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  • Paperback: 517 pages
  • Publisher: Bluefire (10 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375866353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375866357
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3 x 20.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug 2011
Format: Hardcover
Bordertown has been missing from the mortal world for thirteen years, but Ellen Kushner and Holly Black have managed to bring it back to us. "Welcome to Bordertown" picks up exactly where the last collection left off, bringing back a magical array of authors who have explored the Borderlands before (Charles de Lint, Emma Bull, Patricia McKillip) as well as new arrivals (Tim Pratt, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman).

Thirteen years ago, Bordertown vanished from the mortal world. No one knows how or why, but when it reappeared, only thirteen days had passed for those inside.

In Terri Windling and Ellen Kushner's opening novella, teenage "fixer" Jim arrives there to find his sister Trish, who ran away to live in Bordertown. But Trish has learned that even magical places have their hardships, even as she befriends a grad student named Anush, whose studies went horribly awry when he was cursed by a cruel elf lady.

Some of these stories are by longtime Borderland contributers. Emma Bull's "Incunabulum" is the tale of a young Blood who lost his memory, and must now forge a new one, and Will Shetterly's "The Seven Sages of Elsewhere" is a feud between two bookstores over a rare, magical tome.

But many of these authors are new to Bordertown anthologies -- Cory Doctorow, Catherynne Valente, Janni Lee Simner, Christopher Barzak, Annette Curtis Klause, Tim Pratt, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.
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By John on 2 Jun 2014
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Started off by accidentally ordering the MP3 audiobook (which I can't play).
An excellent book. Light and dark. People with realistic personalities. I will have to get the other books from Bordertown.
Started off with Emma Bull and story called 'silver or gold' and was immediately hooked.
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After a long gap, it is wonderful to see another Borderlands anthology, with contributions which almost all keep one intrigued about this world on the border between 'human' and 'faerie' worlds. Really engaging and I loved it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Return of Bordertown 26 May 2011
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bordertown has been missing from the mortal world for thirteen years, but Ellen Kushner and Holly Black have managed to bring it back to us. "Welcome to Bordertown" picks up exactly where the last collection left off, bringing back a magical array of authors who have explored the Borderlands before (Charles de Lint, Emma Bull, Patricia McKillip) as well as new arrivals (Tim Pratt, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman).

Thirteen years ago, Bordertown vanished from the mortal world. No one knows how or why, but when it reappeared, only thirteen days had passed for those inside.

In Terri Windling and Ellen Kushner's opening novella, teenage "fixer" Jim arrives there to find his sister Trish, who ran away to live in Bordertown. But Trish has learned that even magical places have their hardships, even as she befriends a grad student named Anush, whose studies went horribly awry when he was cursed by a cruel elf lady.

Some of these stories are by longtime Borderland contributers. Emma Bull's "Incunabulum" is the tale of a young Blood who lost his memory, and must now forge a new one, and Will Shetterly's "The Seven Sages of Elsewhere" is a feud between two bookstores over a rare, magical tome.

But many of these authors are new to Bordertown anthologies -- Cory Doctorow, Catherynne Valente, Janni Lee Simner, Christopher Barzak, Annette Curtis Klause, Tim Pratt, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Holly Black and Cassandra Clare.

Their stories include a technonerd bringing modern tech to Bordertown, a runaway named Fig who doesn't believe in magic, a girl who falls in love with a statue, a pair of best friends in search of werewolves and vampires, a musician stalked by a lonely love-talker, an artist cursed with blood magic, a gang of Caribbean lesbians haunted by love and magic, a failed musician's relationship with a boy-terrorist, deception and death at a tiny theatre, and a grief-stricken young man looking for his true love.

And then there are poems and songs, such as Jane Yolen's lullaby, and Amal El-Mohtar's delicately surreal poem. Not to mention Neil Gaiman's odd, lilting poem and Patricia McKillip's lush ballad of two sisters.

The 21st century has sapped none of Bordertown's eerie charm -- it's still full of ragged teens, rock concerts, silver-haired elves and odd twists that take people's lives where they never could have expected. And while it shows us that magic and the fantastical will always be alluring, it also has its hidden dangers and sorrows.

