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MAD Librarian

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  90 reviews

A Southern librarian fights back when the city cuts off the funding for her library in this funny, angry book from award-winning author Michael Guillebeau.
Paperback, 404 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Madison Press
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Review: I give this book 3 out of 5 MAD Stars! This book had big potential to be a 5 starred book for me. I liked this book and the premise of the story but there was things I didn't enjoy as well. Pretty much the best way I could review it is by saying the premise was amazing but the author poured it on a little too thick. Some parts of this book I was laughing hysterically, other parts I was annoyed by the main character. I felt the story was overdone a little and could have done with a little ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books where the promising concept got smothered by quaint gravy thick execution. Disclaimer...I don't get the southern charm, at all. The aw shucks gee wiz slow drawling folksy appeal of it is putting at best. And this book is slathered in it. When it isn't being all southern, it's busy being quaint. Just a wink wink nudge nudge aren't we cute sort of naming the main character (the eponymous mad librarian) Serenity. But mad she is. Her library in Madd ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc, ebooks, owned
Review also posted on my blog:

I received an ARC via LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review.

I am a library and information science master’s student, so I had high hopes for this book. Unfortunately, I had a lot of issues with it. I had a really hard time getting through this book because it came across as poorly-executed satire with caricatures for characters and so many stereotypes that I felt kind of sick.

This is going to be rant-y and slightly di
Jill Elizabeth
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Carl Sagan said we are all made of stardust. She was made of book dust.
"We've all put up with these problems for too long. No one's been mad enough before. Pun intended."

I didn't know what to expect from this one - after downloading the galley, I looked up other reviews to see what the buzz was on this one (I do that from time to time, out of curiosity). WOW. People do NOT seem to like this book - the rather vituperative reviews and low stars really surprised me...
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was provided a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Serenity Hammer is a librarian.
But not just any librarian-- she's a librarian on a mission.
In the small Southern town of Maddington, Serenity's library is under fire from the most powerful politicians, the ones who hold the proverbial purse strings, and they're determined to see the Maddington Public Library close its doors for good. Serenity, along with her assistants Doom and Joy, has decided it's time to fig
Amelia Volkova
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This whole book was an unexpected journey. I started reading because of the cover and the title(duh) and then couldn't get enough of the quirky jokes and bookish references that were thrown all over the story. This book awakened in me desire to go to the library(haven't been there for months,because I have tons of books on my shelf and on my device,and also it was a hell of a summer)
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

I spent some time working in a library when I was in college so this book called to me. I had to read it. Reading the blurbs about it, I worried that it would not stand up to the talk. Not only did it stand up but it captivated my attention. That is a task. I realize that it may not seem like one but it truly is.

Strong characters. I enjoyed the concept of a librarian on a mission. The main character was not only likable but I found myself geniunely rooting for
Stanley McShane
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I can't deny it--both the cover and the title made me pick it up. Reading it was another matter. Apparently the librarian Serenity, the protagonist, is screaming tired of fighting for funding for her library and she's mad as hell; ain't gonna take it any longer. So this forty-something librarian decides the city has been ripping them off and she'll simply help herself to a little of their "special projects" funds.
Serenity Sweetwater Hammer and her two co-librarians, Doom and Joy, man the Maddin
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Expressing sanity through insanity...with broad strokes of farce, Guillebeau makes an excellent point: that libraries are valuable places that deserve to be supported and that librarians are critical personnel who deserve to be respected. When Serenity's library is on the verge of collapse, she discovers a less-than-legal way to keep it going and growing. But she's only hurting the corrupt politicians and businessmen who are skimming the money in the first place, so is it really wrong? There are ...more
Jo Co32
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Billed as Breaking Bad the library edit and one would have to agree. Just think, as a book lover, how far would you go to save the library and the books that you love?
Serenity, Joy and Doom, the three library employees doing just that have attributes that mean most readers should be able to relate to one of them and find themselves internally fighting their corner, although a prequel about Joy would be much appreciated.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Madison Press for free in exchange for an honest review.
Serenity Hammer is the head librarian in her small Alabama town. As is often the case, she is expected to perform miracles on a smaller than a shoestring budget. When she discovers a city slush fund, she decides it is time to get mad as hell and fight for her library. With the help of Doom and Joy, the other librarians on staff, Serenity spends the money to make the library everything a lib
Michelle Kidwell
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing

MAD Librarian
by Michael Guillebeau
Madison Press

Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Humor , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Dec 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Mad Librarian through Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), and Netgalley:
Serenity Hummer embezzles funds for her library from what she thought was a neglected city fund but instead turns out to be a conduit for all state political corruption.
Soon Serenity has the money she needs to build her town the
J Fearnley
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a book which I enjoyed even though it takes some time to get to the actual murder. It’s not your traditional murder mystery, rather it’s a quirky story whose main protagonist Serenity Sweetblossom Hammer is head librarian at Maddington Library. Always looking to raise money to keep the library open, whilst its budget is being cut, Serenity comes across something strange within the town councils accounts – lots of money – and decides to put it into building a new library which will be the ...more
Reeca Elliott
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Serenity is determined to keep her library afloat. She goes about this is in unconventional ways. With vodka in her cup and the help of the library's mascot....a rat...yes a rat, she proceeds to do a lot more than she ever dreamed possible.Quirky and with wonderful play on words, the author takes the reader on a trip through small town politics with many southern treasures. I enjoyed the setting and all the odd characters. I live in a small southern town and I think half the characters in this b ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the concept of the book and the literary references. I know this is basically satire but some of it was a little off putting. It definitely had twist and turns and could not in any way know what was going to happen next. Was not real pleased with the ending, I guess I just wanted to know more at the end.i voluntarily reviewed a copy I received from the author.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, library-reads
This is a cute and fairly light-hearted read, even though a couple of murders occur. Serenity Hammer is a small town librarian who has to fight for her library, and she finds a novel way to not only save her library but to prop up the entire town of Maddington, Alabama, on the back of its books and the library itself.

