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    Now and then I come across a book that is a distillation of what I like in fiction, genre fiction in particular I previously raved about Jonathan Strange Mr Norrell and then some people told me they think it s a load of ol crap It puzzled me a bit that some people don t see the greatness of the books I deemed to be great, but then I realize that such things probably puzzle most of us, we are all arbiters of good taste in our own little universe So given that after reading this book you may not agree with my assessment of it much to my astonishment I am going into rave mode again.Firstly I am going steal SF Signal s one sentence synopsis A teenaged girl in 1979 deals with her witch of a mother, faeries, a difficult boarding school life, and the joys of discovering science fiction and fantasy Any mention of boarding school and fantasy in the same sentence will tend to trigger the name Harry Potter in people s minds, well you can fuggedaboudit, it s just an ordinary boarding school, no Defence Against the Dark Arts classes here In fact, the setting of the boarding school resonates with me very much as a former pupil of such a school It is a tough environment for geeky sci fi loving kid that I was and Morweena the protagonist and narrator of this book is The loneliness, the bad food, the discovery of like minded friends all ring very true to me.From the synopses of this book at Goodreads, etc fantasy fans are probably unsure whether this really is a fantasy novel at all and not just some rambling of a delusional girl Well, the author has stated clearly in interviews that the fantasy element is not meant to be ambiguous, even if it may seem that way You see, Jo Walton has done something very different with the so called magic system trope here In the universe of this book, the magic is very discreet and always has plausible deniability in that the effect of the magic may look like a normal coincidence This makes the magic even dangerous than in your average fantasy epic, the effect can be devastatingly wide ranging with everybody none the wiser about the cause I am not going to give any example of this, it is really worth discovering by yourself.The most important aspect of this book is that it is a love letter to science fiction and fantasy books, I have never seen so many books and authors mentioned in a single book and they are mostly books I am very familiar with Like Asimov s Foundation, Delany s Babel 17, Tolkien s LOTR etc At the time the story is set, in late 1979 and early 1980 fantasy was not the massively popular genre it is today and the fantasy books were far outnumbered by the sf books, so interestingly this book is actually about a science fiction reader in a fantasy world Most of the books mentioned are sci fi classics with only the odd LOTR and Narnia books thrown in The little comments about the books and the love the author via her characters show for the books make me want to read sf f until my eyes fall out.The book is beautifully written in eloquent yet fairly simple prose in an epistolary format diary entries , the characters are very well developed and believable I can actually imagine what it feels like to be a teenage crippled girl in spite of my many disqualifications for identifying with such a character As I understand it the story is partly autobiographical in that many of the key events are based on Ms Walton s own experiences as a teenager I found the climax to be oddly conventional in its spectacularity and it does not seem to conform with the relative quietude of the preceding chapters Still, no real harm done.Jo Walton clearly loves the sf f genre and reading in general with a passion, a feeling I share and this book is another one to be cherished.A solid 5 stars for a well deserved 2011 Nebula Awards Winner.___________________________________Further reading Jo Walton s QA at Io9Bibliography for Among OthersJo Walton s The Big Idea articleUpdate, September 4, 2012 Among Others just won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novel, a few months prior to that it won the Nebula Award It has also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel That should be enough accolades for anyone considering reading this book

