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Among Others by Jo Walton
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Apr 06, 11

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Among Others—science fiction, fantasy, coming-of-age, memoir—is a homage to the great books Jo Walton read as a girl in Wales, and her novel draws life from those classics. Reining in such disparate threads as Walton does can be a daunting task. To be sure, this is a book about much more than the pitfalls of adolescence, although the author has proven again and again that she’s equal to the challenge (as evidenced by award nominations in just about every major SF/F category over the years). Among Others will appeal to both adults and younger readers, who will find the book “a hymnal for the clever and odd—an inspiration and a lifeline to anyone who has ever felt in the world, but not of it” (boingboing). We’re normally hesitant to let a four-and-a-half-star rating go through, but the critics were so excited we’ll let this one stand. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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