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Among Others by Jo Walton
  

Among Others

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April 2013 Fantasy Book of the Month.

Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2012.

This is an intriguing, wonderfully written, magical coming of age story packed with references to Sci Fi books and quite unlike any other book you will come across. Fifteen year old Morwenna lives with her twin sister and family in Wales. They know about magic, the personal costs that come with using it, and they know their mother is a dark witch. A devastating magical battle with her Mother leaves Morwenna crippled, her sister dead and her Mother looking for revenge...

Winner of the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novel.

Winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel 2012.

Synopsis

Among Others by Jo Walton

'It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.' Fifteen-year-old Morwenna lives in Wales with her twin sister and a mother who spins dark magic for ill. One day, Mori and her mother fight a powerful, magical battle that kills her sister and leaves Mori crippled. Devastated, Mori flees to her long-lost father in England. Adrift, outcast at boarding school, Mori retreats into the worlds she knows best: her magic and her books. She works a spell to meet kindred souls and continues to devour every fantasy and science fiction novel she can lay her hands on. But danger lurks...She knows her mother is looking for her and that when she finds her, there will be no escape.

Reviews

'Among Others is a wonder and a joy.' Jeff Vandermeer, New York Times

'If you love SF and fantasy, if reading it formed your teen years, if you do remember the magic you used to do, if you remember the absolute joy of first discovering those books, then read this.' -- Robin Hobb

'Funny, acute, and impassioned ... Walton's trying hard to do what I call moving the boundary: to alter, or make more permeable, the wall between the possible and the impossible. I think she almost succeeds.'
Ursula Le Guin

'A hymnal for the clever and odd - an inspiration and a lifeline to anyone who has ever felt in the world, but not of it.' Cory Doctorow

'Possibly earning itself the Book of the Year title is Jo Walton's thought provoking Among Others, which stays with you for a long time after reading. It is the story of a young girl from a magical family who is sent to a mundane boarding school and, through her discovery of classic SF novels, has her mind and world expanded.' Independent on Sunday

'Among Others is about a young girl brought up in a magical family who is sent to a mundane, non-magical school; a captivatingly told mirror image of Harry Potter.' The Guardian

'I don't believe I've seen, either in fiction or in memoir, as brilliant and tone-perfect an account of what discovering SF and fantasy can mean to its young readers... Remarkable.' -- Gary K. Wolfe, Locus

'A lovely story, unlike anything I've ever read before: funny, touching, and gently magical.' -- Patrick Rothfuss

'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 Walton's Among Others, that's both.' io9.com

'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

'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

About the Author

Jo Walton

Jo Walton writes science fiction and fantasy novels and reads a lot and eats great food. It worries her slightly that this is so exactly what she always wanted to do when she grew up. She comes from Wales, but lives in Montreal.

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Publication date

21st March 2013

Author

Jo Walton

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Author's Website

www.jowaltonbooks.com/

Publisher

Corsair an imprint of Constable and Robinson

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

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ISBN

9781472106537

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