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The Hour Before Dawn: And Two Other Stories from Newford Hardcover – August, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 114 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press; First Edition so stated edition (August 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596060271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596060272
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,724,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Tom Knapp VINE VOICE on May 19, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Hour Before Dawn & Two Other Stories from Newford is a short but weighty collection of three stories by acclaimed urban fantasy writer Charles de Lint.

"The Hour Before Dawn" is a delightful stretch for de Lint. Although based in his usual Newford digs, de Lint has spun the calendar back to 1957 for a detective potboiler with a Newford twist: Jack Daniels, private eye, talks to the dead. He doesn't want to, mind, but they come all the same -- usually in the last dream before morning, mostly because they need his help. Unfinished business, that sort of thing. That, combined with vivid memories of Korea, a close friend and partner who ate his own gun, and a mean-spirited ex-wife, have Jack drowning himself in the bottle for which he was named. Then his ex-wife's sister-in-law shows up, and Jack didn't even know she was dead....

"That was Radio Clash" is a surprising tribute to Joe Strummer, a musician best known for his work with the Clash and the Pogues. It's surprising in that it's not actually about Strummer, it's about a blue-haired young woman who mourned his death. It's also about second, and maybe even third, chances to define one's life. It's obliquely about the importance of music as compared to the importance of the musician. And it's very, very sweet.

"The Butter Spirit's Tithe" is set on the road with two musicians, one of whom is Miki from de Lint's novel "Forests of the Heart." The other is Conn, a middlin' guitarist and erstwhile janitor who had the misfortune to anger one of the Little People, for which his soul was promised to the Grey Man as a seventh-year tithe. But Miki has had past dealings with the faerie realms, and she doesn't take kindly to their casual attitude towards mortal lives. And, drawing on a traditional ballad for inspiration.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jo Schram on September 8, 2009
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Three stories from Newford all in one book.

De Lint is my favorite author and I almost all of his works. Some even signed.

Perhaps you either like him or don't. But I think if you are in to fantasy and his work being urban fantasy which most can relate to - well how can you not help but like him?
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9 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Karen Bock-Losee on August 29, 2005
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I'm a big DeLint fan, but these 3 short stories just didn't grab me as much as some of his previous work. I think I'm just missing Jilly Coppercorn and friends...
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