Berg, Carol -- Flesh and Spirit

I ought to remember more about this than I do, because I liked it a lot. Plus I just bought the sequel (but haven't read it yet). Oh, right: self-centered drug addict attempts to stay the hell away from his family and, preferably, the entire world. His family and the world do not cooperate. Despite my description, the guy is quite a sympathetic character (it helps that his family is not). He stumbles across a plot to save the world -- via librarians, always a win for me -- and everything gets more complicated from there. Magic, scary elf/nature-spirits, mysterious Dark Lord, and I've just talked myself into reading the sequel next.

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