Among Others (Paperback)
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Short Description for Among Others 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.
- Published: 20 January 2012
- Format: Paperback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780765331724 ISBN 10: 0765331721
- Sales rank: 47,111
Reviews for Among Others
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 Kim Heimbuch
Interesting, But a Bit Detached
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.* by Andrea Thompson