I’m getting tired of the idea that libraries are useless relics of an earlier age, and you’d be surprised how prevalent this idea is. Libraries aren’t just for books; they’re commu
Lucretia Ward
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this crazy Mad book until the last chapter, then I got mad. It did not end the way I wanted I finished it with a mad cry of nooooooo! I hope there is a follow-up to right some things.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
The librarians of MAD fight the good fight, say the things we are all thinking, then do the things that none of us actually do when we are wide awake. I was happy to go along for the ride. I did feel that the hero library staff needed fleshing out (wanted to know more about the secondary characters). The bad guys felt two dimensional. I did not quite understand the links and explanations at the end, and hoped for much more-- these superheroes needed some more personal connections to their crusad ...more
Dora Okeyo
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Serenity, the MAD Librarian aka Lie-brarian, served me some Southern grit, charm, hope and tough as knuckles personality in this book.
When the library runs out of funds and Serenity, the Head Librarian, is on the verge of giving up, she stumbles upon some residual account with all the money she could need to keep the library doors open and she takes it. She thinks, why not rip off the same city that has been ripping her off for years and it's all about the books and keeping her doors open to eve
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: funny
OK, full disclosure: I am a retired librarian, and the first 8 or 9 years of my life were spent in public libraries in Northern California. And, frankly, one of the big factors that made me leave to work in the private sector (aka “the dark side”) was having to go to the funding gods (Board of Supervisors, City Council) and GROVEL for money every freaking year. We would trot out the cute kids who talked about the Summer Reading Program, the studies showing…what everyone knows: libraries are ESSE ...more
Jeremy Reppy
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are a librarian, ever worked in a library, value your local library, would love to see government truly serve the citizens, or just enjoy a book with quirky characters and lots of laughs, you should read this book. One of the most enjoyable books I have read this year.

The author has created some wonderful characters, especially the librarians at the Maddington Public Library (known as the MAD) -- Head Librarian Serenity Hammer and assistant librarians Amanda Doom and Joy Quexnt.

The libra
Natalie Bachiri
Sep 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love the characters in this book, especially Serenity, who will do anything to save her library. Wonderful, unique story.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OK book, you had me at MAD. My name may be Madelon, but people have called me Mad for a very long time. I even sign my email with "Love, Mad" and a disclaimer "I sign my email "Love," because Mad is my name, not my state of mind." Then there is that librarian word. Librarians are keepers of books, and, if there's one thing I love, its books! I figured with a name like MAD LIBRARIAN, this book was right up my alley. I was right!

I have often found that I get more information on dicey subjects from
Jennie Rosenblum
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a romp of a story and had a lot of points that librarians could relate to. It promised a lot more than it delivered and I got the feeling that it was just a set up for a series. The story was decent but not great.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
I admit I was attracted by the title. What librarian wouldn't be? However the writing was not very good and the plot was all over the place, so regretfully, I can't recommend it. The narrator starts out so passive and insecure in her quest for respect and library funding that i felt like giving her a swift kick. Then she does a complete 360 and becomes SuperLibrarian, able to figure out and fight off corruption schemes that have stymied better minds than hers for years. Meanwhile she is treating ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
2.5-star read

I was provided a digital review copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Library budgets are being slashed everywhere, and that thought brings little consolation to Serenity Hammer when the Maddington Library budget is cut to the bone. Now, she has three days to figure out where to find funds to pay the library's internet bill. When she approaches the mayor and city council for a restoration of the library's budget, she's basically laughed out t
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it

    What would you do if your library was going to close down after government cuts . Well this is what happens in a small town and the librarians aren't going to stand for it . They are going to take back their library and make it the great place it should be . 
   I laughed when I read the title for this book , I didn't know what I was getting myself into . I started this book and got sucked into Serenity and the girls of the library . They are quirky and full of life even though it seems that
Jul 08, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: humor
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 1.25 of 5

A library in a small town in the southern United States has its funding cut by the city and the librarian, Serenity, fights back in an unusual way.

There is a slight sense of Catch-22 or M*A*S*H (the book series) humor here, with average people doing absurd things in order to get a positive result, and of course the situation is unfortunately too common, too real. In fact, I selected this book because I could identify wit
Goth Gone Grey
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, humor
A series of delightfully improbable events.

This starts as a love letter to librarians, books, and the connection between them. With chapter titles like, "angels wake up and fly out your butt", it quickly shifted to many quirky characters and unlikely situations. While I didn't find any laugh out loud funny moments, it was wryly amusing and different enough to keep me reading to see what would happen next.

A head librarian, fueled by morning rum, and her two fellow librarians are fighting to kee
Jan Cole
Jul 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a funny, very over the top story of 3 librarians who fought the city over their ever dwindling library resources from a corrupt city government. When the city's servers were moved to their children's section, they discovered a fund of millions of dollars deposited into a "special funds" account that wasn't reported. So while their budget was getting tightened, the special funds (mostly payoffs to politicians) was growing daily.

If you read it tongue in cheek, it was funny, with lots of
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Michael Guillebeau's book MAD LIBRARIAN won the 2017 Foreword Reviews Indie for Humor Book of the Year. He has published five novels and two anthologies. His first book, JOSH WHOEVER (Five Star Mysteries, 2013) was named a Debut Mystery of the Month by Library Journal.His second novel, Guillebeau has published over twenty-five short stories, including three in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.
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She was made of book dust.”
“She took a deep breath and inhaled as much of the dust of paper and ink as she could and wished she could disappear into the two-dimensional world forever.” 0 likes
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