Moonlight and Vines

Moonlight and Vines Return to NewfordFamiliar to Charles de Lint s ever growing audience as the setting of the novels Moonheart Forests of the Heart The Onion Girl and many others Newford is the quintessential North

  • Title: Moonlight and Vines
  • Author: Charles de Lint
  • ISBN: 9780765309174
  • Page: 429
  • Format: Paperback
  • Moonlight and Vines

    Return to NewfordFamiliar to Charles de Lint s ever growing audience as the setting of the novels Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and many others, Newford is the quintessential North American city, tough and streetwise on the surface and rich with hidden magic for those who can see.In the World Fantasy Award winning Moonlight and Vines, de Lint returns toReturn to NewfordFamiliar to Charles de Lint s ever growing audience as the setting of the novels Moonheart, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and many others, Newford is the quintessential North American city, tough and streetwise on the surface and rich with hidden magic for those who can see.In the World Fantasy Award winning Moonlight and Vines, de Lint returns to this extraordinary city for another volume of stories set there, featuring the intertwined lives of many characters from the novels Here is enchantment under a streetlamp the landscape of our lives as only Charles de Lint can show it.

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    1. Alexandra

      This is a tough one to describe. I grappled with what to score it, and settled on four stars in the end. I'm not keen on de Lint's prose style, and find his dialogue artificial. I suppose my main problem is he reminds me so much of my own juvenile attempts, in my teens, at short fiction. In the early days, I made some of the same mistakes he does. For one thing, his settings and characters come across as things he thinks are cool, as opposed to things that make a good story. It sounds like a who [...]

    2. Cynthia

      WOW!!! I don't like short stories. I really don't. I want something I can sink my teeth into, something that will allow me to escape fully into the world found in the book. Not some short snippet, nothing more than a tease. The only reason I picked this book up is that I enjoy the author and it was cheapyard-sale cheap! So I set off, fully expecting that, well, that I wouldn't finish it.It did take forever to finish, but not why you may think. Each story captured me. de Lint seems to have the ab [...]

    3. angie

      I don't know if you do this or not, but sometimes seeing all the books I have yet to read and long to read again (who's lucky enough to have the time for that?) the only thing that comforts me is to get up and run my fingers along the bookcase. As passionate book lovers, we can't possibly read everything we want to, but sometimes knowing it just exists is enough.Tonight I pulled my Charles de Lint books down off the shelf and experienced the giddiness I first felt upon discovering his wonderful [...]

    4. Tracey

      The grimness is relentless. Although happy endings are the rule rather than the exception – or at least optimistic ones – almost every single character either is going through hell or has gone through hell. It’s nothing new with this book that the number of happy childhoods among his characters can be counted on one hand. (One character did have a happy childhood – but then her entire family was murdered when she was twelve. Another who enjoyed her childhood was made to feel guilty about [...]

    5. Michelle Dockrey

      So I really like Charles de Lint. I really really do. I adored Dreams Underfoot and The Little Country and Yarrow. I love the short story that's in Ravens in the Library.This book is mostly just enh.In most of his urban fantasy, like Deams Underfoot, de Lint creates magic in unlikely places, lets it come alive. This book forsakes creating magic in order to become extraordinarly preachy about it, increasingly so throughout the book. Stories will just stop having a plot at all so that characters c [...]

    6. Shawn Carroll

      Charles de Lint is one of my favorite authors from the mid-1980's through the mid-2000's. This collection of short stories are all concern his mythical town of Newford. While each book set in this world is self-contained, they are all interrelated and more enjoyable if you read them in more or less the intended order. I read this after reading several of his other Newford stories, so I cannot say for certain, but I have a suspicion one's enjoyment of this book might be constrained without readin [...]

    7. Theo Logos

      Moonlight & Vines' short stories are tales of the walking wounded. The characters within are lonely, despairing, lacking self worth, and incapable of maintaining healthy relationships. They carry around old hurts from abusive fathers, departed lovers, and ridiculously dysfunctional families. Instead of taking their problems to therapist, they work them out through encounters with ghosts, vampires, guardian angels, and various spirits and creatures from the spirit world of faerie.These tales [...]

    8. Marsha

      The denizens of Newford inhabit an off-kilter world, one where magic is not only possible but actually occurs. But magic is a slippery entity, not entirely there when you want it or in any recognizable form. The people of Newford are special and wonderful, too, in their own unique ways. They contain a kind of magic that makes them stick like a burr in your memory. The irrepressible Jilly, e.g firmly believes in magic—in seers, crow girls, pennymen, wish-granting dwarves, what have you—but sh [...]

