The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase
by Greg Cox
Cover Artist: Ex Libris Holdings
Review by Gayle Surrette
Tor Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765384140
Date: 25 April 2017 List Price $15.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Each of the Librarians now has their own version of the clipping book. As they sat around relaxing after their latest adventure, one by one, each clipping book notifies its Librarian of a new incident needing their involvement. Ezekiel Jones is sent to check on a story of blind rats of unusual size showing up in a farmer's house. Cassandra Cillian is to check out the story of a man who was blown out of his perch while trimming trees and later gently dropped on a trampoline. Jake Stone's book sends him to follow up on a woman being found trapped inside an intact pumpkin at a farmers market. Meanwhile, Eve Baird is concerned that Flynn Carsen hasn't checked in, but she has her own task take care of.
We know that stories have power. Most of us grew up listening to parents read us fairy tales, Mother Goose tales, and Aesop's Fables. Stories transfer knowledge, codify standards of behavior, and cast a spell over the reader or listener. Those readers who grew up with the stories might easily recognize the stories associated with each of the tasks.
Somehow, they must all work together in order to gather information needed to find the artifacts involved and keep them out of the wrong hands. Because if they don't the universe could be reset to the big bang or something close to it. Everything would change for everyone.
Eve has a more active and crucial part to play in this story. Readers also get to see some different aspects of the other Librarians as they go out on their own. Meanwhile, the disappearance of Flynn turns out to be more than just a loose end.
With tight plotting and lots of action, The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase will keep you turning the pages to see if you can figure out what’s going on before the Librarians tie it all up neatly at the end.