October 21st, 2016

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Every Heart a Doorway

I'm reading "Every Heart a Doorway" by Seanan McGuire. It reminds me of what I've heard of the Mrs. Peregrine's Home series, but with a horror twist. A school for children who fell through doors into other worlds and then got shoved back here, trying to cope with this world again. It reminds me of my own childhood, because I was off in my own world during my childhood and have been trying to cope with being forced back to reality ever since.

Edit: Forgot to mention that there's a trans boy character, and the main character is asexual.

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Proper review this time

Now that I have finished reading "Every Heart a Doorway," a proper review is called for:

This is an amazing book, about a boarding school for people who - like Alice from Alice in Wonderland or Dorothy from the Oz books - slipped into another world, found they fit in, then got ripped out of that world back to this one, and now must adapt to their original world again, and cope with the strong need to return to the one they fell into. But of course, as with most of Seanan's writing, there is a horror twist: students are being murdered, their bodies mutilated.

As someone who coped with a troubled childhood by retreating into fantasy and then later got pulled kicking and screaming back to reality and has been trying to readjust ever since, I strongly resonate with these characters. Their characterization is unique, varied, realistic, and beautiful.

I was also pleased at the inclusion of a transgender character who is neither joke nor tragedy, and at the main character being asexual yet not aromantic. Further, one of the other girls is a scientist and genius. These characters, whose struggles to cope with being on earth again are so well written, added to a beautiful, rich, and believable fantasy multiverse, makes it a jewel to read, and I really hope Ms. McGuire will be taking us back through this door in the future.

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