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Among Others by Jo Walton
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bookshelves: 2011-books, fantasy, audio, hugo, women-writers
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This reads better as a memoir instead of a plot-driven story. The voice is wonderful and it is a true letter to SF fandom. But the antagonist, the girl's mother, is barely in the book at all, just referenced. When she arrives on the scene, she's as flat as a Disney villain: "I AM A BIG EVIL FIGURE WITH NO DEPTH." I understand the point of view of Mori could see her mother like that, but at least we could get some dialog to show some depth.

The "accident" that kills Mori's twin and cripples her is never fully explained, and the end of the book feels like an afterthought action sequence mashed into a book that is largely cerebral.

If you go into it knowing you're going to read a coming-of-age memoir, then you'll enjoy it. If you expect a fantasy story with a clearly defined plot and conflict, you will be disappointed.

One thing I would love, however, is a reading list based on the books she read through the novel. I had read some of the books referenced, but not all of them,
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