What I'm Reading: Jo Walton

Even though I read a lot of historical fiction, I like science fiction and fantasy, especially books where the two genres collide. Jo Walton's book Among Others tells an unusual coming-of-age story. The narrator, a fifteen-year-old girl who is an outsider at her English private school, is entranced by science fiction. But she can also see fairies--dark and shadowy ones--and feel the effects of magic, also dark and shadowy.  I was entranced, too--I stayed up too late reading it.