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Magus of the Library, Vol. 1

(Magus of the Library #1)

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In a lushly-detailed fantasy world reminiscent of Arabian Nights, the Great Library is the center of learning in the world, and its librarians are capable of magnificent feats of magic! In a small village far from the Library, a poor little elf boy struggles against bullies who call him "knife-ears." His only solace: the books he sneaks out of the village's tiny branch ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 27th 2019 by Kodansha Comics (first published April 6th 2018)
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Myriam
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, sp
Un joli manga sur l'amour des livres et leur conservation en bibliothèque. On apprend beaucoup sur l'histoire du livre et sur les méthodes de restauration.
Hâte de voir ce que les tomes suivants nous réservent !
Ma chronique : http://unjour-unlivre.fr/2019/04/magu...
F.D. Gross
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
"To protect a text is to protect the world itself." "If you but learn to unlock the secrets of books, you can carry yourself to any place you wish to go." "Books have the ability to completely change your life. To change anyone's life. It's an incredible power."

The quotes from Magus of the Library says it all. Sets the tone. For a manga, this was truly an inspiring and astonishing read into the graphic novel era. A little kid coming of age story, where all he dreams about is getting the chance
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Feey_Clowchette
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gros coup de foudre pour ce premier tome . On découvre le passé de notre héros afin de comprendre pourquoi il va se lancer dans son aventure. Ça m'a énormément touché et en plus, ça tourne autour des livres et de toutes les richesses qu'ils peuvent apporter de nos vies ...more
Galleane
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ce premier tome dispose de nombreux atouts et m'a suffisamment attiré pour que j'ai plus qu'envie de découvrir la suite. Je veux en savoir et en voir plus.

Mon avis complet : https://bloggalleane.blogspot.com/201...
Marion
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Beau récit, sur un garçon différent passionné de lecture qui rêve d'aventure.
Katie Florida
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a chance I'm only rating this 5 stars because it's about a magical group of librarians who are highly revered and change the world through the power of books and empowering young readers... I unashamedly loved this.
Erik
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of my new favorite manga series - beautiful artwork and a compelling fantasy story based on books and libraries!
Kathleen
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The power of books shines through! Everyone deserves a chance to be the hero of their own story.
Sora
Dec 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome manga.

It's been along time since I read a manga with such depth and details. I love the story and the art is so beautiful and very detailed (especially volume 2, it really took me by surprise of how much details the mangaka had showcased in it).

Also the release by Kodansha is very beautiful. I only wish they would release it every 2 months though.
Mdg2810
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Une pépite ! Les illustrations sont magnifiques. C'est plein de bravoure et de divers sentiments. J'adore le côté très important donné à la littérature et à la culture sans compter l'approche faite sur la différence. A mettre meme entre les mains des plus jeunes car cela permet d'aborder plein de thèmes difficiles mais importants.
Zaz
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Le héros est adorable et j'ai trouvé l'univers intéressant avec sa touche de fantasy. Les brimades étaient par contre fatigantes et le discours sur les livres un peu barbant au bout d'un moment. Côté graphismes, le manga est superbe, mais j'ai un peu galéré pour différencier les personnages féminins.
Talasi
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un immense coup de coeur pour ce manga au sujet si original : les bibliothèques ! Si les illustrations sont magnifiques, l'histoire est elle juste magique. Les personnages sont attachants, et j'ai été très sensibles aux messages transmis par la mangaka. Véritable ode à l'écrit et à la lecture, ce manga ne peut que conquérir les amoureux des livres !
Karine
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very cute beginning! I highly appreciated the informative part about book restoration : most of it was quite accurate.
Sedona is also a very fun character, and I loved her relationship to books and what she wanted to give to Shio. :)
Sailor Moon
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Une histoire géniale et touchante , des dessins magiques, et le personnage principal est trooooooooop mignon !!! Un des meilleurs manga de l année 2019 ! ...more
Estelle
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Coup de cœur ...more
Amina D'Anima
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, mangas
Coup de coeur monumental pour ce petit bijou de mangas! J'étais à la fois subjuguée et charmée par les planches et à la fois épatée et transportée par l'univers et l'intrigue. Les personnages sont tous attachants les uns que les autres, surtout le personnage principal Shio Fumi. On va suivre son quotidien dans son village dans ce premier tome. Il a cet amour de la lecture, des livres et de la littérature <3 mais malheureusement de par sa différence, il est souvent brimé et moqué par ses ...more
Sarah
Full review [here].

If it weren't for the art, this would have 2 stars.

This first volume feels more like a prequel or an extended prologue than anything else. You could read the blurb above and feel like you read the story, honestly. Most of this first volume is spent waxing poetic about the inherent amazingness of books and librarians. I couldn’t decided whether I wanted to cringe or be flattered by the representation (since I am a librarian).

