The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

eBook - 2019
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In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut. In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place. Then she finds a strange book. A book that carries the scent of other worlds, and tells a tale of secret doors, of love, adventure and danger. Each page turn reveals impossible truths about the world and January discovers a story increasingly entwined with her own. Lush and richly imagined, a tale of impossible journeys, unforgettable love, and the enduring power of stories awaits in Alix E. Harrow's spellbinding debut--step inside and discover its magic.
Publisher: New York :, Redhook,, 2019
Description: 1 online resource
ISBN: 9780316422000

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sonja_library Jul 14, 2021

Have you ever wondered if there are other worlds? And if there were, would you visit them? January Scaller, a semi-orphan raised by a wealthy benefactor, has the gift of opening the doors between worlds, and so does Adelaide, a young woman raised in Kentucky at the turn of the 20th century.
Initially, they explore their gifts in parallel, but independent stories. Eventually, these tales merge into one as they discover their true histories and the ties that bind them.
As January leaves her childhood behind, she learns whom to trust and whom to fear and discovers that she is far stronger than she imagined.
The author’s use of language is vivid, evocative and almost poetic, with every word carefully chosen in order to wake all of your senses in this voyage into the unknown.

Jun 29, 2021

Fantasy. Lots of twists and turns. Surprise endings. Recommend for Book Club.

Jun 19, 2021

If my book group wasn't reading this, I wouldn't have finished it. When the 10 of us met to discuss it the comments ranged from very positive to very negative, and everything in between. I had to read over 100 pages before the plot kicked in. And even then, I kept falling asleep as I was reading. While main character January is influenced by several early-twentieth-century fiction: boys’ adventure stories, serialized novels, and story papers, I felt that the author could have included "The Wizard of Oz," "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe," "Alice in Wonderland," and "Peter Pan" as stories January would have read and alluded to in this Young Adult fantasy that takes place primarily in 1911.

It's funny how I wanted to help the author with this book. I would have organized it better so it wouldn't be so confusing. And edited it to avoid the repetitive descriptions. This was a debut novel and maybe her next one will be better.

I was disappointed. I expected to like it but it just didn't work for me. Didn't like the characters, the concept, the writing. The best thing about the book was the cover art. I can't recommend this.

Jan 20, 2021

I loved this almost as I loved The Starless Sea. I loved the characters and their journeys, and desire more than anything to find a Door. I thought it was really well done and really well put together, with just the right amount of mystery. I wish it had been longer.

Jan 13, 2021

I was intrigued, then I wondered if I should continue reading this book, then I Knew I was right to keep reading, and the ending, while it came too quickly, was intensely satisfying. I rediscovered the ability and joy of entering into the world of a book, and of having it leave a part of itself within me.

Read it, then read it again.

Jan 12, 2021

Very disappointed in this book. The characters really aren't engaging and the plot plods.

JessicaGma Jan 04, 2021

A solid debut from Harrow which is a story featuring many other stories. I wish I could tell you more, but I read it earlier in the year, and it hasn't stuck with me....I do recommend her second book - she's a great author, despite my inability to recall the story!

Dec 17, 2020

Didn't grab me at all, though I wanted it to. And then when they introduced a dog, i checked out. I figured any author trying to write a "serious" novel would want to kill off the dog. And the story - at least a few chapters on - didn't seem worth the investment. I may be doing it a disservice but I just don't feel like soldiering on, hoping it shapes up.

WPL_Jaclyn Dec 12, 2020

This gorgeously lyrical story is about stories. If you're a reader you can't NOT appreciate the magic of storytelling that is conveyed on each and every page of this book. Every story is a door (quite literally here) and because of that possibility, stories are a force for change.

Oct 25, 2020

A wonderful fantasy story of a girl discovering the story of her origins, parents and the doors to other worlds that have kept them all apart and could bring them back together. A unique and engaging story that I couldn't put down

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Jun 16, 2021

“If we address stories as archaeological sites, and dust through their layers with meticulous care, we find at some level there is always a doorway. A dividing point between here and there, us and them, mundane and magical. It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”

Jun 16, 2021

“They always end up alone in the stories—witches, I mean—living in the woods or mountains or locked in towers. I suppose it would take a brave man to love a witch, and men are mostly cowards.” He looked directly at me as he finished, with a kind of raised-chin boldness that said: I am not a coward.”

Jun 16, 2021

“When I was younger I cried over everything from sneers to sad endings, and even once over a puddle of tadpoles that dried up in the sun, but at some point I learned the trick of stoicism: you hide. You pull yourself inside your castle walls and crank up the drawbridge and watch everything from the tallest tower.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

“Sometimes I feel there are doors lurking in the creases of every sentence, with periods for knobs and verbs for hinges.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

“I hope you will find the cracks in the world and wedge them wider, so the light of other suns shines through; I hope you will keep the world unruly, messy, full of strange magics; I hope you will run through every open Door and tell stories when you return.”

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

“It is at the moments when the doors open, when things flow between the worlds, that stories happen.”

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