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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Trade; Reprint edition (3 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765303817
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765303813
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,073,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A magical urban fantasy from a master storyteller --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Musician and writer Charles de Lint was born in the Netherlands, but emigrated to Canada at the age of four. The most significant and prolific writer of fantasy in Canada, he is best-known for his urban fantasies set in Newford, an alternative reality Ottawa. He lives with his artist and musician wife MaryAnn in the real Ottawa, Ontario. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Another uplifting book by easily one of the best authors of our time. Jilly Coppercorn shines like a dear and special friend, and all the Newford favourites provide a stunning backdrop for this moving story about Jilly and her life. I won't say too much about the story beacause the mystery was what made it so hard to put down. What I will say is if you want to escape from reality and step into a world far removed and yet somehow very familiar, then buy this book. In fact buy all of de Lints books. Like I have!!
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Format: Hardcover
Thank you Charles for finally writing about everyone's favourite Newford resident. De Lint fans finally get to learn all about the beautiful ball of energy that is Jilly Coppercorn - but a word of warning, the story is a dark look at life on the wrong side of the tracks and tackles one of the most heartbreaking issues in the world today.
But as with all De Lint books, the issues are tackled with a warmth and sensitivity only this writer can muster and there is always the support of the main protagonists family of choice and a bit of the other-worldly to help our heroine out.
There is a bit of a family re-union feel to the book that leaves me worrying that the writer is bidding farewell to the residents of Newford. I sincerely hope this is not the case.
This was definately worth paying import prices for and a must buy for those readers familiar with the writers novels and short stories. If you are a De Lint newbie, check out the earlier books before starting this one - knowing the characters will double the pleasure of this gem of a book
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Format: Paperback
I urge you to buy this book. *tries using mind control powers*...ok if those didn't work then let me reveal to you a wee bit of information as to what this book has to offer. It revolves mainly around the character of Jilly Coppercorn....a mysterious, magical, intruiging person. Jilly has made appearances In other Charles De Lint books, but this book tells us more of her past and her family. The book also focusing largely on Jilly's sister, who also has a great story to tell. This book is more than just escapism...it's more enlightening and eye opening and makes us think of what we might be missing in the magical place we live. It makes us feel magic in our everyday lives and gives us hope.
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Format: Paperback
I read this novel having already read most of Charles De Lint's earlier works set in the imaginary city of Newford. This novel is well-written, although given that I'd managed to work out what was going to happen fairly early, I found the back-and-forth rhythm of the book a tad annoying. Given that I knew and was fond of the central character from the earlier books, this was a difficult read when you find out what dark history made her who she is. Saying that, all bar a small section of the book was completely new material, and it helped to flesh out a number of other characters well. The ending also surprised me a little. I'm glad I read it, but having read it once I'd find it difficult to read again. I think you'll get more out of the book if you've read at least one of the Newford novel or story collections before this, but even without that this is a powerful story.
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Format: Hardcover
This is another superb outing from CdL. It is perhaps best read after reading his collections of short stories and at least a couple of the other Newford based novels as so many existing characters have roles to play(even a contented Cody gets a cameo role at the end!). Writing a novel based on Jilly was always going to be difficult as she is so central to the Newford tales that many readers, myself included, have very firm ideas about/images of her. Even so, this book surpassed my expectations. As always with CdL a number of threads are left dangling and this exploration of Jilly and Newford leaves a lot of questions unanswered. It many ways this book is simply another superb chapter in the on-going exploration of Newford. I cannot recommend CdL highly enough. More Please !
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