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The Librarians and the Lost Lamp

(The Librarians #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  789 ratings  ·  152 reviews
The story toggles between the past, as Flynn Carsen tries to find Aladdin’s Lamp before an ancient criminal organization known as the Forty Seals gets hold of it, and the future, when Eve Baird and a new group of Librarians — protectors of ancient artifacts like King Arthur’s sword Excalibur — stumble on a mystery in Las Vegas that seems to relate to the Lamp and the power ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Tor Books
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Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Based off the TNT tv show, The Librarians, this opening installment of the print series is a fast-paced, action-packed story. Even if you have never experienced the old TNT movies or the new tv show it spawned, The Lost Lamp is very immersing and easily accessible, sure to entertain any readers seeking a quick, fun read.


Shifting back and forth from
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: archaeology
Let me just lay it on the line for you here. When I first heard that there was going to be an original Librarians novel, I was ridiculously excited. I had high hopes for what Greg Cox would bring to the universe, and was anxious to see how it would all play out. Well, imagine my surprise when The Librarians and The Lost Lamp didn't just manage to meet my rather high expectations, but completely exceed them.

First of all, there's the way the book is structured. When the story opened wi
I read this book to fill the Relics and Curiosities square of my 2018 Halloween Bingo card.

The relic in play in this book is Aladdin’s lamp. Usually, someone creative takes a book and from it produces a movie or a TV show. This book is the reverse engineering of that process and I didn’t really warm up to it. It is a novelization of the TV show The Librarians. Now, as a library worker, I am predisposed to like things like this and maybe I would have enjoyed the TV show. But I found the book
With thanks to the publisher for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Disclaimer! I am not a librarian and had not seen the television series prior to reading this book, but now that I have read it, I'm going to remedy at least one of these things!

Flynn Carsen used to be the one and only Librarian in a long line of those tasked with protecting the world from the magic hidden within the pages of our favourite books. Ten years ago, he went up against the villainous
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

The Librarians and The Lost Lamp is the first book in a planned trilogy based on TNT’s hit show, The Librarians; which follows a group of Librarians A.K.A protectors of humanity against magical artifacts such as Excalibur, The Golden Goose to The Spear of Destiny and Pandora ’s Box. I’m familiar with The Librarian films that aired back in the early 2000’s but I haven’t gotten around to seeing the show based o
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This book was quirky and fun. Everything I was hoping to find in a novel based on the Librarians tv series. (Which I am caught up on, and am waiting for the new season.)

The story switches between 2006 and 2016 on a case involving Aladdin's fabled lamp from the Arabian Nights story. Humor, magic and wonder feel the librarians as they face what could be a cataclysmic event if the Djinn is released from the lamp.

It felt a lot like watching the show, and was a rather fast paced series,
All Things Urban Fantasy
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-by-kate
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy.

THE LIBRARIANS AND THE LOST LAMP, a book based off the popular TV show The Librarians is a fun, fast read that I really enjoyed. My only complaint is that readers who are not as familiar with the TV show as I am may not get the same level of enjoyment out of the book.

THE LIBRARIANS AND THE LOST LAMP jumps back and forth in time from 2006 to 2016, from the single Librarian, Flynn Carson, to the three new Librarians. Having seen two of the t
Dec 14, 2015 marked it as to-read
Can it please have a better cover? I'm gonna buy this but I prefer having a nice cover, not ripped-from-tv-show cover ^^)"
Shawn Deal
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, action
With this wonderful, family series cancelled the only thing left are these novels. This novel did a good job in capturing the adventure that is this series. The series is better but this book is a good addition to the stories overall.
Reviewed on Lili Lost in a Book

The Librarians and the Lost Lamp starts off with Flynn, The Librarian, going after the real Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde formula, which is totally insane, but totally cool at the same time! It's awesome!

Even though I really loved this and thought it was a lot of fun, there really was no point to starting off with this. You could’ve just gotten straight into the story. This just left me wanting theBook
David Caldwell
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A novel based on the TV show (and the movies).

A mystery started by Flynn Carson ends up having to finished by the new batch of Librarians.

I really enjoyed the fact that the story went back and forth between the Librarian (Flynn) and the group of Librarians that are the main characters of the show. By dividing the mystery, each group got to shine without being overshadowed by the others.

This is a must read for fans of the TV show and the movies.
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published at Reading Reality

Because this is the start of National Library Week, I was looking for at least one book this week with some kind of library theme. When the much more serious book I originally planned on turned out to be a little too serious, I went for the much more fun option.

The Librarians, the TV series, is always fun. And after having watched it, I’ll admit that it gives saying, “I’m the Librarian” just a bit more of kick whenever I introduce myself in ce
Marne Wilson
I was in library school when the first Librarians movie came out, and while it was kind of silly fun, I never felt the urge to see any of the others. This book, the first of a tie-in series with the new Librarians TV show, was a lot of fun, if not anything profound. Trying to appeal to fans of both the movie series and the TV series, it alternates between a 2006 adventure with the original Librarian, Flynn Carsen, and a 2016 adventure of the new team. It wasn't clear at first how the two stories ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: angus, adventure
The copy I read was riddled with grammatical errors but the story was as interesting and absorbing as one of the television episodes.
Aug 18, 2019 added it
Shelves: fantasy, audio, 2019
Fun enough that I'll read more! May even check out the tv show and movies
Mar 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this showed up initially on the 'new books' page for my library's e-book app. I don't typically read books based on series, but I was bored and The Librarians is something my 12 year old and I like to watch together, so I decided to see how the book compared.

