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Welcome to Bordertown

Welcome to Bordertown 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 dow

  • Title: Welcome to Bordertown
  • Author: Holly Black Ellen Kushner Terri Windling Cory Doctorow Patricia A. McKillip Catherynne M. Valente Amal El-Mohtar Emma Bull
  • ISBN: 9780375867057
  • Page: 204
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 series wBordertown 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 series was the forerunner of today s urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner In this volume of all new work including a 15 page graphic story , the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M Valente, and many They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.

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    Welcome to Bordertown

    About Author

    1. Holly Black Ellen Kushner Terri Windling Cory Doctorow Patricia A. McKillip Catherynne M. Valente Amal El-Mohtar Emma Bull says:
      Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles with Tony DiTerlizzi , The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series with Cassandra Clare , The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

    Comment 282 on “Welcome to Bordertown

    1. Sherwood Smith says:
      I had sort of a love hate deal going with the original Bordertown stories though I liked the idea of them, there was this rich privileged kids patina to the stories The Bordertown runaways were special, they dressed in leather, they found magic, and no one ever seemed to have to get a down and dirty job in order to survive they live on air and music, or if they work at the inn, it seemed no one ever has brutal hours or hurting feet like waitressing in this world Enough of that I think it s safe [...]

    2. Kris says:
      Whew, this is going to be a long review as each entry gets its own blurb deep breath Well, here goesEllen Kushner Terri Windling Welcome to BordertownThis was a sweet story about a girl who left for Bordertown and thirteen days later for her but 13 years later for the human world her younger brother gets a postcard she sent home and starts on a journey to find her It is a story not only of his journey to find his older sister but to also find his place in the world I quite liked this story It ga [...]

    3. Moira Russell says:
      I m not sure this book works The introduction of new computer technology to Bordertown seems off did they really have to have a typical Cory Doctorow teenage hero invents the internet and gets laid at the same time story Really truly , and the it s been thirteen days in Bordertown but thirteen years for the World conceit seems invented to cover up the gap in books than anything else, altho some of the writers use it very well Most of the poetry reads like song lyrics without music, which doesn [...]

    4. ambyr says:
      I am too old for Bordertown I don t mean that in some put away childish things sense I still find the aesthetic as fun as ever hell, I ve got purple hair and a closet half full of leather and lace as I type But I ve internalized Cavafy too much I no longer believe problems can be solved by flight to another city I no longer find the narrative of people trying an interesting one I want to read about people who build a better life where they are, people who find the magic in the every day Or, if t [...]

    5. else fine says:
      Like any collection, this one is uneven Please don t throw things at me, Border fanatics I assure you that I love Bordertown as much as anyone The unevenness can be divided roughly into two groups good and bad For a change of pace, I m going to start with what was so very good about this anthology, in a disjointedly listing sort of way Like so Nalo Hopkinson and Catherynne Valente, turning out two ass kickingly awesome stories, of the type which manage to feel epic and mythic despite their short [...]

    6. Chris says:
      For me, urban fantasy is fantasy set in, duh, urban areas, in cities Frequently the location is as much a character as it a setting The stories are infused with hints of faerie and myth, both European and Native American, and when you finish reading, you can almost glimpse the fantastical out of the corner of your eye.The Borderland anthologies were among the earliest urban fantasy, about the mythical Bordertown that existed on the cusp of this world and the Faerie Realm Revisiting Bordertown in [...]

    7. Mike says:
      You know your anthology sucks when the best story in it gets 4 stars.Yes, that s right Not a single story in the anthology got 5 stars A couple came close, but non achieved the rating And I m not one of those people who only saves 5 stars for the very best books in existence I give it out fairly often So to say that not a single story in here got the rating is a really shitty reflection of the editing and writing It s not the worst anthology I ve read 21 Proms actually had a higher rating averag [...]

    8. Wealhtheow says:
      Bordertown was one of my favorite set of stories back when I was a teen The writing was often a little clunky, and once I started going to night clubs and having adventures of my own the stories became much less exciting I wouldn t really recommend the majority of it any it s just too self consciously trying to be hip But I still have a soft spot for the concept of Bordertown, and a few of the stories have stuck with me Welcome to Bordertown by Ellen Kushner and Terri Windling These two stateswo [...]

