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Product Details

  • Paperback: 185 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications; Second Edition, Second edition edition (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892391880
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892391889
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,168,093 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Canadian author De Lint and illustrator Vess make good medicine in this whimsical collaboration of words and images starring those rambunctious red-haired Dillard twins, Laurel and Bess, mentioned in 2002's Seven Wild Sisters and now stage center in their own short novel. Musicians Bess and Laurel have exchanged the green Northeast for the desert Southwest for their first road tour, playing their rockabilly music and having fun. Enter two unhappy Native American spirits, Jim Changing Dog and Alice Corn Hair, who've been charged by Coyote Woman to find soul mates in two weeks or lose their ability to shift into their cherished "five-fingered" human form. Soon the two sisters become key players in an unfolding melodrama involving the true love quest. Alice has already found her mate in Thomas, an aging artist, but Jim, a roving red-haired rascal, is uncertain he can ever fall in love until he tumbles for Bess after the twins' Tucson performance. When he begins to woo her, complications threaten to doom poor Jim to life as a red dog. Laurel then decides to awaken her animal self in order to help Bess learn the value of "connecting with the animal spirits inside." The mythic magic inevitable in all of De Lint's best fantasies marks the spirited conclusion.
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Coyote Woman gives a red dog and a jackalope the chance to enrich their lives by enabling them to assume human shape. They have 100 years to find mates who love them unconditionally, or neither gets to keep the gift. Although Alice Corn Hair has found her true love, Jim Changing Dog hasn't been able to commit to one woman, and there's less than a month left for him to find his soul mate. Enter twins Laurel and Bess Dillard, two of de Lint's Seven Wild Sisters (2002), who are touring the Southwest playing old-timey music and selling CDs. In Tucson they meet Jim, who falls for Bess. De Lint adroitly and believably meshes the world we live in and the spirit world, and his lyrical descriptions of desert and canyon take us directly into the ambience of the Southwest, adding much to the charm of this first-in-a-series short novel that is already well laced with humor, romance, and Native American mythology and nicely complemented by World Fantasy Award-winner Charles Vess' black-and-white illustrations. Sally Estes
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More About the Author

Charles de Lint and his wife, the artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His evocative novels, including Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, and The Onion Girl, have earned him a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mayfayre TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 3, 2005
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This isn't a big book - only 206 pages in the hardcover edition - but that doesn't matter at all. This is one of those stories that just grabs you from the start and sucks you right into the mythological world that Charles de Lint creates so well. It's not an action-packed book, nothing like that. Instead it follows the interactions of about seven individuals over the course of a few days. He makes the interactions between the "real" people and the people of myth totally believable. I never find myself saying, "Oh, how can that be?". Nope, I just go along happily for the ride.

After reading this book, I want to go and actually see the deserts of the Southwest. I want to learn more about the mythology of the region. That is one of the secrets to de Lint's writing, I think - it's very easy to visualize the settings, to become intrigued by the mysteries surrounding the characters. To want more.

I enjoyed the nod he gave to Terri Windling, and I would second the recommendation another reviewer gave about Windling's "The Wood Wife" - it's another excellent book. For those of you who may have read de Lint's "Forests of the Heart", there's a brief appearance of Bettina and one of her uncles in this book, which was a pleasant surprise.

Read this book.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Linda S. Brundies on January 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Medicine Road is what I've come to expect from De Lint. Wonder-full! Bess and Laurel Dillard are back. We first met them in Seven Wild Sisters. This time they are in Arizona giving concerts at local establishments. They fall or leap into a magical adventure depending on which sister's version you happen to be reading. Each sister has her own way of relating to magic and the everyday world and it colors their respective response to it. Each sister grows and changes in the "same but different" way of twins. This duality is paralleled by the characters Alice and Jim, formerly jack rabbit and coyote. They grow and change as they interact with the twins and play out their own stories. De Lint's story is reminiscent of Terri Windling's The Wood Wife, which you should check out as well. But De Lint's magic is all his own. Read this and all of his other work. You won't be disappointed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Sides on March 14, 2005
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Almost every De Lint book I have read has sucked me in instantly. All of his books are great but the Newford Series are my absolute favs. I would sugest starting with one of them, then getting into his other books. His horor novels are just that, the mental aspect will have you lieing awake at night.

I would sugest reading Forests of the Heart first before this novel, but you do not have to. All delint books stand on their own.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Richard Novak on December 23, 2004
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I really enjoy a de Lint book. Nothing appears out of the ordinary, until you turn a corner or take one more step. Suddenly you're in a magical, more alive world. Ours, yet more so.

Medicine Road concerns Bess and Laurel, twin sisters traveling to Arizona for a series of concert appearances. Upon arrival in Tucson, they meet several people, threatening or otherwise. As in any de Lint book, no one is who they appear to be. His characters always reveal hidden potential. Character and reader both discover this potential as the story develops.

Their are six main actors, each of whom is at times the focus

of the action. Of these, the sisters' focal pieces are done first- person. A nice separation that draws the reader into their

viewpoint and how it affects the others around them.

The Charles Vess illustrations are light yet mysterious. I especially like the one inside the front cover. Charles de Lint is a modern-day storyteller with an old message: we are each more than we realize.

"We figure, if folks like our music, we've probably got something in common with them, and when you're far from home, this is pretty much the best way for us to meet like-minded folks."

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By marsha sands on December 12, 2013
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I love Charles DeLint. He reminds us that magic is in our lives, no matter what. Try some of his urban stories
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Medicine Road was a fun and playful read. It truly captures the beauty and magic of the deserts and mountains of Arizona. The plot is whimsical and the characters seem like people one would really like to meet. And the book even has a Jackalope in it!
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