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Down Among the Sticks and Bones : Wayward Children - Seanan McGuire

Down Among the Sticks and Bones

Wayward Children

Hardcover Published: 25th July 2017
ISBN: 9780765392039
Number Of Pages: 192

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Seanan McGuire returns to her popular Wayward Children series with Down Among the Sticks and Bones—a truly standalone story suitable for adult and young adult readers of urban fantasy.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones book chronicles the lives of two of Every Heart a Doorway's favorite characters before they wind up in the Eleanor West Home for Wayward Children—a place where children who have experienced fantasy adventures can be reintroduced to the "real" world.

In Down Among the Sticks and Bones, twin girls Jack and Jill find themselves thrust into a world of monsters and mad scientists, and something they thought they'd never experience: choice.

About the Author

Seanan McGuire is the author of Every Heart a Doorway, the first book in the Wayward Children series, as well as the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and other works. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant. Seanan lives in Seattle with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls, and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard. She was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.


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Actual rating 3.75 stars. I enjoyed the fable-like writing style of Seanan McGuire. As if some unseen television compare was sitting in a leather wingback chair by a fireplace re-counting the tale of twins Jaquline (Jack) and Jillian (Jill). Their journey through a portal into a world of vampires, werewolves, and mad scientists. It was also a tale that included a running commentary on gender roles and how we change ourselves to fit the labels other thrust upon us. Such a brilliant novella, beautifully written, with interesting characters in an imaginative world. I did struggle a bit with 'Down Among the Sticks and Bones' though – for some reason I wasn't as engaged as I was with 'Every Heart a Doorway.' Quite possibly it was the subtext of Dracula and Frankenstein... something making it feel less original. Also, I'm not the biggest fan of fantasy, especially re-hashed material. So I was putting the book down frequently for a rest. The ending, though surprising, was more so because I couldn't rationalise it. It didn't make sense to me. Only time will tell with further exploration of these characters and their relationship in future novellas as to whether or not I can accept them, or simply remain a thorn in my side. A great story, interesting characters, but a story that annoyed me somewhat. But still a highly recommended read. Looking forward to discovering what 'Beneath the Sugar Sky' has in store for me.

Sunshine Coast


Down Among the Sticks and Bones

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"McGuire has a miraculous talent for examining adolescent discontent, wedding the strange with the poignant, the fearsome with the fascinating." --RT Book Reviews Top Pick, 4 1/2 stars

"Beautifully crafted and smartly written, this fairy-tale novella is everything that speculative fiction readers look for: fantastical worlds, diverse characters, and prose that hits home with its emotional truths." --Library Journal starred review

"Exquisitely crafted, this is the rare companion novel that can stand alone." --Booklist starred review.

"Down Among the Sticks and Bones has the voice and rhythm of a fairy tale... It is vividly characterised, as so much of Seanan McGuire's work is, and has the kind of prose that carries you along to find out what happens next." --Locus

"McGuire's exquisitely written fairy tale is about the choices that can alter the course of a life forever, lost innocence, and what it is to love and be loved." --Publishers Weekly starred review


"A mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics." --NPR

"Seanan McGuire has long been one of the smartest writers around, and with this novella we can easily see that her heart is as big as her brain. We know this story isn't true, but it is truth." --Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series (TV's True Blood)

"This is a gorgeous story: sometimes mean, sometimes angry, and always exciting." --Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing

"McGuire's lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience." --Library Journal, starred review

"So mindblowingly good, it hurts." --io9

"This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place." -- Publishers Weekly

"This gothic novel is ideal for fantasy fans who have longed for a world of their own, as well as readers looking for books with diverse casts." --Bookish

"Girl Interrupted meets Grimm's Fairy Tales. Let it in and it will touch your heart and open your mind." --Geek Syndicate

ISBN: 9780765392039
ISBN-10: 0765392038
Series: Wayward Children
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 25th July 2017
Publisher: Starscape
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.1 x 14.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.3

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