The Very Best of Charles de Lint

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The finest stories of this popular pioneer of urban fantasy and creator of the mythical city of Newford have been chosen by the author?and his fans?and gathered in this extraordinary collection. Asked to suggest their own favorite stories for inclusion, de Lint?s fans have been instrumental in creating a treasury that will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages. These are retold fairy tales and new modern myths that thoroughly redefine the boundaries of magic.

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Overview


The finest stories of this popular pioneer of urban fantasy and creator of the mythical city of Newford have been chosen by the author—and his fans—and gathered in this extraordinary collection. Asked to suggest their own favorite stories for inclusion, de Lint’s fans have been instrumental in creating a treasury that will spark the imaginations of readers of all ages. These are retold fairy tales and new modern myths that thoroughly redefine the boundaries of magic.

Between these pages are all manner of enchanted characters in unusual places: playful Crow Girls who sneak into the homes of their sleeping neighbors, a graffiti artist who risks his life to expose a deadly conspiracy, and an unrepentant trickster who throws one last party to reveal a lost folkloric tradition.

At turns unexpected, whimsical, dark, and mystical, this is an essential compendium of timeless tales to be revisited as often as the heart desires.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Contemporary fantasist de Lint built this winning compilation with help from his readers, who voted on their favorite stories. The result is an outstanding and widely varied collection of 29 tales. The delightfully light-hearted "Pixel Pixies" adds magic and mischief to innocent online interactions. ("If you're lucky, still on the Internet and didn't follow you home.") "Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood" investigates the nature and meaning of memories. The heart-wrenching "In the House of My Enemy," later developed into the novel The Onion Girl, narrates the decisions made by a pregnant girl with an abusive past. Longtime fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with de Lint's graceful, poetic language and characters like "an old man who wore the shape of a red-haired boy with crackernut eyes that seemed as bright as salmon tails glinting up the water." (Aug.)
San Francisco Book Review
These stories are lovely ... definitely worth picking up.
Locus Magazine
These are stories for those who love reading.
From the Publisher

“It’s hard not to feel encouraged to be a better person after reading a book by Ottawa’s Charles de Lint.”
Halifax Chronicle Herald

“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

“An outstanding and widely varied collection of 29 tales.... Long-time fans and newcomers alike will fall in love with de Lint’s graceful, poetic language and characters.”
Publishers Weekly

“[de Lint] is a master storyteller.... [I]n every story—and I do mean every—he manages to pack an emotional wallop, and a sense that the fantastical could be very, very possible if only we choose to believe it so.”
Bookgasm

“More than 400 pages of the finest urban fantasy fiction of the past three decades.”
Ottawa Citizen

The Very Best of Charles de Lint truly is Charles de Lint at his very best.”
FantasyLiterature.com

“Lovely and quite diverse...[t]his is a collection definitely worth picking up.”
San Francisco/Sacramento Book Review

“These are stories for those who love reading.”
Locus

“De Lint is prolific, and if you’ve resisted picking him up because you’re not sure where to start, this is an excellent way to get a feel for his polished prose, his deep empathy for his own characters, and a wondrous world that may be filled with danger but is no less beautiful because of that.”
Bookgasm

Ottawa Citizen

More than 400 pages of the finest urban fantasy fiction of the past three decades

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781892391964
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 1,364,497
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.15 (d)

Meet the Author


Charles de Lint is the best-selling author of more than seventy adult, YA, and children’s books, including Moonheart, The Onion Girl, Widdershins, Medicine Road, and Under My Skin. He is the recipient of the World Fantasy, YALSA, Crawford, and Aurora awards. De Lint is a poet, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he writes a book review column for Fantasy & Science Fiction.
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Table of Contents


Introduction

A Wish Named Arnold
And the Rafters Were Ringing
Birds
Coyote Stories
Crow Girls
Freewheeling
Held Safe by Moonlight and Vines
In the House of My Enemy
In the Pines
In Which We Meet Jilly Coppercorn
Into the Gree
Laughter in the Leaves
Many Worlds Are Born Tonight
Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood
Mr. Truepenny’s Book Emporium and Gallery
Old Man Crow
Paol O’Mine
Pixel Pixies
Sisters
That Was Radio Clash
The Badger in the Bag
The Conjure Man
The Fields Beyond the Fields
The Graceless Child
The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep
The Stone Drum
Timeskip
We Are Dead Together
Winter Was Hard

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