After reading Carl's review of Among Others by Jo Walton over at Stainless Steel Droppings, I knew it was a book I had to have. I am so blessed to get to many good books that I rarely hesitate to rush out and grab a new book when I hear about something interesting-- it's the least I can do to support the writers who give me so many hours of good reading. Even better, my favorite books are only a few clicks away thanks to my Nook, and so I bought "Among Others" right as it became available. I think it might have been as soon as the next day when the actual hard copy of "Among Others," courtesy of Tor Books, showed up in my mailbox.
You know what that means right? GIVEAWAY!
I have not had a chance to read "Among Others" yet, but the buzz is very good. If you get a chance, read Carl's review as he has added a few quotes from still other reviews saying nice things about Jo Walton's book.
World Fantasy Award winner Walton (Tooth and Claw) turns the magical boarding school story inside out in this compelling coming-of-age tale. Welsh teen Morwenna was badly hurt, and her twin sister killed, when the two foiled their abusive mother's spell work. Seeking refuge with a father she barely knows in England, Mori is shunted off to a grim boarding school. Mori works a spell to find kindred souls and soon meets a welcoming group of science fiction readers, but she can feel her mother looking for her, and this time Mori won't be able to escape. Walton beautifully captures the outsider's yearning in Mori's earthy and thoughtful journal entries: "It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books." 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?
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