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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orb Books; Reprint edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312873999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312873998
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“There is no better writer now than Charles de Lint at bringing out the magic in everyday life.” –Orson Scott Card

“In de Lint’s capable hands, modern fantasy becomes something other than escapism. It becomes folk song, the stuff of urban myth.” —The Phoenix Gazette

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A tale of magic and murder

The increasingly bizarre murders have baffled the police—but each death is somehow connected with the city’s elusive Gypsy community. The police are searching for a human killer, but the Romany know better. They know the name of the darkness that hunts them down, one by one: Mulengro.

“There is no better writer now than Charles de Lint at bringing out the magic in everyday life.” –Orson Scott Card

“In de Lint’s capable hands, modern fantasy becomes something other than escapism. It becomes folk song, the stuff of urban myth.” —The Phoenix Gazette

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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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This book stands out from most of de Lint's canon of work by being mainly a horror novel.
Kevin L. Nenstiel
Mulengro is unusual for an urban fantasy book because Romany people (aka gypsies) are at the center of the story.
Julia Starkey
His books almost have me looking out of the corner of my eye hoping to see one of his characters.
Joanne Schmidt

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book stands out from most of de Lint's canon of work by being mainly a horror novel. Okay, dark fantasy really, but it scares you badly and reminds you why you love being alive, because it could disappear so quickly.

This book, first released in 1985, predates Newford, but one could imagine it fitting in with that setting. When Ottawa's close-knit Gypsy community begins dying violently, several independent story threads originate, convering on a cabin in the woods where an apocalyptic showdown determines whether the punishments of the Third Reich continue into the contemporary world.

Briggs and Sandler, Ottawa municipal police, want to bring the killer to justice. Janfri la Yayal, a Gypsy fiddler, wants to clear his name. Ola Pifer knows she's an imminent target. Jeff Owen, Dr. Rainbow, and Yojo la Kore want to stand up for the people they love. And the mysterious Mulengro wants to purge his people.

This reads like something Stephen King might have written back before his work became tiresome and repetetive. The further along you get, the harder it becomes to put the book down. Nothing feels extraneous, nothing feels like a misfire. This is a prime book for people who have never touched fantasy, horror, or Charles de Lint in their lives.

The substantial Gypsy content is key to the story. Many people demand accuracy in this sort of thing, but the Gypsies are so notoriously secretive that fact-checking isn't an issue. What matters is this: I can imagine these characters, in these situations, performing exactly these actions.

It's amazing, with the slim amount of narrative and the beautifully cinematic characters and situations, that this hasn't been adapted before now. Perhaps soon.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tom Knapp VINE VOICE on February 8, 2004
Format: Paperback
Mulengro, a long out-of-print novel by Charles de Lint, has been reissued -- and it's about time. The story focuses on the Rom, modern gypsies living in Canada, who -- despite some modern adaptations, such as big, gas-guzzling cars instead of caravan wagons -- continue to live outside the mainstream: secretive, mysterious and distrustful of strangers.
But, insular or not, de Lint has written about the Rom society like a native, delving deeply into customs, traditions and psyches -- and mysticism, an exotic belief system very different from the Celtic and Native American mythologies more frequently tapped in de Lint's work.
The novel unfolds as a killer stalks Rom and Gaje alike; the murders grow increasingly horrific and bloody, and a solution to the threat he presents seems increasingly elusive. The climax is a whirlwind of violence -- readers may be shocked by some plot developments along the way -- but the ultimate closure comes abruptly. The final twist is startling and is not the ending I expected -- but de Lint knows what he's doing, and the desperation of the concluding pages feels appropriate to the circumstance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julia Starkey on December 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
Mulengro is unusual for an urban fantasy book because Romany people (aka gypsies) are at the center of the story. De Lint, as usual, does a masterful job of making Romany magic work in a modern world and in the context of a city setting. One gets a sense of the gritty and some what grim life of modern Rom, and why they continue to be resistant to a "proper" modern settled life. Mulengro can be dark but is ultimately hopeful.

This book was originally published in 1985 and is in no way dated. It deals with different subject matter than his Newford books, but has the same immediacy to it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ray Wodanson on November 30, 2003
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This book has made me think of Charles De Lint in a whole new fashion. His typical, if you can say that word towards this man, style of light/comidic/fantasy is nowhere to be seen in this novel. He takes the concepts of horror and twists them to meet his own needs and desires.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meaghan P. O'neill on January 12, 2010
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Ok, so I've read a ton of this guy's books, and thus have become a huge fan. He's great! But this one is a little boring, I'm sorry. It wasn't bad at all, but it just didn't have the usual spark that his novels hold.
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By carolyn greenan on December 26, 2013
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Amazing - loved every page! I couldn't stop once started. As always, I passed it on to a friend. Shipping was quick.
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