“I am so glad that I picked up one of de Lint's books this week. I felt like I had been reading by rote. Much of what I had been reading did not hold my interest. I was glad I read the books I had picked up in the last two weeks, but none of them seemed out of the ordinary to me. Here I am with more reading time and the books I was reading didn't seem worthy of the time I had.
However, all I had to do was read the first story, Waifs and Strays, in this collection and I was reminded why I read. I was reminded that words on a page can take me anywhere I might want to be and teach me about almost any subject. This collection of fifteen stories took me out of myself and into other places. This was what I had been looking for.
In 'The Pocharde Box', de Lint writes:
"Life is art. You have to work hard to keep it simple and still have meaning. It is so
much easier to deal with everything in how it relates to yourself. You have to really
concentrate to keep an open mind, to pay attention to the broader view, to stay aware
of what’s going on outside of your own skin."
It is writing like this that keeps me coming back to de Lint's stories over and over again. He knows how to show his readers places that are all in his mind and make those places and the people in them seem real.
I recommend this collection to anyone who has not read novels or short stories by Charles de Lint before. If you like fantasy and folk stories you should try these tales. You won't be disappointed.”
“I love returning to Newford to revisit old characters and the new in De Lint's wonderful short stories.”nuclearblonde wrote this review Wednesday, July 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“My favorite de Lint. ”Serena B wrote this review Thursday, January 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Another excellent collection of short stories by de Lint-these are a little darker than the stories in Dreams Underfoot IMHO but definitely worth reading. ”Nighthawk wrote this review Wednesday, December 23, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Though it has nothing to do with Charles de Lint (whose writings I absolutely adore) I didnt care for this one, simply because it's a collection of short stories. And short stories (to me) are just something you build up in order to get a message through to the reader. They're simple and too obvious in their purpose.
Go after De Lint's beautiful novels, such as Forests of the heart or blue girl”