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Elsewhere (Borderland #6)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  1,018 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
When Ron runs away, he ends up in Bordertown, a grim city that lies between the real world and the world of faerie, a place where elf and human gangs stalk the streets side by side, and where magic works better than technology. If the city doesn't kill him, it just may teach him what it is to be human.
Paperback, 264 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published October 1st 1991)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Elsewhere is moody. It's from the viewpoint of young people who have dropped out and live on the streets, forming their own families and relationships. I don't especially feel comfortable with the idea of kids living this way, but that's one of the best things about reading. You get to see different worlds, lives, existences, and realize that humans are all the same, no matter what kind of lives they live.

Ron came to the Bordertown to find his older brother. He was living in denial, and this tri
Jan 26, 2008 Kirsten rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-pre-12-07, own
I read this back when I was in highschool and dearly loved it. The whole "Bordertown" series was great fodder for my imagination. I was pleased to find when I re-read this that the writing was as good as I remembered, and the characters remain compelling. There are times when I walk through my West Philadelphia neighborhood that I half expect to find elves on spellbox-powered motorcycles. Shetterly imagines urban magic in a wonderful manner.
May 08, 2009 Diane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mature-reads
What an imaginative story, well-told, and written for the literate. Elsewhere is a bookstore, and the names of the shelves are hilarious for anyone who has worked in a bookstore or library. Interesting ending, too. The world of faerie mixed with urban lit. Those who liked Holly Black's Tithe would like this. It has a male protagonist.
May 07, 2015 Miriam rated it liked it
I just tried Nevernever, which features the same main character, and didn't remember him at all. Oops.
Nov 14, 2008 melydia rated it really liked it
This book takes place in the Borderlands universe created by Terri Windling, whose stories I have never read. Luckily, there's little to know: Bordertown is located at the boundary between the World and Faerie, a mostly run-down place where technology and magic both work sporatically. In this story, an impulsive human boy named Ron comes to Bordertown looking for his older brother, and ends up falling in with a crowd of elves, halfies, and other humans trying to bust the stereotype that the race ...more
Leah G
Dec 08, 2013 Leah G rated it really liked it
I'd forgotten how much I like YA, due to the glut of derivative dystopias currently swarming the publishing market. This book may be from the 80s but it is sizzling with awesomeness. I laughed out loud many times while reading it, from plot twists and turns of phrase that were just plain funny. ("She was either shoplifting a watermelon, or she was pregnant.")

The only reason I didn't give Elsewhere five stars is because I can't possibly rate it the same as Finder (the authors of these books are m
Spectacular. Fans of Charles de Lint, Francesca Lia Block, Nancy Springer, Robin McKinley and other masters of liminal spaces will enjoy Shetterly's ability to juxtapose emotional depth with descriptive whimsy. This story takes place on the borderlands in many senses-- between child and adult, real and unreal, mundane and supernatural, despair and courage. And despite the fantasy setting, the story itself rings deeply true. Ron could be any young man who has run away from home because it is home ...more
Mar 01, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Cabell
Elsewhere follows a teenage runaway (Ron) as he travels to the Borderlands between The World and Faerie in search of his elder brother Tony.

While a little dated in parts, the story itself was interesting enough to push past moments of cringe worthy '90s speak. Had I not been into grunge as a teenager this may not have bothered me. Unlike me however, the protagonist never indicated whether or not he ever wore excessive amounts of flannel, so that was a relief.

