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review 2014-11-13 16:38
Among Others / Jo Walton
Among Others - Jo Walton

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…


As a soldier in the army against ignorance (a library worker), how could I help but be charmed by this book? It is, in many ways, a testament to the ways that libraries and librarians can make a difference in people’s lives. I was astonished last year when I realized that I had now worked 30 years in the library field, but looking back it should not have been a big surprise. I clearly remember the thrill that I got on the first day that I was allowed into the “big kids’ library” in our small town school. The satisfaction of finding books that engaged and moved me—starting simply with Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series and culminating when I discovered H. Rider Haggard and J.R.R. Tolkien.

That is the second reason that Among Others charmed me—I have read science fiction all of my reading life and have appreciated its way of getting me to look at my world from new angles. I have been working my way chronologically through a long list of classic science fiction and fantasy for the last three years and am just moving into the 1980’s decade, so many of the works referenced in Among Others were fresh in my mind. In fact, I was reading Heinlein’s The Number of the Beast at the same time that I was reading about Morwenna’s discovery of it as a newly published work.

I’m sure many adolescents go through the phase of feeling like they don’t fit in and struggling to find people with whom they click—and it’s very difficult in a rural or small town situation, where numbers of children in your own age group are limited, so I could relate to Morwenna’s struggle. I was also fortunate as a farm child to have access to a university extension program—we received regular boxes of books, containing what the university librarians considered appropriate for children, including loads of fairy tales, Greek mythology, and classic books. I especially appreciated the mythology and longed to see centaurs, Pegasus, and dryads for myself, but these seemed to be delicate Mediterranean creatures that did not frequent the Canadian prairies. I didn’t encounter Mary Renault’s work back then, but I think that is an omission that I will have to correct, as Morwenna and I share similar tastes.

I love how involved we can become in these fictional works—like Morwenna, I can always count on LOTR to completely immerse me, despite the number of times I have taken that journey. I treasure the books that I can read repeatedly and happily, as well as those that deprive me of sleep because I simply can’t set them down.

Recommended for library and book lovers, science fiction readers, and those who grew up in rural surroundings (especially if you are all of the above).

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text 2014-11-04 22:21
October Wrap Up!

I am a little late with my wrap-up this month, but I read so many great books that I needed to share.  I love Halloween, so I did a lot of Halloween reading including thriller, horror and fairy tale re-tellings! I also managed to read 20 books this month, that's a lot. Here's the run down:


Goddess Born by Kari Edgren: Paranormal historical fiction, review


The Furies by Mark Alpert: Witches with a genetic abnormality, more of an action thriller, review.


The Girl who Came Back to Life by Craig Staufenberg: A fairy tale of a girl who wants to get her parents to return from the land of the dead, review.


When Fully Fused by Shari J. Ryan:  The third book in the Schasm series, a great conclusion to the psychological thriller set, review.  


Tortured Souls by Kimber Leigh Wheaton: YA paranormal set near Halloween with hauntings and plenty of ghosts, review.


More, The Guardians and Twelve by T.M. Franklin:  All three books in the More series, paranormal super-powers and fighting evil, reviews.


The Wastewater Gardener by Mark Nelson:   Non-fiction, part memoir, part how-to garden with your wastewater, review.


Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth: Part fairy-tale retelling, part historical fiction on how the story of Rapunzel came to be, review. 


Maidens in the Night by Mark Morey: A little bit of a Jack the Ripper tale, but mostly about the struggle of women in that time period, review.


Visions of Teaoga by Jim Remsen: Middle Grade historical fiction about the treaties between the settlers and the Native Americans at the New York/Pennsylvania border, review.


Ice Massacre by Tiana Warner: Paranormal mermaid story with female warriors, review


Floats the Dark Shadow by Yves Fey: A dark, historical mystery set in Bel Epoque Paris, review.


The Tudor Vendetta by C.W. Gortner: Third book in the Tudor Conspiracy series, a historical mystery in the reign of Queen Elizabeth, review.


School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino: Young adult fantasy about the first female grim reaper in a million years, review.


Chronicle of Steele: Raven Episode 4 by Pauline Creeden: Last installment in the Chronicles of Steele series, a great ending to the steampunk adventures, review.


Naliyah by Shauna Kelley: Fantasy romance with a new twist on vampires, review.


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge: Fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast with many twists and turns, review.


Into the Blind by Helen Rena: Young adult fantasy with a dystopian edge and a fairy-tale feel, review.


Favorite Books of the month: Bitter Greens, Goddess Born, Naliyah, Ice Massacre.

Not-so-Good books this month: Maidens in the Night and The Furies

Overall, a great month with a ton of reading done!

Have you read any of these or are you planning on reading any of these?


Upcoming in November:

Snow White Red Handed

The Ripper's Wife


Roan Rose



Happy Reading! 

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text 2014-11-03 02:03
October Wrap Up :]

November is here!! Holy crap! I haven't ever figured out what to get my 4yr old for xmas yet! yikes!!


October was a wonderful month :]


Books Read:


Hardback/Paperback Read


Ashen Winter - 4 stars

Hex Hall - 5 stars

Demonglass - 5 stars

Spell Bound - 5 stars

Pivot Point - 5 stars

Second Split - 5 stars

Clockwork Angel - 4 stars

Winger - 4 stars

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend - 4 stars

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - 5 stars

Angelfall - 5 stars

World After - 5 stars

Alice in Zombieland - 4 stars


Total: 13



E-books Read


The One - 4 stars

The 5th Wave - 5 stars


Total: 2


Read to Reviews Read


Homeless - 4 stars

Brew - 5 stars


Total: 2




How was your October?? Read anything i need to consider reading?? :]

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text 2014-11-01 02:30
Animal Law Update: Oregon Supreme Court Determines Animals Can Be Considered Crime Victims

We made some more strides forward in animal protection.


"The issue confronting the Oregon Supreme Court was limited to whether animals could be considered “victims” for the purposes of sentencing under the animal neglect statute. If so, then the counts against the defendant would not be able to be merged and he could be sentenced for 20 separate convictions."

Source: akcdoglovers.com/2014/09/17/animal-law-update-oregon-supreme-court-determines-animals-can-be-considered-crime-victims/?utm_source=AKCommunicates&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20140925&mkt_tok=3RkMMJWWfF9wsRoluq3JZKXonjHpfsX56OklWaKzgokz
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text 2014-10-31 15:50
October 2014 Reading Round up!

  This has been a great month for reading at the Horror Corner! These are my favorites from October.

(Click cover to see my review. )


Wakening the Crow by Stephen Gregory!





Oasis of the Damned by Greg Gifune!



Ursa Major by John Little!



Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg!



We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory!



I wish every month could be as great as this month was! Happy reading!

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