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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2010 Jo Walton (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Hugo Award, Best Novel, 2012
  • Nebula Award, Best Novel, 2011

“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)

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  • kerry
  • Columbia, MD United States
  • 09-03-17

Fantasy?

Didn't really like this book. It was an interesting read but an unsatisfying story. Maybe I need a break from Jo Walton.

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Wonderful

it's one of the best categorizations of magic I've read this far. it's lovely a lovely read especially for book lovers.

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Really brill!

Jo Walton's Among Others is a wonderful story full of references to a wide variety of science fiction and fantasy books. It helps to have read many of the books, since the main character often quotes from them or refers to characters or situations from these books as part of her "diary entries". Since the protagonist is very nearly my own age, and has read many of the books that I enjoyed in that same time period, I found this aspect charming and fun, allowing me even more connection to the character and her world. She is more widely read than I am, so some of the references go over my head, and thus I can see that if you haven't read many of the books, it might be a bit hard to follow. For me, though, it just increased my desire to fill in some of the gaps in my own reading list.

I will say that if I could give the performance more than 5 stars, I would. The wonderful Welsh accent of Katherine Kellgren is such a joy to listen to, and truly brings the character alive in a way that I could not have experienced in the usual book format. This is one of those rare cases where the audio format is not just "as good as" or "a good substitute for" the regular book format, but instead adds so much to the experience that I'd recommend listening to it even if you'd already read the book itself before, just for the joy of the sound.

Highly recommended!

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not bad just not my type of book

it wasn't bad, I feel it well well written, it just never got my attention. I enjoy sci-fi as well as fantasy and this had both but it just wasn't it for me. I wish I could explain better but I just can't quite put my finger on it. technically it had everything that I should have loved, it just didn't feel perhaps, all connected as well as it could have been...? don't skip over it, give it a try see what you think, I think like I said maybe it was me and had nothing to do with the book itself.

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Truly Enjoyable

Whether you enjoy fantasy or triumph over evil. You get it all with this book!

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  • Rebecca
  • Seattle, WA, United States
  • 10-18-16

In-put-downable

Very enjoyable listen.
The narrator is so perfect, she even slowly changes her accent over the course of the story just as the character is said to, as she grows and changes from very Welsh, to adapting to life in an English boarding school.
Also, there's a very clever juxtaposition between the 'fantasy' of faeries and magic, and the world of Sci-Fi which absorbs Maury's free time and ignites her imagination.

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A fantasy for scifi lovers

I am mediately fell in love with the main character, Morwenna, especially the voice used by the reader to portray her. The first person POV of her journal lets you get into her head and heart, so you get to know her on a very personal level.

Her story unfolds peppered with her critiques of the various science-fiction novels she's reading. It proved to be an interesting technique for letting the reader get a better understanding of Morenna's thought processes.

and just when you thought the final chapter could become a cliché, it surprised you with the delightfully unexpected and satisfying end.
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Wonderful

As a Hugo and Nebula award winner, I expected this book to be very good.

It exceeded all my expectations.

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The narration kept me listening, not the story.

I loved the reader from the start. It's almost like listening to music; the words don't matter that much. I liked the character and even the diary style story but it just never got too far off the ground. Walton does a good job of telling the story through the main character's viewpoint and weaving her past into the present story. But I agree with other reviewers--this story is rather anticlimactic. But worth it just to listen to Katherine!

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Loved it!

It felt like two stories at once, the present and the past slowly revealing themselves. The characters are weird and lovable, the plot builds at the perfect pace.