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The Very Best of Charles de Lint

The Very Best of Charles de Lint (2010) — Artist: Charles Vess

The Very Best of Charles de Lint (2010) is a collection of stories.
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Adult

Description Edit

Publisher Comments: 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. ~ Charles de Lint: The Very Best of Charles de Lint (2010)

✥ Synopsis: At turns whimsical, dark, and mystical, this extraordinary collection of retold fairy tales and new, modern myths redefine the boundaries of magic. Compiling favored stories suggested by the author and his fans, this delightful treasury contains the most esteemed and beloved selections that de Lint has to offer.

Innovative characters in unexpected places are the key to each plot: playful Crow Girls who sneak into the homes of their sleeping neighbors; a graffiti artist who risks everything to expose a long-standing conspiracy; a half-human girl who must choose between her village and her strange birthright; and an unrepentant trickster who throws one last party to reveal a folkloric tradition.

Showcasing some of the finest offerings within the realms of urban fantasy and magical realism, this essential compendium of timeless tales will charm and inspire. ~ Goodreads

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Supernatural / Mythical ElementsEdit

time travel, crow girls, animal people,

Characters Edit

Characters What Story Title  About
Jilly Coppercorn human "In Which We Meet Jilly—"
Meran Kelledy Other-worlder “The Badger in the Bag”; about when first got together with Cerin;
Cerin Kelledy Other-worlder “The Badger in the Bag”; about when first got together with Meran;
Professor Bramley Dapple “The Stone Drum";
Goon “The Stone Drum"
Geordie Riddell
Christy Riddell writer “The Fields Beyond the Fields” loves writing about Newford and his girlfriend Saskia;
Saskia Madding
Sophie Etoile half human-half Fae artist; "Five Coyotes Singing Studio" abstract painter;
Crow Girls powerful animal spirits "Crow Girls" candy-addicted, frenetic, and wild;
Annie
Yocky John
Sammy
Wendy St. James
Tetchie
Dick
Katja
Joey
Teresa
Angharad
Arnold
Jack
Sara
Macal
Heather
Alphonse
Frank
Albert
Lou
Marguerite
Kyle
Lillie
Alex
Furey
Anna
Mr. Truepenny
Liane
Jen
Gaedrian
Janice
Standish
Eddie
Gage
Merlin
Mama
Old Badger

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Cover ArtistsEdit

~ Source: ISFdb: Cover: The Very Best of Charles de Lint

Publishing InformationEdit

Publishers: Tachyon Publications

TOC Edit

Table of Contents:

  1. 6 • Introduction (The Very Best of Charles de Lint) • essay by Charles de Lint
  2. 9 • "In Which We Meet Jilly Coppercorn" • (Newford) • shortfiction
  3. 11 • "Coyote Stories" • (Newford) • (1993) • shortstory
  4. 17 • "Laughter in the Leaves" • (Cerin Songweaver) • (1984) • shortstory
  5. 25 • "The Badger in the Bag" • (Cerin Songweaver) • (1985) • shortstory
  6. 35 • "And the Rafters Were Ringing" • (Cerin Songweaver) • (1986) • shortstory
  7. 47 • "Merlin Dreams in the Mondream Wood" • (Ottawa and the Valley) • (1990) • shortstory
  8. 61 • "The Stone Drum" • (Newford) • (1989) • novelette
  9. 85 • "Timeskip" • (Newford) • (1989) • shortstory
  10. 99 • "Freewheeling" • (Newford) • (1990) • shortstory
  11. 117 • "A Wish Named Arnold" • (Ottawa and the Valley) • (1987) • shortstory
  12. 123 • "Into the Green" • (Angharad) • (1988) • shortstory
  13. 135 • "The Graceless Child" • (1991) • novelette
  14. 153 • "Winter Was Hard" • (Newford) • (1991) • shortstory
  15. 169 • "The Conjure Man" • (Newford) • (1992) • shortstory
  16. 187 • "We Are Dead Together" • (1991) • shortstory
  17. 193 • "Mr. Truepenny's Book Emporium and Gallery" • (Newford) • (1992) • shortstory
  18. 199 • "In the House of My Enemy" • (Newford) • (1993) • novelette
  19. 223 • "The Moon Is Drowning While I Sleep" • (Newford) • (1993) • novelette
  20. 241 • "Crow Girls" • (Newford) • (1995) • shortstory
  21. 259 • "Birds" • (Newford) • (1996) • shortstory
  22. 271 • "Held Safe by Moonlight and Vines" • (Newford) • (1996) • shortstory
  23. 287 • "In the Pines" • (Newford) • (1997) • shortstory
  24. 303 • "Pixel Pixies" • (Newford) • (1999) • novelette
  25. 327 • "Many Worlds Are Born Tonight" • (Newford) • (2000) • shortstory
  26. 337 • "Sisters" • (Ottawa and the Valley) • (2002) • novelette
  27. 365 • "Pal o' Mine" • (Newford) • (1993) • shortstory
  28. 379 • "That Was Radio Clash" • (Newford) • (2005) • novelette
  29. 395 • "Old Man Crow" • (Newford) • (2006) • shortfiction
  30. 415 • "The Fields Beyond the Fields" • (Newford) • (1997) • shortstory

~  ISFdb Publication Listing

First Sentence Edit

QuotesEdit

Goodreads | Charles de Lint Quotes

“There’s stories and then there’s stories. The ones with any worth change your life forever, perhaps only in a small way, but once you’ve heard them, they are forever a part of you. You nurture them and pass them on and the giving only makes you feel better.” — The Conjure Man

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none?

TriviaEdit

Lists That Contain The Very Best of Charles de Lint by Charles de Lint

NotesEdit

ISFdb Notes:

  • "First Edition: 2010"
  • Month from amazon
  • First printing by number line 9—1
  • Cover illustration/art credited to Vess on copyright page/back cover, no visible signature on the cover
  • Cover design by John Coulthart
  • Dedication reads "this one's for my readers with a deep appreciation for all your support over the years -- with a special thanks to those of you on Facebook and MySpace who helped choose the stories"
  • Series editor: Jacob Weisman
  • Editor: Jill Roberts
  • OCLC 468980915

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