The Rise of the Backdoor Fantasy Story

One of the best books I read this year was a fantasy novel that wasn't a fantasy novel, called Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore. Written by Robin Sloan, it's about a secret society devoted to translating a mythical book about immortality, and features several long passages devoted to the awesomeness of dragons. But… » 11/28/12 5:21pm 11/28/12 5:21pm

Ask Jo Walton anything you want about Among Others

In June, the io9 Book Club read Jo Walton's Among Others. Now Walton is coming to answer your questions about the book today, June 29. Feel free to ask her questions about her other books, but for the most part we'll focus on Among Others. » 6/28/12 1:47pm 6/28/12 1:47pm

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

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! » 6/26/12 1:59pm 6/26/12 1:59pm

io9 Book Club Reminder: Meeting 6/26 to discuss Jo Walton's Among Others

The io9 Book Club meets every month to discuss a book, and then the author usually joins us for a chat. This month, we're reading Jo Walton's Nebula-winning novel Among Others (we reviewed the book here). We'll meet June 26th to discuss the book. Watch for a post that day announcing the book club, and jump into… » 6/20/12 3:02pm 6/20/12 3:02pm

Must Read: Ursula K. Le Guin discusses Jo Walton's Among Others

Legendary author Ursula Le Guin published a roundup of new or recent fantasy books she's read over at Bookview Cafe, and her thoughts on Jo Walton's Nebula-winning novel Among Others are especially worth reading. In particular, she talks about what she likes about the way Walton depicts magic: » 6/07/12 3:16pm 6/07/12 3:16pm

Loving books and doing magic might just get you through puberty

There are the books you want to give all your friends, and there are the books you wish you could go back and give your younger self. And then there's the rare book, like Jo Walton's Among Others, that's both. » 1/21/11 9:00am 1/21/11 9:00am