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    Among Others

    Was just OK, doesn't get interesting until quite late in the book. A lot of boring fluff to fill out the book.

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    This is one of those books that people seem to either love or hate. I thought the description was not really a good way of telling people what the book was about...although I don't know how else it could be described. It is one of those books that sort of eludes description and neat summary. The book is written in diary format, which honestly, I don't always like. In this case, however, I found myself quite drawn into Mori's mind. I wondered throughout whether her perceptions were real or delusional (and no less real to the person experiencing them). The main event of Mori's life, that which forms the basis of her finding herself where she is (the confrontation with her mother and death of her twin) takes place outside of the book. The story that follows is the aftermath, the piecing together, of her life following those events. In some ways, this book reminded me of Fire and Hemlock, by Dianna Wynne Jones. In Fire and Hemlock, we get to see a list of what must have been considered by Wynne Jones to be the best and most influential literature for children and young adults. In Among Others, Mori's experiences and perceptions are so influenced and motivated by her love of reading, particularly science fiction, and I think we see what must have been loved and breathed by Jo Walton at some point in her own life. As a reader, I love to see those influences brought out as such an integral part of the story telling. As a lover of books from childhood to adulthood, it brought me to a level of profound understanding of and empathy for the characters in both novels. In the end, Among Others is a book of layered storytelling; of pictures being pieced together; and of parts moving and fitting and refitting. It is not a straightforward fantasy or magical realism tale, but something that requires thought and allowing the story to settle itself on the reader in its own time.


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