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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, show more 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, Amazon.com 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) show less
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Works by Charles de Lint

Moonheart (1984) 1,926 copies
The Onion Girl (2001) 1,865 copies
The Blue Girl (2004) 1,612 copies
Memory and Dream (1994) 1,588 copies
Someplace to be Flying (1998) 1,566 copies
The Little Country (1991) 1,527 copies
Forests of the Heart (2000) 1,280 copies
Widdershins (2006) 1,192 copies
The Ivory and the Horn (1995) 1,134 copies
Moonlight & Vines (1999) 1,113 copies
Greenmantle (1988) — Author — 1,106 copies
Spirits in the Wires (2003) 1,100 copies
Yarrow (1986) 1,059 copies
Trader (1997) 1,056 copies
Spiritwalk (1992) 1,018 copies
Into the Green (1993) 939 copies
Tapping the Dream Tree (2002) 850 copies
Wolf Moon (1988) 823 copies
The Riddle of the Wren (1984) 783 copies
Waifs and Strays (2002) 763 copies
The Wild Wood (1994) 761 copies
The Dreaming Place (1990) 731 copies
Svaha (1989) 679 copies
Mulengro (1985) 664 copies
The Harp of the Grey Rose (1985) 654 copies
Little (Grrl) Lost (2007) 618 copies
The Mystery of Grace (2009) 565 copies
Jack, the Giant Killer (1987) 482 copies
Angel of Darkness (1990) 406 copies
Dingo (2008) 405 copies
From a Whisper to a Scream (1992) 375 copies
Medicine Road (2004) 366 copies
Muse and Reverie (2009) 357 copies
Promises to Keep (2007) 340 copies
A Circle of Cats (2003) 271 copies
The Painted Boy (2010) 270 copies
I'll Be Watching You (1994) 263 copies
Drink Down the Moon (1990) 252 copies
Eyes Like Leaves (2010) 213 copies
Ill Met in Lankhmar / The Fair in Emain Macha (1990) — Contributor — 178 copies
The Wind in His Heart (2018) 113 copies
The Road to Lisdoonvarna (2001) 91 copies
Juniper Wiles (2021) 83 copies
What the Mouse Found (2008) 70 copies
Old Man Crow (2006) 66 copies
Make a Joyful Noise (2006) 63 copies
Jack in the Green (2012) 59 copies
Newford Stories: Crow Girls (2015) 57 copies
Yellow Dog (2008) 48 copies
The Buffalo Man (1999) 39 copies
Hedgework and Guessery (1991) 37 copies
Ascian in Rose (1987) 36 copies
Westlin Wind (1989) 34 copies
Ghosts of Wind and Shadow (1991) 33 copies
Companions to the Moon (2007) 32 copies
The Butter Spirit's Tithe (2004) 30 copies
Ghostwood (1990) 30 copies
The Wishing Well (1993) 29 copies
Refinerytown (2001) 28 copies
This Moment (2005) 27 copies
Paperjack (2015) 24 copies
Dog Boys (2012) 24 copies
Riding Shotgun (2007) 21 copies
Big City Littles (2000) 21 copies
Crow Roads (2007) 21 copies
Timeskip (2015) — Author — 20 copies
That Was Radio Clash (2005) 16 copies
Dharma (2006) 16 copies
Das verborgene Volk (1995) — Author — 13 copies
Pixel Pixies (1999) 12 copies
Horsepower & Medicine (2019) 12 copies
Die vergessene Musik (1994) — Author — 11 copies
Berlin (1989) 10 copies
Crow Girls (1995) 10 copies
Sign Here (2002) 8 copies
The Forest Is Crying (2020) 7 copies
Sortilèges (2001) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Conjure Man 5 copies
The Stone Drum 5 copies
The Badger In The Bag (1985) 5 copies
Laughter In The Leaves (1984) 5 copies
The Oak King's Daughter (1979) 4 copies
Freewheeling 4 copies
Beyond the Fields We Know (1978) — Editor — 4 copies
Da Slocklit Light (2003) 4 copies
My life as a bird (1996) 4 copies
The World in a Box (2004) 3 copies
El Pais Pequeño (2006) 3 copies
In Mask And Motley (1983) 3 copies
The drowned man's reel (1988) 3 copies
Second chances (1998) 3 copies
Barrio Girls (2019) 3 copies
Sisters (2002) 3 copies
Symphonie macabre (1993) 2 copies
Bridges 2 copies
Heartfires (1994) 2 copies
The calendar of the trees (1984) 2 copies
Pixie Pixies 1 copy
Barrio Girls 1 copy
Birds 1 copy
Passing 1 copy
A Wish Named Arnold (1987) 1 copy
Pal o' Mine 1 copy
Wild Horses 1 copy
One Chance 1 copy

