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FREE DOWNLOAD ☆ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK ç Jo Walton Jo Walton ç 1 READ CHARACTERS 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. 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 againFirstly 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 fantasyAny 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 meFrom 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 yourselfThe 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 sff until my eyes fall outThe book is beautifully written in elouent 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 disualifications 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 uietude of the preceding chapters Still no real harm doneJo Walton clearly loves the sff genre and reading in general with a passion a feeling I share and this book is another one to be cherishedA solid 5 stars for a well deserved 2011 Nebula Awards WinnerFurther readingJo Walton s A 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 Duel in the Sun Alberto Salazar Dick Beardsley and America's Greatest Marathon her witch of a mother faeries a difficult boarding school life and the joys of discovering science fiction and fantasyAny 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 Cook Yourself Sexy 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 meFrom 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 Where There Is No Doctor A Village Health Care Handbook 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 Wave of Destruction The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami here In the universe of this book the magic is very discreet and always Cuba libre Spanish edition 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 yourselfThe most important aspect of this book is that it is a love letter to science fiction and fantasy books I All Things Consoled A Daughter's Memoir 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 Corduroy Writes a Letter Easy to Read Puffin her characters show for the books make me want to read sff until my eyes fall outThe book is beautifully written in elouent 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 disualifications 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 uietude of the preceding chapters Still no real Invisible Lives harm doneJo Walton clearly loves the sff genre and reading in general with a passion a feeling I share and this book is another one to be cherishedA solid 5 stars for a well deserved 2011 Nebula Awards WinnerFurther readingJo Walton s A 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 Cheat On Your Husband with Your Husband 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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FREE DOWNLOAD ☆ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK ç Jo Walton Jo Walton ç 1 READ CHARACTERS Among Others 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 fo. 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 conseuences She says that it s like life after the Scouring of the Shire And she does have huge conseuences to live with she has her own injury and the death of her twin sister to come to terms withIt 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 doesThere 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 conseuencesThe 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 seuence 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 bulliedabused in my experienceAt 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 authorOverall 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 uite magical even the parts that aren t meant to be because there s magic in reading and talking about reading and reading about reading Shaggy Muses The Dogs Who Inspired Emily Brontë Elizabeth Barrett Browning Emily Dickinson Edith Wharton and Virginia Woolf half mad mother who dabbled in magic Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds As a child growing up in Wales she and The Ghost Road her twin sister played among the spirits who made their Garfield Life to the Fullest #34 Garfield Numbered Paperback homes in industrial ruins but Maryland Ghosts her mind fo. 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 The Messy Baker 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 The Adults 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 The Brotherhood of Joseph A Father's Memoir of Infertility and Adoption in the 21st Century have come to their climax and now she The 5 Skinny Habits has to live with the conseuences She says that it s like life after the Scouring of the Shire And she does Girls Made of Snow and Glass have Rocky Mountain Romance huge conseuences to live with she The New You and Improved Diet has The Biggest Loser Success Secrets The Wisdom Motivation and Inspiration to Lose Weight Now her twin sister to come to terms withIt 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 The Last Pick The Boston Marathon Race Director's Road to Success has to live with things just the way we all do catching buses and trains and being excited about the latest books by The White Darkness 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 doesThere 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 RHS Gardening Through the Year 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 conseuencesThe 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 Circling My Mother A Memoir herself about Susan Cooper s The Dark is Rising although she is somewhat wrong there are shades of grey in that seuence 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 Great Expectations her mother and there are some subtle things maybe that you only see when you know them from the inside that The Dark Days Deceit hint at Mori s fears and the things Nadiya’s Family Favourites: Easy, beautiful and show-stopping recipes for every day from Nadiya's BBC TV series her mother Nadiya’s Family Favourites: Easy, beautiful and show-stopping recipes for every day from Nadiya's BBC TV series has done to The Bomb Girl Brides The Bomb Girls #4 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 Torn (Looking For Ms Right Book 2) 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 Picnic Comma Lightning her Those are thought patterns you get from being bulliedabused in my experienceAt 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 Minions her word and it 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FREE DOWNLOAD ☆ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK ç Jo Walton Jo Walton ç 1 READ CHARACTERS Among Others Und 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 darknes. 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 Wave of Destruction The Stories of Four Families and History's Deadliest Tsunami 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 Cuba libre Spanish edition has All Things Consoled A Daughter's Memoir happened without falling prey to the darknes. I keep going back and forth between 2 and 3 stars I should Corduroy Writes a Letter Easy to Read Puffin 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 Invisible Lives her evil mother are real I found myself writing it all off as Cheat On Your Husband with Your Husband 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 Making Good her to get Sir Simon her What If This Were Enough? Essays head out of them and be in the real world for a bit and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay have conversations that were real There s something to say for being a well rounded person with multiple interests I realize I sound awfully Rapturous uantum #4 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 The Big Handout have a larger vocabulary


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    E–pub/E–book (Among Others) FREE DOWNLOAD ☆ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK ç Jo Walton 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 l

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    E–pub/E–book (Among Others) A love letter to science fiction and fantasy to books and to librariansWe 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 ne

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    E–pub/E–book (Among Others) Jo Walton ç 1 READ FREE DOWNLOAD ☆ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK ç Jo Walton This is one of those books that I think of freuently 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 chara

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    E–pub/E–book (Among Others) “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 uite sure how to describe this book what precisely it is but it has that something that is makin

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    Jo Walton ç 1 READ FREE DOWNLOAD ☆ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK ç Jo Walton E–pub/E–book (Among Others) 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 cre

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    E–pub/E–book (Among Others) Jo Walton ç 1 READ I know what I was expecting before I had read this novel I knew it had won last year's Hugo and I've been working my way through every hugo and runner up since they started What I hadn't expected was an unabashedly delightful review of so many great science fiction novels from the last 75 years most of which I've also read and delighted over I loved Mor and was always very proud of her and who wouldn't be? As long as yo

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