Among Others

Among Others

Book rating: 03 Paperback Hugo Award Winner - Best Novel

By (author) Jo Walton

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 208mm x 23mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 20 January 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0765331721
  • ISBN 13: 9780765331724
  • Sales rank: 46,643

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Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she 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. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled - and her twin sister dead. Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England - a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off...

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JO WALTON's novel "Tooth and Claw "won the World Fantasy Award. The novels of her Small Change sequence--"Farthing," "Ha'penny," and "Half a Crown"--have won acclaim ranging from national newspapers to the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. A native of Wales, Walton lives in Montreal.

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By Kim Heimbuch 10 Jun 2013 4

Essentially, it's a book about a girl who loves books, who basically writes a book (journal).This book is about struggles, personal battles, and a family torn apart. When Morwenna's (Mori) half-mad magic wielding mother pushes the limits of the dark arts to far, she is left crippled and her twin sister dead. Read the review in its entirety at my Website http://www.musingwithcrayolakym.com/3/post/2013/06/among-others.html

By Andrea Thompson 09 Nov 2011 3

I'm not sure exactly how I feel about Among Others. On one hand, it's a unflinchingly honest account of a young, troubled girl's life. It's the story of the changes that occur in a brief, but important period in her life. On the other, she has a mother who deals in "bad magic" and she sees fairies. Morwenna herself does a small bit of magic. If this had been simply a coming-of-age story or a story about magic, I think I could have been a little more on board with Among Others. The two worlds just didn't seem to mesh well, in my opinion.

I was slightly thrown off course from the very beginning of the book. The opening gave a vague sense of what had happened to lead Morwenna to her circumstances, but I felt that I needed more to be invested. For at least the first half of the story, you know her mom is evil and her sister has died, but the story-telling was very cryptic. I suppose maybe that was to give Morwenna a chance to be ready to tell her story, which is fine. But I needed more to go on.

While I wasn't bowled over by the bulk of the story, one aspect really struck me. Among Others, above all else, is a story about the magic and transformative power of books. A young girl, damaged by a crazy mother, sent away to school, seeks refuge in books. They lead her to friendship, peace and happiness. In that respect, Among Others is a treat for those who have an enormous love of books. That in itself made it a worthwhile read for me.

Favorite Quote ~

"It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books."

*I received a copy of this book from Tor Publishing, in exchange for an honest review.*

Review quote

"Never deigning to transcend the genre to which it is clearly a love letter, this outstanding (and entirely teen-appropriate) tale draws its strength from a sold foundation of sense-of-wonder and what-if." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))"