Associated Works

Snow White, Blood Red (1993) — Contributor — 1,750 copies
The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (2002) — Contributor — 1,029 copies
The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm (2004) — Contributor — 1,026 copies
Love in Vein: Twenty Original Tales of Vampiric Erotica (1994) — Contributor — 777 copies
After the King (1991) — Contributor — 758 copies
Sword and Sorceress I (1984) — Contributor — 694 copies
Black Heart, Ivory Bones (2000) — Contributor — 688 copies
The Book of Ballads (2004) — Contributor — 568 copies
Meditations on Middle Earth (2001) — Contributor — 563 copies
The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales (2007) — Contributor — 499 copies
Welcome to Bordertown (2011) — Contributor — 498 copies
Sword and Sorceress II (1985) — Contributor — 481 copies
Borderland 1 (Signet) (1986) — Contributor — 431 copies
Sword and Sorceress IV (1987) — Contributor — 405 copies
The Essential Bordertown (1998) — Contributor — 402 copies
Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy (2004) — Contributor — 394 copies
Sword and Sorceress V (1988) — Contributor — 363 copies
Emerald Magic: Great Tales of Irish Fantasy (2004) — Contributor — 334 copies
Wonders of the Invisible World (2012) — Introduction — 329 copies
We Never Talk About My Brother (2009) — Introduction — 321 copies
Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron (2012) — Contributor — 310 copies
Happily Ever After (2011) — Contributor — 294 copies
Catfantastic III (1994) — Contributor — 291 copies
Sympathy for the Devil (2010) — Contributor — 282 copies
The Art of Amy Brown (2003) — Introduction — 281 copies
Life on the Border (1991) — Contributor; Contributor — 255 copies
Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores (2002) — Contributor — 248 copies
Return to Avalon (1996) — Contributor — 245 copies
Space Opera (1996) — Contributor — 234 copies
The Players of Luck (1986) — Contributor — 223 copies
Tales of the Witch World (1987) — Contributor — 223 copies
Stalkers: 19 Original Tales by the Masters of Terror (1989) — Contributor — 222 copies
Beyond the Woods: Fairy Tales Retold (2016) — Contributor — 216 copies
Tails of Wonder and Imagination: Cat Stories (2010) — Contributor — 215 copies
Year's Best Fantasy (2001) — Contributor — 202 copies
The Urban Fantasy Anthology (2011) — Contributor — 197 copies
Under the Fang (1991) — Contributor — 186 copies
Wings of Fire (2010) — Contributor — 176 copies
Hellboy: Odder Jobs (2004) — Contributor — 175 copies
In the Shadow of the Gargoyle (1998) — Contributor — 169 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 2 (2002) — Contributor — 168 copies
The Ultimate Frankenstein (1991) — Contributor — 167 copies
My Favorite Fantasy Story (2000) — Contributor — 166 copies
A Wizard's Dozen: Stories of the Fantastic (1993) — Contributor — 159 copies
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn (1995) — Contributor — 147 copies
Spells of Binding (1988) — Contributor — 145 copies
Castle Fantastic (1996) — Contributor — 144 copies
The Mammoth Book of Fantasy (2001) — Contributor — 144 copies
Year's Best Fantasy 3 (2003) — Contributor — 133 copies
Vampires: The Recent Undead (2011) — Contributor — 131 copies
Excalibur (1995) — Contributor — 123 copies
Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn: Volume 2 (1999) — Contributor — 122 copies
Single White Vampire Seeks Same (2001) — Contributor — 120 copies
The Shimmering Door (1997) — Contributor — 117 copies
Tombs (1995) — Contributor — 114 copies
Ravens in the Library: Magic in the Bard's Name (2009) — Contributor — 104 copies
Merlin (1999) — Contributor — 102 copies
Magical Beginnings (2003) — Contributor — 101 copies
Faerie Tales (2004) — Contributor — 99 copies
The Mammoth Book of Merlin (2009) — Contributor — 97 copies
Vampires: A Collection of Original Stories (1991) — Contributor — 96 copies
Maiden, Matron, Crone (2005) — Contributor — 95 copies
New Magics (2004) — Contributor — 90 copies
The Best of Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine (1991) — Contributor — 90 copies
Swords Against Darkness IV (1979) — Contributor — 89 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2012 Edition (2012) — Contributor — 89 copies
