When asked to choose his "very best" stories, Charles de Lint went directly to his fans, who helped him
select this collection of timeless, magical tales. From his beloved Newford to the streets of modern
Ottawa, these stories take you effortlessly to a place where mystery and myth are right next door. To
quote his readers: "His stories are good for the heart and soul…he reminds you of hope and strength
and Beauty and Grace that you may have forgotten."
"Just as Charles de Lint's pen drips magic and enchantment, he is also never afraid to write about
the darker and painful side of life, and he writes it in a way that moves you. Give this wonderful
book a chance; I promise you it won't disappoint you. Even more, I can assure you, you won't be the
same person when you are done with it: de Lint will have changed you with his magic."
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.
Tachyon Publications and others
Contents of The Very Best of Charles de Lint:
|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