    9. Talie

      I should be upfront about being a huge fan of this author and Newford - the place he bases what I believe to be an idealized Ottawa (with a subway!). I can't say I liked all the stories equally. But I have to hand it to the author to have narrating voices that appeal and other different that are just not for me. The underlying theme in these stories that keeps me coming back to deLint's books is about staying open to see the magic in everyday life. I can't get enough of the Crow Girls or Geordie [...]

    10. Allyson

      I always find it challenging to write a review for collections. To me, the best collections of short stories or essays are like jewelry boxes filled with individually precious and unique pieces of art that I enjoy for different reasons. How to talk about them as one? Well, let’s try. First I’ll say that Moonlight & Vines did not disappoint—indeed each story was beautiful, magical, romantic, and interesting in its own way. Overall a testament to the care with which author Charles de Lin [...]

    11. Leslie

      For some reason, I didn't much care for this collection of short stories which was disappointing as I have loved some of the other Newford collections (such as Dreams Underfoot, the first one). I guess that I found them all a bit too similar to each other in the gritty & bleak lives of the main characters even though the magic bits were varied. Oh well, I am not giving up on the series but I hope that the next one I read I like better

    12. Rebecca

      Another of the Newford anthologies, Moonlight and Vines takes us out of the ordinary and into a world where magic and myth walk hand in hand with the everyday. I never get tired of Charles de Lint.

    13. Brian

      I prefer de lint's novels, but his short stuff can be really excellent also. This collection is uneven but has several good stories and none are less than enjoyable. de Lint is all about seeing the magic around us and questioning our reality. Plus his stuff is just "nice".

    14. Caitlin H

      Someone else mentioned in their review that the "grimness is relentless." While i guess the stories are pretty grim, i feel that that overlooks a lot. It overlooks the points made in all the stories, all the magic that can be found in them. Even though de Lint's stories definitely do tend to be more grim than anything else, even under all that, there is for me a sort of magic thrumming through the stories. Not just the incidents the characters get caught up in, but simply in Newford itself & [...]

    15. Deborah Ideiosepius

      This lovely collection of stories jumped off the shelf at me and I am glad I found it.While I often find that short story collections can be difficult to review, de Lint's beautiful, deft writing makes these stories easy to review as a whole. While I loved some more than others, they were all beautifully written with cunning characterisation of the protagonists, vivid scene setting and the wistful mythic story elements that are so characteristic of a lot of de Lint's writing.I did find that ther [...]

    16. Cupcakencorset

      This collection of short stories set in the mystical, magical, occasionally mundane world of Newford give us little glimpses into the lives of the inhabitants, some familiar, some new to us. We are given a sense of the interwoven quality of this world (as is true of all realities) and of the interconnections of the large and small characters’ lives. Indeed, there are no small characters in de Lint’s world, but there are some that recur and even become the principals in some of his novels. Th [...]

    17. Kirk Macleod

      Charles de Lint's third collection of short stories set in his fictional city of Newford, includes many reoccurring characters, including favourite Jilly Coppercorn, brothers Christy and Geordie Riddell, and the Crow Girls (featured in Someplace to be Flying). Many of the stories in this third collection focus on death and loss, but de Lint tends to end his stories on a hopeful note.Standout's for me were "Saskia" and "The Fields beyond the Fields" both featuring Christy Riddell (Newfords analog [...]

    18. Larry Wentzel

      Not bad. Short stories are De Lint's calling. He takes a concept, makes it into an event, has it befall a small cast of characters, and then watches them react and cope. Some of the stories are quite nice and enjoyable. He samples a lot of different mythologies -- Celtic, Old World European, Greco-Roman, Native American, even Christian and does a lovely job getting deep into an aspect of that mythology and how modern-day people adapt to its sudden, irrefutable presence. And some of these charact [...]

    19. Pamela Lloyd

      This collection of short stories by Charles de Lint had stories of somewhat uneven quality. Perhaps, since I've read so much de Lint (and this was a second read of this volume for me) I've simply come to hold him to a higher standard. The short story "Held Safe by Moonlight and Vines," from which the book takes its title, is one of my favorites, and I enjoyed several of the others, particularly in the second half of the book, but I felt that a few were not as strong as I've come to expect from d [...]

