Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: AMONG OTHERS by Jo Walton

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Pub. Date: January 2011
Format: Hardcover , 304pp
Sales Rank: 208,907
ISBN-13: 9780765321534
Edition Description: First Edition

Description (from the publisher):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 SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, 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 closest 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.

Fleeing to her father whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England–a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off…

Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

About the author (from the publisher):
JO WALTON’s novel Tooth and Claw won the World Fantasy Award, and 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, she lives in Montreal.


Wall-to-wall books said...

Oh my gosh!!!!! I am totally putting this on my TBR list! Sounds awesome!!! Thanks.

Zibilee said...

Oh, yes, this is going on my list as well. It sounds excellent! Thanks for sharing!

avisannschild said...

I so want to read this one!

Tribute Books Mama said...

here's mine

bermudaonion said...

I bet my sister would enjoy this one.

TheBookGirl said...

Wow, this sounds like an incredible combination of genres. It is definitely going on my TBR pile -- thanks!