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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.… (altro)
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    L'oceano in fondo al sentiero di Neil Gaiman (norabelle414)
    norabelle414: A young, bookish kid in 1970s England gets tangled up in magical and scary events larger than they are.
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    Little, Big di John Crowley (LamontCranston)
    LamontCranston: Similar style and approach to the world of faerie
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    The Child That Books Built di Francis Spufford (anglemark)
    anglemark: Both books are about how reading shaped a child, although they are not both viewing it exactly the same way.
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    Shadows di Robin McKinley (bibliovermis)
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    Il mago di Lev Grossman (Jannes)
    Jannes: Both are fantasy or fantasy-sih books about fantasy readers and how the stories you read hape you and affect your sense of the world.
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    Eggshells di Caitriona Lally (susanbooks)
    susanbooks: Both are realistic novels in which the worlds of magic and fairy may be real and/or function as coping mechanisms for the narrators. Beautiful PTSD novels.
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    Jerusalem di Jez Butterworth (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Both works have a hint of Faerie, without being clear whether it's real or not. Also bad parents and their struggling offspring.
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    Una culla in fondo al mare di Patricia A. McKillip (Herenya)
    Herenya: Both stories have a heroine dealing with grief and the sometimes-loneliness of being 15.
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    The Goblin Emperor di Katherine Addison (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: Recovering from tragedy, holding to a moral centre.
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I desperately wanted to love this book, after seeing it on several must-read lists. Although it never quite captured me like I'd hoped, I am interested in reading more from Jo Walton. (I wanted more character development and storyline, and a little less focus on the books Mor was reading/has read/wanted to read.) ( )
  vpor1222 | Jul 21, 2022 |
I found this book charming, but it never quite captured me as a story. The sort of subtle story telling used in this book, where you tell a story by not quite telling that story, is a tricky thing to get right. Mor's focus on SciFi was a level of abstraction from her everyday life, and her everyday life was another level of abstraction from the underlying story of healing and magic. All together, it just made the substance of the book feel too distant.

But I did enjoy Mor as a character and the way magic worked in the world and the allusions to SciFi (although I only knew a small number of them). ( )
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
In the aftermath of a terrible incident, a nerdy, disabled teenager is sent away to boarding school in England and doesn't fit in, but immerses herself in reading all the best SF and Fantasy available in 1979–1980. She befriends librarians, joins a book group, gets a boyfriend, and sings the praises of interlibrary loan. Oh and she can see fairies, or things she calls fairies, and her mother is a witch who killed her twin sister. Walton spins these two quite different books together, as we follow Mor's reading journey (she doesn't think Heinlein is a fascist, is amazed to discover James Tiptree Jr is a woman, and thinks Lord of the Rings is the best book ever written). Even an appearance from David Langford, which very much sits this within UK fandom culture of a particular time. But there is also the nagging matter of the evil mother to tidy up, which happens so speedily at the end I was nervously watching the page count, hoping this wasn't one of those To Be Continued disappointments. It wasn't. ( )
  adzebill | Jul 2, 2022 |
I enjoyed this, but it did drag on a lot, without really going anywhere. ( )
  maryellencg | Jan 8, 2022 |
As [Mori] tries to come to terms with her sister’s death through both books and fairy magic, the novel assumes true emotional resonance.
 
There are really two points where the success of the novel as what it is make it fail to connect with me. The first has to do with the books. It's written in the form of a diary, and the form and voice are spot-on. But part of getting the diary form right is that it doesn't provide much in the way of information about the many books that Mori reads in the course of the novel-- you wouldn't expect a teenager with a lot on her mind to do a detailed plot summary of everything she read, after all.

This is no big deal as long as you recognize the references to authors and titles. But if you don't-- and there are a lot of books mentioned that I know about but either haven't read or do not recall fondly-- a lot of significance is lost. The titles sort of flash by as blank spots in the narrative, a kind of "This Cultural Reference Intentionally Left Blank" effect that ends up being a little off-putting.
 
This isn't a traditional fantasy, by any means. But it's a smart, heartfelt novel, with a strong, likable narrator, and many touchstones in terms of other books that will resonate for us, depending on how we felt/feel about those books.

It has also jumped right into my short list of favorite books ever, and it's one that I plan to reread more than once.
 
But, just as the magic, it's a peculiar, unique book. I've read most of Walton's fiction. I like this best, but in some ways it's the least structurally certain of her works; I think the magic that's so subtle it's deniable at the start of the book fails to maintain that quirky quality at its end—and I understand why, but still found it jarring.

Regardless, there's a deep beauty to this book that feels so entirely real I'm grateful for its existence, for the fact that I could read it, and for the way it now graces my own internal library.
 
Among Others is many things – a fully realized boarding-school tale, a literary memoir, a touching yet unsentimental portrait of a troubled family – but there’s something particularly appealing about a fantasy which not only celebrates the joy of reading, but in which the heroine must face the forces of doom not in order to return yet another ring to some mountain, but to plan a trip to the 1980 Glasgow Eastercon. That’s the sort of book you can love.
aggiunto da Passer_Invenit | modificaLocus, Gary Wolfe (Jan 24, 2011)
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Jo Waltonautore primariotutte le edizionicalcolato
Kellgren, KatherineNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Nielsen Hayden, PatrickA cura diautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Riffel, HannesTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.
[On Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd]: He makes things happen neatly, and sometimes they're horrible things, but they're always very pat. I hate that. He could have learned a lot from Silverberg and Delany.
She was looking at a record called 'Anarchy in the U.K.' by a group called the Sex Pistols. It was a very ugly cover, but I am quite interested in anarchism because of 'The Dispossessed'.
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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.

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