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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. And yes, this can be read without prior knowledge of anything Borderlands and still works as a coming-of-age. Still, the ideas fascinate, Ron’s fate matters, and this in an unusual view of the streets. Still, it might have been a five, once.

Elsewhere (Borderlands, #4) by Will Shetterly

Aug 05, Neill Smith rated it it was amazing. Our protagonist, just Ron, seems to stumble from one contentious situation to another as he finds his way through the random adventure that is living in Bordertown. 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, settings, and politics, I absolutely expect it – especially from a character like Ron who has a tendency to run off at the mouth and talk himself into trouble.

Mar 17, Savannah rated it really liked it Shelves: The characters were believable and ultimately sympathetic even when I hated them. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

I particularly appreciated this book because of the way it functions, thematically, as young adult literature. Shetterly created the comic book character Captain Confederacyplayed a small role in the film Toxic Zombiesand ran for governor of Minnesota in on the Grassroots Party ticket. I first read this book about fifteen years ago and I remember liking it very much.


Filled with action, shifting images, and alienated characters looking for a place to belong, the adventure holds attention but doesn’t entirely satisfy. Jun 25, Mary-Beth rated it liked it Shelves: Open Preview See a Problem?

But the last third of the book is really exciting. Archived copy as title link.


Today, gay characters are accepted and even expected. 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. Little Red and the Big Bad”.

The books are difficult to find at my local library, but this one by Will Shetterly was available. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Or something brand new we haven’t even imagined yet! What an imaginative story, well-told, and written for the literate. 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.

I was wrong there! I elsewheree a little trouble getting into this book, but I would guess that it was because there are a number of books in the ‘Borderland’ series that come prior to this book. Want to Read saving….

We 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.

Great stuff for its time. I enjoyed this urban fantasy set in the NeverNever.

I was genuinely impressed. I had a hard time getting into this one, mostly because the main character is a brat and, shetferly with many fantasy novels, I had a hard time getting into the world and getting used to the many characters. Apr dhetterly, Richard L. Ron, a young man without an inborn ability to know when to keep his mouth shut, arrives in Bordertown on a specific quest but with no real plans of what to do when he arrives.

And despite the fantasy setting, the story itself rings deeply true. Retrieved from ” https: View all 5 comments. Jan 20, Danielle rated it really liked it Shelves: May 10, Vex Batchelder rated it really liked it. Elsewhere by Will Shetterly Series: Be the first to discover new talent!


Can’t stomach that dreck. He found a family in the place he least expected it, but he sort of came full circle. He has also written short stories for various Snetterly anthologies. Views Read Edit View history.

By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. It has a darkness, however, that seems to come out of nowhere, and parts of the story feel forced and rushed view spoiler [especially the part where our hero goes off the deep-end.

I read it again this month, outloud, all sill one day during a road trip to LA with my sister. Honestly, I liked it and would strongly consider reading other Bordertown nov Not exactly what I thought it would be, yet strangely better than I thought it would be.

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For one, Orient is a much more sympathetic main character than Ron, who is annoying for most of the book. A decent YA story about a runaway boy who goes to the Borderlands – on the edge of the ‘ordinary’ human world and the world of Faerie. This is quickly reversed- he shetteryl 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.

Wikipedia in English None. This is an introduction to the world so good that you don’t have to start with some of the original short story anthologies.