Visions of Wonder (1996) — Contributor — 89 copies
Magic City: Recent Spells (2014) — Contributor — 89 copies
Weird Tales from Shakespeare (1994) — Contributor — 87 copies
Spell Fantastic (2000) — Contributor — 87 copies
Magic Tails (2005) — Contributor — 86 copies
Northern Stars: The Anthology of Canadian Science Fiction (1994) — Contributor — 83 copies
Night Screams (1996) — Contributor — 81 copies
Hard Looks: Adapted Stories (1996) — Adapter — 75 copies
The Year's Best Fantasy Stories: 8 (1982) — Contributor — 73 copies
Tarot Fantastic (1997) — Contributor — 73 copies
Journeys to the Twilight Zone (1993) — Contributor — 72 copies
Halloween (2011) — Contributor — 72 copies
Olympus (1998) — Contributor — 69 copies
The Merlin Chronicles (1995) — Contributor — 66 copies
A Century of Fantasy, 1980-1989 (1996) — Author — 64 copies
Warrior Fantastic (2000) — Contributor — 64 copies
Battle Magic (1998) — Contributor — 61 copies
Charles Vess' Book of Ballads & Sagas (2018) — Contributor — 60 copies
Post Mortem (Short Stories Anthology) (1989) — Contributor — 59 copies
Apprentice Fantastic (2002) — Contributor — 58 copies
The Mutant Files (2001) — Contributor — 57 copies
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends (2019) — Contributor — 55 copies
Obsession: Tales of Irresistible Desire (2012) — Contributor — 54 copies
Dreams and Visions: Fourteen Flights of Fantasy (2006) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Mammoth Book of Angels and Demons (2013) — Contributor — 52 copies
Tesseracts 3 (2002) — Contributor — 52 copies
Vampire Slayers (1999) — Contributor — 50 copies
Dancing With the Dark (1999) — Contributor — 49 copies
David Copperfield's Beyond Imagination (1996) — Contributor — 46 copies
Mythspring: From the Lyrics and Legends of Canada (2006) — Contributor — 45 copies
Taverns of the Dead (2005) — Contributor — 41 copies
Season of Wonder (2012) — Contributor — 40 copies
Rock On: The Greatest Hits of Science Fiction & Fantasy (2012) — Contributor — 39 copies
Curse of the Full Moon: A Werewolf Anthology (2010) — Contributor — 37 copies
Touch Wood (1993) — Contributor — 36 copies
Destination Unknown (1997) — Composer — 34 copies
Tales in Time (1997) — Contributor — 31 copies
Tesseracts 4 (2002) — Contributor — 31 copies
Heaven Sent: 18 Glorious Tales of the Angels (1995) — Contributor — 31 copies
Werewolves: A Collection of Original Stories (1988) — Contributor — 31 copies
What If...? : Amazing Stories (1998) — Contributor — 29 copies
Vampires in Love: Stories with a Bite (2010) — Contributor — 29 copies
Street Magicks (2016) — Contributor — 26 copies
Drabble II: Double Century (1990) — Contributor — 25 copies
Christmas Forever (1993) — Contributor — 25 copies
Urban Green Man: An Archetype of Renewal (2013) — Introduction — 25 copies
Halflings, Hobbits, Warrows & Weefolk (1991) — Contributor — 23 copies
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction June 1995, Vol. 88, No. 6 (1995) — Author - Coyote Stories; Book reviewer — 20 copies
Temporary Walls (1993) — Contributor — 16 copies
Dead End: City Limits : An Anthology of Urban Fear (1991) — Contributor — 13 copies
Northern Frights (1992) — Contributor — 12 copies
An Anthology of Angels (1996) — Contributor — 9 copies
Emblemes hs1 la mort, ses oeuvres (2003) — Contributor — 9 copies
The Book of Ballads and Sagas #4 (1997) — Contributor — 8 copies
Magie verte (2003) — Contributor — 8 copies
Emblèmes, tome 4 : Rêves (2001) — Contributor — 8 copies
Open Space no. 2 (1990) — Contributor — 8 copies
Emblèmes, Hors-série N° 2, Oct : Les Fées (2004) — Contributor — 6 copies
Traverses. L'anthologie de fantasy urbaine (2002) — Contributor — 6 copies
Great Angel Fantasies (1996) — Contributor — 6 copies
Open Space no. 4 (1990) — Contributor — 6 copies
Ainsi soit l'ange : 18 contes entre ciel et terre (1999) — Contributor — 4 copies
Imagination Fully Dilated - Volume II (2000) — Contributor — 4 copies
De sang et d'encre (1999) — Contributor — 4 copies
Realms of Fantasy, December 1994 (Vol. 1 No. 2) (1994) — Contributor — 3 copies
Faerie Magazine, #40 Autumn 2017: Practical Magic (2017) — Excerpt — 3 copies
Protectors 2: Heroes (2015) — Contributor — 1 copy

