- Series: Hugo Award Winner - Best Novel
- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books; First edition (January 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765331721
- ISBN-13: 978-0765331724
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 375 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,143 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Beautifully crafted... Among Others calls to those who desire a wild, magical world in place of the one they have but eventually learn that their own lives are the greatest story of all.” ―Bloomsbury Review
“There are the books you want to give all your friends, and there are the books you wish you could go back and give your younger self. And then there's the rare book, like Jo W alton's Among Others, that's both.” ―io9.com
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About the Author
JO WALTON's novel Tooth and Claw won the World Fantasy Award. The novels of her Small Change sequence―Farthing, Ha'penny, and Half a Crown―have won acclaim ranging from national newspapers to the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award. A native of Wales, Walton lives in Montreal.
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I wish that instead of giving a "shout out" to every science fiction book and author she'd ever read, that Jo Walton had concentrated on the story of the main character, her early childhood, her interaction with the fairies, her confrontation with the forces of evil, her dealing with the loss of her twin. I wanted to know more about the story of her life, not every book she ever read. Instead of being a part of the story, the bibliography took over and became the story.
Every time it would start to get interesting again, she'd go right back into listing book after book after book. I realize this was the way the main character dealt with her losses and the way she connected to her new "karass," but it just got tedious after awhile. If one were to snip out all the mentions of books and authors and include just the plot elements, this might have made an almost interesting short story, perhaps a novella. If one were to replace all the mentions of books and authors with details about her early life and her battles against the forces of evil, it would have made it the awesome book I was expecting.
I was so disappointed! She could have let us know the importance of books to her story without turning the whole book into a bibliography. In fact, I wish there had been an actual bibliography at the end listing all the books the main character liked.
In the end, I still enjoyed the book I read, but I longed for the book I thought I was going to read.