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    A love letter to science fiction and fantasy, to books and to librarians We never looked anything like anyone in our family, but apart from the eye and hair color I don t see anything It doesn t matter I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books A support letter to adolescence, and to girls alienated from their families So then I realised guiltily how my very presence in his car was actually a huge reproach For one thing, there is only one of me, when he abandoned twins For another, I am crippled Thirdly, I am there at all I ran away I had to ask for his help and worse, I had to use the social services to ask for his help Clearly, the arrangements he made for us were far from adequate In fact, my existence there at that moment demonstrated to him that he is a rotten parent and to girls alienated from their schools If the school was going out of their way to try to detach us from magic, they couldn t organize things better I wonder if that was someone s original intention We don t have our own plates, or our own knives and forks or cups Like most of what we use, they re communal, they re handed out at random There s no chance for anything to become imbued, to come alive through fondness Nothing here is aware, no chair, no cup Nobody can get fond of anything Walton s writing is astonishing it impeccably captures the voice of a 15 year old Welsh girl, Morwenna Markova, after she is sent to England to live with her estranged father and then immediately dispatched to boarding school Books have been a life long source of enjoyment and solace, and sustain her through the loss of her twin She is both naive and worldly, with that bookish sort of experience that is not backed by the experience of real life A Polish Jew I am part Polish Part Jewish All that I know about Judaism comes from A Canticle for Leibowitz and Dying Inside. Well, and the Bible, I suppose Fans of fantasy and science fiction will love the multitudes of references to genre classics, from LeGuin to McCaffrey to Zelazny and Vonnegut Literary references are veiled Mor and her sister call factory near them Mordor, as it looked like something from the depths of hell, black and looming with chimneys of flame and overt Mor frequently interprets the world according to authors she has read Robert Heinlein says in Have Spacesuit, Will Travel that the only things worth studying are history, languages, and science Librarians become allies in Mor s adjustment to England, and through them, she discovers other like minded souls.However, there is also something about the writing that is distancing, perhaps because of Mor s own emotional distance, perhaps because the narrative about the fairies is enigmatic, or perhaps because the overtones of fear in dealing with her mother that aren t realized There is an awkward exploration of sexuality, perfectly age appropriate, but uncomfortable, and relationships that doesn t quite weave in as smoothly as I would have liked Whatever it was, it prevents me from that emotional connection that characterizes my five star reads.Walton is an interesting writer, and is content to leave questions lying around, unanswered If you are the sort of reader that likes wrapping with neat bows, this may not suit you Still it is intriguing, and will undoubtedly win a second or third full read down the road.Quite a surprise, and one of the unusual pieces I ve read Four and a half unreliable stars.Cross posted at