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It’s always a pleasure revisiting Charles De Lint’s novels that tread the perfect line between reality and the world of myth, but something about the books he writes set in the deserts of the American south hit different. I adore the Canadian touches that he brings to many of his stories, but most of them are decidedly East Coast - in their language, their land/cityscapes, and their indigenous mythology. I grew up surrounded by cacti, sagebrush, and the dry heat of a semi-arid landscape (even though epic mountains, tall trees, and running rivers were also dominant), so being able to explore stories that revealed the magic of the desert felt instantly familiar and inspiring in a different way. This novel in particular is one of my favourites, since we get to see familiar characters from Newford (a semi-east coast city) discover the desert for the first time and awaken a magic that they connect with in unexpected ways. Laurel and Bess have already experienced an adventure in faerie, but their experience was not exactly a pleasant one (I’ll have to dig out that novel again soon, because who can resist a story about the bee-folk!) and they’ve come away from the experience wary, if not borderline hostile, to the magic that lies hidden in every landscape. Playing the other side of the stage in this tale are a cast of shapechangers, whom De Lint has modeled after indigenous legends of the animal people and the spirits that inhabit all living things. Caught at the end of a bargain that gave a jackalope and a red dog human form for 100 years Bess and Laurel must face their fears and learn to embrace a new landscape if they want to walk this tale along the medicine road and come out the other side. Life and death may not be the stakes here, as De Lint takes the indigenous lore and unique themes to heart, so his tale comes to an unexpected and more natural end that doesn’t feel like an ending. The twins have made roots in this desert landscape, and while they’re unlikely to settle their travelling musician’s roots anytime soon, it seems certain that they’ll take a part of the desert (and the things they learned there) with them as they continue on their journey. The Cousins, too, have learned that bargains aren’t always what they seem, and even members of the coyote clan aren’t always up to their expected tricks!… (more)
 
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JaimieRiella | 5 other reviews | Feb 4, 2024 |
Sad to say that despite intriguing premise & decent characters, this book failed to grab and keep my interest. First de Lint book I've failed to finish in short order
 
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SESchend | 8 other reviews | Feb 2, 2024 |
I have not read the predecessor novel. But it really did not interfere with my enjoyment of this one. If I have one complaint about de Lint's works, it is that I want so damn much to visit some of the places he sets his stories in. This one is no exception.
 
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Treebeard_404 | 5 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
Originally published in 1984, the modern-world portions of the book feel just a bit dated. But the mythopoeic sections still ring true.
[Audiobook note: excellent reader.]
 
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