Hello Blog friends! Thank you so much for all the sweet comments you’ve been leaving me in my anniversary post. I will come back tomorrow and announce winners and tell you a bit more about what I’ve been doing while I was on my blog break. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy this Q&A I did with Kelly of The Written World.
We read Among Others by Jo Walton for the Once Upon A Time Challenge and both really enjoyed the book. You can see Kelly’s answers to my questions on her blog and here are the questions she asked me:
1. What lead you to read Among Others? Did it live up to your expectations?
I admit one of the reasons I picked up the book was because it was sent to me by the publisher but I soon began to read very glowing reviews of the book. I wasn’t expecting the diary format but that was an added bonus as I love stories like that. This book is definitely one of my favorite reads of the year so far. It was an unusual story and had a main character who I really liked.
2. What did you think of Morwenna Phelps? Was she a believable character despite the two worlds that she inhabits? I think so. Even when she talked about fairies I know in real life I would probably wonder about a person like that but somehow it was so easy to believe her. She was a complex character, full of bravery one minute and fears the next.
3. Do you have a favourite scene from the book? Yes, when Mori joins the book group and is there for the first time I could relate to her anticipation of what was to come. She was excited but also a bit scared or worried I guess because she wanted to so much to fit in and to find a group of bookworms that read the same genre as she did was almost too much to hope for. I loved seeing her open up to others and forget about the difficulties she had been facing while she was in her world of books.
4. One thing I found myself thinking about after I finished the book was whether or not it was believable for me. Did you think it stretched boundaries, or could you see it being a plausible storyline? The fairies part was a bit harder for me to sort of take in but again I feel like in part that’s because I’m not a big reader of sci/fi books. The magic though was a lot more believable and that’s probably from years of enjoying magical realism in books. I liked most of the characters a lot and actually this is one book where I would love to see a sequel because I would enjoy visiting again with Mori.
Here is one of my favorite lines in the book:
“I have books, new books, and I can bear anything as long as there are books.”
Isn’t that great? I hope you’ll give this book a chance. It’s such a fantastic read.