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Very Best of Charles De Lint [Paperback]

Charles De Lint
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3 Aug 2010
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.

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications (3 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892391961
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892391964
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 462,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy. Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legend--all of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint's vivid, original world. No one does it better." --Alice Hoffman, author, Here in the Future "A master storyteller, he blends Celtic, Native American, and other cultures into a seamless mythology that resonates with magic and truth." -- Library Journal "An outstanding and widely varied collection of 29 tales ... Longtime fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with de Lint's graceful, poetic language and characters." --Publishers Weekly "More than 400 pages of the finest urban fantasy fiction of the past three decades." -- Ottawa Citizen "A strong, thoroughly enjoyable, thoroughly magical story that takes advantage of native myths and lore to create something entirely new, yet quietly familiar." --SF Site " These stories are lovely ... definitely worth picking up." --San Francisco Book Review "These are stories for those who love reading." -- Locus "Essential reading for anyone who is new to de Lint or has previously read only his novels." --Interzone

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Charles de Lint is the best-selling author of over 60 adult, YA, and children's books. 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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Mixed Bag 7 April 2012
By Diana
I have been a fan of Charles De Lint for some time but have not been exceptionally thrilled by his Newford series, preferring the more earthy works of Native Americans or Celtic origins. This collection has a couple of VERY good stories and also a couple of not-very-good-at-all ( in my personal opinion) stories. Worth buying for the good stories but nothing warranting a "wow", unfortunately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of hard to find short stories 19 July 2010
By Wulfstan - Published on Amazon.com
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Charles de Lint writes Fantasy. Now when folks think "Fantasy" they think wizards, dragons, unicorns, knights, princesses and swordfights. But although Charles De Lint is one of the Masters of Modern Fantasy, there's very little of that here. Certainly, there's one short story with Merlin himself, and a few more with what could be considered wizards. There's a dragon (sort of), a different sort of vampire tale and a swordfight. But most are more "Urban Fantasy".

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
Coyote Stories
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
Crow Girls
Held Safe by Moonlight and Vines
In the Pines
Pixel Pixies
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read! 2 Aug 2010
By Dana - Published on Amazon.com
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And here I thought I had read everything by Charles DeLint. Fabulous stories that were new to me and what a great idea and way to show that you appreciate your readers by allowing them to determine what will be in the book. Must have for C. DeLint fans!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation 2 Mar 2011
By Keith A. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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I like De Lint's writing a lot, but even his greatest fan would have to admit that his work is uneven. His best is very good indeed, but it's not all of that quality, and some of the very early stuff is pretty mediocre. That said, this is an excellent collection of many of his best stories, without a clunker among them. Few writers do the urban-fantasy leprechauns-in-Toronto genre as well, and there's a kindness and humanity in much of his work I find very appealing. "Crow Girls" is particularly good. This book would be a fine introduction to his stories, and the cover art by Charles Vess is delightful.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars from a fan and follower in sa. 28 Dec 2010
By Bronwyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
A reliable source of wood & fire for our souls. Always anticipated, however each piece over steps our expectations. Each creation picks up a hue in the heart and soul, drawing out more than rainbows. when I pass from this world, I'd love to full out eternity in de Lint's creations.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes it is the best of Charles di Lint! 17 Oct 2010
By Susan Kleppe - Published on Amazon.com
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I love these short story books Charles writes. When I don't have tie to get involved in a whole book, I can have a little bite of wonder at a moments notice, and all these stories are stellar! Thank you for doing this for your fans!.
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