Soon after arriving in Bordertown Ro
Neill Smith
Aug 05, 2011 Neill Smith rated it it was amazing
Just Ron starts a search for his brother, Tony, in Bordertown, a city lying on the border of the human realm and that of Faerie. It is populated by humans, elves, and halfies – some humans belong to groups like the Pack or the Wharf Rats, some elves belong to the Bloods, but most of the inhabitants mix. Ron goes to live at Castle Pup under the auspices of Mooner, a half-elf acquaintance. After he finds at job at Elsewhere, a book shop, he is able to spend some time in his search for his brother ...more
Jul 30, 2008 Wendy rated it really liked it
I had a little trouble getting into this book, but I would guess that it was because there are a number of books in the 'Borderland' series that come prior to this book. I would guess that they are loosely tied, but probably would have made it a little easier to get into this book. That being said, once I did get past the fact that I might have missed something prior to the events in the book it got GOOD. I love the characters and the idea behind Bordertown. I am looking forward to reading more ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Zita rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, urban-fantasy
Elsewhere and its sequel, Nevernever, are excellent ya fiction that still hold up well even so many years after being published. I wish I'd found these books when they were reprinted in 2004, because I would've loved them even more at that age.

Bordertown is a great shared setting and I cheerfully encourage anyone who likes urban fantasy to dig up the anthologies of these stories if you can. The idea is that in the 80's a part of the ordinary world and a part of Faerie, home to the elves, collide
Feb 17, 2008 Danielle rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I read this one for Tim-and-Danielle Read Together 2008... though it took me much longer to read it. I had a hard time getting into this one, mostly because the main character is a brat and, like with many fantasy novels, I had a hard time getting into the world and getting used to the many characters. But the last third of the book is really exciting. Ron's redemption is believable (and much appreciated) and I found myself really liking the characters and the book itself.

Dee Mills
Apr 16, 2016 Dee Mills rated it really liked it
I came across references to the books about Borderlands when I was searching for Charles de Lint books and Terri Wendling. The books are difficult to find at my local library, but this one by Will Shetterly was available. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to the continuation of Ron's story in Nevernever.
Иван Величков
Отново Бордертаун, този път роман от по-добрата половина на писателско-съпружеския тандем Уил Шетърли - Ема Бул.
Добрият юношески стил ърбън фентъзи на цялата серия тук достига нови нива. Трябваше по-дълга форма за да се развие потенцяла на Граничната земя.
Рон е избягал от дома си тинейджър, който попада в магическият Бордертаун, със неговите банди изоставени деца и не добре работещи технология и магия. Рон живее в отричане и му трябват доста преживяваня за да намери себе си, нови приятели и смис
Another book from my favorite shared world of all times - Borderland! This is an introduction to the world so good that you don't have to start with some of the original short story anthologies. Read this and the second book and you'll know all you need to know to start enjoying the world!
Vex Batchelder
May 10, 2016 Vex Batchelder rated it really liked it
This is a reread because I've just realized this is pard of a larger Borderlands universe. I still found the main character annoying at times, but I love the way the author deals with human, fey, and halfling interaction. Putting the safe haven in a bookstore only helps matters. Once Ron becomes Gone, I also really appreciate the storytelling of him remembering and forgetting so much. Still not sure how I feel about the woman in the white dress, but I do really love how they dealt with Tony. and ...more
Sep 06, 2016 Jaimie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 12, 2012 Deirdre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This novel was my first introduction to Bordertown/Borderland, a shared city/universe created by Terri Windling in the 80's, which started with the short story anthology Borderland ("the dystopian metropolis that lies along the Border [between the human world and the Elflands], which combines urban fantasy of various forms with a vaguely post-apocalyptic atmosphere, is 'Bordertown' or 'B-Town'"--thanks Wikipedia!). The reason I started with Will Shetterly's Elsewhere rather than one of the earli ...more
Nov 27, 2011 Amy rated it really liked it
This book is beautiful, disturbing, and engaging.

