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Borderline (The Arcadia Project Book 1) (English Edition) di [Baker, Mishell]
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"Borderline is worldbuilding at its most original...I loved this book." (Charlaine Harris, New York Times bestselling author of DEAD UNTIL DARK)

"Smart, snappy, fast, fantastic. You will not be sorry you read this." (Seanan McGuire, New York Times bestselling author of the October Daye series)

"A fast-paced story of high costs laced with humor that goes from light-hearted to scathing with the flip of a coin...navigates the borderlands of friendship and enmity, trust and betrayal, with shrewd and unrelenting grace." (NPR)

* "Fully articulated, flawed, and fascinating characters combine with masterly urban fantasy storytelling in Baker’s debut novel... [a] beautifully written story that is one part mystery, one part fantasy, and wholly engrossing." (Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW)

* "Baker’s debut takes gritty urban fantasy in a new direction with flawed characters, painful life lessons, and not a small amount of humor." (Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW)

"An enjoyable fantasy mystery that tackles physical disability and mental illness without sacrificing diverting, fast-paced storytelling." (Kirkus Reviews)

"Baker’s consistent, caring integration of the realities of disability into the narrative, makes Borderline one of the most purely respectful portrayals of people with disabilities that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading, and that in turn makes it an excellent launch to a very promising urban fantasy series." (Publishers Weekly STAFF PICK)

"Baker has crafted a swift, delightful, and complex beginning to your next favorite urban fantasy series, very nearly redefining the genre along the unabashed pleasure cruise, filled to the brim with snappy dialogue, smart character choices, behind-the-scenes Hollywood shenanigans, and delightful fish-out-of-water moments." (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog)

"Mishell Baker’s new Arcadia Project series is off to a thrilling and glamorous start with Borderline...Baker has given her audience urban fantasy at its finest—visceral and real in its sense of space, and dancing on the uncanny edges of our vision...Borderline is dark and creeping and smart as a whip." (

"Borderline [is] a strange, fast-paced, and surprisingly dark tale about magic, madness and mystique...Despite the engaging plot, Millie’s character, and the complexities in the characters around her made the book a real page-turner for me...Immensely riveting, with unexpected influxes of depth." (

"Urban fantasy series often live of die on the strength of their protagonist, and by that measure, Mishell Baker has written one of the greats...Baker spins a fast-moving fantasy yarn while crafting fully formed characters, showing great compassion in her depiction of mental illness and alienation." (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy blog, Bookseller picks for March)

"Boasting a truly unique heroine whose flaws only make her more compelling, Baker’s debut is an exciting entry into an imaginative new world" (Booklist)

"A smart, witty, and engrossing book that made me laugh-out-loud and hold my breath as I fell under its spell...Baker is on par with Elmore Leonard when it comes to mastery in the art of dialogue." (SF Signal)

"An absolutely incredible, engaging, fun piece of speculative fiction." (The Book Smugglers on Kirkus Reviews)

"A quick-paced, engrossing read with a surprisingly genuine and realistic portrayal of mental illness and physical disability...successfully balances darkness, humor and wit, set against a creatively imagined world...Readers will be left excited for more." (Romantic Times Book Reviews)

"Shrewd, sharp and full of fiercely graceful writing." (NPR)


A cynical, disabled film director with borderline personality disorder gets recruited to join a secret organization that oversees relations between Hollywood and Fairyland in this Nebula Award–nominated and Tiptree Award Honor Book that’s the first novel in a new urban fantasy series from debut author Mishell Baker.

A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking career in a failed suicide attempt. Just when she’s sure the credits have rolled on her life story, she gets a second chance with the Arcadia Project: a secret organization that polices the traffic to and from a parallel reality filled with creatures straight out of myth and fairy tales.