The magic system of this world isn’t given much of
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LaPommequirougit
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Shio est un jeune garçon de seulement six ans aux oreilles pointues. A cause de cette différence, il se fait beaucoup rejeté par les gens du village, car il n’est pas comme eux. Pourtant, il adore lire, mais on ne lui laisse pas la possibilité d’emprunter des livres dans la bibliothèque du village, mais son destin va changer grâce à une certaine rencontre. Quatre Kahunas, vont venir. Elles viennent de la ville centrale, où se trouve une des plus grandes
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Opia
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C'est un mage qui me l'a dit un jour...Protéger les livres...c'est tout simplement protéger le monde!

Enorme coup de coeur pour ce manga qui nous plonge dans l'univers merveilleux des Kahunas, ces bibliothécaires qui assurent la protection et la conservation des livres. Nous suivons les aventures de Shio, jeune garçon issu des faubourgs de la ville et rêvant qu'un beau jour un héros, comme celui dans les histoires de pirates, viendra l'extirper de cette vie ennuyeuse. Objet des quolibets des
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John Wiswell
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Theo is a half-elf boy who just wants to read. If he could, he’d spend his whole life in the town library. But because of his poverty and ethnic status, he’s refused the right to check out even a single book. This is his story as he stands up to bullies and to the authorities of his town in pursuit of literacy. Stories have filled his head with the desire to be rescued by a hero and taken off on an adventure, but he’ll have to become his own. Even the magical librarians who visit his town, known ...more
Amy N.
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
A lot of manga have themes, some hobby or interest the artist really likes or wants to bring attention to. This ranges from sports all the way down to such obscure interests as winetasting. I never dared dream there would be a manga about libraries-- not books or book lovers, those exist already, but libraries. The philosophical justification for public libraries, a crash course on book repair, the impact that giving the public free access to books can have on an individual as well as society-- ...more
Mangeuse de Livres
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ce manga est merveilleux! Il touche à nombreuses de mes cordes sensibles: l’amour du livre, les belles choses et l’orient. La book geek en moi est plus que charmée et j’étais toujours toute excitée pendants les scènes de restauration de vieux livres. Les professionnels du livre se font caresser dans le sens du poil et j’adore ça!
C’est une véritable ode à la lecture et un appel à l’aventure.

L’inspiration orientale est délicieuse! J’avais été très charmée par Brides Stories, de la même édition, et
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Donna
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Theo, an outsider in his village, meets the Librarians and has an adventure of his own.

I was surprised that I didn't love this - it's got book worship, libraries as vastly important works, and magic. And while I enjoyed the idea of it, the actual writing is a bit boring. There are vast info dumps of entire pages of information about book restoration, why books are only one form of texts, and the different types of Librarians (some of whom can apparently do magic). And all of that information
...more
Melissa
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ce manga, je n’en avais pas entendu parler mais c’est lors de l’inauguration de Livre Paris 2019 que je me suis arrêtée sur le stand des éditions Ki-oon qui était aux couleurs de Magus Of The Library. Une des personnes qui tenait le stand me l’a bien vendu et je me suis donc laissée tenter.

On fait la connaissance d’un jeune garçon prénommé Shio et qui malgré le fait qu’il fasse partie d’une population pauvre ne jure que par les livres. Son rêve est de se rendre à Afshak, la capitale des livres
...more
Valérie Harvey
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
C'est un monde étrange qui évoque les pays arabes, mais après l'invention de l'imprimerie, avec des créatures magiques et légendaires, des peuples différents et des gardiens des livres... Tout cela dessiné avec beaucoup de détails et de talent, un peu comme A Bride's Story, Vol. 1 peut l'être.

L'histoire du garçon est intrigante, elle est aussi touchante, et peut même servir de rappel dans notre monde où les différents "autres" tentent de vivre ensemble.

Et cet amour des livres qui imprègne chaque
...more
Ashe Catlin
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: jan-2020
Long ear is abused and bullied by the people in his village for looking different, he just wants to be saved by a hero. Who will take him on an adventure, in the meantime he likes to get lost in books. They are the only escape that he has from his cruel reality.

The problem is that he’s not allowed in the library, it’s like beating a dead horse. You couldn’t make him any more miserable if you tried, yet he’s still a nice kid. I wouldn’t read this if you were depressed it won’t help, though as it
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Tabrizia
I love books that are about the power of reading and the love of books and this book was just the ticket! Not only it had an engaging and interesting story but it went into detail about what it takes to really take care of books, an aspect which I think young readers would be interested in. This manga also dealt with themes of prejudice and self-esteem issues which I think it handled beautifully and have an uplifting message. My love for books and libraries was deepened after reading this manga. ...more
Clare
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book felt like a cross over between the Bride Story manga series and Sorcery of Thorns. It was a really promising start to a fun new manga series!

First book finished of 2020!

This was a beautiful gift from my lovely boyfriend Max for Christmas 2019 - looking forward to hearing his thoughts when he reads this one!
Lynne
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reminded me at times of Strange the Dreamer, with a young orphaned boy loving books and stories. As someone who has always loved to read, this book struck all the right chords about reminded me of why it is so important to get people, and more importantly children, reading. I hope I get to read more of this series and the strong women librarians who helped Theo!
Rachel
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fun, adventurous story that really gets books and how they change lives. The characters were amazing and the story progressed beautifully. It did lag at one point in the middle but it picked back up and I'm looking forward to the next volume.
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