The Wild Wood

  • Title: The Wild Wood
  • Author: Charles de Lint
  • ISBN: 9780765302588
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Wild Wood A young artist returns to her cabin in the deep woods of Canada to concentrate on her illustrations But somehow strange and beautiful creatures are slipping into her drawings and sketches The world o
    A young artist returns to her cabin in the deep woods of Canada to concentrate on her illustrations But somehow, strange and beautiful creatures are slipping into her drawings and sketches The world of Faerie is reaching out to her for help and she may be its last chance for survival.

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    About Charles de Lint


    1. Charles de Lint is the much beloved author of than seventy adult, young adult, and children s books Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others Modern Library s Top 100 Books of the 20th Century poll, conducted by Random House and voted on by readers, put eight of de Lint s books among the top 100.De Lint is a poet, folklorist, artist, songwriter and performer He has written critical essays, music reviews, opinion columns and entries to encyclopedias, and he s been the main book reviewer for The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction since 1987 De Lint served as Writer in residence for two public libraries in Ottawa and has taught creative writing workshops for adults and children in Canada and the United States He s been a judge for several prominent awards, including the Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon and Bram Stoker.Born in the Netherlands in 1951, de Lint immigrated to Canada with his family as an infant The family moved often during de Lint s childhood because of his father s job with an international surveying company, but by the time Charles was twelve having lived in Western Canada, Turkey and Lebanon they had settled in Lucerne, Quebec, not far from where he now resides in Ottawa, Ontario.In 1980, de Lint married the love of his life, MaryAnn Harris, who works closely with him as his first editor, business manager and creative partner They share their love and home with a cheery little dog named Johnny Cash.Charles de Lint is best described as a romantic a believer in compassion, hope and human potential His skilled portrayal of character and settings has earned him a loyal readership and glowing praise from peers, reviewers and readers.Charles de Lint writes like a magician He draws out the strange inside our own world, weaving stories that feel real than we are when we read them He is, simply put, the best Holly Black bestselling author Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legend all of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint s vivid, original world No one does it better Alice Hoffman bestselling author To read de Lint is to fall under the spell of a master storyteller, to be reminded of the greatness of life, of the beauty and majesty lurking in shadows and empty doorways Quill QuireHis Newford books, which make up most of de Lint s body of work between 1993 and 2009, confirmed his reputation for bringing a vivid setting and repertory cast of characters to life on the page Though not a consecutive series, the twenty five standalone books set in or connected to Newford give readers a feeling of visiting a favourite city and seeing old friends.More recently, his young adult Wildlings trilogy Under My Skin, Over My Head, and Out of This World came out from Penguin Canada and Triskell Press in 2012, 2013 and 2014 Under My Skin won 2013 Aurora Award A novel for middle grade readers, The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, published by Little Brown in 2013, won the Sunburst Award, earned starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Quill Quire, and was chosen by the New York Times Editors as one of the top six children s books for 2013 His most recent adult novel, The Mystery of Grace 2009 , is a fascinating ghost story about love, passion and faith It was a finalist for both the Sunburst and Evergreen awards.De Lint is presently writing a new adult novel His storytelling skills also shine in his original songs He and MaryAnn also a musician recently released companion CDs of their original songs, samples of which can be heard on de Lin


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    1. 3.5 starsThis is the third book that I've read in the Brian Froud's Faerielands series and is unfortunately my least favorite of the bunch so far. Brian Froud invited four of the top fantasy authors to pick their favorite piece of his work and write a story based upon it. The four authors and their respective books are: Something Rich and Strange by Patricia A. McKillipThe Wild Wood by Charles de LintThe Wood Wife by Terri WindlingHannah's Garden by Midori SnyderThe Wild Wood tells the story of [...]

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    2. I really loved this book. The idea is that Brian Froud did a series of ilustrations, which the artists in the series let inspire their tales. And boy this these. The faeries/fey of the drawings are in the world of this story. You never know what is real or notnor does Eithnie the artist main character. It is wholey satisfying and a magical story

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    3. Did you know that NATURE is GOOD? Did you know that HUMANITY is BAD? Well, don't worry! This little attempt to mix "Captain Planet"/"Ferngully"-style environmentalist sermonizing with a blend of Froud-inspired de Lintian urban fantasy will hammer you over the head with that message till there's nothing left of your brain but a fine paste. And the worst part is that it will sucker you in with a genuinely beautiful first-halfright before descending suddenly into the worst sort of childish, hyperbo [...]

