Welcome to Bordertown by Holly Black

88%

17 Critic Reviews

Here’s to another generation finding comfort and inspiration on the border.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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 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 more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.


From the Hardcover edition.
 

About Holly Black

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Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is www.blackholly.com.
 
Published May 24, 2011 by Random House Books for Young Readers. 546 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Welcome to Bordertown
All: 17 | Positive: 16 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Apr 15 2011

Here’s to another generation finding comfort and inspiration on the border.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Gomez on Aug 05 2011

It's more progressive, complicated and adult than many other YA books, and that's a good thing.

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Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Brit Mandelo on Jun 07 2011

The prose is stunning, the stories are fun and engaging, and the world is, as always, a fascinating place to visit.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

Excellent
Reviewed by Rebecca Kovar on Aug 02 2011

While the series is marketed to a young adult audience, even people who don’t normally read the genre will find a startling array of narrators and situations that can move even those of us who actually do tell the kids to get off our lawns.

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Strange Horizons

Excellent
Reviewed by Hannah Strom-Martin on Sep 12 2011

Johnson is proof that the anthology still delivers on its main promise: in the midst of the Depression 2.0, an honestly magical escape.

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Bookslut

Excellent
Reviewed by Colleen Mondor on Mar 01 2011

It brings new readers easily into the mythos, while sharing the story of siblings Trish and Jim, one of whom chose to leave for Bordertown and one who was left behind.

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The Yalsa Hub

Excellent
Reviewed by Erin Daly on Jul 06 2011

Characters wander the fringes of each others’ tales. The place itself takes on a compelling personality that is revealed and confirmed in each story.

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Sleeping Hedgehog

Excellent
Reviewed by Michael Jones on Sep 12 2010

This anthology, which is targeted at existing fans of the series while also trying to attract an audience not as familiar with the material, manages to fulfill both functions with admirable excellence.

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Book Divas

Excellent
Reviewed by Chloe P on Jun 01 2011

I would highly recommend the anthology for any fans of urban fantasy and fantasy; anyone who wonders if they could one day wind up on the border.

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Cabinet Des Fees

Excellent
Reviewed by Deborah Brannon on May 25 2011

A wonderfully monstrous book of dangerous dreams and unlooked-​​for salvation in the streets of that frontier city.

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Flamingnet

Below average
Reviewed by Flamingnet on Feb 11 2012

I was disappointed in the over-the-top usage of unnecessary profanities. There is also a ton of drug usage and even more sexual stories and suggestive elements. What ever happened to a well-written story for the story's sake and not the shock elements.

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Gossamer and Lichen

Good
Reviewed by Amanda Hoffman on Jan 21 2012

I hope to see more Bordertown books in the next few years. I’m guessing today’s teens will love them as much as the past generation.

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Genrefluent's Bistro Book Club

Good
Reviewed by Genrefluent on Jan 18 2012

Despite the general dislike for short stories I think that teens will embrace Welcome to Bordertown wholeheartedly. Crank up your favorite rock and roll music and go looking for Bordertown.

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Book Envy

Good
Reviewed by HydroJen on Dec 09 2011

Teens who enjoy short stories, urban fantasy, or who are looking for nontwilight supernatural creature stories might like this book.

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Absolute Forest of Words

Good
Reviewed by Dawn on Sep 15 2011

It was great to have short stories, poetry and graphic novels all in one book.

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Booklover Book Chicks

Good
Reviewed by Booklover Book Chicks on Jun 12 2011

In this amazing, funny, exciting book filled with fantastic stories, poems, songs, and much more you will come face to face with TrueBloods, runaways, vampires, werewolves, and so much more.

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Cassandra Yorgey

Good
Reviewed by Cassandra Yorgey on May 31 2011

The first bit by Ellen Kushner and Terri Windling is definitely one of my favorites and has irrevocably turned me into a fan. There is no going back.

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