Initially I almost put it down, because I found the writing style incredibly overwrought and too reliant on describing rather than showing. I don't know if it evened out eventually or if I just got used to it, but by the
Bookkitten (collector of nice things)
I want this book to be an overlength librarians movie, because it already feels like one.
Greg Cox did a wonderful job.
I'm giving this a try because I'm feeling the void of "The Librarians" which just had its season finale. However, I find this author's use of repetition tedious; he has a way of overdescribing characters with too many adjectives, or repeating nouns page after page after page as if you, the reader, is such a dumbass you couldn't remember that, for example, in the first chapter, Flynn is being terrorized by a man who has taken a potion and has turned into the "Hyde" character from "Dr. Jekyll and ...more
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal-library
Loved it! It was like two for one. We got an adventure like the Librarian movies, when it was just Flynn, Charlene and Judson, and also an episode of the series all tied together. I think I liked the flashback solo adventure of Flynn the best, mostly because of the locations and action.
Looking forward to the next one and I hope they write more than three. Keep them coming!
It focused more on Flynn in the past than the other Librarians, which I wasn't expecting.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: library-related
2.5 stars. It didn't really take me 10 days to read this. I read a couple chapters and then put it down and read like 3 other books before picking it back up again.
Stacey Lopez
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book is about the the Librarians and their off-TV/non-cannon adventure of finding Aladdin's Lamp. It does a nice back and forth between Carsen's adventure searching for the Lamp ten years ago and the new Librarians going on their adventure for it. It was very well written and kept me engaged, but I did have three irks with this story.

My final thoughts are that it's worth a read, even with its flaws.

Spoilers and ranting from here on out.

The first one is Baird gets tak
Dec 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review from Tenacious Reader:

3.5/5 stars

I have to confess, I have never watched the TV show The Librarians that this book is based on. Because of that it really wasn’t on my radar, mostly for fear that I would be at a disadvantage from not knowing anything about the show. But when I received a review copy of the book, I had to admit it still sounded like a fun quick read, so I figured it was worth a shot. I mean, come on. Combining libraries and magic? Who doesn’t wan
Lunar Rabbit
This review is written by someone who is a fan of both the movies and tv series. But from what I've read, you don't necessarily have to have seen either in order to enjoy the book. Although that would help, and I highly suggest giving the series a go.

-The Story-

Very exciting and didn't disappoint in the areas of story telling, writing, and characterization; true to its roots, The Librarians and the Lost Lamp is seasoned with family fun adventures and clever wit.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
A novelization of the popular TV show which is an offshoot of ‘The Librarian’ made-for-TV movies with Noah Wyle. I love these movies (own them) and the TV show (hated when it didn’t get renewed) and now I love the books. Using magical and legendary items as the focus for the searches and missions is wonderfully different.

The movies are the adventures of the main Librarian Flynn (Noah) while the TV show and the books mainly focus on his assistants as they find and gather magical and u
C.O. Bonham
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Librarians and the lost lamp is an exciting addition to the Librarian mythos. Fans of TNT's popular movie franchise turned TV series will thrill to see Flynn Carsen back in action, and going after Aladdin's fabled lamp, with the forty thieves hot on his heels. Make sure you're caught up through season two of Librarians. References abound.

This novel is actually two stories. First there is the Flynn story line, complete with a cameo appearance from Bob Newhart. (How did he do a Cam
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
This was such a fun read. I loved The Librarians TV show, and was so glad that I finally got around to reading this book. All the characters feel like the characters in the show, and Greg Cox did a very good job of making this read feel like an episode in the series.

The storyline with Aladdin's lost lamp and it's relation to The Arabian Nights tales were very well done, and I loved the time jumps between past and present, and how Flynn Carson's own adventure led to the present adventure with Ba
William Bentrim
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it
The Librarians and the Lost Lamp by Greg Cox

Apparently the Librarians is a TV series. This book is based on that TV series. The book isn't labeled as YA but I would classify it as a young adult read. It is pretty simplistic in it's characterizations and superficial in a lot of ways. The gist of the plot is that the Librarians are tasked with safeguarding mystical and magical books and relic. The particular relic in this book is Aladdin's lamp. The Librarians and the Forty Thieves of
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If your a fan of the show, which I am, then you'll enjoy this fun addition to The Librarians mythos. Tying together the original movies and the TV show quite nicely, it is chock full of references from both of them while spinning its own unique adventure. I quite enjoyed the Thousand and One Nights theme with genies, magic lamps, flying carpets and many references to the mythic Arabian tales in between. As always The Librarians fight against 'bad guys' to keep magic from wreaking havoc on the wo ...more
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