In a world full of elves, magic, werewolves, and bikers gangs, Ron struggles to find himself. Human teen Ron travels to Bordertown, a place where the human world and Faerie mingle, attracting the lost souls and wanderers of both worlds. There, Ron joins a unique group of teen castaways (elves, humans, and “Halfies”) defying interspecies hatred, and struggling to build a world where humans and elves can live together in peace, but conflicts within
Sara Winter
Apr 17, 2014 Sara Winter rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Holly Black novels
A wonderfully thought out world. This book is the first of a duo that takes place in a world where the land of fairy is near the land of man. The story takes place in the in-between land, the boarder land, where fairies and humans live together.
Cecilia Rodriguez
Apr 21, 2016 Cecilia Rodriguez rated it it was ok
This story is set in a world created by Terri Windling, and unless you have read the source material, Shetterly's plot will not make sense.
Narrated by Ron, the story's theme addresses guilt and regret.
Jul 19, 2016 Erin rated it it was amazing
Nice to see this and Never Never as a closer, more personalized and extended look at Bordertown, instead of jumping from story to story. Love it!
I love all things Borderlands, so this was a shoe-in and I'm looking forward to the companion volume. The backstory of one of the iconic figures of Bordertown really fills in some delightful detail without dipping too far into explaining anything (because nothing in Bordertown should ever really be explained, since it can't be).

And yes, this can be read without prior knowledge of anything Borderlands and still works as a coming-of-age. We put this in the teen fic collection; it's got touches of
Janet Whalen-Jones
Jul 08, 2013 Janet Whalen-Jones rated it liked it
Early UF. Great stuff for its time. 1991. There are gay characters! Other characters react to this with varied degrees of acceptance. The Border books laid down a lot of the conventions of the Genre, along with Charles DeLint. Today, gay characters are accepted and even expected. Mixing of Fae and mundane, how magic and technology do and don't function together. I read this stuff as a teen originally. Now, the protagonists in such books are a decade older. Come on y'all, we need UF for the middl ...more
Jun 30, 2016 Joz rated it it was ok
I've gotta say, I have mixed feelings about this book. The dialogue was really awkward a lot of the time and I wasn't sure why the characters talked the way they did; the main character was alright, but kind of rude and I never understood his reasons for doing things; also, I felt that a lot of things Ron thought were pretty vague and meant to give hints to the reader, but I just failed to figure out what they were. That being said, I did enjoy the overall story and am looking forward to the nex ...more
Christina "6 word reviewer" Lake
Teenage angst transported to fantastic setting.
Mar 07, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I loved the "urban fantasy" feel of this book. Humans and elves mingle in Elsewhere, where everyone is pierced and tattooed, and motorcycles run on magic. The characters are so wildly varied and unique that they don't succumb to stereotypes, and thankfully this book leaves out the typical urban fantasy trope of "a young girl falling in love with a boy from a magical realm". I would definitely recommend this book to any teens or young adults who enjoy action and fantasy!
Nov 06, 2011 FasterKillFastPussycat rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidulthood
I read this book in middle school.Oddly enough it was on my Summer reading list and it was the only weird book there.After reading it it was a bit mature to be on a twelve year ols's summer reading list but it was awesome and broadened my imagination.It was the first book I ever read with magic and elves and what not and I never stopped reading these types of books after this. I purchased and re-read it about 2 years ago jus to add it to my collection.
Jul 28, 2015 Mary-Beth rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
A decent YA story about a runaway boy who goes to the Borderlands - on the edge of the 'ordinary' human world and the world of Faerie. I liked the world perhaps better than the characters, but they were pretty good too. The story wasn't structured quite right, I thought. There's a big climax a bit too early in the book and then a LOT of things happen in slightly too quick succession. Still, I enjoyed it enough to pick up a sequel.
Aug 13, 2011 Unwisely rated it it was ok
Shelves: urban-fantasy, ya, 2011
I have never actually seen Portlandia, but a radio station I listened to used to play the theme song, and I feel like it applies here: the spirit of the 90's is alive in this book. The clothes, the culture, the everything. So...very...90s. (I was in college in the 90s, and I still was like, whoa, seriously??)

Other than that, umm, stuff happens, and I didn't really connect with anyone in the book or care that much, but I read it.
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