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The Very Best of Charles de Lint Paperback – July 15, 2010
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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
Halifax Chronicle Herald
Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy. Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legendall of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint’s vivid, original world. No one does it better.”
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.”
[de Lint] is a master storyteller.... [I]n every storyand I do mean everyhe 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.”
More than 400 pages of the finest urban fantasy fiction of the past three decades.”
The Very Best of Charles de Lint truly is Charles de Lint at his very best.”
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.”
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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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
Laughter in the Leaves
The Badger in the Bag
And the Rafters Were Ringing
Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood
The Stone Drum
A Wish Named Arnold
Into the Green
The Graceless Child
Winter Was Hard
The Conjure Man
We Are Dead Together
Mr. Truepenny's Book Emporium and Gallery
In the House of My Enemy
The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep
Held Safe by Moonlight and Vines
In the Pines
Many Worlds Are Born Tonight
Pal o' Mine
That Was Radio Clash
Old Man Crow
The Fields Beyond the Fields
All of these were previously published, but many in limited edition "chapbooks". So unless you're a super Charles de Lint completist (in which case you're going to buy this anyway), quite a few will be new to you, and others will be old friends.
My personal favorite is Mr. Truepenny's Book Emporium and Gallery.
Now one line that appears often in book reviews is a warning for new readers- "Don't buy this book first- start reading with ....". But I am going to say just the exact opposite- if you are new to Charles de Lint, this book is an ideal place to get to know this fine fantasy author.
I'm going through hard times just now, and wish my favorite writers were not so damned hard on their characters. Fitz and the Fool ... they could have lived happily ever after. GRRMartin ... gosh. Not to mention Terry Pratchett, whom we have loved and lost.
So here is Charles de Lint, believing in magic and sharing the wonder of the real world where yes, there are bad people, and bad things happen to people, but that is not the point of the story.
OK, escapist literature, but, renewed and refreshed, I can round up my troops and go back into the fray.
Facebook is a good place to do this, and I should beFriend this nice guy, as he has requested.
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Unfortunately, like "the lady or the tiger", some of the tales left this reader with questions.Read more