All of the finest stories of this popular pioneer of urban fantasy and creator of
the mythical city of Newford have been chosen by the author—and his fans—and gathered
in this extraordinary collection. Asked to suggest their own favorite stories for inclusion,
de Lint's fans have been instrumental in creating a treasury that will spark the imaginations
of readers of all ages. These are retold fairy tales and new modern myths that thoroughly
redefine the boundaries of magic.
Between these pages are all manner of enchanted characters in unusual places: playful
Crow Girls who sneak into the homes of their sleeping neighbors, a graffiti artist who risks
his life to expose a deadly conspiracy, and an unrepentant trickster who throws one last
party to reveal a lost folkloric tradition.
At turns unexpected, whimsical, dark, and mystical, this is an essential compendium of
timeless tales to be revisited as often as the heart desires.
The Very Best of Charles de Lint Contents:
|In Which We Meet Jilly Coppercorn |
|Coyote Stories |
|Laughter in the Leaves |
|The Badger in the Bag |
|And the Rafters Were Ringing |
|Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood |
|The Stone Drum |
|A Wish Named Arnold |
|Into the Green |
|The Graceless Child |
|Winter Was Hard |
|The Conjure Man |
|We Are Dead Together |
|Mr. Truepenny's Book Emporium and Gallery |
|In the House of My Enemy |
|The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep |
|Crow Girls |
|Held Safe by Moonlight and Vines |
|In the Pines |
|Pixel Pixies |
|Many Worlds Are Born Tonight |
|Pal o' Mine |
|That Was Radio Clash |
|Old Man Crow |
|The Fields Beyond the Fields |
"An outstanding and widely varied collection of 29 tales... Longtime fans and
newcomers alike will fall in love with de Lint's graceful, poetic language and characters."
"The Very Best of Charles de Lint truly is Charles de Lint at his very best."
The Ottawa Citizen:
"More than 400 pages of the finest urban fantasy fiction of the past three decades."
|Tachyon Publications; trade paper, 2010