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Jack of Kinrowan by Charles de Lint. The two books contained in this omnibus edition are about Jacky and Kate, two ordinary Ottawa women who get drawn into the machinations of Faerie. Definitely not my favorites by de Lint.


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Medicine Road (Newford, #14)Medicine Road by Charles de Lint. Solid contemporary fantasy about the fiddle-playing twins from Seven Wild Sisters on tour in Arizona, where they meet some interesting and unusual people…


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Why do I always forget that lidocaine injections leave me feeling spacey and exhausted a few hours later?! Ugh. I had four “suspicious looking” moles removed earlier today and I am fading fast now… (I’ll find out in about a week if they were more than suspicious looking.) *yawning*

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Muse and ReverieMuse and Reverie by Charles de Lint. Another solid collection of Newford short stories, set before Widdershins.
The Blue Girl (Newford, #15)The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint. I’m not a big YA fan, even for a Newford book. It wasn’t a bad book! And I did enjoy the tiny cameos and mentions of a few of the established Newford folks.


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Tapping the Dream Tree by Charles de Lint. Another good collection of short stories set in Newford and the hills nearby.
Spirits in the Wires by Charles de Lint. This isn’t one of my favorite Newford books – it doesn’t have quite the zing of some of the other books and some of the overly specific technology bits have not aged well.
Widdershins by Charles de Lint. I don’t think I realized the first time I read this book that, because of how all the ends are tied up, this was probably the final big Newford book.


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Work continues to be crazy. I am so behind on blogs and GoodReads and life in general. Hi! :waving:

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Moonlight and Vines by Charles de Lint. Upon rereading, I liked this third collection of Newford stories more than the second (The Ivory and the Horn).
Forests of the Heart by Charles de Lint. This Newford book was a solid read, but not one of my favorites.
The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint. Not my favorite Newford book – it’s a hard read. I really wanted some magical healing, dammit.


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Check out that proto-thumb dewclaw there, eh? He doesn’t have extra toes or anything – just large and weirdly dexterous dewclaws. I don’t think May can even move her dewclaws, besides flexing the actual claw…

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The Ivory and the Horn by Charles de Lint. This is the second book of Newford short stories from de Lint. They’re good, but not quite as consistently so as Dreams Underfoot, alas. I’ll still leave my original rating, though. 🙂
Trader by Charles de Lint. Body swapping, Newford style. I found myself wondering if maybe I would give it four instead of five stars upon rereading, but… I couldn’t put it down and stayed up too late, so…
Someplace To Be Flying by Charles de Lint. Crow Girls! Really, that’s it. They make the book for me. 🙂


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Dreams Underfoot (Newford #1) by Charles de Lint. This collection of short stories was the first of Charles de Lint’s Newford books that I read 20 years ago. I might not rate it quite as high now (perhaps a 4), but at the time – it was immersive and amazing and I could almost (not quite!) see hints of the magical from the corner of my eye after I finished reading. I was happy to discover that de Lint’s Newford tales have retained their own immersive magic all these years later.


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The How Can It Be Gluten Free Cookbook: Revolutionary Techniques, Groundbreaking Recipes by America’s Test Kitchen. What I liked the most about this cookbook is its approach to gluten-free cooking. Instead of just providing recipes, America’s Test Kitchen explains what they tried that didn’t work as they developed each recipe. Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but gluten-free cooking (especially baking) requires a completely different sort of cooking chemistry than what most people are familiar with. Because they explained what the challenges of each recipes were, what they tried, why they tried it, and how successful the results were, I learned more about gluten-free cooking from this cookbook than I’d learned in my previous 18 years of being gluten-free. While the baking recipes use a flour blend developed by America’s Test Kitchen (which can be made in bulk for less than buying flour blends), each recipe also includes adaptations for using two different commercially available flour blends.
Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking Over the World by Anne Jamison. I’ve officially given up on this one – I just haven’t been in the mood to read academic writing. Might never be in the mood to do that, actually. 🙂
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint. Illustrated by Charles Vess. A young girl who lives in the Ozarks wanders deep into the woods and ends up on a very unexpected path. Charming illustrations follow her journey, as she learns about friendship. consequences, and standing up for herself.


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I have no idea where May’s head is in this picture. That’s her front paw to the right of Chaos’ nose, but other than that… o.O

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Welcome to Bordertown (Borderland #5), edited by Holly Black, Ellen Kushner, and Terri Windling. ebook. For me, urban fantasy is fantasy set in, duh, urban areas, in cities. Frequently the location is as much a character as it a setting. The stories are infused with hints of faerie and myth, both European and Native American, and when you finish reading, you can almost glimpse the fantastical out of the corner of your eye. The Borderland anthologies were among the earliest urban fantasy, about the mythical Bordertown that existed on the cusp of this world and the Faerie Realm. Revisiting Bordertown in this anthology after so much time (the most recent anthology was published in 1998) was a delightful trip, the chance to check in on old friends and make new ones. The list of contributors is impressive and includes Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, Jane Yolen, Patricia A. McKillip, Emma Bull, and Cory Doctorow. (You can see the full list of contributors and read a few of the stories here.) Highly recommended.
Weezie Bat (Weezie Bat #1) by Francesca Lia Block. ebook. I don’t even know how to review this odd YA novel about Weezie Bat and her guy, and her best friend Dirk and his guy, living together in a cottage in LA. It had elements of urban fantasy and magical realism and the repetitively simple sentence structure drove me crazy, yet I read the whole thing.
Seven Wild Sisters: A Modern Fairy Tale by Charles de Lint, illustrated by Charles Vess. ebook. Very good ya illustrated contemporary fantasy about seven red-haired sisters living with their mother in the hills, most likely somewhere in the Ozarks. Things get a little messy when the middle sister manages to run afoul of the fairy folk. I originally read this in Tapping the Dream Tree many years ago.


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Book Giveaway: Signed special edition of The Onion Girl by Charles de Lint [CONTEST CLOSED]

Congrats to Jase, who won the copy of Gay Man Seeks Same by Kim Dare!


Remember my author fan letter to Charles de Lint from a week or so ago? As a result of that post, Charles and his wife MaryAnn Harris have donated a very, very special book for me to give away to a lucky reader: a personally inscribed special edition of The Onion Girl, put out by Subterranean Press.

*pauses so we can all admire the lovely cover and I can get my fangirl squeeing under control*

“I’m not as trusting as people think I am. Sure, I see the best in people, but that doesn’t mean it’s really there.” – Jilly

The Onion Girl is set in the imagined North American city of Newford. It’s a place where magic lights dark streets, where myths walk clothed in modern shapes, where a broad cast of extraordinary and affecting people work to keep the whole world turning.

At the center of all the entwined lives of Newford stands a young artist named Jilly Coppercorn, with her tangled hair, her paint-splattered jeans, a smile perpetually on her lips – Jilly whose paintings capture the hidden beings that dwell in the city’s shadows. Long a supporting character in the Newford stories, The Onion Girl is Jilly’s own story. Behind the painter’s fey charm there’s a dark secret, and a past she’s labored to forget. That past is coming to claim her now, threatening all she loves.

“I’m the onion girl,” Jilly says. “Pull back the layers of my life, and you won’t find anything at the core. Just a broken child. A hollow girl.”

She’s very, very good at running. But life has just forced Jilly to stop.

You can read about the background of this book at Charles’ site.

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