The Ten Thousand Doors of January

The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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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 Books/Orbit,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Branch Call Number: FANTASY
Characteristics: 374 pages ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: 10,000 doors of January


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Reneeccl Nov 22, 2020

This was a wonderfully enjoyable feminist historical fantasy that I couldn't put down. Ex-historian Alix E. Harrow weaves a beautiful tale set in the early 1900s featuring doorways to other worlds, that reads a bit like 'Inkheart' meets 'Neverwhere' with a dash of 'Locke and Key'. Young January S... Read More »

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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

Oct 16, 2020

Interestingly told from the perspective of January and her father about Doors and the various worlds they lead to. The analogy of Doors as a new start, new beginnings, new ideas, the opening of possibilities carries strongly throughout. It took me a while to get into the book because it took me a while to figure out where it was going but it was worth it. I really enjoyed this read and how it made me think about what is “open” and what is “closed”. The writing is lovely. I would definitely read more by this author.

jcljessicaj Oct 13, 2020

I wasn't exactly sure how to feel while I was reading this. Sometimes I really enjoyed it and wanted to recommend it to everyone. Other times it wasn't my favorite because it felt really slow. But in the end, I think it's wonderful. It took me some time to read, and I had to chew on the story a bit, but it was so worth it. A beautiful fantasy full of heartache and ugliness and strength and love.

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 06, 2020

This is a beautifully written debut that blends portal fantasy, whimsical prose, fairy-tale, and historical fiction. It is a slow tale with a rich story. Recommended for people who like books about books and magical realism. For fans of Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children series.

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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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Jun 24, 2020

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