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Dingo [Hardcover]

Charles de Lint
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  • Hardcover: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books (13 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0142408166
  • ISBN-13: 978-0142408162
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 12.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 852,948 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dingo- short and sweet. You'll love it! 29 Mar 2009
Dingo is shorter than your average `teen' book and may throw you off its style a little with its complete absence of chapters, but don't let this ruin your chance to delve into a beautiful little romance between a teenage boy and a girl who can turn into a Dingo.
After meeting in a comic store, the characters find they can't wait to see each other again, though mysterious dreams about a man encased in a tree somewhere seems to haunt the young mans mind- making him just a little suspicious of his new girlfriend.
Charles De Lint always manages to paint wonderful images in your mind with his work and it is none too surprising that he's won awards for his many captivating books in the fantasy genre. Dingo is a real gem of a story and will not disappoint.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different and the same 18 April 2009
I read this book in a couple of days and found the style easy and the story compelling. Charles de Lint has a way of hooking the reader in and keeping them guessing and wanting to know more. A similar idea to some of his other books in that humans and animals are linked more closely than is apparently or immediately obvious but so believable (typical of his style overall). I'm gonna pass this book on to my daughter as I think it was more focused at her age group, but still enjoyed it and would recommend it to any fans of de Lint and his works.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I expected better 14 Aug 2008
By Ms Judy - Published on Amazon.com
Dingo started out ok; I thought it was going to be the typical deLint, set in a music/bookstore. But once the supposed Australian mythology came in, it just fell to pieces for me. deLint knows enough about Amerind mythology to know that symbols don't transfer neatly from one tribal/ethnic background to another, so why didn't he have an Australian (or an American who has lived more of her life in Australia than in the US, like me) give him some advice. There's a lot that can be made of Australian Indigenous mythology, without stepping on Secret Mens/Women's Business, but just mixing them all up, as he tries to do in Dingo, doesn't work for me.

The two twins can't behave that differently because each was present when the other interacted with Miguel. The dog he described wasn't even a dingo. They're skinny, underfed-looking dogs. They don't "look" powerful, even though they are.

deLint has done so many things so well that I'll read anything he writes, and always come back for more, but what a disappointment this was to me. A little research would have made it much more credible.

Ms Judy
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars These dingoes have no bite 7 Nov 2008
By La Coccinelle - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a fan of many of Charles de Lint's books, and when I picked up this one, I was hoping for another good young adult fantasy along the lines of "The Blue Girl". However, "Dingo" fell far short of my expectations.

The writing felt flat to me. I never really got a feel for who the characters were. This could be due to the fact that they all spoke the same way, using the same words, and that the teenagers didn't really speak like teenagers. Without the speech attributions, it would be difficult to tell the difference between Miguel, his father, Lainey, Em, Johnny, or even the villain. A few Aussie slang words did little to help the reader differentiate between the characters; without them, the speech patterns were basically the same.

At times, I even wondered if I was reading a book for much younger readers... but with the addition of a few choice swear words from the book's quasi-villain, Johnny Ward, that theory was soon quashed. Miguel's comment about homeschooling and evolution further showed that de Lint really doesn't know much about today's young people.

There were also a number of editing problems. Just off the top of my head, I can recall inconsistent capitalization, inconsistent names, an extra unnecessary pronoun, and a missing paragraph break. I expect more from the books I read. Sadly, it seems today's publishers do not.

Basically, "Dingo" follows the pattern of many of de Lint's novels: protagonists meet person(s) with strange qualities, get sucked into world of mythical creatures/dreams/spirits, and find their way out again. But "Dingo" didn't seem original or exciting enough to really stand on its own as a good example of de Lint's work. I found the ending to be especially disappointing, as the protagonist didn't really solve anything (that was left to another character).

I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone, even if they are a de Lint fan. "The Blue Girl" is a much better introduction to de Lint's work, especially for younger readers.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful tale 6 April 2008
By RealDeal - Published on Amazon.com
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Once again another wonderfully written story by Charles De Lint. I have to say I'm never disappointed when I read any of his books and I've been reading them for years. It doesn't matter if they were written for kids or adults they're all great. I recommend him to everyone, once you start you can't stop. The characters are just wonderful, you fall in love the moment you meet them, the locations are magic. I love how he describes and manages the meld the cross over from fantasy to reality, the blend is perfect, seamless. You don't know where one begins and the other ends. I catch myself wondering more about the things I encounter and can't explain and think, if only... You won't be disappointed with any of his books, you'll enjoy them for a long time.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There are Tails, but no TALE 11 Jan 2009
By B. Parkhurst - Published on Amazon.com
I absolutely LOVE Charle's de Lint's writing so when I saw that he had another new book out I just had to have it! I was expecting a usual de Lint novel, something that touches you with its mystery and beauty so when I opened the book and found that, well, it wasn't really 'up to snuff' I was devastated!
It has the touch of Charles de Lint, but the writing is like someone else's! I felt none of the mystical beauty from his other books, instead I found myself disappointed in this average novel that did absolutely nothing for me! Sure, I like the IDEA, but the execution...well, I just expected better. I suggest that if this is your first time reading de Lint that you find one of his short story anthologies or maybe start with his other two new novels: The Blue Girl and Little Grrl Lost, both amazing. This isn't up to par.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty bad, actually.... 13 Oct 2008
By Lore - Published on Amazon.com
I've been a de Lint fan for years. This book...was just awful. He has written to the young adult audience before, and it wasn't as lousy as this.
Angst-filled "She's my girlfriend!" and "I'm in love!" exclamations - Oh, gag, really? Did de Lint really write this?
Besides being so...juvenile, what was with the ridiculous stereotypes? Does de Lint even KNOW any homeschoolers? "Sitting at the kitchen table all day" - are you kidding me???? And what was with the pointless and unnecessary swipe at Catholicism thrown in there at the end?
As I said, I have been a fan for years, but this is FAR from his best, and I would be embarrassed to even recommend this to anyone who didn't already know his work.
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