For her first assignment, Millie is tasked with tracking down a missing movie star who also happens to be a nobleman of the Seelie Court. To find him, she’ll have to smooth-talk Hollywood power players and uncover the surreal and sometimes terrifying truth behind the glamour of Tinseltown. But stronger forces than just her inner demons are sabotaging her progress, and if she fails to unravel the conspiracy behind the noble’s disappearance, not only will she be out on the streets, but the shattering of a centuries-old peace could spark an all-out war between worlds.

No pressure.

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  • Formato: Formato Kindle
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  • Lunghezza stampa: 401
  • Editore: Saga Press (1 marzo 2016)
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  • Lingua: Inglese
  • ASIN: B00Z7BA05W
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5.0 su 5 stelle Fey-ked out 12 marzo 2016
Di Simon Ellberger - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
“Borderline” is a cleverly named novel. Its title refers to the protagonist, Millicent Roper, being afflicted with Borderline Personality Disorder; to the boundary between our world and the world of the Fey (which in this story has its own mind-boggling effects); and to the line observers draw between viewing others as people or ignoring them as non-persons unworthy of note—this last reference is particularly significant for Millie, who has had her legs amputated and her face scarred, affecting the way others interact (or don’t interact) with her, and even the way she interacts with herself. It’s also a cleverly written novel, full of cunning prose that can convey both sympathy and sarcasm (sometimes simultaneously).

The novel takes place in a contemporary fantasy version of America. Written like an independently produced film, it makes free use of the language of the cinematic world, and frames scenes as though they were part of a movie, giving this story’s decidedly non-epic scale a sense of epical quality nonetheless. It includes a mystery to be solved, with Millicent acting out the role of Sherlock Holmes while rolling in her wheelchair or seeing what’s afoot on her prostheses, and this keeps the plot moving while the author smoothly shares world building information with the reader in a painless fashion.

All the characters in the story behave bizarrely. Some, like Millie, have mental diseases that cause this; some are Fey, and Fey have non-human standards of conduct that appear outré to us; and some are just humans displaying flawed behavior out of insecurity. This makes for interesting exchanges. And since the story is told in the first person, Millie’s mental state makes the reader the first person to sense the unconventional perspective presented in the book. It’s as though we have always been Fey-ked out by the reality we see. But make no mistake; there is nothing fake about how good this book is. It’s comfortably uncomfortable: tragic and humorous, gritty and glossy, starkly human and maddeningly glamorous.
8 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Fascinating mixture of mental illness and magic 6 giugno 2016
Di lisaleo (Lisa Yount) - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Millicent Roper, formerly a promising young director of independent films, suffers from a mental illness called borderline personality disorder. Though not as devastating as schizophrenia, Millie’s problem was severe enough to lead to a suicide attempt—a jump from the roof of a seven-story building—that resulted in the amputation of both legs, considerable scarring, and the insertion of metal plates and pins throughout her body to repair her many broken bones.

Living voluntarily in a psychiatric treatment facility after recovering from her fall, Millie is startled when a well-dressed stranger, Caryl Vallo, visits and offers her an ill-defined form of employment if she will leave the facility and move into a residence run by the mysterious Arcadia Project. Millie chances accepting Caryl’s offer and soon learns that the Project’s job is attempting to manage relations between the Fey (as it is spelled here) and the human world, which some of the fairy folk choose to live in for extended periods—in this case, the section of that world that comprises Hollywood. (That would explain a lot about the movie capital.) She also learns that the Project likes to employ mentally ill people as its human agents, so it’s no surprise that the other five dwellers in the residence are as screwed up as she is.
I particularly liked two things about this book. The first was the characters; Millie, Caryl, Teo, and the others are complex, interesting, and appealing. The second was the steady way in which the author fed in a great deal of information about complicated subjects such as the nature of borderline personality disorder (not likely to be as familiar to most readers as, say, bipolar disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder), the rules governing the relations between Fey and humans, and the care and operation of prosthetic legs. I can’t judge the accuracy of the information, but it was consistent and “felt right.” The writing was well handled, too. For instance, Millie (who narrates the book) says:

“Most Borderlines are virtually incapable of a sincere apology. Tell a Borderline she has hurt you and she responds with a list of ways you’ve hurt her worse. Why? Because in a ‘split’ world, someone has to wear the black hat, and for a person with suicidal tendencies, avoiding guilt is quite literally a matter of life and death.”

