June's Fantasy (Morning Session) - Among Others by Jo Walton

Please join us as we discuss Among Others by Jo Walton. The novel won the 2011 Nebula Award and the 2012 Hugo Award, as well as the 2012 British Fantasy Award. It was also a nominee for the 2012 World Fantasy Award. The book is a fairly quick read, at about 302 pages.

Please keep your RSVP updated and accurate!* Space is limited for this event. If it fills up, please add yourself to the waiting list if interested. Please note that this is our smaller morning session (our afternoon session can be found here). If enough space opens up in the afternoon session, or if there isn't sufficient interest for our morning session, we may consolidate both sessions into the afternoon timeslot.

From Amazon:

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.


*Since missing one of these meetups is taking a spot away from someone else who wants to go, we'll need to have a stricter attendance policy than normal. For book discussions, 3 no-shows in a rolling 3-month period will prohibit you from attending any other book discussion for 2 months after your last no-show. In order to avoid a no-show, please update your RSVP no later than 10pm the night before a discussion. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation!

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  • Karla K.

    Our discussion on George R. R. Martin made me think of this video from his appearance on Conan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNRbV66Q-wo

    June 9, 2013

  • Rahsaan W

    Suckered into chaperoning kids! Sorry! Next book!

    June 8, 2013

  • Amy A.

    I prefer mornings if possible.

    June 3, 2013

  • Stephanie

    I was so excited about finally being able to attend a book discussion, but I'm afraid that I got my dates mixed up. I'll be in PA over the weekend, and don't think I be back by 10am Sunday. Hope to make it into the I,Robot discussion.

    1 · June 3, 2013

  • Vijay

    Now that we're less than a week away, please update your RSVP if your availability has changed. Thanks!

    @Waitlisters: If you want to maximize your chances of getting a spot, please consider joining the afternoon waitlist as well. We tend to see more turnover there. http://meetu.ps/18BJKM

    June 3, 2013

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