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Among Others

Walton, Jo (eBook - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Among Others
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Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, 15-year old 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 closests 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.
Authors: Walton, Jo
Title: Among others
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Publisher: London : Corsair, 2013
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Summary: Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, 15-year old 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 closests 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.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
ISBN: 1472100441
9781472100443
Statement of Responsibility: Jo Walton
Subject Headings: England Fiction Books and reading Fiction Magic Fiction Mothers and daughters Fiction Young women Fiction
Genre/Form: Electronic books
Young adult fiction
Fantasy fiction
Bildungsromans
Topical Term: Books and reading
Magic
Mothers and daughters
Young women
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Jun 12, 2014
  • athena14 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Fascinating until Wim shows up. He's just too perfect to be real.

Mar 27, 2014
  • hindins rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a wonderful wonderful book - no wonder its won so many awards. Follow up the many books & authors referred to with her other title "What Makes This Book So Great: Re-reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF"

Mar 27, 2014
  • hindins rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Its scooping the 2012 book awards so probably worth a try even though reviews here are mixed.... [later] I LOVED this book (as audiobook) - wonderful writing. If you want to follow up on the sci-fi book/author references she has also published a book "What Makes This Book So Great: Re-reading the Classics of Fantasy and SF"

Nov 10, 2013
  • a_zakshankar rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

It is the kind of book that will make you fall in love with reading all over again.

Sep 25, 2013
  • starkradio rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I absolutely LOVED this book. I loved the protagonist, and the story is very well told. 5 stars.

Sep 06, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Other than mentioning it’s exquisitely excellent and I loved it, I don’t want to say too much about this book. It speaks for itself eloquently, including parceling out just enough information at just the right times for the character to ring true--for this to work as her diary recording her thoughts--and for the pacing and plot to work so effectively. So a few quick introductory facts:
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It’s 1979 and Mori is 15. She’s desperately lonely. She used to have a twin, but doesn’t anymore. She used to run wild in the untamed woods, but now is lame in one leg and relies on a cane to make her way painfully through the world. She used to live with her mom and their extended family clan in Wales; now she doesn’t quite live with the father she just met and his three sisters on an estate in England. She used to enjoy public school with a group of friends, while now she’s starting at a boarding school where she knows no one and definitely doesn’t fit in. And she used to hang out with the woodland fairies and practice vague magic, but now . . . she still hopes to. Her one, sure constant--her comfort and support and refuge--is science fiction literature.
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This is a book for anyone who’s ever loved books.

Aug 17, 2013
  • PDXpjt rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The details in the description blurb are quite wrong and need to be corrected. Mori does not have a "dubiously sane half-brother."

May 20, 2013
  • kelliyfults rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

nearly outside of genre... well-written, charming without being too dear...most of us can surely relate to literature being a lifesaver through difficult times (ie; childhood!)

Feb 08, 2013
  • lorcha rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I am happy to have discovered this wonderful author! I loved this book that is homage to science fiction and fantasy literature and as well as those who read it. It is a perfect blend of fantasy and reality!
One of the things I find brilliant about it is that throughout the time I was reading it, I was constantly questioning if perhaps everything, the incident, the sister, the mother, the Faeries, the magic were real or just Mori’s imagination. I have my opinion but I don't want to give any spoilers!
I also liked the her take on Magic as well as her depiction of the faeries as wild feral beings.

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Sep 06, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Sep 06, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

[From the introductory “Thanks and Notes”:] People tell you to write what you know, but I’ve found that writing what you know is much harder than making it up. It’s easier to research a historical period than your own life, and it’s much easier to deal with things that have a little less emotional weight and where you have a little more detachment. It’s terrible advice! So this is why you’ll find there’s no such place as the Welsh valleys, no coal under them, and no red buses running up and down them; there never was such a year as 1979, no such age as fifteen, and no such planet as Earth. The fairies are real, though.

Sep 06, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sometimes I’m not sure whether I’m entirely human.
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I mean, I know I am. I shouldn’t think my mother is beyond sleeping with the fairies--no, that’s not how you say it. “Sleeping with the fairies” means dead. I shouldn’t think she’s beyond having sex with fairies, but if she did she’d boast about it. She’s never so much as hinted. She wouldn’t have said it was Daniel and made him marry her. . . .
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What I mean is, when I look at other people, other girls in school, and see what they like and what they’re happy with and what they want, I don’t feel as if I’m part of their species. And sometimes--sometimes I don’t care. I care about so few people, really. Sometimes it feels as if it’s only books that make life worth living, like on Halloween when I wanted to be alive because I hadn’t finished Babel 17. I’m sure it isn’t normal. I care more about the people in books than the people I see every day.

Jun 02, 2012
  • Kuhflubbadubba rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"Doing is doing"

Jun 02, 2012
  • Kuhflubbadubba rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

... people think there are dangerous things that can kill you, and everything else is safe. That's just not the way it works.

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