I was glad to see signs that the author is planning further books about the Arcadia Project, and some threads were left dangling in preparation for that, but the story in this book was well wrapped up, which is not always the case when sequels are in the works. I will look forward to reading the sequels when they appear.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Edgy Urban Fantasy, Revitalized and Relevant 12 luglio 2016
Di Jennifer Silk - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Film student and indie director Millie, who lost both her legs in a suicide attempt a year earlier, has been languishing in a mental health facility with no concept of how to move forward with her life. She has been diagnosed with a borderline personality disorder and must navigate through life with two prosthetic limbs and extreme and violent mood swings to contend with. When a woman visits her, offering work in a mysterious organization called The Arcadia Project, Millie jumps at the diversion packing her wheelchair and few belongings into a cab and heading back to Los Angeles to accept the position.

I loved this book. I had just about given up on Urban Fantasy as a genre, finding the same formulaic heroines, following the same formulaic patterns, frankly boring. This book was recommended to me by someone who has never liked urban fantasy at all. He told me that the heroine was disabled and suffered from a mental health disorder and I had to at least check it out. I've read plenty of 'damaged' heroine urban fantasy and was not expecting much but I was in for a welcome surprise. There is no damaged heroine stereotype at play here. While the realities of the heroine's physical and mental challenges are not downplayed, neither are they played on for drama or for sentiment.

Of course, their is magic, and (gasp!) Fey! But these things didn't ruin the gritty realism of the novel at all. The book is far more of a mystery novel with Millie as an up and coming hard boiled detective in the LA film industry than with only a pleasing veneer of magical dressings. The best moments in the book are where Millie faces down someone who has placed her in a box because of her disability.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves urban fantasy but has been looking for some revitalization of the genre. I'm looking forward to the next in the series.
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4.0 su 5 stelle An impressive Nebula-nominated first novel. 25 marzo 2017
Di Mary Soon Lee - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
"Borderline" is Mishell Baker's debut novel and one of this year's nominees for the Nebula Award. It is an impressive first novel with a sassy, sarcastic, double amputee for a heroine. The first-person narration is witty and fast-paced. The fusion of modern-day Hollywood with bona-fide fairies is clever and creative.

Page by page, I found "Borderline" a quick, engaging, intelligent read. Yet, when I paused, I found it slightly less than the sum of its parts. Between reading sessions, I wasn't drawn back to the book and its characters. Millie, the protagonist, wasn't deeply attached to other people. Perhaps as a result, I wasn't deeply attached to her. (The character who intrigued me most was Teo, not Millie.)

It is a mark of the book's quality that it kept me happily entertained even though I am not the target audience. I usually prefer secondary-world high fantasy to contemporary urban fantasy. And I very rarely enjoy fairies/fey in books. Elves yes, fairies no. This book managed to overcome my prejudices.
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5.0 su 5 stelle I'm Legit Mad at Mishell Baker for Writing Such a Good Book 22 aprile 2016
Di Hilary B. Bisenieks - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Listen. Go read this book. I read a lot of urban fantasy. Like A L O T . And this book is something special. Is it because it's told from the well-researched perspective of a woman with borderline personality disorder? Is it because it has a fresh take on the intersection of our world and the world of the faerie? Is it because it's really grounded in LA so that I felt like I knew the places I was being taken to even though I know almost nothing about LA? Is it because I had a hard time putting this book down? Yes. It's all of that. And more.

I got legit mad at Mishell a number of times because of the twists and turns in the plot, because the book is so good, and because the next one isn't out yet, and that's the best way to be mad at an author. (Mishell is also a Class Act, let me tell you.)

Borderline has a very different feel from my other favorite urban-fantasy-set-in-LA, Sandman Slim, but it's no less compelling, no less amazing.
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