Among Others

Among Others

Book - 2011
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Seeking refuge in fantasy novel worlds throughout a youth under the shadow of a dubiously sane half-brother who dabbled in magic, Mori Phelps is forced to confront her mother in a tragic battle and gains unwanted attention when she attempts to perform spells herself.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2011, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765331724
Branch Call Number: FICTION WALTON 2011
Characteristics: 302 p. ; 25 cm


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A sweet story of someone who does not fit in finding her place in the world, with a well-thought-out magic system. Mor reaches tentatively into the world of faeries to protect herself from her mother's power.

Within this haunting coming-of-age story Walton provides of catalog of great science fiction, for they are the only source of comfort and connection for the lonely young girl, Mor.

Seeking refuge in fantasy novel worlds throughout a youth under the shadow of a half mad mother dabbling in magic, Mori Phelps is forced to confront her mother in a tragic battle and gains unwanted attention when she attempts to perform spells herself.

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ May 21, 2017

This is such a beautiful and different book! Mor is a twin raised by her witch mother, and she regularly sees fairies. However, the novel is really about books and libraries, as well as the joy of finding a group of people who relate to you. It's not often that you find books that involve inter-library loan as a plot point!

Mar 30, 2017

I really enjoyed this book - the magic wasn't over the top but it was a major plot point. I can't wait to read more

Dec 21, 2016

Beautiful and brilliant. Anyone who has ever felt like an outsider should read this book. Made me go back and reread some of my old favourite science fiction novels.

Tyler__J Jan 27, 2016

A wonderful, thoughtful, genre-bending read for lovers of Science Fiction and those who don't think they love Science Fiction. In other words, everyone.

Jul 13, 2015

If you were an adolescent bookworm like I was, this book will break your heart. I saw a lot of myself in the protagonist. It's actually very low-key with its fantastical elements, more slice-of-life than anything. I definitely recommend it.

PimaLib_Teens Mar 19, 2015

A great books for teens, too! Morwenna is a 15-year old lonely, disabled student in an English boarding school (but this is NOT a girl version of Harry Potter!). The author weaves together the past and the present, revealing dark memories of Mori's childhood with present day journal entries of great sci-fi and fantasy books that sustain her. Her journey includes new friends and old enemies, but I won't give away the details of the final confrontation with her ambitious, black magic obsessed mother. You will have to go there yourself!

Hugo Award winner 2012

Jun 12, 2014

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

Mar 27, 2014

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"

Nov 10, 2013

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

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JCLChrisK Sep 06, 2013

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.

JCLChrisK Sep 06, 2013

[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.

JCLChrisK Sep 06, 2013

Sometimes I’m not sure whether I’m entirely human.
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. . . .
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

"Doing is doing"

Jun 02, 2012

... 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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