Moonlight & Vines

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Fiction - 384 pages
9 Reviews

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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User Review  - stuart10er - LibraryThing

A series of short stories set in Newford - de Lint's fictional town that seems to be in Canada. I enjoyed most of them. None were bad - but some were quite good. I like his writing quite bit. I always forget how much until I read something of his. Have to do more. Read full review

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User Review  - MargaretPinardAuthor - LibraryThing

Stopped on page 212 of 461. Stories were just too much alike and too unreal, soap-opera-y. Some had kernels of truth to ponder, but the format was too slow, mechanical, or 80's-ish for me to keep going. Read full review

Contents

Authors 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
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

In the Pines
132
Shining Nowhere but in the Dark
148
If I Close My Eyes Forever
171
Heartfires
189
The Pennymen
346
Twa Corbies
363
The Fields Beyond the Fields
373
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About the author (2007)

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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