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    This is for all the libraries in the world, and the librarians who sit there day after day lending books to people I m not quite sure how to describe this book, what precisely it is but it has that something that is making me read it for the third time in as many years, and each time it finds a new way into my heart There are some awful things in the world, it s true, but there are also some great books This is a love ode to books and libraries, and the magic of stories, and the unashamed homage to so many science fiction classics, and the perfect understanding that If you love books enough, books will love you back Half way, Glorfindel said, and he didn t mean I was half dead without her or that she was halfway through or any of that, he meant that I was halfway through Babel 17, and if I went on I would never find out how it came out.There may be stranger reasons for being alive It is also an offbeat story of a girl who grew up seeing fairies in Wales, walking a thin line between magic and mundane or perhaps, just playing it all in her overactive and slightly unstable imagination And it was the landscape that formed us, that made us who we were as we grew in it, that affected everything We thought we were living in a fantasy landscape when actually we were living in a science fictional one It is a story about adjusting to the life in which you are an outsider, where you stick out like a sore thumb, an outsider still stripped raw from the death of the twin sister who was a part of you than others could ever understand and from the shattering your life took both physically and emotionally Twins are clones, too If you looked at an elm tree you d never think it was part of all the others You d see an elm tree Same when people look at me now they see a person, not half a set of twins I have finished with saving the world, and I never expected it to be the slightest bit grateful anyway It s a story of learning to live with the physical and mental pain and learning to redefine a new normal for yourself, burying all the possibilities from before and trying to focus on the realities of now It s too late for that now I m going to grow up and she isn t She s frozen where she is, and I m changing, and I want to change I want to live I thought I had to live for both of us, because she can t live for herself, but I can t really live for her I can t really know what she d have done, what she d have wanted, how she d have changed It s a story of painful search and longing for people who are yours , your karass, who will understand you and accept you and be there for you even when everything is crashing down around you Being left alone and I am being left alone isn t quite as much what I wanted as I thought Is this how people become evil I don t want to be Bibliotropic, Hugh said Like sunflowers are heliotropic, they naturally turn towards the sun We naturally turn towards the bookshop And it s a story of the aftermath, of what happens after climax of the before story had been achieved and the survivors are left to pick up the pieces of their lives When I needed someone, somehow that net of family that I counted on to be there for me, the way you might bounce down to a trampoline, disappeared, and instead of bouncing back I hit the ground hard Don t look for much of conventional plot here that s been left behind in the story that Mori only alludes to, the story after the climax of which we join in This is Frodo s life after the Scouring of the Shire, as Mori notes Tolkien understood about the things that happen after the end Because this is after the end, this is all the Scouring of the Shire, this is figuring out how to live in the time that wasn t supposed to happen after the glorious last stand I saved the world, or I think I did, and look, the world is still here, with sunsets and interlibrary loans And it doesn t care about me any than the Shire cared about Frodo Don t look for conventional magic or fantasy or you ll be sorely disappointed Mori s world is full of very vague, very subtle magic that you can easily rationalize as either the remnants of magical thinking of childhood or perhaps a way her traumatized mind comes to rationalize the trauma that left her broken or, if you want to be cruel, perhaps some of the seeds of madness that, if we believe Mori, possess her mother, the woman who persistently burns one of her daughters out of the photographs that she sends to her.Don t be frustrated by the constant name checking of endless pre 1980 science fiction and the entire journal entries comprised of little but Mori s precocious thoughts and impressions of them One of the things I ve always liked about science fiction is the way it makes you think about things, and look at things from angles you d never have thought about before Yes, it does help if you have read at least some of them Yes, it s precisely the wealth of books that remains at the heart of this story about finding self in the world that is not rushing to meet you with open arms Yes, there will be about books and Mori s impressions of them than any other plot strands It s the strange beauty of this book, and it s the heart of it Interlibrary loans are a wonder of the world and a glory of civilization.Libraries really are wonderful They re better than bookshops, even I mean bookshops make a profit on selling you books, but libraries just sit there lending you books quietly out of the goodness of their hearts Mori Phelps Morwenna Morganna You tell me, I m still confused by the implications of a couple of seemingly throwaway and yet deeply significant lines in the book needs to pick up the pieces of her shattered life and learn to live with the aftermath, and not just simply live but be herself, find friends, thrive, find new things that matter, make new post aftermath hopes and fears, come to peace with her losses and move on while still keeping what s dear to her in her heart.And if sometimes the reasons to pick yourself back up and keep going are strange and unusual well, so be it And here I am, still alive, still in the world It s my intention to carry on being alive in the world, well, until I die I ll live, and read, and have friends, a karass, people to talk to I ll grow and change and be myself I ll belong to libraries wherever I go Things will happen that I can t imagine I ll change and grow into a future that will be unimaginably different from the past I ll be alive I ll be me I ll be reading my book Wonderful book, unusual, subtle and memorable, a tribute to the time of searching for books in the bookstores and libraries and not knowing what will come your way, and forever a tribute to the times of searching for yourself in life and really having no idea what will come your way 5 stars.

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    This is one of those books that I think of frequently, it has stayed with me Walton has blessed this work with a strong female lead and is minimalistic, meaning that most of the action, what little there is, is subtle and underplayed Yet it is a hypnotic book to read, Jo Walton does a great job of characterization, economically describing the cast in such a way that the reader knows the populace, yet there are few one dimensional characters Of course the aspect of the book that gets so much attention rightfully so is the ubiquitous references to science fiction literature Akin to Ernest Cline s novel Ready Player One, the narrative at times takes a back seat to Walton s streaming sci fi reminiscences Whereas Cline took us back to the 80s, Walton waxes nostalgic through a list of science fiction and fantasy greats.No wonder now, looking back, that this won the Hugo, it s that good 2018 This is a book for readers Walton s ongoing list of cool SF books weaved into the storyline and the themes of reading akin to magical realism makes this a very special and fun book I may need to re read some time.

