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  • alexeik@aol.com
    ... From: Jack To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 3:46 pm Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Re: Charles de Lint Errr... Some of
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      From: Jack <jack@...>
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      Sent: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 3:46 pm
      Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Re: Charles de Lint









      Errr... Some of the Newford novels really aren't at all about the 'Bohemian, folk-music-club social set', i.e. Forests of the Heart which is brilliant in both its use of multiple mythologies and its story.











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      Just to show how individual reactions can vary, even though I liked some aspects of the story, I wasn't at all impressed with its "use of multiple mythologies". I felt it tended to reduce all of them to a rather shallow, New Agey common denominator. I was also annoyed by the facile ethnic stereotyping. In my opinion, when De Lint tries to cover so many disparate themes at once he loses his focus, and the story turns out much weaker than one could expect. I far preferred _Someplace to Be Flying_, where the "multiple mythologies" are limited to contrasting Old World and New World versions of the same archetypes (eg, Coyote vs. Reynard the Fox), which gives space to explore them at far greater depth.
      Alexei

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    • Diane Joy Baker
      Wait til you read *Memory and Dream.* That s my fave de Lint. ---djb ... From: Lisa Padol To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 8:11
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        Wait 'til you read *Memory and Dream.* That's my fave de Lint. ---djb
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        From: Lisa Padol
        To: mythsoc@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2007 8:11 AM
        Subject: Re: [mythsoc] Re: Charles de Lint


        I liked Moonheart, though I had a nit-pick problem with Spiritwalk (a
        character described as being taller than another character in the first
        is described as being almost as tall in the second).

        Jack the Giant Killer and Drink Down the Moon are popcorn reads, but
        darned fine popcorn. When I read them, I thought, "Ah, this is what
        White Wolf was trying to achieve with its [1st and 2nd edition]
        roleplaying game _Changeling_. White Wolf didn't succeed."

        I had some nits with Trader, but overall liked it. I really liked
        Someplace to Be Flying, and I think that's my favorite of de Lint's to
        date.

        I didn't like Forests of the Heart as much, but there was one lovely
        subtle bit I really liked.

        I enjoyed Mulengro, but don't remember a heck of a lot of details.

        I mostly enjoyed Memory and Dream, but thought that the rhetoric
        demanded a different ending, even though de Lint played absolutely fair
        and foreshadowed a key point.

        A lot of de Lint's stuff is set in the same imaginary town, and for me,
        this starts to build a problem, as too much magical weird stuff goes on
        after a while. I really hated Spirits in the Wires, for just that
        reason.

        His short fiction leaves me dissatisfied most of the time. I'm not sure
        why.

        I did not care for The Onion Girl, but I think if I'd read it without
        having read several other de Lint books with the same characters first,
        I'd have liked it better.

        I'm mixed about Widdershins. I don't like a lot of the answers de Lint
        comes up with, but he's tackling good questions, complex ones.

        -Lisa

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