Among Others is a book I wanted to like going into it. Jo Walton is a blogger on Tor.com, and I thoroughly enjoy her posts, but until now, I've had is...moreAmong Others is a book I wanted to like going into it. Jo Walton is a blogger on Tor.com, and I thoroughly enjoy her posts, but until now, I've had issues finishing her books. I started with Tooth and Claw, but I've never been a fan of Victorian culture, and I also picked up Lifelode, which was quite entertaining, but not enough to hold my attention near the end. Among Others, however, was a book I struggled to put down.
Mori, the central character and author of the diary that is Among Others, is easy to like, especially if, like me, you never quite fit in as a child or young adult. The reader sees a year of her life through her own eyes. And never quite gets the whole story. Mori tells the story as though no one but herself, or someone familiar with the details of her life, is ever going to read it. And I find that slightly frustrating. Mori alludes to an accident that killed her twin sister, her insane witch mother, and fairies. And of those three elements, the only one that the reader learns as much about as Mori are the fairies. And that's because she truly doesn't fully understand them, so she writes about what she knows and what she suspects, and there is recounting of her conversations about them with Wim.
All in all, I enjoyed the book's pace, setting, and tone. The characters were well formed, with most becoming three dimensional as Mori matures and accepts the people around her for who they are.
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes sci fi or fantasy, as it has fantastical elements, and Mori is herself reading her way through the greats of sci fi. Based on Mori's recommendation, I'll be picking up a book or two that I've never read. (less)
Celia was like a friend I hadn't seen in a while. A completely improbable friend, but Carrie Vaughn created her to be believable despite the improbabi...moreCelia was like a friend I hadn't seen in a while. A completely improbable friend, but Carrie Vaughn created her to be believable despite the improbability of her family. I could see myself doing the same things in her situations.
I couldn't put down After the Golden Age. I'm still fairly amazed at how much I enjoyed it. If you've ever wondered what it would be like to know actual superheroes, read this. It is fantastic.(less)
Red Glove, as the second in the Curse Workers series, follows Cassel Sharpe and his trials in his senior year of high school. Most high school seniors...moreRed Glove, as the second in the Curse Workers series, follows Cassel Sharpe and his trials in his senior year of high school. Most high school seniors, however, don't have the rare gift (or curse) to transform anything he touches to the image in his mind. Cassel is courted by the mob, the feds, and his mother to use his gift on their behalf.
Just like Cassel has grown up since White Cat, the narrative is more mature and struggles with the broader world, rather than just Cassel's problems.
The series is a must read for urban fantasy fans, and I think anyone who struggled to find their place as a young adult would appreciate Cassel's journey.(less)
I picked this up one afternoon at the library in order to read it on the bus on the way home. It reminds me of A Discovery of Witches, except the hero...moreI picked this up one afternoon at the library in order to read it on the bus on the way home. It reminds me of A Discovery of Witches, except the heroine here doesn't have any clue of her fantastic heritage. It is a well written urban fantasy with plenty of literary appeal for those who prefer their reading above the Twilight reading level.
Garet is likable, and amusingly clueless about things both mundane and supernatural. She and her father run an art gallery in Manhattan, and with the economic downturn they are facing financial trouble. Sounds average enough, right?
Then enter the weird. While running through the rain, Garet takes shelter in an antique shop. The proprietor of which knows Garet's work and would like to hire her to open a box that's been sealed with the image of the ring Garet received from her mother.
(view spoiler)[She then begins consorting with a vampire, discovers that her mother was killed by the antique dealer, and is taught by elementals at the direction of Oberon himself. (hide spoiler)]
I enjoyed Black Swan Rising, and I look forward to seeing what new trouble Garet can get into.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I just finished this book this morning on the bus, and I am still speechless about the ending, but I won't spoil it. The Watchtower continues the saga...moreI just finished this book this morning on the bus, and I am still speechless about the ending, but I won't spoil it. The Watchtower continues the saga (and it feels like an old fashioned saga) of Garet, the New York jewelry designer, and her vampire, Will. Will has loved the women of Garet's family for generations, beginning with Marguerite, the eponymous Watchtower. She was immortal and fell in love with the mortal, Will. [After a short affair with "the poet," from Stratford-upon-Avon.] Their love is so great, that Marguerite petitions her sister, Morgane (a reference to Morgan Le Fey) for mortality, while at the same time, Will goes to John Dee to conjure a way to become immortal. Their lack of communication leads to the entire mess where eventually Will is a vampire and Marguerite is mortal.
Garet takes off following the events of Black Swan Rising, ending up in Paris waiting for a sign from Will of how to join him in the Summer Country - the land of the fey.
Unfortunate events ensue. Garet meets a bunch of new fey, few of which seem as cunning and sinister as the New York fey in the last book. Those interactions make the book in my opinion.
This is the the second book in this lovely literary vampire trilogy. If you like urban fantasy, but lament the juvenile turn it has taken lately, this is the trilogy for you.