- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First edition (Jan. 3 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765331721
- ISBN-13: 978-0765331724
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.1 x 20.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Among Others Paperback – Jan 3 2012
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“A wonder and a joy. ” ―The New York Times
“Compelling... 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 solid foundation of sense-of-wonder and what-if.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Beautifully crafted... Among Others calls to those who desire a wild, magical world in place of the one they have but eventually learn that their own lives are the greatest story of all.” ―Bloomsbury Review
“There are the books you want to give all your friends, and there are the books you wish you could go back and give your younger self. And then there's the rare book, like Jo W alton's Among Others, that's both.” ―io9.com
“An utterly amazing and beautiful book.” ―RT Book Reviews, Top Pick
About the Author
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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If you're expecting a lot of fantastic action, this book might not be for you. The merits of the book are more in the slow revelation of past events which affect Mori to the present day. At heart, this is more a growing up story than anything else. Walton does a wonderful job with Mori's character development, taking her from a tangible starting point to an ending where she has grown and changed as a person. The writing is subtle and does not coddle the reader.
Does the book deliver what the synopsis on Amazon seems to promise? Not by a long shot. In fact, the synopsis ruins the story entirely. When reading the book, judge it on its own without the influence of the Amazon synopsis. You might just be surprised.
I still believe in magic and in a dimension of natural beings we are sometimes able to glimpse.
I would highly recommend this book to teens or even preteen readers. It sensitively covers many issues of the age group that are universally true, now or in the 70s, in Britain or Canada. I happened to live both places as a teen so can really relate.
I love the reading list provided by Jo Walton as part of her book and even found a few new authors, always a pleasure for us die hard fans of the genre.
Thanks for those Jo!
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