    9. Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides says:
      I m going to get this out of the way there was a part of me that worried that this volume would be terrible or disappointing, but I feel like it s a worthy successor to the Bordertown stories I particularly loved, like Danceland and Finder The gimmick that the way to the Border has been closed for 13 years, from the perspective of the world we know, while a mere 13 days passed on the Border is played with just enough for humor and drama, not to the point of being cheesy.I ll be posting reviews o [...]

    10. Kim says:
      I was a teenager during the 80s heyday of shared world anthologies hey, whatever happened to those I read most of them voraciously Thieves World, it s your turn to come back next , but one of my favorites was definitely the Borderland series Not only were many of my favorite authors involved Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Steven Brust , but the concept itself was fascinating Elves Rock and Roll Unreliable magic And the pairing of modern society with some of the oldest beliefs in folklore still [...]

    11. Just_ann_now says:
      This review pertains most specifically to the audiobook verstion of Welcome to Bordertown I came late to the Bordertown books, discovering them as an adult, but once I did I collected them assiduously on and eBay and devoured them greedily I was delighted when I learned that there would a new collection, and that Ellen Kushner, my favorite writer, would be one of the editors The Bordertown series was the first of the Urban Fantasy genre, set in a world very close to our own contemporary world, r [...]

    12. Melanti says:
      Maybe I would have liked this book if I d read the original Bordertown anthologies way back when and had nostalgia on my side for this one I wasn t so fed up with urban fantasy most of the authors I was looking forward to reading had written actual stories instead of poems there were consensus between the authors on what Bordertown is like the stories from the authors I like weren t so obviously just their standard fare with Borderland bits tacked on to fit the required theme I owned the book [...]

    13. Indigo says:
      If you have loved the Borderlands series since the beginning, then you know what I think.If you haven t, and this is your first time across the border Then you re lucky You ll get to meet Wolfboy, Orient, and Farrel Din, and Screaming Lord Neville And you ll get to meet the new faces who made their way to the crazy town between the Human world and the Realm where the Truebloods come from.The stories vary from whimsical Welcome to Bordertown to the romantic and heartbreaking A Tangle of Green Men [...]

    14. John says:
      Nice to see some utopian visions among all the dystopian ones that are filling up the bookshelves now The poetry here didn t knock my socks off, but the stories are all at least Good, and of particular note are Cory Doctorow s, for explaining so credibly why Faerie should be so decisively off limits to humans Will Shetterly s, for being such a feelgood tale Charles de Lint s closer for the same reason Janni Lee Simner s, for giving the Twilight series such a chilly littleeak The Fairy Trade stor [...]

    15. Michelle Morrell says:
      A new tome in my favorite shared universe, ever Woo Bordertown is the same but the rest of the world sure isn t The thirteen days that passed in town were really thirteen years to the rest of the world But now the border is open again, and the people that considered themselves on the cutting edge of everything are forced to deal with a world that has moved on without them But if there s anything they can do, it s adapt Love the new life that was breathed into the series.

    16. Brian says:
      I was really excited to read this collection, because I wanted to see how Bordertown had changed with the introduction of texting and tweeting and Instagram and Google and And in that sense, Welcome to Bordertown was a bit disappointing, but not really surprising Of course you can t get a reliable internet connection on the Border Of course a text might come through as snatches of poetry or in a language you don t speak That s how tech works next to the Realm, after all I should have known.I thi [...]

    17. Julia says:
      Anyone writing urban fantasy owes a debt to Terri Windling p.1 We re all misfits here That s why I started this squat For people like us who don t fit anywhere else Halfies and homos and hopeless romantics, the outcast and outrageous and terminally weird p.69 Youth is half of what anyone who comes to this city needs in order to make a way The rest is a blend of luck, skill, and a friendly disposition p.399 Welcome to Bordertown by Ellen Kushner Terri Windling sets up the premise for the antholog [...]

    18. Jenne says:
      I love reading anthologies of short stories, it is one of the best ways to find new authors and catch up with old ones Welcome to Bordertown was no exception I found I knew most of the authors and I enjoyed visiting with them Holly Black, Terri Windling, Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Cassandra Clare and Jane Yolen, just to name a few Although I have read a lot of anthologies, this was my first time experiencing Bordertown, where all the stories are connected by a place and where urban fantasy re [...]

    19. Tim Hicks says:
      There s a good framework here, with the existing word of Bordertown and the useful idea of a time slip to give the authors some room Several stories were creative and engaging But as I neared the end of the book it got to be too much of a muchness I m finding Bordertown boring Coffee, music, motorcycles, drugs, sex, elves, like wow man And yes, I was there for the sixties and I m on my fifth motorcycle and I make vicious coffee, so it s not as if I don t get it And it s implausible The cumulativ [...]

