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Down Among the Sticks and Bones

by Seanan McGuire

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Series: Wayward Children (2)

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It's not a sequel :( :( :(

it's a prequel that doesn't tell us much that wasn't covered in Every Heart a Doorway. :(

I want to know what happens NEXT ( )
  ansate | Feb 4, 2019 |
Down Among the Sticks and Bones, the remarkable follow-up to Seanan McGuire's Every Heart a Doorway, tells the story of twin sisters Jack & Jill, and how they found their door, and how they were forced back to the real world. Raised to fit the perfect ideals and preconceived notions of children that their parents have, Jacqueline and Jillian are never allowed to be children. They are told how to behave, how to dress, how to act, but never how to love or be loved. One day, the sisters decide to do something dangerous; they are going to break a rule and play in their grandmother's former room (Gemma Lou being the only person in their entire world who tried to encourage them to be individuals). They find an old steamer trunk in her room that contains costume jewelry and outfits for dress up, and underneath the clothes they find a stairwell in the trunk that shouldn't be there. Determined not to ruin their adventure, the sisters decide to follow the stairs down, their 12 year old minds not quite comprehending the impossibility of this event. At the bottom of the stairs they find a door, and that door holds a sign that reads, Be Sure.

This door leads them to The Moors, a dark and sinister world of vampires and werewolves, mad scientists and other things that go bump in the night. Here, the sisters discover their true selves. Here, they also discover that they have choices, and those choices eventually come with consequences.

Most portal fantasies always have a darker tone under their magic and whimsy, but on The Moors, all the magic and whimsy is stripped away to reveal just how dangerous and stark some worlds can be. Brutal and fierce, this book is the perfect follow up/companion to Every Heart a Doorway. ( )
  tapestry100 | Jan 17, 2019 |
In Every Heart a Doorway, we encountered Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, and the young people there who had stumbled through doors that shouldn't have existed, into worlds where utterly different rules apply. This novella is the story of the experiences of Jack and Jill, a.k.a. Jacqueline and Jillian.

They're identical twins, born to a couple who wanted children mainly for reasons of social standing. When they learned the pregnancy was twins, deeply, desperately hoped that the babies would be a girl and a boy, completing their perfect nuclear family in one shot.

But it's two girls. Jacqueline becomes her mother's designated Perfect Lady of a daughter, dressed in frilly dresses, and taught to be obsessively clean, and to never do anything adventurous at all. Jillian becomes the almost-son for her father, short hair, sports, getting dirty all the time.

Neither girl is happy with this.

Then one day they find a staircase where there shouldn't be one, and at the bottom a door that shouldn't be there, and they go through it and find themselves in the Moors.

In a castle on a cliff is the Master--whom the reader quickly recognizes as a vampire, though the girls don't at first. In a windmill on a hill on the far side of the village is the Doctor--a mad scientist.

The girls need to make their choices, and learn to survive in this world, at least until they can find the door that will take them home.

This is a strange sort of portal fantasy, in that we know how it ends; we are finding out how the twins got to that ending. It's creative and absorbing, with characters beautifully developed.

Recommended.

I bought this audiobook. ( )
  LisCarey | Jan 15, 2019 |
I really enjoyed learning the back story of Jack & Jill. Would love more about them! ( )
  chavala | Dec 29, 2018 |
If Every Heart a Doorway was a great revelation - not so much of Seanan McGuire's writing skills, since for me they are a given, but rather of her amazing range in storytelling - this new installment in her Wayward Children series subverted, again, my expectations.

I might have looked for more detail on Ms. Eleanor West's home and its pupils, or on the stories of their long road to recovery after coming back to our primary world, but what I found instead was a sort of of… upside-down tale, if you want, one where the "before" has just as much impact on the characters as the time in the world beyond the doorway [....]


Read the full review at SPACE AND SORCERY ( )
  SpaceandSorcery | Dec 25, 2018 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0765392038, Hardcover)

Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter―polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter―adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

(retrieved from Amazon Sat, 05 Nov 2016 02:52:18 -0400)

"Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children ... Jacqueline was her mother's perfect daughter--polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it's because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline. Jillian was her father's perfect daughter--adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got. They were five when they learned that grown-ups can't be trusted. They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices."--… (more)

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