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Welcome to Bordertown
     

Welcome to Bordertown

4.8 13
by Holly Black
 

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Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists' studios of Soho. Terri Windling's original Bordertown

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Welcome to Bordertown 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
In 1986, Terri Windling introduced to the literary world a fantastical place called The Borderlands. Here, in the Borderlands - outcasts, runaways - they all ended up in an old abandoned part of the city that was a Mecca for them called Bordertown. In this place, humans, elves, and half-breeds lived together and tried to work together through various "issues" in order to find a way to live in peace. Now, in 2011, a slew of urban fantasy authors have come together to each write a story or poem that reopens Bordertown after thirteen years of being closed to humans - and enable a completely new generation to experience the amazing world of the Borderlands. So many fantastic authors are a part of this book, that no reader will leave these pages unsatisfied. In the very first story the "Mom," Terri Windling (along with Ellen Kushner) is back, and puts together a tale titled, Welcome to Bordertown. A postcard has arrived in a small town to a family who has missed their daughter, Trish, for thirteen years. She ran away and they've always feared the worst. This correspondence has come from Bordertown and offers a message that Trish is fine and having a great time. Unfortunately, the postmark is from thirteen years ago. Trish's brother Jimmy knows in his heart that Trish is alive, and begins a journey that will, hopefully, retrieve his sister. Readers are shown the Borderlands and the amazing characters from Terri Windling's imagination that include Thelma Louise Mankiller, as well as locations like the hard Luck Café and Try Elsewhere Books. And the twist at the end, the decision that Trish and Jimmy come to for their futures, is a true surprise. There is a fabulous story about a young woman named Shannon who wants to bring new "law" to Bordertown and organize the humans and elves so that they can finally live and work together in peace; and some of this work is done from the internet café on Hell Street. Stories move all over the realm introducing wild characters at each and every turn. There is also a fantastic "graphic" story in the middle of this collection called, Fair Trade, which offers unforgettable dialogue and drawings to the reader. From poems about warring sisters to a poem about The Wall which truly brings together the theme of the Borderlands - that mortals need mysteries to survive, whereas elves are just as dependent on having mortals in their lives for survival - is pure art. In the end, each and every one of these truly artistic, creative, and talented writers have done immense justice to the Borderlands, and introduced new characters, new mysteries, and new ways to taste life. Quill Says: A mesmerizing work that will, most definitely, inspire the imaginations of this, and future generations. Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a brilliant book. I only feel like it's a classic. I didn't think I would like it because there were so many authors and too many stories. But I would recommend this to any one! I'm hoping one day I can write my own Bordertown story!
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I've loved the Bordertown stories ever since the first and I will love all of these.
Kofi Williams More than 1 year ago
Its a mezmerizing exsprienceto read through a defantie clasic in there own diverse ways