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    I tried to write this review without spoilers, but it depends on what you consider to be spoilers I think it s a book based on characters than events, and I don t think knowing some of the events will spoil the whole, but you might want to exercise a bit of cautionAmong Others feels like a book written just for me The protagonist, Mori, is Welsh, disabled, synaesthetic, listens to folk music, reads SF and fantasy reads anything and everything She says, early in the books, that, It doesn t matter I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books She speaks casually and without bigotry about LGBT people, thinks about religion, and thinks positively at least mostly so about sex She s at an English school, a private school with traditions and expectations and such a very middle class air And her world is a world with room for all of this, for everything we know in our everyday lives, and also for magic It s a book written after the climax of the story, really Mori s fantastical adventures have come to their climax, and now she has to live with the consequences She says that it s like life after the Scouring of the Shire And she does have huge consequences to live with she has her own injury, and the death of her twin sister, to come to terms with.It s a book about an ordinary girl, in many ways, and most definitely about an ordinary world Magic comes through the cracks, but most of the time Mori has to live with things just the way we all do, catching buses and trains, and being excited about the latest books by her favourite authors coming out And about being attracted to boys, too though in many ways this book is as much a love story about a girl and the interlibrary loan system as it is about a girl and a boy It s a book about books, as much as anything else, maybe than anything else Mori talks about everything she s reading, often with astute comments about it all I want to find and read some of these books, and try to find the same magic in them as the protagonist of Among Others does.There were two things I didn t connect with as well, and they don t detract from it enough to deduct a star, even though they seem to be the things I have the most to say about One is that the final confrontations feel very abrupt Part of that is Mori s matter of fact narration, and part of it is that it does come up very suddenly, after a lot of real world concerns and preoccupations it seems to jar against the rest, there I would almost prefer the book without closure, without climax, because it is a story written after the world didn t end, and Mori is living with the consequences.The other thing, which I think is well articulated by this review, is that Mori s mother is a complete stereotype of a neglectful, mentally ill mother As I said to that reviewer, part of that could be that Mori is only just learning about shades of grey it is in the last fifty pages or so that she says that children are better tools for fairies because they don t see in shades of grey for most of the book, she doesn t see in shades of grey, she is in the process of learning to do so Mori sees the world in the way it might be seen in children s fantasy a point she makes for herself about Susan Cooper s The Dark is Rising although she is somewhat wrong there are shades of grey in that sequence, too where things are black and white, and there is a definite bad guy She s fifteen years old, not an adult yet, and she is just growing toward a nuanced view of the world So I think it is partially that which informs the portrayal of her mother, and there are some subtle things, maybe that you only see when you know them from the inside, that hint at Mori s fears and the things her mother has done to her The ones that I mentioned to the other reviewer are what particularly struck me the way she disguises taking a book from the shelf, fearful of her mother s knowing, and also the way she says that she makes sure not to give anything away at school , because it will be used against her Those are thought patterns you get from being bullied abused, in my experience.At the same time, it takes work to see the potential subtleties in the portrayal of Mori s mother it s all too easy to just take Mori at her word, and it is discomforting to wonder about how much of that is intentional and how much is just internalised by the author.Overall, though, I loved the book I read it with my teddy, Helen, at all times, because it felt somehow wrong to read something that spoke to my teenage self without her this book really felt written for me, and I could talk about it for hours, if given the chance One of my favourite things, though, was the very last line it feels almost bathetic, and yet at the same time, so perfect for Mori, so perfect for the story, and so perfect for me The whole book was immensely easy to read, and I wish I d been able to just set aside a few hours and blast right through it most of what happens in it is just ordinary life, but Mori s voice is well done and it s all quite magical, even the parts that aren t meant to be, because there s magic in reading and talking about reading and reading about reading.

