on 12 February 2004
What could happen if a website acquired a spirit of its own?
Saskia Madding (of "Moonlight & Vines") believes she was born in a website. When a virus hits that website, Saskia, her boyfriend, Christy Riddell, and his "shadow-self" are needed to save it from oblivion.
Featuring characters that De Lint fans will have encountered in the previous Newford stories (compiled in "Memory & Dream", "The Ivory and the Horn", "Moonlight & Vines", and, "Tapping the Dream Tree") this book can definitely be read without any prior knowledge of the characters. On the other hand, Newford fans will be delighted to get to know some previously stay-in-the-background characters much more fully.
The beauty of De Lint's writing is that he weaves magic and spirit into the everyday, and also explores issues of the heart - of growing, and of relating. After reading his books, you start finding wonder in the mundane. If you haven't tried De Lint before, then this book will, without a doubt, get you hooked!
on 29 July 2005
As a fan of Charles de Lint's writing, I couldn't wait to get my hands on Spirits in the Wires, but I'm afriad to say this is definitely his worst to date.
The story starts well enough, but the disjointing shifts associated with each chapter being told from the perspective of a different character grates very quickly!
Much of the story is just dull, a basic fantasy quest, with the occasional 'gritty' heart-to-heart about domestic abuse or school bullying to get the urban quota up.A lot of the book feels contrived and mundane without the magical moments and mystery of his earlier books.
Far too many pointless characters and name-checks of other Newford residents. So disappointed!
Read Greenmantle, Spiritwalk or Memory and Dream instead!