The io9 Book Club is in session! Let's talk about Jo Walton's Among Others.

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Welcome to the monthly meeting of the io9 Book Club. In June, we read Jo Walton's Nebula-winning novel Among Others. Jump into comments to get started talking about it!

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For those unfamiliar with the io9 book club, here's how it works: You read the book. We create a special book club post on io9 when the meeting is in session. That would be the post you're reading right now. Then everybody talks about the book in comments for a few days, starting right now.

Walton will be stopping by to talk to you about the book this Friday, June 29, from 11-12 AM eastern time. I'll put up a separate post calling for questions on Thursday, so look for that if you want to ask her something!

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So, what did you think of the book?

Want to get a head start on our next book? In July, we'll be reading Saladin Ahmed's Throne of the Crescent Moon, which we've been raving about for months (we reviewed it here). [Amazon] We'll meet July 24 to talk about the book, and Ahmed will join us in a conversation later that week.

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DISCUSSION

Dr Emilio Lizardo

This one didn't do it for me. Not that everything has to follow the three act formula but it was all one act with a very rushed conclusion and actually it was that conclusion I didn't like. For the first 250 pages or so it was very ambiguous. Does magic exist? Is Mor's mother a witch, crazy or is Mor just a typical teen who can't stand her parents right now? Same thing with the aunts. Is her father really being controlled, or is she trying to bond with him and looking for excuses why she can't? Did she confabulate the whole magic world as a coping mechanism for the loss of her sister and her own isolation? If magic is real (or even if it isn't) is she responsible for the accident somehow? Did her magic "game" cost her her sister? At one point I even wondered if she had a sister or if that was a confabulation - she says they went by the same nickname, nobody could tell them apart and she pretended to be the sister for a while.

Then it all came crashing down at the end when the boyfriend could see the fairies and she has a magical showdown with her mother. At that point I just decided to take it all at face value and the lack of ambiguity made the book far less interesting for me.

One further completely tangential comment. We saw Moonrise Kingdom the weekend I read it and the two go together quite well.