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    BibliotropismExcellent YA reading with acute relevance to us oldies as well A fifteen year old girl from the Welsh valleys learns about life, death, sex, love and friendship Handicapped in mysterious circumstances, estranged from her mother for equally mysterious reasons, Morwenna has to cope with everything from family blending to the trials of social isolation at an English girls school.But mostly Among Others is about Morwenna s irrepressible attraction to books, especially to the imaginative construction of alternative worlds in sci fi These take up where her younger fantasies of faeries leave off We thought we were living in a fantasy landscape when actually we were living in a science fictional one Faeries after all are very knowledgeable but they can t do much in the world of people, not without help Morwenna loves fantasy but despises allegory Things are what they are and are degraded by being made to stand for other things Fiction s nice Fiction lets you select and simplify, she says Fiction, in other words, explains things It helps a person get from a magical view of the world of a child to the realism of adulthood, without the loss of one s imagination, including one s moral imagination One of the things I ve always liked about science fiction is the way it makes you think about things, and look at things from angles you d never have thought about before Books are the centre of Morwenna s existence Sometimes it feels as if it s only books that make life worth living Her judgment has been honed by reading all the best writers and understanding what makes them the best Through her reading she also finds others who are sympathetic to her tastes and ways of thinking By understanding them she understands herself and her situation It is not an overstatement to say that she is redeemed through her reading.Walton s epigram for Among Others is a subtle mis quote from Virgil s Aeneid et haec olim meminisse iuvabit, that is it will be a joy to remember these things some day She has left out the important first word of Virgil s original Forsan in Latin Perhaps , in English For Walton, there is no perhaps about Morwenna s life She will always find joy in what she has read and what it has done for her life.

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    I keep going back and forth between 2 and 3 stars I should have really loved this book, but I found myself annoyed than charmed Although it appears we re supposed to take the main character s story at face value and believe that the magic and fairies and her evil mother are real, I found myself writing it all off as her way of coping with a mundane unstable mother and car accident I think what pushed me over the edge into disbelief was the scene with the aunts and the earrings I mean, what was that except some belligerent child who s playing make believe and throwing a tantrum And we re supposed to believe she s 15 And as much as I love books, read and eat and breathe books, I wanted her to get her head out of them and be in the real world for a bit and have conversations that were real There s something to say for being a well rounded person with multiple interests I realize I sound awfully harsh regarding a fictional girl whose twin just died maybe it was the over use of the word brill to describe everything she liked You d think someone who read so much would have a larger vocabulary

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    Morwenna grows up in Wales hanging out with faeries Nothing extraordinary about it, loved the matter of fact telling and how they re precisely as I imagined they d be Illusive They d moved in with the green things after people had abandoned them and unfathomable Some are pretty little things with gossamer wings, others creatures ripped from the pages of Grimm s Fairy Tales Fairies tend to be either very beautiful or absolutely hideous She s 15 with a ton of issues a mother who s crackers, the death of her twin, the appearance of her father who d dropped into her life after years without a whisper, then shipped her off to an English boarding school A misfit who walks with a cane talks funny, comfortable in the company of faeries than people immersed in the world of books, fantasy sci fi in particular Friendless lonely, she s also clever and surprisingly grounded A strange, gentle story that I should have loved and did for the most part Away with the faeries a Gaelic phrase my parents used to describe me Grew up lost in my own little world so coming across Morwenna felt a bit like finding a soul mate I m not daft, never actually spoke to any but whereas Santa left me cold I truly believed in faeries, spent hours hunting for them in neglected places, overgrown fields, derelict buildings Books were a refuge for me as well, a pint sized immigrant with a Glaswegian brogue that sent my Canadian classmates into hysterics every time I opened my mouth cons Why oh why didn t she stick with the style she began in, the subtlety of magical realism Instead you get this outta left field epic ending, unnecessary and jarring Dropped to 3 stars and rounded to 3 meanderings All the references to obscure sci fi fantasy novels whet my appetite Roger Zelazny top of my list to try memorable I should never have tried to talk to that fairy Let someone else do something about Dutch elm disease It isn t my problem

