Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.
Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins. But her mind found freedom and promise in the science-fiction novels that were her closest companions. Then her mother tried to bend the spirits to dark ends, and Mori was forced to confront her in a magical battle that left her crippled - and her twin sister dead.
Fleeing to her father, whom she barely knew, Mori was sent to boarding school in England - a place all but devoid of true magic. There, outcast and alone, she tempted fate by doing magic herself, in an attempt to find a circle of like-minded friends. But her magic also drew the attention of her mother, bringing about a reckoning that could no longer be put off.
Combining elements of autobiography with flights of imagination in the manner of novels like Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude, this is potentially a breakout book for an author whose genius has already been hailed by peers like Kelly Link, Sarah Weinman, and Ursula K. Le Guin.
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“Walton succeeds admirably. Her novel is a wonder and a joy.” (The New York Times)
"Katherine Kellgren’s Welsh accent, with its lyrical cadences, suggests that audio may be the most authentic way to experience this 2011 winner of the Nebula Award." (Audiofile)
Lack of a plot. Constant discussion of SF authors a pointless addition to story.
Kellegren did a good job with weak material.
Hard to believe that this won a Hugo.
This book sort of caught my interest because of the accents and colloquialisms but that is about it.
It starts with little or no explanation how the girl got there accept a few vague crazy mother observations by only the girl and ends with a crazy mother and the mother does what????
Seems like reading a paragraph out of a long book without the context and expecting folks to enjoy it.
I originally got this book because I wanted to hear Katherine Kellgren read me another story. She's the absolute best audiobook reader I've ever listened to. The book reads like a diary, and the magic and Sci-Fi I was promised by the summary was very lacking. The Sci-Fi only really shows up as the main character drops constant shout-outs to her favorite SF authors, and the magic isn't as prominent as I expected. That said, I had trouble putting it down until I finished it. Despite the story not really being exciting, it was well written and never lost my attention. Katherine Kellgren knocked it out of the park again with her performance, as well. I can't point to any specific reason that I liked this book, but I would recommend it to anyone who has read a lot of science fiction or anyone who just wants to hear one of the best in the business read a really good story.
I was torn with this one just because i found the story rather depressing. It was really sad and didn't have enough 'up' moments for my personal taste. In saying that the story is very well written and the narration is fantastic. I loved the depth of the characters and the narraters accent choices for each one were perfect.
An interesting premise, but I was underwhelmed by the arc of the story. It was a long lead-up to a tepid climax.
Also, the narrator's accent was so thick as to be distracting.
I've heard Katharine Kellgren with an English accent in Pride & Prejudice and Zombies, but her Welsh accent was just as brilliant, maybe better! (At least to this untrained Australian ear.)
The story by Jo Walton is also lovely, the inner monologue, or conversation, that Mor has with her diary is honest and amusing. Read in Kellgren's Welsh accent just listening to this book made me smile, a lot.
The main character Mor is a teen learning about life. Between her passion for science fiction novels, her disinterest in the vain girly things of her classmates and her interaction with the fantastic and magic things of the world this book is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers.
Good for literature and sci fi lovers as it references a lot of sci fi novels.
The main character for her resilience.
The final scene.
Brilliant Welsh accent by reader.
Yes, I enjoyed the book but I also didn't expect too much.
The ending was satisfying but not particularly profound.
The challenge with this book is that nothing ever happened.
Listening to this was worth the time.
The reader is fabulous, and probably the reason I persevered with the story. The story is full of onerous details like what someone is wearing, expressions on faces, the weather, which slow everything down. The reader is hoping for a big finish to reward the slow going. But the end of this story is a bit of a fizzer.
Not really. There are plenty of better reads than this I can recommend.
Wish I hadn't bought more Jo Walton books
The writing seems to be good. The story line intrigued me. The flow was good but the narration (for me) was just too awful. The singsong speech pattern distracted from what I think is a good story. I really hate to be critical of narrators because I appreciate the work they do.
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