This is probably one of the best anthologies I have ever read. While the authors have their own individual quirks, the same silver threads run through almost all of the stories -- a mixture of moonlit magic and grimy, rambunctious urban reality. And they come up with some truly enchanting characters, some of whom are not what they seem. Some are destined to stay in Bordertown, and some merely need the magical to set them on their path.

"Welcome to Bordertown" is a welcome return to one of the classic realms of urban fantasy -- and it's no less enchanting after a wait of thirteen years.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Welcome (Back) to Bordertown 27 May 2011
By Tara OShea - Published on Amazon.com
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Featuring stories by Charles de Lint, Ellen Kushner, Stephen R Boyett and Terri Windling (writing as Bellamy Bach), Borderland introduced me not only to a world where Faerie had returned and both human and fey runaways flocked to a crumbling human city where technology and magic were equally wonderful, unpredictable and dangerous (much like the B-town residents themselves), but to the nascent genre of urban fantasy which I had only sampled up to that point.

I had done a complete Bordertown series re-read in 2004, but since then the books sat on a shelf, drawing comments, and occasionally being loaned out (don't worry; I have loaner copies of nearly all of them) to visitors. They were constantly referenced, praised, geeked about and like most urban fantasy fans of a certain age, I imagined the stories I would have liked to have told, set in the Borderlands. As Emma Bull and Will Shetterly's B-town novels Finder, Elsewhere, and Nevernever were reprinted for the YA market, I continued touching wood and crossing digits that the original anthologies would be reprinted as well; or at the very least that a "Best Of" collection might emerge. But new stories? I never even dared to dream.

Then my dreams came true in February 2009, when editors Ellen Kushner and Holly Black announced they would be returning to Borderlands in a new anthology, Welcome to Bordertown, 13 years after the last anthology was published. Needless to say, I was beyond overjoyed. Because the Borderlands anthologies shaped my tastes as a reader, and influenced my life in so many ways since I first picked up the TOR edition of Borderlands in paperback from a university bookstore in 1992.

Of course, my first thought was to wonder how B-town would look in the 21st century, a quarter century after the first stories were published? Sure, magic and rock & roll are eternal, but even with retro 80s nostalgia at its height and a whole new generation becomes convinced leggings really are pants, guyliner is completely acceptable if not expected at this point, and your hair can never be too big, I worried that the stories and world would seem dated; quaint even, to the current generation raised on computer animation, iPods, and smart phones.

I needn't have worried. Because the new anthology remains as relevant, real, heart-breaking, exciting and marvellous as the first one'with the added bonus that in Welcome to Bordertown we get to see how B-town reacts to the 21st century.

Ever wonder how the internet came to the Borderlands? Or how B-town holds their own version of Carnival? Ever miss Screaming Lord Neville's dramatic costume changes, or browsing the shelves at Elsewhere Books? Want to meet new Bordertown born-and-breds, humans with the dust of the world still behind their ears, or impossibly beautiful Truebloods with their own spinning racks of issues? Welcome to Bordertown has the hottest new bands in the clubs we know like the backs of our hands, the wildest old magic, and stories and poems and songs that make us laugh and cry no matter where we come from, or in what year we were born. Because no matter how much time passes between visits to B-town, people are still people (even when they're werewolves, elves, and dragons), and we still dream the same dreams. They may not keep us fed or warm, our dreams'but they keep us breathing all the same, and sometimes the only difference between living and merely existing are the dreams we have and the dreams we share.

The new Bordertown hardcover hits shelves this month, with stories and poems by returning B-town residents Charles de Lint, Ellen Kushner, Terri Windling, Steven Brust, Emma Bull, and Will Shetterly, as well as newcomers to its streets Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, Nalo Hopkinson, Holly Black, Cat Valente, Amal El-Mohtar, and many others. And between its covers you'll find all manner of dreams, in all shapes and sizes. Maybe this will be your first B-town anthology. Maybe it will open your eyes to a world you never knew existed. Maybe it will teach you something you never knew about life. Maybe it will show you things you never suspected about yourself. There's only one way to find out...

