Among Others by Jo Walton

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Among Others by Jo Walton
Mon, 12-03-2012 - 2:45pm
Eleven stars out of five, for me!!! _Among Others_ by Jo Walton 302 pages 11/29/12 pub 2010 “Think of this as a memoir. Think of it as one of those memoirs that’s later discredited to everyone’s horror because the author lied and is revealed to be a different colour, gender, class and creed from the way they’d made everybody think. I have the opposite problem. I have to keep fighting to stop making myself sound more normal. Fiction’s nice. Fiction lets you select and simplify. This isn’t a nice story, and this isn’t an easy story. But it is a story about fairies, so feel free to think of it as a fairy story. It’s not like you’d believe it anyway.” (16) I lovelovelove this book! I love its main character Mor and want her to get together with Oscar Wao from _The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao _ by Junot Diaz, or possibly Junior, from that same book and or Diaz’s book that came out this fall, since Oscar dies in the first book. (Is it still a spoiler if it’s a completely different book that came out a few years ago?) Mor doesn’t need to lose more people. It’s not wrong to try to set up your favorite characters from different books, is it? “I don’t think I am like other people. I mean on some deep fundamental level. It’s not just being half a twin and reading a lot and seeing fairies. It’s not just being outside when they’re all inside. I used to be inside. I think there’s a way I stand aside and look backwards at things when they’re happening which isn’t normal. It’s a thing you need to do for doing magic. But as I’m not going to do any magic, it’s rather wasted.” (169) So 15 year old Mor moves from Wales to England to attend a boarding school, but this is anti- Hogwarts. Mor already does magic, her school is boring. But there, she gets involved with a group at the Village library who discuss science fiction and fantasy. It’s there and in her reading that Mor comes alive and finds a way to keep safe. (Interlibrary loan, won Nebula and Hugo) Julia