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    4. Conocí al tío Charles hace ya varios ayeres con The Conjure Man y mi primera impresión de él, recuerdo bien, fue "romántico ecologista". Después de haber leído varias obras de él sigo manteniendo la misma opinión. Aunque he descubierto que su estilo puede cambiar y que escoge temas variados, en general sigo percibiendo ese aire fantasioso y sentimental en sus historias y el tema de lo misteriosa, peligrosa y hermosa que es la naturaleza regresa una y otra vez.Siempre me deja la impresi [...]

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    5. Time to critique published novels like I'm in creative writing!This is a super powerful faerie story, but it falls WAY short of the emotions I suspect it was trying to create? We're told a LOT of things, instead of being shown, and the way the PoV switches between first and third person is justt good. Also, it MAY just be me, but I'm getting some really heavy "man writes book about pregnancy and miscarriage, completely misses emotional point" vibes. Maybe it's just me. It's not that the topic is [...]

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    6. To me, Charles de Lint is primarily the book reviewer for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Although he started writing fantasy at the time I was completely addicted to the genre, I somehow missed his books. It's only through the magazine that I have discovered de Lint's fantasy.I picked at semi-random The Wild Wood because I loved the cover art by Stephen T. Johnson and the book design by Heather Saunders that mimics his painting of the stick people before the forest. I read the firs [...]

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    7. When Canadian painter Eithnie starts experiencing strange day dreams, she thinks her mind is failing. Soon she begins seeing fey beings in her landscapes, which she has no conscious memory of painting. Worried for her sanity, Eithnie seeks advice, only to discover something even more bizarre than madness. Representatives of Faerie are reaching out to her, in need of her help. As she unwinds the riddles surrounding her fey beseechers, she is led to face the demons of her past, and discover hersel [...]

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    8. What it is:A rather simple story about a woman's encounter with some fae folk and how it relates to her personal experiences.Who should read it:Readers who like faerie stories. Those who don't mind a sense of disorientation while reading. There are many ways that de Lint makes this one disorienting and I wonder if it is on purpose. I can see it turning some readers off, though, so caveat emptor. People who like a bit of personal touch and human psychology in their fantasy lit will potentially en [...]

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    9. I didn't finish because I sympathized too closely with the protagonists fear of hallucinations in the first few chapters, as a person with a neurological condition that sometimes causes trees to come alive and layers to reveal other layers and suchlike. I wondered if de Lint is epileptic, because his first chapter is just like a temporal lobe seizure. Terrifying. Beautiful prose, though, probably the most beautiful I've read in the fantasy genre.

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    10. Before I read this book, I would have said that a man couldn't really understand what it means to be a mother. Not *really.* Now I'm wondering if there is any experience impenetrable to a writer of sufficient imagination and craft. It opens up whole terrains of challenge, and shows me it is only my insufficiencies and fears that make characters of different races or backgrounds feel off-limits to me.

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    11. An early deLint novel. The main character is intriguing, an artist who has lost her edge. The depiction of the back woods in Ontario are vivid. Not a fan, though, of the climax and resolution. Seemed rushed and rather cliche.

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    12. What can I say? Simply magical. Magically complicated. I feel like I held my breath reading this, waiting with trepidation for each special moment to manifest. I waited so long for this book, I'm grateful that the 4 of this set graced my life.

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    13. This book is weird. Really weird. However, I think that it is definitely worth reading if you are into fantasy and strange symbolism. There certainly is a lot of that going on. Plus, it takes place just outside of Ottawa which is kind of cool.

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    14. This is one of de Lint's less attractive works, in my opinion but that is only to say it is really good instead of excellent. It didn't engage me at first the way some of his others books have done, but it was worth the effort to read it.

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    15. This thing should have come with a warning label stating that it is a powerful sleep aid.

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    16. Like reading poetry. This is my first Charles de Lint book though I have a bunch of them. It reminded me of Sheri S Tepper's eco-sensibilities with a dash of Robin Mckinley's prose. I loved it.

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    17. Kinda hokey. Not horrible. Didn't understand the need for chapters in first person when the rest of the chapters were in close third person from the same character's POV.

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    18. As always for Charles De Lint this was magical and beautiful, the themes which run through his other novels is already there - art, music, the fey in each ordinary moment, lyrical writing and some really memorable passages. We meet Eithne, an artist who has lost her muse who has retreated to her wood-surrounded cabin to recapture itd finding there instead the mysterious and the fey, urging her to 'remember', but to remember what? So it was beautiful. However I did feel there was something missin [...]

