All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane AndersAll The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

All The Birds In The Sky

byCharlie Jane Anders

Paperback | April 11, 2017

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Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now
Winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novel
Finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novel
Paste's 50 Best Books of the 21st Century (So Far) List

"The book is full of quirkiness and playful detail...but there's an overwhelming depth and poignancy to its virtuoso ending." -NPR

From the former editor-in-chief of, a stunning Nebula Award-winning and Hugo-shortlisted novel about the end of the world-and the beginning of our future

An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups' most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering "wunderkind") may just be in love with each other.

As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind.

In a fashion unique to Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky offers a humorous and, at times, heart-breaking exploration of growing up extraordinary in world filled with cruelty, scientific ingenuity, and magic.

CHARLIE JANE ANDERS is the former editor-in-chief of, the extraordinarily popular Gawker Media site devoted to science fiction and fantasy. Her SF and fantasy debut novel, All the Birds in the Sky, won the 2017 Nebula Awards for Best Novel and was a finalist for the 2017 Hugo Award's Best Novel category. Her story "Six ...
Title:All The Birds In The SkyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.24 × 5.47 × 0.88 inShipping dimensions:8.24 × 5.47 × 0.88 inPublished:April 11, 2017Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0765379953

ISBN - 13:9780765379955


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Charming I found it easy to follow the story over the various years, but I would happily read more stories set in the early years. A nice tale about the cost of magic outweighing the benefits. The characters were well-rounded, and flawed, because they are humans (with a few exceptions).
Date published: 2018-06-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth your time Why is it that books that are badly written make the bestsellers list when there are hundreds of other books out there that deserve to be read and don't get similar publicity? This book was a mess and the story line was all over the place. Hard to follow and honestly lost interest within the first few pages but kept reading hoping things would improve, but no. This is not a book of the fantasy genre, it's a mash up mess. Don't waste your time.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good try. I commend this book to be all over the place. The fact that it tried, it was an attempt. The actual timeline is pretty vast as it starts off with elementary school to adulthood. Things got really confusing at times I felt like I wasn't paying attention as I was reading but then I would reread things and it still wouldn't make sense. I like how things are introduced and then brought back to show their importance. I didn't really care for any characters and not even the main ones until I sort of got a better grasp about what the story is even about. I did enjoy Lawrence's narrative. It was all over the place but fine. The rest of the book? Not so much. The sci-fi and magic was attempted but nothing really was fleshed out. I can actually say that about the entire book. It was pretty great ideas as a narrative in ONE book but the execution could have been a lot better. Granted the arcs in the book itself, could be multiple books on their own. Lawrence and Peregrine, Patricia and her magic, and adult life for the both of them. This clocks in 320 pages and I felt it could have been fleshed out and edited more. Things that work to be more concise and things that didn't either gotten rid off or written in another sense. But again, I commend it for trying to fit so much in one book. Though I would doubt how the series would stand if this was stretched into 3 books. So in the end, I do prefer that it is one book instead of 3.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh I did not like anything about this book.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fan I simply found it boring to read. The plot was basic and predictable, and the characters seemed shallow.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A quick, kinda fun, mostly predictable read. I don't usually give in to hype but the buzz around this book has been big for awhile now so I gave it a read. The first section teeters on twee quirk but held my interest. The characters face legitimate threats and challenges as we're introduced to them and the plot kicks into gear with genuine pathos. Where the book almost lost me was the lengthy, sagging middle section. The story seems bogged down in a lot of extraneous, irrelevant detail (I really don't care what kind of TV shows these characters like or their fave hipster cocktails, thanks) that I found distracting and dull. By the third act, I'd pretty much figured out where this thing was going so the end didn't really feel all that surprising. It had a similar flavour to Gaiman/Pratchett's Good Omens which is fine, but again, that simply made it even more predictable. The "big ideas" in this book felt contrived and thin and the characters both main and secondary almost instantly forgettable after I put it down.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply magical This book has been one of my favourite reads all year - I devoured it, while not wanting it to end. This felt like a fresh take on some common fantasy and sci-fi themes such as nature vs. technology. There are enough elements to feel familiar, and yet the story is engaging, fun, and unlike anything I've read in a long time.
Date published: 2017-06-25

Editorial Reviews

"The very short list of novels that dare to traffic as freely in the uncanny and wondrous as in big ideas-I think of masterpieces like The Lathe of Heaven; Cloud Atlas; Little, Big-has just been extended by one."-Michael Chabon"What a magnificent novel-a glorious synthesis of magic and technology, joy and sorrow, romance and wisdom. Unmissable." -Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians"Into each generation of science fiction/fantasydom a master absurdist must fall, and it's quite possible that with All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders has established herself as the one for the Millennials...highly recommended." -N. K. Jemisin, The New York Times Book Review"Charlie Jane Anders has entwined strands of science and fantasy, both as genres and as ways of experiencing life, into a luminous novel." -John Hodgman"Has the hallmarks of an instant classic." -Los Angeles Times"Genius....My fave read this year." -Margaret Cho"Do yourself a favor and go pick up All The Birds in the Sky! You will lurve it." -Amber Benson"Thoughtful and hip and fantasy and sci-fi all wrapped up. A+." -Felicia Day"Everything you could ask for in a debut novel - a fresh look at science fiction's most cherished memes, ruthlessly shredded and lovingly reassembled." -Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing"Read it immediately. Thank me later." -Laurie Penny"It's fantastic when someone who is so important in the scifi world can flat-out write as well as critique and analyze." -Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Alive"The craziest thing about Charlie Jane Anders' book is how it remains so intimate and accessible despite genre jumping. All the Birds in the Sky moves from a coming of age story to a millennial romance and then a dystopia - and it's filled with so much of the uncanny. That includes, but is not limited to, a shapeshifting teacher, talking birds and an anti-gravity gun...A truly fun read." -New York Daily News"A fairy tale and an adventure rolled into one, All the Birds in the Sky is a captivating novel that shows how science and magic can be two sides of the same coin." -The Washington Post"Anyone suffering from midwinter blues should read Charlie Jane Anders's between-categories fantasy All the Birds in the Sky. The scenario is (almost) Harry Potter, the tone is (quite like) Kurt Vonnegut, the effect is entirely original." -The Wall Street Journal"Heartfelt, ambitious, and dynamic. Fantastic stuff." -Financial Times"Imagine that Diana Wynne Jones, Douglas Coupland and Neil Gaiman walk into a bar and through some weird fusion of magic and science have a baby. That offspring is Charlie Jane Anders' lyrical debut novel All the Birds in the Sky." -Independent"Highly readable and imaginative, All the Birds in the Sky will sing to Philip Pullman fans." -Mail on Sunday"An entertaining and audacious melding of science, magic, and just plain real life that feels perfectly right for our time." -BuzzFeed, "5 Great Books to Read in February""Like the work of other 21st century writers - Kelly Link and Lev Grossman come immediately to mind - All the Birds in the Sky serves as both a celebration of and corrective to the standard tropes of genre fiction. [...] Like William Gibson, Anders weaves a thrilling, seat-of-the-pants narrative with a compelling subtext." -Elizabeth Hand, Los Angeles Times"Two crazy kids, one gifted in science, the other in magic, meet as children, part and meet again over many years. Will they find love? Will they save the world? Or will they destroy it and everyone in it? Read Anders lively, wacky, sexy, scary, weird and wonderful book to find the answers." -Karen Joy Fowler, author of The Jane Austen Book Club"Impossibly hip fiction with the voice and cultural inflections of the millennials.... Often quirky and amusing but rising to encompass a moral seriousness and engaging book." -The Sydney Morning Herald