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Muse and Reverie

Muse and Reverie

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Muse and Reverie is an all-new collection of short fiction in Charles de Lint's "Newford" universe—the fifth such collection since 1993, and the first since 2002. Previous collections are Dreams Underfoot, The Ivory and the Horn, the World Fantasy Award-winning Memory and Dream, and Tapping the Dream Tree.

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Muse and Reverie is an all-new collection of short fiction in Charles de Lint's "Newford" universe—the fifth such collection since 1993, and the first since 2002. Previous collections are Dreams Underfoot, The Ivory and the Horn, the World Fantasy Award-winning Memory and Dream, and Tapping the Dream Tree.

The city of Newford could be any city in North America, bursting with music, commerce, art, love and 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 this new collection, de Lint explores that magic and those spaces, shedding new light on the people and places that readers of novels like Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and The Mystery of Grace have come to love.

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:
9781429973656
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
12/08/2009
Series:
Newford Series
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
357 KB

Meet the Author

CHARLES DE LINT lives in Ottawa, Canada.


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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