killing / war / martial arts (red catalog)
Carolyn     Speaks all languages (green catalog)
Michael     Ambassador to animals.

Margaret     Death, and the exploration thereof. She’s the librarian of getting killed a lot. (I often feel quite bad for Margaret.)

Peter         Math, engineering, and cooking. (violet catalog)
Alicia        Time travel and, by extension, seeing the actual future
Rachel        Her ghost children see the possible futures (as distinct from the actual future)
Jacob        Left blank for possible sequels
Richard    Armorer
Emily        Finder of secrets and lost things
Lisa Garza     Persuasion / mind control

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2 comments on “The Twelve Catalogs, Cataloged
  1. David Greene says:

    After recommending this book to countless co-workers and public library patrons, I am currently on my second read. Thank you for this guide to the librarians and their duties. I love this book. Thank you so much for writing it. Since reading The Library at Mount Char two years ago, I have been searching for something like it and I can find nothing that compares. I look forward to your next title with enthusiasm, even if it is non-fiction that teaches me Linux.

  2. Amellia Fiske says:

    I read this a few years ago and absolutely loved it. Today I read the first volume in the Umbrella Academy and it reminded me in some ways of The Library at Mount Char, perhaps lacking some of the detail that you give. I’m now re-reading The Library and it makes me so happy. I love your story!

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