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Book Review: Tooth and Claw

Tooth and Claw

By Jo Walton

Adult Fiction

What do you get when you take a Jane Austen-style Victorian novel of manners … and make the characters anthropomorphic dragons?

The only book I know that fits that description is Jo Walton’s inventive Tooth and Claw, where ladies of questionable reputation struggle to make their way in the world, fathers die leaving their children to fight over their inheritance, and sanctimonious parsons seek blushing brides.

Jo Walton has proven adept at many different genres – alternate history, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery – many times blending genres together in new and inventive ways. But no matter what type of book it is, her engaging writing style and way of turning something familiar on its head make her books well worth reading.

Also by Jo Walton: Among Others.

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Book review: Among Others

Among Others
By Jo Walton

Adult Fiction

Morwenna is a reserved, unusual teen, easily annoyed by the vacuity of her classmates, and most at home among the bookshelves of the local bookshop or library.

Mori grew up in a Welsh mining town, playing among the spirits that were as real to her as her twin sister. But then her mother began dabbling in the dark side of magic, and things went tragically wrong. Now Mori is making a new life for herself in an English boarding school, very alone except for the copious amounts of books she devours.

The quietly moving and lyrical writing creates an air of mystery, and fans of classic scifi and fantasy will find many of their favorite authors and books discussed – a fun bonus in what is already an enchanting story.

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