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Moonlight & Vines (Newford) Mass Market Paperback – December 15, 1999
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Imagine a city--cold, hard, concrete jungle on the surface, but, down that dark alley or disused cemetery, magic has begun to unravel the gray fabric of realism. Charles de Lint succumbs to his fascination with the outsider in all of us, and writes of lonesome goth kids, newbie lesbians, strippers, Gypsies, angels of death and mercy, and even vampires and ghosts in a style that is remarkably refreshing after so much sword-and-bodice formula fantasy. Moonlight and Vines is a medley of fairy tales for the alternative crowd, with most of his city grrrls and boys sporting combat boots and wounded souls. De Lint crafts his stories with soft edges but indelible images:
I can feel a foreign vibe in my apartment, a quivering in the air from Teresa having been there.... My furniture, the posters and prints on my walls, my knickknacks, all seemed subtly changed, a little stiff from the awareness of her looking at them. It takes a while for the room to settle down into its familiar habits. The fridge muttering to itself in the kitchen. The pictures in their frames letting out their stomachs and hanging slightly askew once more.Hardcore horror/fantasy enthusiasts might find the author's habit of imbuing each protagonist with a sense of wonder and self-discovery slightly saccharine and hackneyed after the umpteenth happy ending, but longtime de Lint fans will be delighted. --Jhana Bach --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
With this collection of 22 stories?including three new tales and four that previously appeared only as limited-edition chapbooks?de Lint returns to the magic-steeped streets of Newford, the setting for his acclaimed novels Memory & Dream, Trader and Someplace to Be Flying. Although Newford seems a typical North American city, it houses an unusual array of artists, from painters and musicians to writers and tarot-card readers: the creative forces behind de Lint's stories. Each entry follows characters changed irrevocably by the touch of magic. The collection's bookend tales, "Saskia" and "The Fields Beyond the Fields," are linked stories about a writer whose relationship with a mysterious woman renews his creative fires. In "The Big Sky," a dead man stubbornly trying to hang on to the living world discovers the consequences of stagnation. "Heartfires" reverberates with the earthy voices of ancient spirits, proving that "a thing is just a thing until you have the story that goes with it." Other magical beings inhabit "The Invisibles," "Crow Girls" and the wry tale "Passing." As always, de Lint's writing is smooth and captivating, though the frequency of recurring themes (death, lost love) make the book best read in short spurts. Even at their darkest, the author's stories, like the best fantasy, will remind readers that "no matter how grey and bland and pointless the world might seem...there really is more to everything than what we can see."
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is my first book by de Lint, and my first exposure to "urban fantasy". I am delighted. It is almost Twilight Zonish- you feel that some of these things really could happen, and that they could even happen to you. As I've grown older I was moving away from the fantasy genre, but this has reawakened my love of magical possibilites. These are real characters, partially in a world I'm familiar with, touching on worlds I wish existed.
I've already bought other copies for two of my friends. I highly recommend picking this one up.
Sometimes his writing is so descriptive that I tend to look around - maybe I can see some of those creatures too !!