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Among Others by Jo Walton
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Mar 16, 2011

really liked it

Mori Phelps Markova is a Welsh teenager, half of a set of twins, suffering a lamed leg in the accident that took her sister, escaping from a crazy mother to go live with a father she's never known.

And he sends her to boarding school in England.

Can you put a teenager into a more difficult situation? Already marked as weird by her lameness, accent, and family situation, Mori has two more secrets making it difficult for her to fit in: she sees fairies and loves Science Fiction.

This book is not for high fantasy lovers or plot-driven story fanatics. Reading "Among Others" is a lovely and uncomfortable walk through adolescence and discovery of self.

Mori has to figure out who she is without her sister in an entirely new social situation. Walton writes her voice with a spot on mix of cynicism towards the popular girls and longing to be normal.

And the icing on the cake isn't the fairies, but Mori's burgeoning love affair with Science Fiction of that time (and she also gets a human boyfriend, but that's not the point.)

Reading Mori's discovery of Heinlein and Zelazny and LeGuin and Tiptree is like recapturing a bit of the wonder and joy of getting those books for the first time myself.

"Among Others" is a love song for those of us who tried to belong and discovered there are worlds out there meaningfully connected to ours, but full of magic and wonder.

This Book's Food Designation Rating: Drinking a glass of milk and eating a chocolate chip cookie just like Grandma used to bake.
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March 16, 2011 – Started Reading
March 16, 2011 – Shelved
March 17, 2011 – Finished Reading

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