"I care more for people in books than the people I see every day.”
uh....kind of the truth sometimes.
Morwenna Phelps is a fifteen year old who is a ver...more"I care more for people in books than the people I see every day.”
uh....kind of the truth sometimes.
Morwenna Phelps is a fifteen year old who is a veracious reader, especially for anything Science Fiction, or 'SF' as she calls it. I was tempted to write down every book mentioned as this book moved along, but seriously that would have been more work than I really had the energy to do.
I'm not sure how to review this book without putting out a spoiler or two. I'm going to try to avoid it, but....
Among Others is written in the first person in the form Morwenna's diary, which begins after a horrible car crash that both Morwenna and her twin are in. Mor's leg is severely injured and her twin doesn't survive. Mor takes refuge in her books to get though it and heal.
“It doesn't matter. I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.”
Morwenna and her sister grew up seeing fairies and doing magic (very vague magic). Mor's mother is a very powerful and evil witch, for whom she blames for her twins death. Mor runs away from her mother to stay with a father who she has never met and is sent off to boarding school.
Everything that happens in this book, or diary, is all filtered through Morwenna and her SF books. Morwenna IS her SF books, so what might actually be happening and what Mor is telling us are likely two different things altogether. (view spoiler)[I kept expecting that it would come out that Mor had a mental break after the crash and the loss of her sister, and that all the belief in magic and fairies were a part of it (hide spoiler)].
“I don’t think I am like other people. I mean on some deep fundamental level. It’s not just being half a twin and reading a lot and seeing fairies. It’s not just being outside when they’re all inside. I used to be inside. I think there’s a way I stand aside and look backwards at things when they’re happening which isn’t normal.”
I really enjoyed Among Others, a unique read, written in a style that I I truly liked. I haven't come across anything quite like this book. It doesn't give you many answers, it doesn't tie things up nice and neat, and I liked that.
“This isn’t a nice story, and this isn’t an easy story. But it is a story about fairies, so feel free to think of it as a fairy story. It’s not like you’d believe it anyway.”
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Last weekend I drew a 12yr old girl named Ashley(I'm a caricature/portrait artist, for those who don't know). When you have a person in your chair, an...moreLast weekend I drew a 12yr old girl named Ashley(I'm a caricature/portrait artist, for those who don't know). When you have a person in your chair, and they are staring back at you, you feel obligated to have a conversation. Over time you just get bored asking the same question over and over......and over. "what grade are you in?" "What do you do up there in Detroit?" "Is this your first visit to unnamed water park?" ect.
One thing I like to ask kids is "What is your favorite subject?" Nine times out of ten you get "recess" or "gym" (the kiss ups say Art), but Ashley said English.
Me: So, do they have you read a lot of books?
Ashley: um.....uh huh!
Me: What are you reading right now?
Ashley: Mocking Jay, the 3rd Hunger Games book. I love them!
Me: Oh my god, I loved the Hunger Game series! So are you team Peeta or team Gale?
Ashley: Team Gale, naturally.
Me: NUH UH! I'm Peeta all the way.
So the conversation continues through the sketch, I go up to the register to ring up the parents whom are looking at me with an odd expression on their faces. Now its not with rage so I assume they like the sketch. Then I realize it was because I was having an in-depth conversation with their 12yr old about a book written for 12yr olds(ish).
That got me thinking, maybe I should limit my YA books. After all I'm serious adult with a serious job of making fun of peoples faces, maybe all my book choices should be serious as well.
They just entertain me, like The Last Hero did. This book is a continuation of the Percy Jackson books, which is a story about demi gods. Kids that are half human and half god (think Greek gods) and the quests they must go on. On these quests they run into all sorts of mythological creatures, like Medusa, cyclopes, satyrs and the like. It's all a great big ball of fun, and I know more about Greek mythology then I thought I ever would.
I enjoyed The Last Hero, who cares if only tons of 12yr olds agree.(less)