Muse and Reverie Paperback – 9 Nov 2010
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CHARLES DE LINT lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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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'.Read more ›
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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.