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“This is the best work by Charles De Lint as far as I am concerned. Onion Girl was fun too, but after reading Forests of the Heart I have found every other work by De Lint supremely dissapointing. This has a deep surrealism and magic about and throughout it while remaining far more realistic and...”see full review » see other reviews »
“I am writing this review of de Lint's novel before I go and read the reviews I have written before. I love the world that de Lint has created; I feel like I have come home when one of his recurring characters appears in a new book; I just settle into his books like I belong there. The real question is why haven't I read all of them. Part of the reason is that I need to be in the right place in my mind and I also just want the time to enjoy them. I believe this is why I read them on vacation.
This story takes place in Newford, de Lint's wonderful city, where magic and "real" life mix. If you read his books, the city will seem familiar and so will many of the characters. Even those people new to this story will obviously belong in Newford. The tale will be somewhat familiar, although for me, that is a big part of the charm. I know much of what will happen in a de Lint novel and that is why I read them. They are good, wonderful tales of what happens when Story (what some would define as magic or fairy tales) meets our reality. Given that Story is very important to me, I love every minute I am in Newford.
I don't want to give away the plot of this particular book. If you read de Lint, you should know that his power as a storyteller is very apparent in this novel. If you have never encountered de Lint's fantasies, I think you should try a short story or two. Then if you are caught, pick any novel set in Newford. I don't think you will be disappointed.
“I have a deep, abiding love & respect for the ongoing, magically & mythologically linked stories of DeLint. His one-offs are good, too, but they don't have the heart of his Newford books. His writing shows a lyrical, magical touch not often seen in contemporary authors. ”Justine Greene wrote this review Saturday, February 18, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it!”Ryan Curtis wrote this review Thursday, June 16, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This truly a great book. I loved it. Charles de Lint creates a world which one would love to visit.”Edge Z wrote this review Monday, October 18, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Why did it take me so long to read this book? Charles de Lint does an excellent job of blending the myths of Ireland and Native America.”Freddie Lynch wrote this review Wednesday, September 22, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love everything by Mr. De Lint. ”Dee M wrote this review Sunday, July 11, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“3.5 stars really. i was in a book club and i usually don't read urban fantasy, this was excellent!!!!”catherinekerth wrote this review Tuesday, July 6, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“de Lint's writing is a pleasant change from typical fantasy fare”Susan W wrote this review Tuesday, March 23, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved it! Was recommended via Neil Gaiman's website and this is the first Charles de Lint book I could find. Took me a while to get into and in fact put it down for a while initially, but once I started the second time, I was hooked.
Easy to read and I find the characters easy to relate to.”