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Moonlight and vines : a Newford collection
De Lint, Charles, 1951-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Tor, 1999.
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384 pages ; 22 cm
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Sweetgrass & city streets -- Saskia -- In this soul of a woman -- The big sky -- Birds -- Passing -- Held safe by moonlight and vines -- In the pines -- Shining nowhere but in the dark -- If I close my eyes forever -- Heartfires -- The invisibles -- Seven for a secret -- Crow girls -- Wild horses -- In the land of the unforgiven -- My life as a bird -- China doll -- In the quiet after midnight -- The pennymen -- Twa corbies -- The fields beyond the fields.
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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 street-lamp: 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".

Author Notes

Charles de Lint, an extraordinarily prolific writer of fantasy works, was born in the Netherlands in 1951. Due to his father's work as a surveyor, the family lived in many different places, including Canada, Turkey, and Lebanon. De Lint was influenced by many writers in the areas of mythology, folklore, and science fiction.

De Lint originally wanted to play Celtic music. He only began to write seriously to provide an artist friend with stories to illustrate. The combination of the success of his work, The Fane of the Grey Rose (which he later developed into the novel The Harp of the Grey Rose), the loss of his job in a record store, and the support of his wife, Mary Ann, helped encourage de Lint to pursue writing fulltime. After selling three novels in one year, his career soared and he has become a most successful fantasy writer.

De Lint's works include novels, novellas, short stories, chapbooks, and verse. He also publishes under the pseudonyms Wendelessen, Henri Cuiscard, and Jan Penalurick. He has received many awards, including the 2000 World Fantasy Award for Best Collection for Moonlight and Vines, the Ontario Library Association's White Pine Award, as well as the Great Lakes Great Books Award for his young adult novel The Blue Girl. His novel Widdershins won first place, Editors' Picks: Top 10 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2006. In 1988 he won Canadian SF/Fantasy Award, the Casper, now known as the Aurora for his novel Jack, the Giant Killer. Also, de Lint has been a judge for the Nebula Award, the World Fantasy Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Award and the Bram Stoker Award.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

In these 23 recent stories, de Lint again makes Newford, Ontario, a medium-sized industrial city with an ethnically varied population, the setting of his fiction. An attitude they generally share is that the Eternal--manifested in the offbeat, the odd, the fantastic, and the magical--lurks just around the corner or under the surface in even the most mundane urban environment. It can be sought and, with luck good or bad, found by the persistent, the curious, and those with nothing to lose. De Lint's emphasis on lurking mysteries recalls the stories of Lord Dunsany and H. P. Lovecraft, but his stories lack those dark fantasy masters' near-worship of the archaic. They deliver intellectual pleasure rather than emotional impact--in this volume, at least partly because most are relatively short. In them, he remains the most literate and ingenious purveyor of urban fantasy, and his technical mastery reminds us that not all writers of the New Wave in fantasy have dwindled away to puddles. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

With this collection of 22 stories‘including three new tales and four that previously appeared only as limited-edition chapbooks‘de Lint returns to the magic-steeped streets of Newford, the setting for his acclaimed novels Memory & Dream, Trader and Someplace to Be Flying. Although Newford seems a typical North American city, it houses an unusual array of artists, from painters and musicians to writers and tarot-card readers: the creative forces behind de Lint's stories. Each entry follows characters changed irrevocably by the touch of magic. The collection's bookend tales, "Saskia" and "The Fields Beyond the Fields," are linked stories about a writer whose relationship with a mysterious woman renews his creative fires. In "The Big Sky," a dead man stubbornly trying to hang on to the living world discovers the consequences of stagnation. "Heartfires" reverberates with the earthy voices of ancient spirits, proving that "a thing is just a thing until you have the story that goes with it." Other magical beings inhabit "The Invisibles," "Crow Girls" and the wry tale "Passing." As always, de Lint's writing is smooth and captivating, though the frequency of recurring themes (death, lost love) make the book best read in short spurts. Even at their darkest, the author's stories, like the best fantasy, will remind readers that "no matter how grey and bland and pointless the world might seem...there really is more to everything than what we can see." (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A private investigator recovering from a love affair gone sour stumbles upon a window to an invisible world in "If I Close My Eyes Forever," one of two stories original to this collection of 21 short tales (and one original poem) set in the magical city of Newford. The author's restrained elegance and down-to-earth approach to cross-world fantasy make him one of the genre's premier stylists. Compassion mixes with gritty realism in a volume that belongs in most libraries. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.