Reviews for Muse and Reverie

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2009 October #4

This collection of 13 stories is the fifth set in Newford, de Lint's city of artists, musicians and magic, and the first since 2002's Tapping the Dream Tree. Interspersing time travel ("Riding Shotgun," "That Was Radio Clash") and period pieces ("The Hour Before Dawn") with tales of Native American and Celtic magic ("A Crow Girls' Christmas," "Da Slockit Light"), de Lint creates an entirely organic mythology that seems as real as the folklore from which it draws. From flighty yet powerful avatars to fiendish goblins, the characters are complex and clever, and even the most fantastical still has a sense of humanity. The endings often contain twists worthy of O. Henry. These clever, frightening, wise and entertaining stories are an excellent introduction to de Lint's writing and imagination, and will also provide longtime fans a welcome return to Newford. (Dec.)

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VOYA Reviews 2010 April
Newford is an unassuming city in the middle of somewhere, but what draws people to this place? It is like any other city. The residents deal with the same problems--poverty, crime, decay--so why is it special, different? Normal people inhabit the city--artists, musicians, laborers, waitresses--but underneath everything lies something mysterious. Newford is the in-between place where two worlds mingle and boundaries are crossed. Faeries, goblins, and native spirits interact with and inadvertently change the lives of unsuspecting city-dwellers. The Crow Girls cause mischief; Jilly Coppercorn uses her art to help a friend; and Meran Kelledy must rescue her husband from a hoard of goblins. These thirteen tales that mark the fifth collection of Newford stories are comprised of characters and situations that will be familiar to followers of de Lint's writing. De Lint's stories are simple yet complex in their beauty. He takes great care when telling a story. Never frivolous with words, de Lint focuses on the characters and how they learn and grow after interacting with these mystical beings. In his world, fantasy and reality coexist, and somehow, it makes perfect sense. These stories are like old friends--they are always around, and you can pick up right where you left off. If you want to get lost for a few hours, read these stories. Once you experience Newford, you will never want to come back to reality.--Jonatha Basye 5Q 4P S Copyright 2010 Voya Reviews.