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Spirits in the Wires (Newford) Paperback – August 12, 2004
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When a virus disrupts the Wordwood site and a whole lot of people disappear into virtual reality, a disparate group of magic users and mundanes must use whatever means they can come up with to go to the rescue. Christy Riddell is one of the central characters, as his partner Saskia is one of the ones who has disappeared. We also get to see Holly Rue, Robert Lonnie, Geordie and a supporting cast of Newford's literary citizens (as opposed to Newford's painting citizens) as well as the usual faeries, sprites and elemental spirits.
And that's what kind of bothered me about this book. We had the usual suspects doing the usual things in pretty much the usual way; only the setting was somewhat altered, and that not by much. I think the question of spirits in cyberspace, so much a part of a lot of cyberpunk fiction, is a really interesting one. But I didn't find it addressed here in any interesting way. Rather, the idea seemed taken for granted and from there the novel read like a Michael Crichton action piece, with lots of fireworks and explosions, told from so many points of view that it was hard to care about any of them.
I'm also disappointed that DeLint's books seem to have lost the edginess that grabbed me in many of his earlier works. There aren't any great villains here, so the conflict is a little pale. There isn't any real sense of danger.Read more ›
When I could tell that de Lint's new novel Spirits in the Wires was going to build on these two stories, I got excited. Was I finally going to get to immerse myself in a fantasy world that I could enjoy?
Spirits in the Wires concerns a Web site called the Wordwood, which is like a search engine but you can ask it any question and it will answer you in a style familiar to you, such as a beloved family member. It also concerns two of the women in the life of writer Christy Riddell: his girlfriend Saskia Madding, who believes she was born from the Wordwood; and his "shadow self," whom he calls "Mystery" but who has given herself the name Christiana Tree (Miss Tree=Mystery). Christiana is made up of aspects of Christy that he threw off himself when he was seven years old, but she has made herself over the years into her own person.
When a man spurned by Saskia wants revenge, he has a virus sent into the Wordwood, which causes everyone logged on to the site at that moment to disappear--including Saskia, who disappears right in front of Christy, who is helpless to do anything about it.Read more ›
Spirits in the Wires Revolves around Saskia Madding, the poet born on the Internet, who is sucked back in along with hundreds of other victims who were online when a computer virus struck down the WordWood, an online library with an independent mind (it also happens to be where Saskia came from) The group who travel to save Saskia find that the problem with the Wordwood is much bigger than one handicapped site, while Saskia struggles to stay alive and puzzle out her own origins.
Besides devloping Saskia more fully as a character, de Lint also takes this opportunity to explore the character of Christiana Tree, Christie Ridell's shadow person, created from all the parts of himself that he cast off. De Linta has the fantastic ability to create a realistic character out of such a fantastical setting. But perhaps the character development I appreciated most was for what one might consider a Newford "villain"-Aaron, the snooty book editor who hates Saskia and is the ultimate cause of her current misfortune. De Lint shows that even bad people can be fully devloped, human characters, a hard feat for writers to accomplish.
I must confess, Saskia's true nature still aludes me. I only borrowed this book from the library, so I didn't have a chance to reread it and really discover what the things Saskia saw meant.Read more ›
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What makes a person real? This is a question confronting the characters in Spirits in the Wires, a Newford novel by Charles DeLint. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Debbie
Mr. de Lint never disappoints his readers in this writing. The characters are well developed and multidimensional engaging the reader into entering the world he creates. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eames
I started looking for Christy Riddell at our local book shop. He seems to be such a realistic character and his sense of overwhelming loss is clear. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Jacklin Yacklin
So dated, was probably good when it was new, but it's just annoying outdated now. I love this author, but if this is your first de Lint purchase, don't make this the book you... Read morePublished on July 22, 2014 by Phaewryn OGuin
I've really love a lot of de Lint's work, but this one never grabbed me. I like the idea of the story, but he spends so much time telling us how special and unique all of his... Read morePublished on September 5, 2013 by Samuel E. Schneider
A bit sophmoric, actually. I was disappointed as i have enjoyed a lot of de Lint's books. But this was too obvious, too pedandic and i wound up not finishing it.Published on November 22, 2012 by RE