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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; Reprint edition (9 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765323419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765323415
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.4 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,078,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHARLES DE LINT lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.


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By J. Turner VINE VOICE on 11 Dec. 2009
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This is Charles de Lint's 5th Newford collection, and it doesn't disappoint. Some of the stories have appeared in other collections, but this book brings together a host of old favourites - Jilly Coppercorn, Meran Kennedy and the Crow Girls, as well as a few newer characters in stand alone stories. The tales themselves range from the mystical 'somwhere in my mind there is a painting box' and the sweetly funny 'crow girls christmas'. Some of the stories have that dark, bittersweet urban edge, some are more magical. But none of them are boring! De Lint at his best! Just the thing for curling up on a winter's night with a warm quilt and a hot toddy.
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Muse And Reverie is a collection of thirteen short stories set in Charles de Lint's Newford universe. As with most collections, some of these tales are of better quality than others but, it being Charles de Lint, there are more hits than misses.

The collection opens with `Somewhere In My Head There Is A Painting Box', which sets the tone nicely, dealing with a situation where the worlds of human and faery collide. There is nothing new here but the descriptions of the woodland are graceful and show as genuine a love for the natural wonders around us as Robert Holdstock did in Mythago Wood.

The real diamond in the collection was `Riding Shotgun' - it presents a haunting tale of loss, alcoholism and how the choices that we make determine who we are and the passage of our lives. At a couple of points, it became a little obvious, but overall it has immense impact, especially since it was written in first person perspective.

`Sweet Forget-Me-Not' was another highlight for me: a wistful and poignant story about first love and loss. Here de Lint deals in his usual sensitive manner with bullying and racism. Ahmad and Neenie - the human and the faery, respectively - were a compelling couple to read about and the ending left me feeling more than a little sad.

I also enjoyed `A Crow Girls' Christmas'. This story was brief but very festive (even read in the height of summer!) and incredibly enchanting. Maida and Zia - the eponymous Crow Girls - are delightfully kooky and amusing. Long time readers of de Lint will recognise these two from his novels and will no doubt enjoy catching up with these "fierce, candy cane-eating outlaw girls."

My particular misses were `Refinerytown' and `Newford Spooks Squad'.
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The familiar characters seem like friends and acquaintances known for over 20 years. Can't wait for more stories from Newford and, hopefully, tamson house.
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brilliant book to add to my collection of many Charles DeLint books. Wonderful!Into the Green
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5.0 out of 5 stars so compelling, you just might believe 21 Mar. 2010
By K. Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Charles de Lint's newest - thirteen lovely little short stories from the master of urban fantasy. de Lint's writing is so compelling that you just might believe. A comic-strip artist working on a strip about a fairy named Diesel, finds said fairy standing on her drawing table and pointing out her mistakes. An artist, lost in the woods for fifteen years, suddenly appears and then disappears again by painting a portal on the wall of a magic cave. Two crow girls get jobs as elves at the mall at Christmastime. Many of the characters in the stories will be familiar to de Lint readers as this collection is set in Newford, his semi-fictional city somewhere in North America. If you like your urban fantasy gentle and whimsical, as opposed to dark and gritty, you owe it to yourself to read something by Charles de Lint. He is one of the authors on my perpetual list; I haven't finished reading his extensive list of published works, and I always keep my eyes open for new books as well.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super 9 Dec. 2009
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The thirteen Newford tales all appeared in other collections between 2001 and 2005, but never together. In fact none appeared in the same anthology with several different publishers offering Newford stories as part of various author compilations and one tale (A Crow Girls' Charismas) was an online entry. All are super, size matters as the best shorts are the longer ones; like "The Butter Spirit's Tithe", "Riding Shotgun" and "Da Slockit Light" as the key characters of each come across human and inhuman, which in turn enhances the de Lint twist that feels as if the author places O'Henry and Bret Harte in the Twilight Zone. The best read is "The Hour Before Dawn"; this well written compilation is Charles de Lint at his best as he leaves his fans to Muse and Reverie the impact of placing "The World in a Box".

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5.0 out of 5 stars I've never met a Charles de Lint book I didn't like 23 Feb. 2010
By Larry E. Manter - Published on Amazon.com
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And this one is absolutely no exception. I've got about 20-30 de Lint books and I just love the ones that are about Newford! Jilly, Sophie, and the gang are all represented delightfully (there are people not directly mentioned or just have cameos but you know they're there just the same). And, the Crow Girls are the best - I can never get enough stories of them. De Lint has been my favorite author for a long time and all of his books are great - I keep everyone I buy because I know I'm going to reread them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feels like a homecoming 13 Mar. 2010
By Karen Bock-Losee - Published on Amazon.com
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Although I'd already read many of these stories in the original publications, I was happy to find them collected in this volume. Visiting Newford through De Lint's writing is always a treat.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another keeper.... 31 Jan. 2010
By dSavannah - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a huge fan of Charles de Lint's work, and this book does not disappoint. This collection of Newford stories has it all - sadness, laughter, music, life, love, death, cats... and some of our favorite characters - the irrepressible Crow girls, Jilly - and some less familiar characters that are so enjoyable to get to know.

My favorite story is "Riding Shotgun". It focuses on the idea that you CAN have second chances, but maybe those second chances aren't what you think they'll be...

A definite must for the de Lint fan, and a good introduction to those new to his work.
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