Moonlight and Vines [NOOK Book]

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Familiar to Charles de Lint's ever-growing audience as the setting of the novels Memory & Dream, Trader, and Someplace To Be Flying, Newford is the quintessential North American city, tough and streetwise on the surface and rich with hidden magic for those who can see.

Now de Lint returns to this extraordinary city for a third volume of short stories set there, including several never before published in book form. Here is enchantment ...

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Moonlight and Vines

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Overview

Familiar to Charles de Lint's ever-growing audience as the setting of the novels Memory & Dream, Trader, and Someplace To Be Flying, Newford is the quintessential North American city, tough and streetwise on the surface and rich with hidden magic for those who can see.

Now de Lint returns to this extraordinary city for a third volume of short stories set there, including several never before published in book form. Here is enchantment under a streetlamp: the landscape of urban North America as only Charles de Lint can show it. "Blending Lovecraft's imagery, Dunsany's poetry, Carroll's surrealism, and Alice Hoffman's small-town strangeness," wrote Interzone on Dreams Underfoot, de Lint's Newford tales are "a haunting mixture of human warmth and cold inevitability, of lessons learned and prices to be paid."

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
A private investigator recovering from a love affair gone sour stumbles upon a window to an invisible world in "If I Close My Eyes Forever," one of two stories original to this collection of 21 short tales (and one original poem) set in the magical city of Newford. The author's restrained elegance and down-to-earth approach to cross-world fantasy make him one of the genre's premier stylists. Compassion mixes with gritty realism in a volume that belongs in most libraries.
Kirkus Reviews
A second collection of tales set in the North American city of Newford (Dreams Underfoot, 1993). The milieu is "Urban Faerie," a modern setting where characters blended from Old European and Native American myths and legends not only still exist but also interact with those inhabitants inclined to perceive them. One of the latter is author Christy Riddell, who narrates, or is told, stories deriving from this interplay. The twenty-two pieces include two original stories, four others that appeared only as limited edition chapbooks, and an original poem; the remainder are drawn from various collections and magazines. A proportion of Newford's seemingly human population have "animal blood;" some can shape shift; others have godlike powers (or are gods) and interfere in mortal lives. These, like Crow girls Maida and Zia, art teacher Jilly Coppercorn, or the mysterious street trader Bones (he's also a Native American mystic) weave in and out of the stories or occasionally claim a tale on their own account. Often intriguing, with a dreamily original flavor and atmosphere, though lacking the impact of de Lint's Newford novels (Someplace to be Flying, 1998, etc.). .
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"De Lint is a romantic; he believes in the great things, faith, hope, and charity (especially if love is included in that last), but he also believes in the power of magic--or at least the magic of fiction--to open our eyes to a larger world."
--Edmonton Journal on Moonlight and Vines

"What makes de Lint's particular brand of fantasy so catchy is his attention to the ordinary. Like great writers of magic realism, he writes about people in the world we know, encountering magic as part of that world."
--Booklist on The Onion Girl

"De Lint is a romantic, a believer in human potential, and his fiction is populated not only with creatures of myth, but with artists and social workers, musicians and runaways, all creating intentional communities based on hope and dreams and mutual belief in the magic of the world around us. To read de Lint is to fall under the spell of a master storyteller, to be reminded of the greatness of life, of the beauty and majesty lurking in shadows and empty doorways."
--Quill and Quire on Forests of the Heart

"De Lint is as engaging a stylist as Stephen King, but considerably more inventive and ambitious."
--Toronto Globe and Mail on Trader

"One of the world's leading fantasists."
--Toronto Star on Charles de Lint

Edmonton Journal

"De Lint is a romantic; he believes in... the power of... fiction--to open our eyes to a larger world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429911252
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Newford Series
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 519,053
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author



Born in Holland in 1951, Charles de Lint grew up in Canada, with a few years off in Turkey, Lebanon, and Switzerland.

Although his first novel was 1984's The Riddle of the Wren, it was with Moonheart, published later that same year, that de Lint made his mark, and established him at the forefront of "urban fantasy," modern fantasy storytelling set on contemporary city streets. Moonheart was set in and around "Newford," an imaginary modern North American city, and many of de Lint's subsequent novels have been set in Newford as well, with a growing cast of characters who weave their way in and out of the stories. The Newford novels include Spirit Walk, Memory and Dream, Trader, Someplace To Be Flying, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and Spirits in the Wires. In addition, de Lint has published several collections of Newford short stories, including Moonlight and Vines, for which he won the World Fantasy Award. Among de Lint's many other novels are Mulengro, Jack the Giant-Killer, and The Little Country.

Married since 1980 to his fellow musician MaryAnn Harris, Charles de Lint lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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Table of Contents

Author's Note 11
Sweetgrass & City Streets 13
Saskia 15
In This Soul of a Woman 41
The Big Sky 56
Birds 80
Passing 92
Held Safe by Moonlight and Vines 116
In the Pines 132
Shining Nowhere but in the Dark 148
If I Close My Eyes Forever 171
Heartfires 189
The Invisibles 202
Seven for a Secret 221
Crow Girls 238
Wild Horses 257
In the Land of the Unforgiven 279
My Life as a Bird 287
China Doll 311
In the Quiet After Midnight 330
The Pennymen 346
Twa Corbies 363
The Fields Beyond the Fields 373
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great Newford anthology

    This is reprint of an early Newford anthology with most of the entries having been written in the mid to late 1990s ¿If I Close My Eyes Forever¿ and ¿In the Land of the Unforgiven¿ are brand new entries. Each well written tale brings to life the common theme of social justice for even the fringe. As always the tales come from the perspective of those either at the bottom rung or in the ooze below the food chain instead of the power brokers. Thus the audience sees Newford in a different light than typically seen (while politicians at all levels and both parties rapture culpability on TV, those left behind ¿starred¿ in the pictures on the news during Katrina) fascinatingly this also may leave the tales¿ protagonists in jeopardy of being put away for not seeing the proper light, in this case the magic of the city. MOONLIGHT & VINES is Charles de Lint at his social conscience best, but done in an entertaining slice at life. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Its in result four now

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Loved it!

    Great set of short stories. Wonderful and full of that modern take on magic that this author is so good at.

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