    20. C.J. says:
      I did not, in fact, take the time to read cover to cover, as only brief peridots of prose and story struck out of the noxious fog of self stroking stupidity One might consider that slightly harsh Hyperbole But no apology the bordertown stories compiled seem to live in their own little world, beyond reason, fairy tale reason, or even simple story common sense Their characters are than fairly un likeable, unpleasant, and self pitying Their world is wracked by a peculiar but pricking ugliness that [...]

    21. Tarja says:
      I read the first Bordertown books when they came out in the 80 s, 90 s and liked the mix of normal world elf runaways, the music, the gangs, and the atmosphere created in the Bordertown anthologies and novels When I found out there was going to be a new book telling stories about that fascinating town and it s inhabitants I was extremely excited.I just finished Welcome to Bordertown, the new addition to the Bordertown lore and was not disappointed For a while, Bordertown was inaccessible from o [...]

    22. Deirdre says:
      I m still enjoying my forays into Bordertown This newer collection posits that the way to the Borderlands has been closed for the past 13 years, during which time only 13 days passed within the Borderlands kind of a Rip Van Winkle thing As with any collection, I found some of the stories absorbing than others, but I genuinely enjoyed all of them Shannon s Law by Cory Doctorow is very clever it goes into great detail about an elaborate scheme to get the Elflands online put simply , without any h [...]

    23. Jessica says:
      For me this was Welcome BACK to Bordertown I can t count the number of times I ve read Will Shetterly s ELSEWHERE and NEVERNEVER, which in my opinion are two of the best urban fantasy booka for teens ever written I love you, Wolfboy Bordertown is a shared world with books and stories written by a number of authors over the years, though no one has done anything new in several years, until now And that s the premise that these stories hang on the border was closed for thirteen years, though it on [...]

    24. Dawn says:
      Dawn States Short Stories Bordertown is an unusual short story collection It is not just a book of short stories, it is a book of short stories, poems, and graphic novel that all connect to each other This book is its own unique mix, just like Bordertown, the place the stories are all written about The common theme in the book is finding magic in life, runaways, discovering the place you belong, and believing that something better is possible Any teen who feels as if the world does not have a pl [...]

    25. Logan says:
      3.5 stars, really.I really love all the Bordertown books I started reading them when I was much younger, and at the time was often on the road, traveling I ran away from home, traveled the US and beyond for many years, and had a book with me every step of the way These were the only books that I read at that time that had characters with lives like mine, and also included all my favorite things like elves and magic and fighting, etc So they hold a special place in my heart, and I was psyched to [...]

    26. glitrbug says:
      544 pages of wonderful stories, a novella, a graphic short, and a couple poems about a city between the Realm fairie and the World populated by runaways of all kinds humans, halfies, Truebloods, a Wolfboy, some goblins, they are all here bumping up against each other Magic works some of the time but not always they way you d expect it to You can t always tell the good guys from the bad It s a collection of good old fashioned fairy tales in an urban setting Simply wonderful Couldn t have been pl [...]

    27. Elizabeth says:
      Eh Possibly should not have read in less than three days, as everything started to blend together Bordertown awesome on its own terms, not yours I get it.The best of the lot, for me, was the Kushner Windling piece mostly because it was delightful happymaking story I would like to tell Emma Bull s Incunabulum, and Tim Pratt s Or Stars, Our Selves although holy wow, worst title ever Okay, so there were some good parts, including Charles de Lint s finale, which isn t really about Bordertown at all [...]

    28. Catherine says:
      Had a mixed response to this book I read and enjoyed the original Btown books when they came out but they didn t quite hold up as well for me as say, Liavek, which included many of the same authors.None of the poetry in tuis anthology worked for me, unfortunately, though I think it was an interesting notion to include it I really enjoyed some stories the first novella by Black and Kushner, The Rowan Gentlemen , and several others Other stories elicited a so what reaction and one, Hopkinson s, ha [...]

    29. Teresa says:
      It s been 13 years since the last Bordertown collection was published The authors chose to address that in these new stories, acknowledging the years that had passed in the World In Bordertown itself, only 13 days have passed Old friends show up hello, Ron story Farrel Din makes an appearance, as do many others and we re introduced to new friends And there are vampires Okay Lankins but yes, Bordertown vampires Excellently done I didn t realize how much I d missed life on the Border until I heard [...]

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