What are you waiting for?

Bordertown lives.

Find your way.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Borderland, how did I miss this? 25 May 2011
By Dorian Nisinson - Published on Amazon.com
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I just started reading Welcome to Bordertown, and now I want the rest of the books. So far, most are out of print not to mention not yet in e-book form, but I want them, every last one. I haven't had this much fun in a long time. I hear that the older books are coming to Kindle so I wait patiently, or not so patiently. Did I mention I want them now?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A progressive and complex collection of writing that respects the intelligence and genuine experiences of its teen readers 17 Aug 2011
By Teen Reads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bordertown is a place for outsiders, for anyone who has ever felt ostracized. That applies to both its human inhabitants and its magical ones. We humans would call them elves, but they prefer to think of themselves as Truebloods. Runaway teenagers, artsy outsiders, hipster musicians, Harvard students, and anyone else who has ever wanted to get away usually find themselves in B-town, a city on the edge of the World and the Realm, in a place sometimes refered to as the Borderland and at other times just called the Nevernever. It's a place where neither science nor magic can be completely trusted.

Jumpstarting a series that began in 1986, WELCOME TO BORDERTOWN is a collection of writings from original Borderland authors, like Charles de Lint and Emma Bull, as well as newer writers who grew up as Borderland readers. Each story and poem here might be written by a different person, but the characters in them inhabit one world and frequent the same bars and bookstores. After 13 days in Bordertown, the Way has opened up again, and newcomers are arriving at full-speed. But, as these newcomers inform those already living in B-town, it's been 13 long years in the World since anyone has been able to find the Way back into Bordertown.

Newbies get drinks at the Dancing Ferret and look for their lost siblings, or they try to start new bands, or they go searching high and low to meet real-live vampires. Those who have been in Bordertown for a while go about their daily lives --- which can consist of being held captive by elf nymphomaniac seductresses, fighting with rival business owners, or arguing with their boyfriends and girlfriends.

Bordertown is a hub for fantasy lovers, and that applies to the characters in the stories as much as it does the people who will read this book. Some characters travel to Bordertown specifically because of a legend, myth or fairy tale they love, and with luck, they find the real things there in B-town.

While not all of the stories in WELCOME TO BORDERTOWN are complete hits, the collection as a whole delivers. It's more progressive, complicated and adult than many other YA books, and that's a good thing. Every writer in this anthology respects the intelligence of their teen readers and presents stories that are true to the adolescent experience. Characters deal with everything, from racial tensions (which applies to human constructions of race as well as to fights between elves and humans) to discovering their sexuality to homelessness. Both the human and magical residents of B-town come from every background imaginable --- dialogue happens in English, Spanish and Jamaican Creole; boys might kiss girls or other boys, and girls kiss boys and other girls; and the rich, the middle class and the poor can all come to Bordertown to attempt to be equals.

This is fantasy for readers who are sick of Eurocentric dragon-and-princess stories. This is fiction for those who want to find characters who are more truthful, realistic and diverse than in mainstream YA. This is the next best thing to being able to go to Bordertown yourself.

--- Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Way is Open Again 12 July 2013
By William Reich - Published on Amazon.com
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It may be, as one reviewer said, that this collection of stories can't be fully appreciated without reading one or more of the earlier collections or novels so that the setting can be understood. I wouldn't know because I read _all_ of the Bordertown stories and all of the relatd novels and loved them. So this was sort of a homecoming.
The solution, I think, would be to find at least one of the earlier collections. That might be a bit of a problem but reading one of them, if not all of them, would be a great experience.
That rating up there is a strong four stars. There are five-star stories mixed in with the others and the last story in the book is one of the best ever. The mood is a bit darker than in the earlier collections but there was darkness in those books also and there is light and zaniness in this one. It's just the balance is a bit different.
And it was worth much more than the price of admission to walk into the Dancing Ferret again, order a drink from the proprietor and check out the band.
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