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The Very Best of Charles de Lintby Charles De Lint
Synopses & Reviews
The finest stories of this popular pioneer of urban fantasy and creator of the mythical city of Newford have been chosen by the author—and his fans—and gathered in this extraordinary collection. Asked to suggest their own favorite stories for inclusion, de Lints fans have been instrumental in creating a treasury that will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages. These are retold fairy tales and new modern myths that thoroughly redefine the boundaries of magic.
Between these pages are all manner of enchanted characters in unusual places: playful Crow Girls who sneak into the homes of their sleeping neighbors, a graffiti artist who risks his life to expose a deadly conspiracy, and an unrepentant trickster who throws one last party to reveal a lost folkloric tradition.
At turns unexpected, whimsical, dark, and mystical, this is an essential compendium of timeless tales to be revisited as often as the heart desires.
"Contemporary fantasist de Lint built this winning compilation with help from his readers, who voted on their favorite stories. The result is an outstanding and widely varied collection of 29 tales. The delightfully light-hearted 'Pixel Pixies' adds magic and mischief to innocent online interactions. ('If you're lucky, still on the Internet and didn't follow you home.') 'Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood' investigates the nature and meaning of memories. The heart-wrenching 'In the House of My Enemy,' later developed into the novel The Onion Girl, narrates the decisions made by a pregnant girl with an abusive past. Longtime fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with de Lint's graceful, poetic language and characters like 'an old man who wore the shape of a red-haired boy with crackernut eyes that seemed as bright as salmon tails glinting up the water.' (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
At turns whimsical, dark, and mystical, this extraordinary collection of retold fairy tales and new, modern myths redefine the boundaries of magic. Compiling favored stories suggested by the author and his fans, this delightful treasury contains the most esteemed and beloved selections that de Lint has to offer. Innovative characters in unexpected places are the key to each plot: playful Crow Girls who sneak into the homes of their sleeping neighbors; a graffiti artist who risks everything to expose a long-standing conspiracy; a half-human girl who must choose between her village and her strange birthright; and an unrepentant trickster who throws one last party to reveal a folkloric tradition. Showcasing some of the finest offerings within the realms of urban fantasy and magical realism, this essential compendium of timeless tales will charm and inspire.
About the Author
Charles de Lint is the bestselling author of more than 60 adult, YA, and childrens books, including The Blue Girl, Moonheart, The Onion Girl, and Widdershins. He is a reviewer for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He is the recipient of the World Fantasy, YALSA, Crawford, and Aurora Awards. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Table of Contents
A Wish Named Arnold
And the Rafters Were Ringing
Held Safe by Moonlight and Vines
In the House of My Enemy
In the Pines
In Which We Meet Jilly Coppercorn
Into the Gree
Laughter in the Leaves
Many Worlds Are Born Tonight
Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood
Mr. Truepennys Book Emporium and Gallery
Old Man Crow
That Was Radio Clash
The Badger in the Bag
The Conjure Man
The Fields Beyond the Fields
The Graceless Child
The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep
The Stone Drum
We Are Dead Together
Winter Was Hard
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