    20. Cindi

      Charles De Lint, and his cat Claire, Rock my socks off. In the town of Newford (an urban community somewhere in Canada) logic never has to follow, fantasy is the rule. Meet Jilly Coppercorn, the most awesome artist ever born in literary fantasy, and all of her friends in their shared and intertwined adventures in this anthology. You can almost hear them busking on the street corner with that old fiddle, or see them running through the alleyways.Ghosts in the grave yard have stories to tell, twa [...]

    21. Mary-Beth

      Charles de Lint writes pretty solid short stories. He has his faults, though. I don't buy the way he writes the life of a writer/ artist, etc. He romanticizes it to death. I also have a little giggle whenever he describes his characters. They're like the cast of Friends or maybe Beverly Hills 90210, so 90s it hurts and every one of them ethereally gorgeous. All that aside, his supernatural beings are interesting and extremely varied. I also like the setting he has created. Hopefully next time I [...]

    22. Cyrano

      I'm a fan of De Lint, and of short stories in general, and so a book of De Lint short stories is likely to be a winner with me, especially when one of the lines I stumble upon in the first forty pages is "We know that all endeavor is art, when rendered with conviction." That's a line that hit me, and stuck.There are some mawkish-feeling moments, but I can both chalk them up to "I only have twenty pages to tell you this story" and also say that they were greatly outnumbered by moments that touche [...]

    23. Susan

      Sweetgrass & City Streets♦Saskia read in Space Opera 2/1/1998In This Soul of a WomanThe Big Sky♦Birds read in The Shimmering Door 5/25/1998PassingHeld Safe by Moonlight and VinesIn the PinesShining Nowhere But in the DarkLintIf I Close My Eyes ForeverHeartfiresThe InvisiblesSeven for a SecretCrow Girls RE-READ 5/21/2015Wild HorsesIn the Land of the UnforgivenMy Life as a BirdChina DollIn the Quiet After MidnightThe PennymenTwa Corbies RE-READ 5/21/2015The Fields Beyond the FieldsFINISHED [...]

    24. Emily I

      I absolutely love the musicality of De Lint's writing, like prose poetry if prose poetry had plot twists, mystery seekers, and faeries jumping out of the woodwork. That said, this particular collection doesn't quite have the appeal of some of his other work, such as "Dreams Underfoot" and "The Ivory and the Horn", with popular characters such as Jilly and Sophie. The stories tend toward wistfulness, wandering off under vine-tangled forests and into moonlit nights--this is a book for considering [...]

    25. Tom Franklin

      Charles de Lint is one of my favorite short story writers. He melds the calm, quiet writing style of Richard Brautigan with a celtic mysticism transformed into an everyday thing (and the change of worldview that commonality implies) if viewed just right.He writes about a world of possibility, of the seen and unseen and good irish music. And, dang, if I don't wish I could write anywhere close to as well as he does.

    26. Emmala

      Fabtastical! I LOVED this book. If you feel like you're missing magic in your life, pick up this novel. These stories to me were like a giant slab of chocolate mousse cake after having been deprived of sugar for so very long. I wanted to savor every bite. I loved the taste of this book, my only regret is not having heard of this author sooner, but I think I stumbled upon his work at the right time in my life. Two awesome thumbs up.

    27. Kitty

      Never thought I'd be one for short stories, but I really like this author. I'd have to call it fantasy, but most of it is set in the "modern world". It's like ordinary people finding themselves in almost a "Twilight Zone" type episode. Stories included one about a female vampire that befriends a lonely female exotic dancer, one about a guy who dies but isn't ready to "move on", and one about an Internet community where people from all over add information about books and stories - the Wordwood.

    28. Anna

      Charles de Lint is one of my favorite fantasy authors. His website is awesome ( sfsite/charlesdelint/ ) .Reading one of his books is like stepping into one of the more lush Impressionist paintings and being able to ferret out all of the secrets inside. (You'd think I would have said Pre-Raphaelite, wouldn't you, I grin - but nope. I'm thinking a Renoir or Manet)

    29. Kate

      This was a re-read for me. As with most de Lint, I found it not nearly as engaging the second time through. I'm not really sure why. The stories are Newford stories, which I've found is generally what I prefer with de Lint (I've yet to find anyone who writes urban fantasy with the brilliant juxtaposition of the mundane and the fantastical the way that de Lint does)).

    30. Mysteryfan

      A collection of his short stories, with recurring characters in his created milieu. I go off and on with this author. It's urban fantasy in the sense of fairies, sprites and manitou in cities. He made me want to visit Toronto. I have to be in the right mood to read him, as sometimes he's depressing. He does write well though.

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