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Spirits in the Wires

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    incredible modern day fantasy

    Book editor Aaron Goldstein is irate by the slight he received from Christiana Tree, whose ¿birth¿ came when Christy turned seven and rejected parts of his personality. Already a nasty person, the angry Aaron forces a hacker to place a virus in Christiana¿s favorite website Wordwood. The repercussions of his actions go way beyond that of destroying a web locale, as Wordwood is a place that exists in that ethereal limbo between computers. Thus people vanish including Saskia Madding, the girlfriend of Christy Riddell. <P>Christiana feels that she has been assigned a quest to save Wordwood, find the lost souls, and relocate Saskia in her own body. To do this they must leave the realm of the generally accepted reality and enter the spirit ether of the Internet spirit world, <P>Charles De Lint is at his best with this incredible modern day fantasy that focuses on technological mumbo jumbo to computer illiterates like moi who feels that though it is weirdly impossible it works. The story line is loaded with action and intelligent characters that through the quest learn a key natural law that in a moral society; it is not one¿s genes, but what one does and how one behaves today that matters. This is a great work by the one of the top fantasy authors of the twenty-first century. <P>Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

    Spirits in my wires?

    Despite not having read about many of the Newford gang (except Jilly in The Onion Girl), I really enjoyed this book and didn't feel lost among the references to the past that the characters have shared. As usual, when I read a de Lint book, I want to believe that there is more to life than just "The World As It Is," and that there's some secret magic waiting just beyond what I can see.
    I enjoyed de Lint's take on the internet being a place inside the spirit world, and that it's inhabited by spirits that seek to gain what they can in the form of devotions from people who use certain sites. The mainline of the story follows Christy Riddle and his shadow Christiana as they quest to find Saskia, Christy's girlfriend, who was sucked into cyberspace when a virus hit a site she was visiting. The point of view varies each chapter, following a different character, and I really enjoyed that. I enjoyed the action, though at times I think the real sense of urgency was lacking. As usual I enjoyed de Lint's descriptions and his refrences to a mix of folklore. The idea that characters of books can come to life in the spirit world is especially appealing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2012

    Creative and well-written

    I haven't read too much from this author, and only one of the books I read was Newford-related. Still, I loved this one. The premise was creative and well-executed, and the characters were likeable and believable for the most part. The writing was excellent, which is something I remember from the author's other books. It took a little while to get into this book, but once things picked up, I was hooked. Definitely worth a look.

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  • Posted July 13, 2011

    Good enough, I guess.

    I've only recently discovered Charles de Lint and I have been so taken with his books that I've voraciously read all of his that I can get my hands on.

    Until I recently finished this little tale. It's first chapters were intriguing, I had read of Saskia in Moonlight & Vines and thought the story between her and Christy compelling. But then the plot line soon took a nosedive and it. would. not. pick. up. I forced myself to keep reading, believing that maybe the ending would make up for the otherwise lackluster performance (Forests of the Heart, anyone?). And it didn't. The ending was fair, but didn't make up for the yawns.

    The book was good enough. It passed the time, though often I forced it to. It deserves three stars; not good enough to recommend to a friend.

    Of course, this will not quell my fascination with de Lint and his books. Now I realize he's just human.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2005

    CdL's the best!

    I couldn't put it down! As CdL says, he goes more in depth of something he's previously touched before: The Wordwood. I *loved* this book. I think this should rate higher than current no. 7 on CdL's list. I think it may have captured a bonus audience that CdL previously did not have, those of you who are into a little tech. My only complaints? I was disappointed that Jilly, main character of 'The Onion Girl,' wasn't followed up on. (That one had really left me wanting more.) Also, there was one character who kept bothering me (Aaron), not for the lack of trust as most of the characters felt towards him, but for being the show-off male on a gone-good strike.

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