The Wild Wood

The Wild Wood

by Charles de Lint

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A young artist returns to her cabin in the deep woods of Canada to concentrate on her illustrations. But somehow, strange and beautiful creatures are slipping into her drawings and sketches. The world of Faerie is reaching out to her for help—and she may be its last chance for survival.

"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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765302588
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 06/01/2004
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.08(w) x 5.48(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Charles de Lint pioneered the urban fantasy genre with critically acclaimed novels and stories set in and around the imaginary modern North American city of Newford: The Onion Girl, Moonheart, The Ivory and the Horn, and the collection Moonlight and Vines, for which he won the World Fantasy Award. Among de Lint's many other novels are Mulengro, Into the Green, and The Little Country.

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Wild Wood 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Switching from 3rd to 1st person with the same character adds to the odd, surreal thinking behind this novella. Eithnie is an artist, which automatically means she¿ll be a little odd, so this book is told from a strange perspective. The story itself is strange, containing tree spirits and a book that so overwhelms the human mind that it takes a great amount of strength to break free from it. It doesn¿t have a very good conclusion, but it does leave you with a sense of something surreal that is almost as hard to break away from as the book Eithnie encounters. It has the characteristic surrealism of Charles de Lint and a wonderful spirit of nature. Fantasy lovers (and tree lovers) will love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not mentioned above on this page is the fact that Charles de Lint among three other authors wrote a series containing one book each, this being the last. Each book was based on a painting by Brian Froud, a marvelous artist, and each writer wrote a story they saw with the picture each used. (The edition published ten years ago had completely different cover, by the way. Check it out on B&N's site for other authors of the series.) This book that captured me takes us to a place of the ordinary, yet with the unordinary, a wonderful habit of Charles de Lint. At first very fearful, Eithnie must face faerie as real and undreampt. A book entitled 'The Wandering Wood' was brought up a few times, in which a girl must follow through with a promise to faerie that she will help them, a situation Eithnie faces herself. Only how to help them, she doesn't understand until late on. (All goes well, as stories often do.) Having read many other books by this author, I have grown used to his style of writing. But in this work that he did (also published in 1994), I noticed something I first found irritating, but then grew to like: has anyone else felt that his words sometimes seem to have a poeticness about them, or even as though they carry a melody? I felt as though I was reading song as I read this book in one sitting. Though I wished the ending had something more, this is a wonderful book, and well worth the price.
maggie1944 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this quickly read book because it is set in the north woods of Canada and the descriptions remind me so much of what I love about nature. It is a sweet story about a young woman artist dealing with her muses and faeries in the woods. It is also about change and being open to live. In the end, it was a sweet, uplifting read but not hugely remarkable.
nimoloth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this lot. It was much more grounded in the real world than I expeted though. As in, a modern, real woman set in modern times with real friends and real problems. Usually I prefer pure fantasy, but I often enjoy mixed stories when I read them. She was likeable, and there wasn't really any negative real world angst (to me, anyway). I mean, there are real problems, but it's not all bleak and hopeless.Anyway, back to the story! It is an interesting, if vague, take on faerie - nothing is set in stone or clearly defined. But this gives it quite an ethereal air. It is written in quite a poetic, complex style too, perhaps characteritic of the author (I don't know his work). It was very beautiful to read, and good at evoking images and landscape. The characters are actually very likeable, and there is some "romance" is you can call it that. I couldn't see where the book was going either, until right at the end. Perhaps I just missed the obvious! But I like a bit of 'romance' in a book, when it's done tastefully and well, as this was.Generally, the book was evocative and ethereal while still containing plenty of description - quite a tricky accomplishment, I think!
lmteske on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book shortly after it came out and loved it. This is not an action packed story, it is rather contemplative. The concept of the series was intriguing, I think it is sad they never completed it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another jewel of urban fantasy brought to light by the inspired pen of Charles De Lint. The lessons Eithnie learns as an artist are nothing compared to the lessons she needs to learn in order to make a difference in the faerie world. Promises made are promises meant to be kept, and for Eithnie this may be the hardest lesson of all. This is a story that deals with some real-life tough decisions that face many women, however in the fantasy world there is magic to help one young woman to find the strength to not only heal herself but she can also make a difference in the faery world. This book is a delicious must read for those who have come to love the work of Charles De Lint.
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ChefK More than 1 year ago
I though it was great little modern tale of fairies and the environment without being overly preachy. It was short and easy to read, and it had a simple premise of a plot with a couple of twists in there. The ending was not I expected but it was a good ending.