Welcome to Bordertownby Holly Black
In the 1980s, author Terri Windling wanted to bring more writers into fantasy, so she invented a world, and invited young authors to build and contribute to it. That world was Bordertown, a city on the edge of contemporary human civilization and the Elven world—a place where magic and science both only work half the time as they influence each other—and a… See more details below
In the 1980s, author Terri Windling wanted to bring more writers into fantasy, so she invented a world, and invited young authors to build and contribute to it. That world was Bordertown, a city on the edge of contemporary human civilization and the Elven world—a place where magic and science both only work half the time as they influence each other—and a place that dreaming teenagers run to. One of the forerunners to today's urban fantasy, a total of three anthologies and three novels were published by several publishers (one of the anthologies and all the novels are still in print). Flash forward to 2010. Acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctrow, Neil Gaiman, Janni Simner, Sara Ryan, and more are now adding to the Bordertown world—to honor its inspiration to them in their own writing. They are joined by many of the original writers: Charles de Lint, Ellen Kushner, Jane Yolen, Patricia McKillip, Will Shetterly, and Emma Bull.
Bordertown: where the human and faerie worlds intersect, a place populated by runaways and the lost, powered by an unreliable mix of magic and technology.
Thirteen years ago, the way to this shared world was closed after four anthologies (The Essential Bordertown, 1998, etc.) and three novels (Elsewhere, 1991, etc.). Now, Kushner (one of the original contributors) and Black (who grew up reading the original tales) have reopened the way, and once again teens uncomfortable in the world—or just looking for excellent fantasy fiction—can escape to it. This is punk-rock, DIY fantasy, full of harsh reality and incandescent magic. "Noobs" will be quickly acclimated by the introductory "Bordertown Basics," an irreverent tour-guide's view with everything the visitor needs to know. Many of the stories echo with loss and discomfort; standouts include "Crossings" by Janni Lee Simner, a chilling look at the difference between dreams and reality, and "A Tangle of Green Men," Charles De Lint's heartbreaking examination of love, loss and life. Poems and songs (from Patricia A. McKillip, Neil Gaiman and Jane Yolen, among others) balance the fiction, and if some of the songs don't play so great to tone-deaf readers, they still bring the importance of music home. A few stories fall a little flat, but these tiny flaws don't detract from a masterful anthology.
Here's to another generation finding comfort and inspiration on the border. (introductions, author notes) (Fantasy/anthology. 13 & up)
"This is punk-rock, DIY fantasy, full of harsh reality and incandescent magic...a masterful anthology."
Starred Review, School Library Journal, June 2011:
"It’s easy to be transported by each entry’s rich details and compelling characters, but this page-turner’s biggest success is in how veteran authors simultaneously address the themes through traditional fantasy tropes and current reality."
- Random House Children's Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.80(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 Years
Meet the Author
HOLLY BLACK is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles, The Modern Faerie Tale series, The Good Neighbors graphic novel trilogy, and her new Curse Workers series, which begins with White Cat. She has been a finalist for both the Mythopoeic Award and Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award.
ELLEN KUSHNER lives in Manhattan and travels a lot. Her most recent novel, The Privilege of the Sword, was nominated for a wildly diverse array of awards, including a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the James Tiptree Jr. Award (for work that best expands or explores our understanding of gender).
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