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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (10 May 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765385503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765385505
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.8 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Seanan McGuire has long been one of the smartest writers around, and with this novella we can easily see that her heart is as big as her brain. We know this story isn't true, but it is truth. "Charlaine Harris, author of the New York Times Bestselling SOOKIE STACKHOUSE Series"

Girl Interrupted meets Grimm's Fairy Tales. Let it in and it will touch your heart and open your mind. "Geek Planet Online""

"This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place." "Publishers Weekly"

Girl Interrupted meets Grimm's Fairy Tales. Let it in and it will touch your heart and open your mind. "Geek Planet Online""

"McGuire's lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience." "Library Journal" starred review

"This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place." "Publishers Weekly"

"This gothic novel is ideal for fantasy fans who have longed for a world of their own, as well as readers looking for books with diverse casts." "Bookish"

"Girl Interrupted" meets "Grimm's Fairy Tales." Let it in and it will touch your heart and open your mind. "Geek Syndicate"

"The broken doors are open, and you should come and enter. "Every Heart a Doorway "feels like home." B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog"

"A jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them." NPR

"This is a gorgeous story: sometimes mean, sometimes angry, and always exciting" Cory Doctorow for "BoingBoing"

"McGuire's lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience." "Library Journal" starred review

"This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place." "Publishers Weekly"

"This gothic novel is ideal for fantasy fans who have longed for a world of their own, as well as readers looking for books with diverse casts." "Bookish"

"Girl Interrupted" meets "Grimm's Fairy Tales." Let it in and it will touch your heart and open your mind. "Geek Syndicate"

"The broken doors are open, and you should come and enter. "Every Heart a Doorway "feels like home." B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog"

-A jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them.- --NPR

-This is a gorgeous story: sometimes mean, sometimes angry, and always exciting- --Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing

-McGuire's lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience.- --Library Journal starred review

-This amazing fantasy pierces the shimmering veil of childhood imagination by reminding adult readers that their own doorways still exist deep in the champers of their all-too-human hearts.- --Booklist starred review

-This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place.- -- Publishers Weekly

-This gothic novel is ideal for fantasy fans who have longed for a world of their own, as well as readers looking for books with diverse casts.- --Bookish

-Girl Interrupted meets Grimm's Fairy Tales. Let it in and it will touch your heart and open your mind.- --Geek Syndicate

-The broken doors are open, and you should come and enter. Every Heart a Doorway feels like home.- --B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog



"A jewel of a book that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll's and C. S. Lewis' classics, even as it carves its own precocious space between them." --NPR

"This is a gorgeous story: sometimes mean, sometimes angry, and always exciting" --Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing

"McGuire's lyrical prose makes this novella a rich experience." --Library Journal starred review

"This amazing fantasy pierces the shimmering veil of childhood imagination by reminding adult readers that their own doorways still exist deep in the champers of their all-too-human hearts." --Booklist starred review

"This gothic charmer is a love letter to anyone who's ever felt out of place." -- Publishers Weekly

"This gothic novel is ideal for fantasy fans who have longed for a world of their own, as well as readers looking for books with diverse casts." --Bookish

"Girl Interrupted meets Grimm's Fairy Tales. Let it in and it will touch your heart and open your mind." --Geek Syndicate

"The broken doors are open, and you should come and enter. Every Heart a Doorway feels like home." --B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

About the Author

Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye urban fantasy series, the InCryptid series, and several other works, both standalone and in trilogies. She also writes darker fiction as Mira Grant.

Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her cats, a vast collection of creepy dolls, and horror movies, and sufficient books to qualify her as a fire hazard.

She was the winner of the 2010 John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot.


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There are adventures to be had in fantasy lands. But what happens when you come back from Fairyland, or Narnia, or wherever? How do you readjust to Mundania? Can you readjust? Or will you break, fruitlessly searching for your lost life, your true home?

Eleanor West runs a boarding schools for those children who can’t readjust. Their parents think them damaged, or wayward, or mad. Eleanor knows better, having herself returned from a Netherworld. Most learn to cope, in the company of those who understand. A few, a very few, find their way back. But when new girl Nancy arrives, dark things start happening, and the school itself is threatened. Is Nancy the source, or the trigger, of these events?