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    19. I picked this book up at a used bookstore. I am a fan of Charles deLint. This is some of his really early writing. It is tentative,wordy, awkward at times, and the ending is a little contrived but the most important thing is that there is promise. This is the book that hints at what is to come from this talented writer. It has some of the beginnings of future journeys into faerie. Although the stick people and their queen cross over into human territory it doesn't have the same flavor as the urb [...]

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    20. I really enjoyed this book. It made me feel like I was really there, like I was watching a movie in my head. It deals with topics such as the way humanity is treating the environment. It makes you ask "Are faeries real, symbolic or transpersonal beings?" and it lets you wonder. It is about a woman artist who is trying to get that "spark" of inspiration to make her art more than technically great. She examines herself and her relationships to find it. It is a love story but not what I expected, b [...]

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    21. An interesting concept--the modern climate's effect on the faerie world and what we can do about it But, the characters are not developed enough. Art is another way to "help", but is not explored enough. The main character's story is presented in 1st and 3rd person--why? I wanted to like it more, but just couldn't. This is supposed to be an homage to Brian Froud's Fairies. I will check that out.

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    22. I found this "fairy tale" to be very interesting especially since I read it immediately after "The Urban Bestiary". It was odd that although one was non-fiction and the other fantasy fiction, some of the themes were so closely interwoven. A young woman, a lapsed artist, lives in a cabin in the woods keeping mostly to herself. She begins to believe that there may be wood spirits of some sort who are guiding her to make a difference and save the fey community. There are some beautiful sketches at [...]

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    23. The Wild Wood was a long anticipated experience for me. I had seen a review of it long before I had ever picked up a Charles de Lint book and put it on my “to-read” list immediately. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to track down a copy of the actual book for a long time after that and some time later, in a moment of unrelated coincidence; I discovered Dreams Underfoot and became a huge fan of De Lint’s work, specifically his Newford series. When I eventually got my hands on The Wild Woods, [...]

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    24. I should explain that I came to Charles de Lint's writing because a fellow writer whom I admire for common interests of exploring the intersections of folklore, mythology, and "reality," speaks highly of his work, for the possibilities he attempts to mine. I am totally with this. This is the first de Lint novel I've read, and I understand this is early work, so I will be forgiving and not write off the possibility of reading more of him. The reason I did not enjoy this book is because its plot w [...]

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    25. As much as I wanted to read this book, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. Eithnie lives in the woods of Canada and makes her living as a wildlife painter. Her last show was criticized for not having enough emotion and she is determined to get that back but when fairies start showing up in her paintings (and life) she has to decide if she wants to believe in them, what they want from her, and if she should help them.I love the idea of the storyline and I truly enjoyed all of the characters. I think [...]

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    26. This is the second book in my 2014 TBR Challenge. One would think I wouldn't need motivation to read anything by Charles de Lint, much such a short book. And yet, this has been languishing, unread, for ages on my shelves.Eithnie is a painter who lives in the Canadian wilderness. Her paintings lately have been missing something; they're too remote and unconnected, though creative. She has a vision of seeing a woman in the forest holding a book, and, ever since, seems able to only paint fairies in [...]

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    27. I missed out on Charles de Lint when I so intensely gobbled up one fantasy after another. I must confess that I was enthralled to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Yes, I have read it many times, so perhaps I just didn't notice de Lint's lovely little ecological fantasy, The Wild Wood. Better late than never, I say!Eithnie, the main character, is an artist whose muse has left her. She travels to the southwest desert seeking inspiration and communion with old friends, but returns to her home in re [...]

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    28. When I picked this up at the library today, I thought there was a mistake. Written in large letters across the top of the book: "Brian Froud's Faerielands". Huh. Brian Froud? The guy that did Labyrinth and The Dark Crystal? I love those movies, but I wanted a book by Charles de Lint.It is, in fact, a book by de Lint-- the title of the book and the author's name are surprisingly small, and I didn't notice them at first glance.Froud painted some pictures and had a couple authors pick out their fav [...]

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    29. This book, along with a dozen or more others, came to me in the mail from a friend one day. They were all random books said friend was trying to get rid of, so I had no idea what they would be like. Some were so-so, one (at least so far) was awful, but this one really took me by surprise. As soon as I started to read it, it was hard to put down. The language is simple but engrossing, and even though the story unfolds slowly, it never felt like it was plodding along. It set its pace early and stu [...]

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