- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (10 May 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780765385505
- ISBN-13: 978-0765385505
- ASIN: 0765385503
- Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.8 x 21.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 249 g
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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"A jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them." --NPR
"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
"This amazing fantasy pierces the shimmering veil of childhood imagination by reminding adult readers that their own doorways still exist deep in the champers of their all-too-human hearts." --Booklist starred review
"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
"The broken doors are open, and you should come and enter. Every Heart a Doorway feels like home." --B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
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Such a colourful world that exists in this novel. Reminded me of ‘Hex Hall’ by Rachel Hawkins and ‘The Darkest Part of the Forest’ by Holly Black.
I loved the descriptions of all the realms existing through the other ends of doorways – portals to other worlds. But I am still trying to figure out why – what is the purpose of the doorways – how are they all connected... and what it means to the story. It wasn’t answered in this first instalment, but with another three books in the series ready to read, I still might yet get my answers.
The characters are all very interesting – colours of personality, identity, gender, sexuality, all mixed in with quips and foibles. Such a delicious array of characters, McGuire’s writing style stands out in shining holographic light. Maybe an author from a Nonsense world?
Nancy, as the protagonist was probably the most sedate of all – a little uninteresting, but it was great to get exposure to the worlds behind doorways through her eyes. Experience her own world and the yearning to return to it. How ‘normal’ people assumed that they were all mentally ill, suffering a breakdown or possessed an overactive imagination.
She had a quiet strength that only appeared when absolutely necessary.
Such a diverse cast. An asexual protagonist and a transgendered friend – I love the way the issues were dealt with, how they were introduced, like they weren’t anything new or unusual. It’s something that happens, like breathing. If only attitudes were like this in real life.
The plot twists were masterfully crafted and I did not see them coming. For such a short novel this really packs a wallop. The one downside is that I did not get enough of the bigger questions resolved, just a few of the smaller plot points. But it is a series, so I am excited to see where this is all going. Definitely picking up ‘Down Among the Stick and Bones’ very soon.
I felt like I was flying through this book, the chapters are shortish and introduce a plot point or tidbit of information and kept the pace going right until the end. I had to spread this out over a week or so because of my lack of free time but will definitely be re-reading this before long – maybe marathon the entire series. Sounds like fun. Especially since I was so impressed with the writing, it’s promising. Totally recommend!
I absolutely love that asexuality and being transgender are present in the book - both with main characters. Another good thing is that the main character explains that being asexual and aromantic are two different things - which I think that some people in the real world should be told about.
I was a little confused at the start of the book as we don't see Nancy come back to her original world from her door, only that she turns up at Eleanor's home and the story is told from there.
Hope means you keep holding on to things that won't ever be so again, and so you bleed an inch at a time until there's nothing left.
No spoilers, but the characters that were killed did surprise me. One of the three did sort of deserve it though - until it was explained where their door was. Then I felt bad for thinking that way.
Plus I loved that Jack and Jill were twin girls - their full names being Jacqueline and Jillian. Normally when we hear or think about the nursery rhyme, we think that it's one boy and one girl so it was nice to see that twist put in there.
I figured out who the killer was before it was revealed and I'm a little proud of that.
I'm a genius of infinite potential and highly limited patience. People shouldn't try me so.
Christopher's talent was quite cool, kind of like the pied piper from fairy tales. I also thought that Nancy and Christopher would be a cute couple together.
In the end, Nancy eventually goes back through her door, so we get to see pretty much her entire story.
Magic doorways to other worlds, murder, a little mystery, and belonging. I would definitely recommend this fun but dark little novella to everyone.