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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In this story, an impulsive human boy named Ron comes to Bordertown looking for his older brother, and elsfwhere up falling in with a crowd of elves, halfies, and other humans trying to bust the stereotype that the races can’t mingle. The story behind Ron’s older brother is muddled and confusing.

I Agree This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and if not signed in for advertising. Other than that, umm, stuff happens, and I didn’t really connect with anyone in the book or care that much, but I read it.

I was pleased to find when I re-read this that the elsswhere was as good as I remembered, and the characters remain compelling. Readers of faerie books.

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Paperbackpages. 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. View all 5 comments. 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 the streets side by side, and where magic works better than technology.

To say more would be spoil the book. But I like this despite that.

We caught more references to bands, to other sci-fi and fantasy authors than we had the I read this book for the first time when I was in junior high, and it was my first sweet taste shetterlu Urban Fantasy. Other books in the wlll. This is quickly reversed- he is offered a place to stay Castle Pup, a refuge for many folk who fit in nowhere else, including elves, humans and halflings, and is the only place where all 3 of those actually attempt to get along and finds a job he enjoys, but has no idea how to fulfill his quest.


The dialogue was really awkward a lot of the time and I wasn’t sure why the characters talked the way they did; the main character was alright, but kind of rude and I never understood his reasons for doing things; also, I felt that a lot of things Ron thought were pretty vague zhetterly meant to give hints to the reader, but I just failed to figure out what they were.

Lots of issues are explored: I would guess that they are loosely tied, but probably would have made it a little easier to get into this book. Also the ending explained a lot for me- it might have surprised other readers, but I’ve possibly read another short story once set in Danceland?

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And now that I’m finished with what was already sitting on my To-Read Pile, I think I’m ready to call myself done with this series. Borderland novelWolfboy book 1. Aug 13, Unwisely rated it it was ok Shelves: To view it, click here. It’s decently written, and Shetterly elsrwhere the setting feel real enough.

Elsewhere (Borderlands, #4) by Will Shetterly

Please provide an email address. May 10, Vex Batchelder rated it really liked it. 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. Apr 25, Richard L.


Haas III rated it liked it. It seems to be lasting a super long time, but so did vampires and we’re starting to move past them. Oooh, I’m being mean. Unlike me however, the protagonist never indicated whether or not he ever wore excessive amounts of flannel, so that was a relief.

Michael Litchfield rated it really liked it. May 08, Diane rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is populated by humans, elves, and halfies — some humans belong to groups like the Pack or the Wharf Rats, some elves belong to the Bloods, but most of the inhabitants mix.

Here’s to a revived urban fantasy boom! In a world full of elves, magic, werewolves, and bikers gangs, Ron struggles to find himself. Other characters react to this with varied degrees of acceptance.

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Refresh and try again. Still, it might have been a five, once. There are times when I walk through my West Philadelphia neighborhood that I half expect to find elves on spellbox-powered motorcycles.

This story takes place on the borderlands in many senses– between child and adult, real and unreal, mundane and supernatural, despair and courage. Feb 15, Dee Mills rated it really liked it Shelves: I read it again this month, outloud, all in one day during a road trip to LA with my sister. Ron came to the Bordertown to find his older brother. Today, gay characters are accepted and even expected.

Project Gutenberg 0 editions. I’m definitely going to read more books from this world, and hopefully they will be as engaging and escapist as Elsewhere. May 27, Aiyana rated it it was amazing Shelves: I was in college in the 90s, and I still was like, whoa, seriously??