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  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Orb; Reprint edition (7 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312876491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312876494
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 938,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A keeper, intricate and entertaining...I read it straight through in one sitting!" --Robert Jordan

"What a great, galloping wonder of a book--deep and wide and witty and wise. And absolutely impossible to put down." --Jane Yolen

"A must for all connoisseurs of high imagination." --Greg Bear

"A masterful blend of the sinister and the fantastic." --Julian May

"An intricately structured novel, full of a wealth of detail about music, Cornwall, and things magical and arcane. I think it is one of de Lint's best." --Patricia McKillip


A keeper, intricate and entertaining...I read it straight through in one sitting! "Robert Jordan"

What a great, galloping wonder of a book--deep and wide and witty and wise. And absolutely impossible to put down. "Jane Yolen"

A must for all connoisseurs of high imagination. "Greg Bear"

A masterful blend of the sinister and the fantastic. "Julian May"

An intricately structured novel, full of a wealth of detail about music, Cornwall, and things magical and arcane. I think it is one of de Lint's best. "Patricia McKillip""

About the Author

Born in Holland in 1951, Charles de Lint grew up in Canada, with a few years off in Turkey, Lebanon, and Switzerland.

Although his first novel was 1984's "The Riddle of the Wren," it was with" Moonheart," published later that same year, that de Lint made his mark, and established him at the forefront of "urban fantasy," modern fantasy storytelling set on contemporary city streets. " Moonheart "was set in and around "Newford," an imaginary modern North American city, and many of de Lint's subsequent novels have been set in Newford as well, with a growing cast of characters who weave their way in and out of the stories. The Newford novels include" Spirit Walk, Memory and Dream, Trader, Someplace To Be Flying, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, "and" Spirits in the Wires." In addition, de Lint has published several collections of Newford short stories, including "Moonlight and Vines," for which he won the World Fantasy Award. Among de Lint's many other novels are "Mulengro, Jack the Giant-Killer, "and" The Little Country."

Married since 1980 to his fellow musician MaryAnn Harris, Charles de Lint lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


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I am a big deLint fan, and am sort of reluctant to write this review, but I think I have to. If you read the other reviews closely you will detect a lot of suppressed disappointment. There are a lot of four star reviews that are really three stars, with the fourth star being tossed in because, hey, it's deLint.

I think that the biggest problem is that this is a "book within a book" project, and it's really a "good book within a bad book" project. By that I mean that the fantasy book that is the magical heart of the work is very good and very satisfying. As a stand-alone novella or short novel it would be outstanding. In fact, I would recommend that if you find yourself in possession of "The Little Country" you just read every other chapter, (which would be all of the excerpts from the mystery book).

As for the larger work that frames the whole story, it is a stew of tired conventions. There is a psychotic assassin whose carefully described love of torture is freakishly out of place here. There is an incoherently described secret society of powerful whatchamacallits that is laughably childish. The heroine is of the freeze-in-the-headlights variety, and the hero is so conflicted and indecisive that he is a cypher. Probably worst, every time the protagonists can't figure what is happening or what to do, they visit a wise hermit, or a witch, or a mysterious stranger, who explains the plot to them, tells them all of the facts and developments he has "sensed" or divined, and then tells them all what to do next. This is not even mentioning the goofy secondary characters who are either idiots or shallow whiners, or the sex zombie dust that generates sex scenes explicit enough to keep this off the middle grade reader shelf.

So, if you took a low quality airport bookstore paperback thriller and mixed it in with a wonderful and compelling fantasy story, you'd get this. I'm sorry.
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I picked this novel up having read a number of other books by Charles De Lint, and although I haven't checked the detail, this novel reads like an early work. There are a number of good points about this novel; many of the characters, particularly the sub-characters, are given enough detail and contrast in their character to be interesting, one thing that always keeps me interested in a story. The individual chapters are well written, the novel is nicely paced and the premise behind it is thoroughly engaging. There are also downsides, though; the story moves between two distinct storylines that come together in the end, but tends to move between storylines far to frequently to be easily readable. Grouping the chapters together to create longer sections dealing with each storyling would've helped immensely. The central character is also not as believable as some of the other characters; how many folk singers are famous and possessed of good record deals at such an early age? On a very personal note, I know the area the novel is set in reasonably well, and given that the Men-an-Tol has actually been displaced at least once since it was originally created (damned Victorians!) its use in the novel didn't ring true for me. Whilst I enjoyed this book and I've re-read it a few times, it's not what I consider to be one of the author's best works.
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An excellent book, well written, with many characters and a complex plot, set in the Cornish countryside. The fantasy element is well realized and satisfying, and it kept me interested enough to want to read more of his works. I do have a gripe, though; I found the characters just a little to good to be true. Janey is SO perfect, and SO successful at such a young (20s) age (in a notoriously un-lucrative and oversubscribed field of folk music), and she has this PERFECT relationship with her wonderful grandfather, and her ex boyfriend turns up, and guess what? he's rather unrealistically perfect, too. Implausible- though not impossible, I'll agree.
Persevere, and soon events overtake the protagonists and they are forced to be a little less noble, little more flawed, realistic, human.
An unusual work in a genre so often riddled with cliches, it reminded me slightly of Jan Siegel's 'Prospero's children'. It is also long, which is great if, like me, you are a fast reader but want to be absorbed for a little longer than the couple of hours or so it takes to read a short novel.
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charles de lint knows the cornish countryside like the back of his hand if you went to the places in the book you would feel the absolute magic and power of the story. for a person who does not live there but visits regularly and feels at home you will feel like doing all the things that the characters do even going through the men a tor and chanting and the places that are in the book are all larger than life and twice as powerful in the flesh
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I read "Moonheart" and "Yarrow" a number of years ago, and thought they were two of the best stories I've ever read. So, when I was surfing Amazon for more Charles de Lint earlier this month, I ordered "The Little Country", amongst others, expecting the same kind of experience.
I've just finished reading this book, and although I enjoyed it, it's definitely not on a par with "Moonheart", in my opinion. My main gripe was that the main characters seem almost too peachy-perfect with their wonderful friends and relationships. My other grumble was that there are two storylines set in the same town in this book, and I found myself waiting for the two to converge, and they never actually did. This left me almost wondering whether CDL had taken two short stories from the same setting and just put them into one book. That having been said, the fantasy elements of both storylines were authentic and original, and I enjoyed the book enough that I read it in just two sittings, which is unusual for me.
"The Little Country" isn't one of those novels that I will treasure and read over and over again in years to come, but it was an enjoyable read, with both storylines containing an original and interesting plot.
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