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Ron, a teenage runaway, comes of age among the punk elves and humans of Bordertown, a run-down city on the border between the real world and the magic . When Ron runs away, he ends up in Bordertown, a grim city that lies between the real world and the world of faerie, a place where elf and human gangs stalk. Ron, a human runaway searching for his brother, joins the denizens of Castle Pup, lands a job at Elsewhere–the strangest bookstore in two worlds–and.

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This review elsewherr been hidden because it contains spoilers. Jun 06, Miriam rated it liked it Shelves: Michael Litchfield rated it really liked it.

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I’m not usually a dill reader by Nancy Pearl ‘s doorwaysbut I found Bordertown very absorbing as a place–at least with Will Shetterly’s description. After he finds at job at Elsewhere, a book shop, he is able to spend some time in his search for his brother but distractions from his daily life creep in until he is blamed for the disaster.

Jun 24, melydia rated it wwill liked it. So I try to be helpful for those sorts of people and refer to things in a way that won’t spoil you too badly. The Friends of wilo Saint Paul Library. I read this back when I was in highschool and dearly loved it. We put this in the teen fic collection; it’s got touches of I love all things Borderlands, so this was a shoe-in and I’m looking forward to the companion volume.

I read it again this month, outloud, all in one day during a road trip to LA with my sister. Once Ron becomes Gone, I also really shdtterly the storytelling of him remembering and forgetting so much. You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data. And yes, this can be read without prior knowledge of anything Borderlands elswwhere still works as a coming-of-age. Despite my hatred of fantasy character names, I enjoyed Elsewhere more than I would believe possible if I could travel back in time and attempt to convince myself to read it.


The whole “Bordertown” series was great fodder for my imagination.

View all 5 comments. Ron goes to live at Castle Pup under the auspices of Mooner, a half-elf acquaintance. Elsewhere by Will Shetterly Series: Luckily, there’s little to know: Human teen Ron travels to Bordertown, a place where the human world and Faerie mingle, attracting the lost souls and wanderers of both worlds.

Come on y’all, we need UF for the middle aged. I knew I was in the Nevernever when I saw a wild elf through the train window.


In any other setting I would find this plot structure to be quite contrived, but considering how complicated Bordertown is in terms of its population groups, se Even though the language and structure of this book could have used some polishing, the story of how a boy went to Bordertown to find his runaway brother is a compelling one. Feb 20, Liz rated it really liked it Shelves: No current Talk conversations about this book.

There’s gang violence shetterlt drug wlsewhere and sex and rock’n’roll, as is to be expected in a story about teenagers living on the street. Bordertown is located at the boundary between the World and Faerie, a mostly run-down place where technology and magic both work sporatically.


I would guess that they are loosely tied, but probably would have made it a little easier to get into this book. I kept forgetting which character was which, and the ending felt extremely rushed. I’ve gotta say, I have mixed feelings about this book. I still like it now, except that I had a great deal more difficulty following it this time shetteroy.

Jan 26, Kirsten rated it really liked it Shelves: Borderland novelWolfboy book 1 Members. Still, it might have been a five, once. Mixing of Fae and mundane, how magic and technology do and don’t function together. Wikipedia in English None. Jan 05, R.

Ron’s need to understand his brother’s suicide and to regain a sense of self drives him through a series of muddled choices that he makes, and then tries to unmake. Elsewhere is a bookstore, and the names of the shelves are hilarious for anyone who has worked in a bookstore or library. While a little dated in parts, the story itself was interesting enough to push past moments of cringe worthy ’90s speak.

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Shehterly put this in the teen fic collection; it’s got touches of rebellion and anarchy and violence and drugs, but not much sex or particular swearing. Little Red and the Big Bad”.

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Views Read Edit View history. This story takes place on the borderlands in many senses– between child and adult, real and unreal, mundane and supernatural, despair and courage.