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Muse and Reverie
     

Muse and Reverie

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by Charles de Lint
 

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From the master of contemporary urban fantasy, a new collection of "Newford" stories

The city of Newford could be any city in North America, bursting with music, commerce, art, love, hate, and, of course magic. Magic in the sidewalk cracks, myth at the foundations of its great buildings, enchantment in the spaces between its people.

In novels like Moonheart<

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From the master of contemporary urban fantasy, a new collection of "Newford" stories

The city of Newford could be any city in North America, bursting with music, commerce, art, love, hate, and, of course magic. Magic in the sidewalk cracks, myth at the foundations of its great buildings, enchantment in the spaces between its people.

In novels like Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and The Mystery of Grace, and in a series of story collections, urban fantasy master Charles de Lint has explored that magic and those spaces, bringing to life a tapestry of people from all walks of life, each looking for a spark of the miraculous to shape their lives and transform their fate.

In Muse and Reverie, the fifth of the story collections, we reencounter old friends such as Jilly, Sophie, and the Crow Girls. We breathe in intimations of the world beyond death, and of magic beyond time. Longtime readers and newcomers alike will find themselves under Charles de Lint's unique spell.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This collection of 13 stories is the fifth set in Newford, de Lint's city of artists, musicians and magic, and the first since 2002's Tapping the Dream Tree. Interspersing time travel (“Riding Shotgun,” “That Was Radio Clash”) and period pieces (“The Hour Before Dawn”) with tales of Native American and Celtic magic (“A Crow Girls' Christmas,” “Da Slockit Light”), de Lint creates an entirely organic mythology that seems as real as the folklore from which it draws. From flighty yet powerful avatars to fiendish goblins, the characters are complex and clever, and even the most fantastical still has a sense of humanity. The endings often contain twists worthy of O. Henry. These clever, frightening, wise and entertaining stories are an excellent introduction to de Lint's writing and imagination, and will also provide longtime fans a welcome return to Newford. (Dec.)
VOYA - Jonatha Basye
Newford is an unassuming city in the middle of somewhere, but what draws people to this place? It is like any other city. The residents deal with the same problems—poverty, crime, decay—so why is it special, different? Normal people inhabit the city—artists, musicians, laborers, waitresses—but underneath everything lies something mysterious. Newford is the in-between place where two worlds mingle and boundaries are crossed. Faeries, goblins, and native spirits interact with and inadvertently change the lives of unsuspecting city-dwellers. The Crow Girls cause mischief; Jilly Coppercorn uses her art to help a friend; and Meran Kelledy must rescue her husband from a hoard of goblins. These thirteen tales that mark the fifth collection of Newford stories are comprised of characters and situations that will be familiar to followers of de Lint's writing. De Lint's stories are simple yet complex in their beauty. He takes great care when telling a story. Never frivolous with words, de Lint focuses on the characters and how they learn and grow after interacting with these mystical beings. In his world, fantasy and reality coexist, and somehow, it makes perfect sense. These stories are like old friends—they are always around, and you can pick up right where you left off. If you want to get lost for a few hours, read these stories. Once you experience Newford, you will never want to come back to reality. Reviewer: Jonatha Basye

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765323415
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Series:
Newford Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 11.80(h) x 0.94(d)

Meet the Author

Charles de Lint and his wife, the artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His evocative novels, including Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, and The Onion Girl, have earned him a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction in the manner of storytellers like John Crowley, Jonathan Carroll, Alice Hoffman, Ray Bradbury, and Isabel Allende.

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Muse and Reverie 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Dragon81 More than 1 year ago
Fans of Newford will love this latest collection of stories. DeLint is a master of urban fantasy. While his novels are wonderful he excells at the short story. No predictable happy endings, where everyone solves there problems and the bad guy is punished. No offical bad guys, just real life people who have there reallity questions. Old favorites return, older more mature, but not beaten down. New charactors appear, as in dept as only DeLint can make them. Muse and Reverie has the flow of time troughout. Some travel back in time to solve a wrong. Others deal with time passing and there inability to stop it. The best thing about this book is tring to guess were you'll end up only to be found you are horribly wrong. A must read for any Fan of Newford.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Charles de Lint -- this is a wonderful example of his short stories.
harstan More than 1 year ago
These thirteen Newford tales all appeared in other collections between 2001 and 2005, but never together. In fact none appeared in the same anthology with several different publishers offering Newford stories as part of various author compilations and one tale (A Crow Girls' Charismas) was an online entry. All are super, size matters as the best shorts are the longer ones; like "The Butter Spirit's Tithe", "Riding Shotgun" and "Da Slockit Light" as the key characters of each come across human and inhuman, which in turn enhances the de Lint twist that feels as if the author places O'Henry and Bret Harte in the Twilight Zone. The best read is "The Hour Before Dawn"; this well written compilation is Charles de Lint at his best as he leaves his fans to Muse and Reverie the impact of placing "The World in a Box". Harriet Klausner
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