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Among Others by Jo Walton
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Apr 17, 11

bookshelves: fantasy, psychological, wales, 1970s
Read from April 16 to 17, 2011

This is the best book I've read, maybe in years. For one thing, it had an ending. Not a chintzy trick, a thing that happened, changing those to whom it happened and who made it happen forever.

It had a tone that was homey and unearthly. It's impossible to describe this book - well any I suppose but especially this one - without reducing it out of existence. It's written sort of like a memoir. It has an element of nostalgia while at the same time being imminently present.

Oh. That's it. It unites pairs of things, just like The Tempest she talks about.

Walton, in this book anyway, has hints of Martin Millar and Walker Percy while not being anything like either one...

Blech. Book reviews are stupid. Just read it is all.

I'm not sure I can read anything else by her. It's like making the mistake of reading "Report To Greco" before any of Kazantzakis's other books. But I'm interested in what she'll do next.
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