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Product Details

  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications (July 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892391961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892391964
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

The selections for this collection of de Lint’s short pieces were made by both the author and his fans. It was a labor of love for them all.The stories, retold fairy tales and the modern doings of mythical beings, were published between 1984 and 2005, and include “Into the Green,” “Crow Girls,” “The Conjure Man,” “The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep,” “A Wish Named Arnold,” and 24 others. A must for de Lint completists and fantasy/myth lovers. --Frieda Murray

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“It’s hard not to feel encouraged to be a better person after reading a book by Ottawa’s Charles de Lint.”
Halifax Chronicle Herald

“Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy. Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legend—all of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint’s vivid, original world. No one does it better.”
—Alice Hoffman

“An outstanding and widely varied collection of 29 tales.... Long-time fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with de Lint’s graceful, poetic language and characters.”
Publishers Weekly

“[de Lint] is a master storyteller.... [I]n every story—and I do mean every—he manages to pack an emotional wallop, and a sense that the fantastical could be very, very possible if only we choose to believe it so.”
Bookgasm

“More than 400 pages of the finest urban fantasy fiction of the past three decades.”
Ottawa Citizen

The Very Best of Charles de Lint truly is Charles de Lint at his very best.”
FantasyLiterature.com

“Lovely and quite diverse...[t]his is a collection definitely worth picking up.”
San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review

“These are stories for those who love reading.”
Locus

“De Lint is prolific, and if you’ve resisted picking him up because you’re not sure where to start, this is an excellent way to get a feel for his polished prose, his deep empathy for his own characters, and a wondrous world that may be filled with danger but is no less beautiful because of that.”
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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

Customer Reviews

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He is a fantastic storyteller.
sassenach
This book would be a fine introduction to his stories, and the cover art by Charles Vess is delightful.
Keith A. Wilson
These short stories span quite a bit of his authoring life, and are some of the best ones to read.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Wulfstan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 19, 2010
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Charles de Lint writes Fantasy. Now when folks think "Fantasy" they think wizards, dragons, unicorns, knights, princesses and swordfights. But although Charles De Lint is one of the Masters of Modern Fantasy, there's very little of that here. Certainly, there's one short story with Merlin himself, and a few more with what could be considered wizards. There's a dragon (sort of), a different sort of vampire tale and a swordfight. But most are more "Urban Fantasy".

However, that tag is not quite right either. Most "Urban Fantasy" is dark and gritty or has vampires. And, although a number of the stories here are rather sad & melancholy, the over all tone is more lighthearted and whimsical- romantic without a lot of what today is considered "romance", if you get what I mean.

In other words, Charles de Lint writes stories like no one else, stories which are hard to categorize. Many of the stories here are set in "Newford" a town reminiscent (to me, anyway) of Seattle or Vancouver.

Here's a complete list, courtesy of the publisher:
In Which We Meet Jilly Coppercorn
Coyote Stories
Laughter in the Leaves
The Badger in the Bag
And the Rafters Were Ringing
Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood
The Stone Drum
Timeskip
Freewheeling
A Wish Named Arnold
Into the Green
The Graceless Child
Winter Was Hard
The Conjure Man
We Are Dead Together
Mr.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dana on August 2, 2010
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And here I thought I had read everything by Charles DeLint. Fabulous stories that were new to me and what a great idea and way to show that you appreciate your readers by allowing them to determine what will be in the book. Must have for C. DeLint fans!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keith A. Wilson on March 2, 2011
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I like De Lint's writing a lot, but even his greatest fan would have to admit that his work is uneven. His best is very good indeed, but it's not all of that quality, and some of the very early stuff is pretty mediocre. That said, this is an excellent collection of many of his best stories, without a clunker among them. Few writers do the urban-fantasy leprechauns-in-Toronto genre as well, and there's a kindness and humanity in much of his work I find very appealing. "Crow Girls" is particularly good. This book would be a fine introduction to his stories, and the cover art by Charles Vess is delightful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bronwyn on December 28, 2010
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A reliable source of wood & fire for our souls. Always anticipated, however each piece over steps our expectations. Each creation picks up a hue in the heart and soul, drawing out more than rainbows. when I pass from this world, I'd love to full out eternity in de Lint's creations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Kleppe on October 17, 2010
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I love these short story books Charles writes. When I don't have tie to get involved in a whole book, I can have a little bite of wonder at a moments notice, and all these stories are stellar! Thank you for doing this for your fans!.
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Am enjoying this author tremendously. He takes me into a world, that I would love to stay in. Thanks again.
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