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Moonheart (original 1984; edition 1984)
by Charles de Lint
Moonheart by Charles de Lint (1984)
Updating to 5 stars. This is an absolute classic in urban fantasy, set in Ottawa (the Glebe) where I used to live. It's truly a delight, and I return to it every 7-8 years or so. I do enjoy CdL's work a great deal.
This novel is of course magical, because other wise it wouldn't be an Urban Fantasy, but it's also very musical.
From the Author's Note.
" this book was written under the influence of Alan Stivell, Andreas Vollenweider, Neville Marriner, An Triskell, Edgar Froese, Klaus Schultz, Radio Silence, Robin Williamson, Silly Wizard, the Fureys, and Kate Bush-to name the most prominent"
I too had my mp3 player dancing with Celtic tunes as I read the book, the music references peppered throughout the novel are almost a subliminal influence forcing you to listen to some Celtic tunes as you read.
Aside from that I loved the way that the author has integrated European legends and mythology with North American mythology, throwing in a healthy does of Taoism to boot makes for a very satisfying setting and story. The main characters are both believable and likeable; the human villains are a little one dimensional but that’s a small quibble for such a terrific novel.
Bis 10% habe ich durchgehalten bei diesem Buch, für mehr hat's nicht gereicht. Es ist einfach zu 80er Jahre! Obwohl ich mit vielen der kulturellen Zitate durchaus was anfangen kann: ich habe selber einige Silly Wizard LPs im Regal stehen und ich habe Carlos Castaneda gelesen. Aber irgendwie sind alle Charakterisierungen so dick aufgetragen, dass sie schon zur Karikatur verkommen.
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When Sara and Jamie discovered the seemingly ordinary artifacts, they sensed the pull of a dim and distant place. A world of mists and forests, of ancient magics, mythical beings, ageless bards...and restless evil. Now, with their friends and enemies alike--Blue, the biker; Keiran, the folk musician; the Inspector from the RCMP; and the mysterious Tom Hengyr--Sara and Jamie are drawn into this enchanted land through the portals of Tamson House, that sprawling downtown edifice that straddles two worlds. Sweeping from ancient Wales to the streets of Ottawa today,Moonheart will entrance you with its tale of this world and the other one at the very edge of sight...and the unforgettable people caught up in the affairs of both. A tale of music, and motorcycles, and fey folk beyond the shadows of the moon. A tale of true magic; the tale ofMoonheart.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.54Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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