In general I love Charles de Lint's work. Moonheart was my least favourite so far. Memory And Dream is definitely one of his most interesting and original stories. As always, the characters are the sort you wish you knew, and I include the city of Newford as a character in itself. The plot is really quite unusual and the ending was both sad and satisfying. Apart from the fantastical element, this story was really great in the way that the central character grew and changed; she does it like a real person not a book person, which means she screws up and has to rely on her friends, and is left regretting things sometimes. No neat tying up of loose ends or magic fixes. Whenever I finish a Newford story I always feel elated to have spent time in that world, and a little sad that I can't live there all the time.
as ever charles de lint has created a masterpiece, as with his other book de lint throws you into his magical world and makes you want to stay forever. The only downpoint of this book is that it has an end.