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    When I first finished Jo Walton s to Among Others, there was this instinctive pang of hurt at being left out because when I met Walton in Tempe for World Fantasy a few years back, she didn t tell me about the fairies.A heartbeat later my reasoning brain is sending the Hello, this is fiction memo, but there it was, that delicious and painful sense of my having lived in that fictional world, the reading experience was so intense it s the liminal existence I went to books for ever since I was a little kid.The word liminal comes from the Latin limen, or threshold For Victor Turner and a bunch of anthropologists of the latter part of the 20th Century, the liminal figure exists on the threshold of two worlds, and can partake of both Turner and his associates studied cultural liminality including marginalization and outsiders and that segued into studies of the liminal periods of human existence, focusing on adolescence as a liminal state.Some regard artists, writers, and musicians as liminal, looking at social forms from the outside If that s true, maybe that s one of the reasons why young adult literature is going through such an amazing popularity right now writers and artists look at culture, especially liminal adolescent culture, from the outside There are interlocking rings of liminality here but that s another discussion Back to Among Others.The storyline goes something like this Some time after the accident that claimed the life of her twin sister Morganna, Morwenna Phelps is sent to live with her father and aunts They put her in boarding school, which she hates reading and journal writing are her only solace Oh yes, and magic Armed with these three things, she slowly begins to make sense of the world as she ages toward emancipation.The book opens with the girls doing some magic to get rid of the polluted sump of the factories As nature reclaims the area and fairies return, the reader, trying to impose a sense of familiarity if not reality over the story, might be reminded of painful historical notes wherein polluted places are associated with beatific visions, another form of liminality.Like A Separate Peace and To Kill a Mockingbird, Among Others straddles that threshold between young adult and adult literature All three view the adult world from the perspective of a young protagonist, not jut the kid world Young adult novels are largely concerned with teen matters, and interactions with adults tend to be bounded by YA tropes YA boarding school stories tend to follow rules set down than a hundred years ago though Mor attends a boarding school one complete with a long history, and includes Hons among its students her narrative is the antithesis of the boarding school story The school and its world are not all important Mor is looking outside both figuratively and metaphorically.Not only is Mor right in the middle of that liminal stage of adolescence, her very identity is liminal she and her sister shared the nicknames Mor or Mori , and once she uses her sister s name she leaves Wales as Phelps but is enrolled under her father s name, Markova she s liminal culturally, being Welsh in England, she s liminal, or marginalized, as she can t participate in games, that boarding school megalith, she reads science fiction, which not only socially marginalizes her, it enables her to view the world by comparing it to these fictional worlds, a uniquely liminal perspective.Her journal is curiously liminal, reading most of the time like a journal written in mirror , but everyone so often she talks to someone outside of herself My family is huge and complex, and perfectly normal in all ways It s just no If I think about trying to explain it to somebody well meaning who doesn t know anything about it, I m daunted in advance.These are not the only liminal identities Mor s mother the three aunts whom Mor can t tell apart her paternal grandfather, who had the most precarious liminal existence By introducing us to these characters, the narrative engages the reader with the liminality of life.There is the liminal nature of magic It is difficult to define You can never be sure where you are with magic And you can never be sure if you ve really done anything or if you were just playing.From the diffuse to the details of everyday living, magic is liminal At boarding school Still, on the subject of eating, we don t have our own plates, or our own knives and forks or cups Like most of what we use, they re communal, they re handed out at random There s no chance for anything to become imbued, to come alive through fondness Nothing here is aware, no chair, no cup Nobody can get fond of anything At home I walked through a haze of belongings that knew, at least vaguely, who they belonged to Grampar s chair resented anyone else sitting on it as much as he did himself.Magic, its possibility or probability , its nature and its dangers become a powerful thread in the story There are also the fairies, whose liminality is striking I ve always noticed how much fairies are like plants than anything else With people and animals you have one standard pattern two arms, two legs, one head, a person Or four legs and wool, a sheep Plants and fairies, thought, there are signs that say what they are, but a tree might have a number of branches, growing out anywhere There s a kind of pattern to it, but one elm tree won t look exactly like the next.Mor is also aware of the liminality of history The places of my childhood were linked by magical pathways we gave them names but we knew unquestioningly that the real name for them was dramroads I never turned that word over in my mouth and saw it for what it was Tram road Welsh mutates initial consonants Actually, all languages do, but Welsh does it while your mouth is still open Tram to dram, of course Once there had been trams running on rails up and down those dramroads, trams full of iron or coal So empty and leaf stewn, used by nobody but children and fairies, they d once been little railroads.Finally there is Mor s reading, which is largely though not exclusively science fiction and fantasy That s a liminal genre right there Mor talks about the novels she reads, sometimes reassessing them as she gets older she finds like minded people who talk books.Could younger people read it You bet They are most likely to not get any of the sf references, which mostly cover books that came out in the seventies or before, but when does that stop the smart reader I remember encountering unfamiliar references at age twelve, when I first began exploring the adult shelves, and being stimulated to go searching for the hidden meaning And in those days banging cane there was no Internet But the library, I already knew, was filled with veins of treasure waiting to be explored.When I said that Mor engages with the adult world, some readers might ask if that means references to adult matters As always, I encourage adults with curious reader kids to read it first Mor talks about such matters as sex including a somewhat harrowing close call with the exact same combo of pragmatism and curiosity that I remember my fellow young teens talking about it when we were safely out of earshot of adults, and the same way I ve heard students talk when I could hear them outside the open window of my classroom Or how my kids talk to each other, when their voices echo up the stairwell.As Mor gets older, she discovers her personal boundaries blurring as much as the social boundaries How she looks at the books she reads, how she compares their incidents and paradigms with her own experience, how she finds a group at last and what it means to be inside how she deals with attraction and all its invisible assumptions and demands, and then there is how she deals with evil.

