The Very Best of Charles de Lint

The Very Best of Charles de Lint

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At turns whimsical, dark, and mystical, this extraordinary collection of retold fairy tales and new, modern myths redefine the boundaries of magic. Compiling favored stories suggested by the author and his fans, this delightful treasury contains the most esteemed and beloved selections that de Lint has to offer. Innovative characters in unexpected places are the key to each plot: playful Crow Girls who sneak into the homes of their sleeping neighbors; a graffiti artist who risks everything to expose a long-standing conspiracy; a half-human girl who must choose between her village and her strange birthright; and an unrepentant trickster who throws one last party to reveal a folkloric tradition. Showcasing some of the finest offerings within the realms of urban fantasy and magical realism, this essential compendium of timeless tales will charm and inspire.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 425 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 32mm | 458.13g
  • Tachyon Publications
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • English
  • 1892391961
  • 9781892391964
  • 167,129

Review quote

"Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy. Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legend--all of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint's vivid, original world. No one does it better." --Alice Hoffman, author, Here in the Future "A master storyteller, he blends Celtic, Native American, and other cultures into a seamless mythology that resonates with magic and truth." -- Library Journal "An outstanding and widely varied collection of 29 tales ... Longtime fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with de Lint's graceful, poetic language and characters." --Publishers Weekly "More than 400 pages of the finest urban fantasy fiction of the past three decades." -- Ottawa Citizen "A strong, thoroughly enjoyable, thoroughly magical story that takes advantage of native myths and lore to create something entirely new, yet quietly familiar." --SF Site " These stories are lovely ... definitely worth picking up." --San Francisco Book Review "These are stories for those who love reading." -- Locus "Essential reading for anyone who is new to de Lint or has previously read only his novels." --Interzone
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About Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint is the best-selling author of over 60 adult, YA, and children's books. He is a reviewer for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He is the recipient of the World Fantasy, YALSA, Crawford, and Aurora Awards. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
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Table of contents

IntroductionA Wish Named ArnoldAnd the Rafters Were RingingBirdsCoyote StoriesCrow GirlsFreewheelingHeld Safe by Moonlight and VinesIn the House of My EnemyIn the PinesIn Which We Meet Jilly CoppercornInto the GreeLaughter in the LeavesMany Worlds Are Born TonightMerlin Dreams in the Mondream WoodMr. Truepenny's Book Emporium and GalleryOld Man CrowPaol O'MinePixel PixiesSistersThat Was Radio ClashThe Badger in the BagThe Conjure ManThe Fields Beyond the FieldsThe Graceless ChildThe Moon Is Drowning While I SleepThe Stone DrumTimeskipWe Are Dead TogetherWinter Was Hard
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Rating details

1,236 ratings
4.29 out of 5 stars
5 52% (641)
4 32% (394)
3 12% (143)
2 3% (38)
1 2% (20)
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