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Angel of Darkness – Charles de Lint

A bit creepy… and good.

Angel of Darkness – Charles deLint 

Stars: 3.5 of five.
Summary: In the early 1990s, Charles de Lint wrote and published three dark fantasies under the name “Samuel M. Key.” Now, beginning with Angel of Darkness , Orb presents them for the first time under de Lint’s own name. When ex-cop Jack Keller finds the mutilated body of a runaway girl in the ashes of a bizarre house fire, he opens the door to a nightmare. For a sadistic experiment in terror has unleashed a dark avenging angel forged from the agonies of countless dying victims…. (from my library’s website)
Provenance: Borrowed from the library.

As the summary says, Angel of Darkness is darker than De Lint’s usual urban fantasy.  As with Mulengro, I enjoyed it.

Given the serial killer bad-guy, I felt a bit reminded of one of Mo Hayder’s creepy stories. I can’t remember what that one was called.

{I actually read this in June 2011 and am back-dating the review accordingly}


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The Very Best of Charles de Lint – Charles de Lint

This anthology of stories by Charles de Lint was chosen by reader vote. The stories are arranged in aPoordog Farm way that leads you gradually into the urban fantasy landscape that he’s created over his career. It’s a good refresher for people (like me) who aren’t able to name off the characters of Newford by heart.  Don’t be put off by the initial light-weight fairy-tales: once this scene is set, de Lint surveys the dark and the meaningful in fictional Newford, as well as the uplifting and magical.

For the first seven stories in, I was finding the tales diverting but not special.  I laughed a little, but nothing moving.  Perhaps these are more to set the scene than to really sweep you away.

The tone shifts some after that, more to loss and some redemption. Timeskip sees a young woman swept into the past by an encounter with a ghost.  Freewheeling, Winter was hard, and a Graceless Child have the same sort of feeling.  A Wish named Arnold ends with more hope as a lifelong magic companion is given freedom and is so not lost.

In the second half of the book, the stories continue the intensity, finishing off with several thought-provoking tales.

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Eyes like Leaves – Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint’s Eyes like Leaves is a classical fantasy novel with elf types and orc types and druid-types and light-versus-dark.   The names are tweaked to protect the identities (no, they’re not druids, they’re dhruides)… but somehow the ‘astute’ reader can tell who is who.

The story itself features shapechanging good guys and bad guys.  Elder/ancient wizard and rebellious apprentice. Young scion of the ‘Summerblood’ and eternal winter.  We all trek across the Great-Britain analog to reach the showdown against eternal Winter.

Given the book’s original creation-date, it once was fresher and more original.  Now these storylines are well-worn-down with little sparkle left to them.

In 1980, this was one of the earliest books Charles de Lint wrote, but his agent advised him not to publish it unless he wanted to be stereotyped into the Tolkien-esque genre. Decades later, Chuck has decided that his urban fantasist reputation can withstand the shaking up, and published this with minimal revisions.

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Muse and Reverie – Charles de Lint

Muse and Reverie is an anthology of Newford stories by Charles de Lint.

Unfortunately, I read this two months ago, now, and I cannot remember a single story from it.  I think probably there were some excellent ones… but I can’t swear so for certain.

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