Svaha Paperback – 1 Nov 2000
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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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It focuses on Gahzee, an American Indian who must leave his Enclave, which is free from the pollution that has wrecked the rest of North America (and the world) to recover some of the Enclave's high technology that has found its way out and into the wasteland.
The outside world is your typical post-apocalyptic wasteland, with Japanese Corporations taking over what is left. And this is where the first of the books problems come in. The Japanese characters are very stereotypical Yakuza, obsessed by personal honour and revenge.
The American Indians too are stereotypical, more 'spiritual' than other people, and not a little bit smug with it.
Finally, for some reason in the book the American Indian Enclaves had a higher technology than the rest of the world. I did wonder if it came from an outside source, but apparently not. It wasn't expalained and just seemed to be there to demonstate that 'native' ways were superior to Western ones.
That said, it was well written, and despite its faults, I'm glad I gave it a try. I just wish he had ironed out some of the faults, and it could have been an excellent book. Still, other people might get more out of this than me.
and names, it becomes a real page turner.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, even with the predictable ending.
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An enjoyable story with many interesting characters, with spiritualism and mystery, with good guys, bad guys and shades of grey guys.