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    Among Others is kind of like a love letter to bibliophiles, especially those who fell in love with books as a youngster, finding solace and comfort between the pages of so many different stories In some ways, Mor s character tapped me on the shoulder, reminding me of myself as a preteen I went through some physical problems that made life very difficult for me In fact, view spoiler I had a hip problem that caused me to walk funny and had to use crutches before and after surgery, and people accused me of faking, as if you d fake an injury so you could have attention you really didn t want I also remember sitting in the library during gym hour which was awesome since gym was always my least favorite class because all the bullies seemed to be in gym class It was one of the few things I liked about having my hip problem, that and having a couple months out of school I hated school, not the books but the system But most of all, being in one of my favorite places in the world for an uninterrupted hour of reading Whatever good books I could find in the school library The possibilities were great, if not exactly endless, because I did eventually run out of books that I wanted to read hide spoiler

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Among Others Startling, Unusual, And Yet Irresistably Readable, Among Others Is At Once The Compelling Story Of A Young Woman Struggling To Escape A Troubled Childhood, A Brilliant Diary Of First Encounters With The Great Novels Of Modern Fantasy And Science Fiction, And A Spellbinding Tale Of Escape From Ancient EnchantmentRaised By A Half Mad Mother Who Dabbled In Magic, Morwenna Phelps Found Refuge In Two Worlds As A Child Growing Up In Wales, She And Her Twin Sister Played Among The Spirits Who Made Their Homes In Industrial Ruins, But Her Mind Found Freedom And Promise In The Science Fiction Novels That Were Her Closest Companions When Her Mother Tries To Bend The Spirits To Dark Ends With Deadly Results, Mori Is Sent Away And Must Try To Come To Terms With What Has Happened Without Falling Prey To The Darkness

  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Among Others
  • Jo Walton
  • English
  • 01 April 2018
  • 9780765321534

About the Author: Jo Walton

Jo Walton writes science fiction and fantasy novels and reads a lot and eats great food It worries her slightly that this is so exactly what she always wanted to do when she grew up She comes from Wales, but lives in Montreal.