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Usually when your mate keeps vanishing and feels distant, it means that they're probably cheating. But it turns out to not be so simple in "Companions to the Moon," one of Charles de Lint's many stories set in the magical town of Newford -- in this case, a bittersweet tale of finding out a bit too much about the person you love.

Mary suspects that her partner of many years, a rock musician named Edric, is cheating on her. Not only do they not really do stuff together anymore, but he vanishes every month around the full moon. And though he denies cheating on Mary, she still follows him when the full moon rolls around -- only to uncover a shocking secret that will change both their lives.

And no, it's not werewolves. I won't mention what Edric's secret is, but it doesn't involve any kind of shapeshifting.

Charles de Lint has made a career out of dancing the line between the fantastical and the mundane, in a shadow realm where otherworldly things can and will drift into your life. "Companions to the Moon" is a pretty solid little story in that mold -- we can drift effortlessly from a rock'n'roll concert to a fairy gathering without shifting the tone.

And it brings a fantastical edge to a universal worry: what if my lover is cheating on me? If anything, it would have been nicer to have a story even longer than this, so de Lint could explain and explore the outcome more fully.

The biggest problem with the story was... Mary didn't end up being a very likable character. While she seemed like a fairly relatable person through most of the story, by the end it turns out that she didn't really value her relationship very much. It made her seem bitter and hypocritical.

"Companions to the Moon" suffers from a lead character who ended up losing my sympathy, but otherwise this is a nice, moonlit little example of de Lint's unique style.
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VINE VOICEon 25 May 2012
This little gem is one I hadn't come across before - it's an everyday tale of a girl and a guy. Edric has a secret, Mary thinks he has another woman - but she finds out it's much stranger than that! As usual, de Lint spins a tale of mystery and magic, and manages to ask pertinent questions about human emotions like love and trust. Excellent!
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on 22 August 2013
My own fault, but I thought I was buying a novel when in fact it's a short story. And although I love de Lint's work, this seemed lacking in depth.....sorry Charles!
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on 3 August 2014
Another stunning short story from Charles de Lint. His books give a sense of anticipation - wondering what's coming next! I can never guess what's coming but am never disappointed! Charles de Lint is simply a story telling genius.
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on 6 January 2013
Too short! But wonderfully written as usual. Love his books and always want more, feel there should have been more to the story, that there was something missing.
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on 28 June 2016
Nice story..
Need to know more about new characters. Story seems a little short. Charles de lint books are so well written .
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on 29 April 2015
Always good reading . I always enjoy them and look forward to reading the next book .
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on 27 September 2015
too short :-(
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