Ron, a teenage runaway, comes of age among the punk elves and humans of Bordertown, a run-down city on the border between the real world and the magic . When Ron runs away, he ends up in Bordertown, a grim city that lies between the real world and the world of faerie, a place where elf and human gangs stalk. Ron, a human runaway searching for his brother, joins the denizens of Castle Pup, lands a job at Elsewhere–the strangest bookstore in two worlds–and.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Elsewhere by Will Shetterly. When Ron runs away, he ends up in Bordertown, a grim city that lies between the real world and the world of faerie, a place where elf and human gangs stalk the streets side by side, and where magic works better than technology. If the city doesn’t kill him, it just may teach him what it is to be human.
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I only saw this and Never Never listed here on Goodreads. Which book starts the series formally? See 1 question about Elsewhere….
Lists with This Book. Readers of faerie books. It’s from the viewpoint of young people who have dropped out and live on the streets, forming their own families and relationships. I don’t especially feel comfortable with the idea of kids living this way, but that’s one of the best things about reading. You get to see different worlds, lives, existences, and realize that humans are all the same, no xhetterly what kind of lives they live.
Ron came to the Bordertown to find his older brother. He was living in denial, and this tri Elsewhere is moody. He was living in denial, and this trip helped him to find himself, to let go of notions about eslewhere he was and what was important in life. I liked seeing him go through that evolution.
It was interesting how his name changed as his personality, or should I say who he thought he was, went through transitions. It was kind of ironic that he found peace within when his last manifestation would have seemed the most unfortunate.
He found a family in the place he least expected it, but he sort of came full circle. To say more would be spoil the book. This is a thoughtful book, with the capacity to inspire deep emotions in a reader. I picked it up because I am intensely interested in stories about Faerie, and this book is very good for those who like Faerie. Along with those elements is a deep story that gives eleewhere little more along with the surface fantastical elements.
This book is about how we think we express our identities, purpose, bonds of loyalty and affection. How a person takes all those ingredients and uses them to become who they are meant to be, if they can make it through the painful metamorphosis that leads to the final state: View all 5 comments.
Jan 26, Kirsten rated it really liked it Shelves: I read this back when I was in highschool and dearly loved it. The whole “Bordertown” series was great fodder for my imagination. I was pleased to find when I re-read this that the writing was as good as I remembered, and the characters remain compelling. There are times shettsrly I walk through my West Philadelphia neighborhood that I half expect to find elves on spellbox-powered motorcycles.
Shetterly imagines urban magic in a wonderful manner. May 08, Diane rated it elsewhee was amazing Shelves: What an imaginative story, well-told, and written for the literate. Elsewhere is a bookstore, and the names of the shelves are hilarious for anyone who has worked in a bookstore or library. The world of faerie mixed with urban lit. Those who liked Holly Black’s Tithe would like this. It has a male protagonist. Jun 06, Miriam rated it liked it Shelves: I just tried Neverneverwhich features the same main character, and didn’t remember him at all.
I read this book for the first time when I was in junior high, and it was my first sweet taste of Urban Fantasy. Elves on motorcycles, magic at dance clubs, werewolfs staffing used bookstores- I was hooked. I read it again this month, outloud, all in one day during a road trip to LA with my sister. We were both amazed that it not only held up to our memories, but was perhaps ever better than we remembered.
We caught more references to bands, to other sci-fi and fantasy authors eill we had the I read this book for the first time when I was in junior high, and it was my first sweet taste of Urban Fantasy.
We caught more references to bands, to other sci-fi and fantasy authors shetterlyy we had the before and the overarching theme of gentrification hit harder.
Dec 08, Leah G rated it really liked it. I’d forgotten how much I like YA, due to the glut of derivative dystopias currently swarming the publishing market. This book may be from the 80s but it is sizzling with awesomeness. I laughed out loud many times while reading it, from plot twists and turns of phrase that were just plain funny. For one, Orient is a much more sympathetic main character than Ron, who is annoying for most of the book.
But also Finder is just so much more perfect and makes me cry and laugh and want to read it again. About the book itself: Ron, a young man without an inborn ability to know when to elsdwhere his mouth shut, arrives in Bordertown on a specific quest but with no real plans of what to do when he arrives.
This is quickly reversed- he is offered a place to stay Castle Pup, a refuge for many folk who fit in nowhere else, including elves, humans and halflings, and is the only place where all 3 of flsewhere actually attempt to get along and finds a job he enjoys, but has no idea how to fulfill his quest.
I enjoyed the part of the book when Ron acclimates to Bordertown and learns what it’s like there.
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shegterly But the plot really takes off when Mooner, the guy who found Ron and brought him home, puts eosewhere proposal up to the motley crew for a vote, the results of which could change their lives and the ties that hold them together.
And not everyone is so eager to accept the results of the democratic process Lots of issues are explored: One major twist was totally foreshadowed view spoiler [by Ron asking questions about ghosts hide spoiler ] but I totally missed eslewhere it was elsfwhere and I thought it really signified something else view spoiler [Florida’s secrets, not Ron’s.
I was wrong there! Also the ending explained a lot for me- it might have surprised other readers, but I’ve possibly read another short story once set in Danceland? I can’t remember where or what it was called, but I now understand how future-Ron became who he was by that time. And hopefully internally as well, although he was sort of forced to overcome his specific character flaw of not being able to keep his mouth shut, not sure that counts as personal growth.
Oooh, I’m being mean. And not all of them are available in the same formats I’ll have to keep searching, I suspect it will be worth the hunt. Generally speaking of the state of books today, I can’t wait for the dystopia craze to die down and perhaps we can return to something eelsewhere little more interesting and different in YA.
It seems to be lasting a super long time, but so did vampires and elsewhete starting to move past them. Here’s to a revived urban fantasy boom! Or something brand new we haven’t even imagined yet! So I try to be helpful for those sorts of people and refer to things in a way that won’t spoil you too badly.
Jun 24, melydia rated it really liked it. This book takes place in the Borderlands universe created by Terri Windling, whose stories I have never read.
Luckily, there’s little to know: Bordertown is located at the boundary between the World and Faerie, a mostly run-down place where technology and magic both work sporatically. In this story, an impulsive human boy named Ron comes to Bordertown looking for his older brother, and ends up falling in with a crowd of elves, halfies, and other humans trying to bust the stereotype that the race This book takes place in the Borderlands universe created by Terri Windling, whose stories I have never read.
In this story, an impulsive human boy named Ron comes to Bordertown looking for his older brother, and ends up falling in with a crowd of elves, halfies, and other humans trying to bust the stereotype that the races can’t mingle. There’s gang violence and drug abuse and sex and rock’n’roll, as is to be expected in a story about teenagers living on the street. I first read this book about fifteen years ago and I remember liking it very much. I still like it now, except that I had a great deal more difficulty following it this time around.
I kept forgetting which character was which, and the ending felt extremely rushed. The story behind Ron’s older brother is muddled and confusing.
I think when I read it the first time, I glossed over a lot of the little details that didn’t add up. Or maybe I just missed something this time around. Either way, I did enjoy Shetterly’s writing style, which struck me as a more realistic portrayal of teenagers than I’ve seen in a while. Perhaps the sequel, Nevernever, will clear up some things. I’ve read it before too, but heck if I can remember what it was about. May 27, Aiyana rated it it was amazing Shelves: