Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire is a nice little fantasy tale of the place where children go after going through a Door to Another Place (Fairylands, for example), and then coming back. It’s short, and sweet, and sad, and gruesome. It’s about real children, not a list of characters from other books, either. The gruesome part is the murder mystery half of the book, but that’s really only window dressing for the exploration of the characters and worlds. It’s short, and I’d have liked to see more exploration of both the children and their worlds – but that’s what the sequel is there for.
We notice the silence of men. We depend upon the silence of women.
“I have the Internet, and her Facebook password is the name of her cat, which she has a picture of above her bed.” Jack snorted. “I am a genius of infinite potential and highly limited patience. People shouldn’t try me so.”