Life After Fantasy has always struck me as an issue. The scene at the end of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where the Pevensie children return home after decades in Narnia, always horrified me: they had been adult royalty; how did they cope with being ordinary children again? Jo Walton tackles this issue in her wonderful short story, "Relentlessly Mundane". Here Seanan McGuire tackles it differently, in a 170pp novella.

Despite wanting to go to Lewis’ Narnia (for the Talking Animals, if not for the sexism, racism, classism, bad theology, and shoddy plotting), and to Marjorie Phillips’ Fairyland, I didn’t find myself attracted to any of the Netherworlds described by McGuire. (And I don’t think that’s just because there are no Pauline Baynes illustrations, or that I am half a century older than when I read the originals.) However, that lack of attraction is not a problem: it just serves to illustrate how everyone is different, and what is hearts-ease for one may be horror for another. But, consistently, Mundania is home for none.
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Ever dreamed of stepping through a doorway, a wardrobe or some other magical portal into another world? Wished to then live out your life there fulfilling epic quests, hang out with gods and other creatures?

A world in which your heart and soul will fit just right, as if it were a complicated jigsaw and your heart were the missing piece - fitting just right.

Now imagine you were one of the fortunate ones who did find your portal, fell through a rabbit hole to such a world. But fate has kicked you out or dragged you back to the world from which you were born - our world.

PTSD? Feelings of displacement? Declared unfit for civilised society? Are people scared for their lives when around you?
Eleanor West will understand...

Read this novella and your own heart will be forever changed as you fall in love with the worlds of Every Heart a Doorway!

(If this Novella doesn't get nominated for all of the awards, the awards are bloody well rigged!)
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A wonderful story about children who have travelled through doors to places unknown and their struggles when they return home. Wonderful characters and I cant wait to read more stories in this universe!
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As soon as this book arrived, the issues this book would probably have were rather obvious and, with hindsight, it feels strange to have had such accurate preconceptions of a book before I had even read it. It's 172 pages long and the hooking concept offers such a range of intriguing theories, possibilities and scope that certainly, in my opinion, would need much more elbow room for adequate development. So I expected it to be rushed and I wasn't wrong. I knew it wouldn't have the depth of character that I wanted, or show me all these multiple worlds, and all the complexities and emotion that come with those ideas, but 'Every Heart a Doorway' is one of those books that does a lot of things right, and still somehow feels like a good book, but one that sits on the fence for me because it's also very disappointing because it could have been so much better, had more time and development been put into it. I really wanted to enjoy it, and there was a lot I did enjoy, like the imagination and whimsy, the snappy dialogue, character quirks, diversity, and the little glances into other worlds, but disappointment is still a heavy weight over it all.

The rest of my review will possibly have some vague spoilers.

'Every Heart a Doorway' opens with Eleanor, the mysterious headmistress of the school for wayward children, and she was someone I hoped would be developed and explored much more than she was. She started off interesting and seemed bold and determined, with her own agenda behind her charity, but later it felt more like she simply existed to pay the bills and offer the odd slap on the wrist for the occasional insult or phrases/words she didn't like.
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I loved this! I knew from the get go that I had to read this short story. It was like an answer to everything I had always wondered. How did Wendy, Michael and John feel about having to live in normal old England without pirates and indians to fight, and fairy dust to help them fly? How did the Pevensies deal with having to grow up all over again, and stop being royalty? This story lets us know all the little things these other characters may have had to deal with in such cases.

This book starts off feeling quite magical but quickly turns into a dark and creepy murder mystery when the students start turning up dead with body parts missing. I definitely did the usual thing, suspecting everyone and fearing for my favourite characters. I did guess who it was in the end but I was totally happy okay with it. It was very intriguing to see how it all wrapped up.

I love how there were characters of different sexualities like Nancy who is asexual and Kabe who is transsexual. There was a beautiful acceptance among the characters and i l loved Nancy's inner monologue about how she felt. It really gave me, as a heterosexual person, an insight into what a person who is asexual feels and must think about things when it comes to romance and relationships in a way I've never experienced before in other books.

This book is just chockablock full of beautiful observations and metaphors. It's magical, and creepy and poignant and a must-read.
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