The Very Best of Charles De Lint

The Very Best of Charles De Lint

Book - 2010
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Blackwell Publishing
The finest stories of this popular pioneer of urban fantasy and creator of the mythical city of Newford have been chosen by the author—and his fans—and gathered in this extraordinary collection. Asked to suggest their own favorite stories for inclusion, de Lint’s fans have been instrumental in creating a treasury that will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages. These are retold fairy tales and new modern myths that thoroughly redefine the boundaries of magic.

Between these pages are all manner of enchanted characters in unusual places: playful Crow Girls who sneak into the homes of their sleeping neighbors, a graffiti artist who risks his life to expose a deadly conspiracy, and an unrepentant trickster who throws one last party to reveal a lost folkloric tradition.

At turns unexpected, whimsical, dark, and mystical, this is an essential compendium of timeless tales to be revisited as often as the heart desires.

Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Tachyon, 2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781892391964
Branch Call Number: SF/Fantasy DeL
Characteristics: 425 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Charles de Lint


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Mar 13, 2012

I picked this up looking for an overview of Charles de Lint's work. Although I enjoyed several of the short stories with their intermingling of fantasy and modern reality, the sequence became darker as the collection progressed and I eventually lost interest.

Apr 10, 2011

This anthology of stories by Charles de Lint was chosen by reader vote. The stories are arranged in a way that leads you gradually into the urban fantasy landscape that he’s created over his career. It’s a good refresher for people (like me) who aren’t able to name off the characters of Newford by heart. Don’t be put off by the initial light-weight fairy-tales: once this scene is set, de Lint surveys the dark and the meaningful in fictional Newford, as well as the uplifting and magical.
For the first seven stories in, I was finding the tales diverting but not special. I laughed a little, but nothing moving. Perhaps these are more to set the scene than to really sweep you away.
The tone shifts some after that, more to loss and some redemption. Timeskip sees a young woman swept into the past by an encounter with a ghost. Freewheeling, Winter was hard, and a Graceless Child have the same sort of feeling. A Wish named Arnold ends with more hope as a lifelong magic companion is given freedom and is so not lost.
In the second half of the book, the stories continue the intensity, finishing off with several thought-provoking tales.


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