I put off reading this book for awhile as I thought the premise was a bit silly. I like Charles de Lints books about urban myths and fairies, native spirits and spirit worlds but this seemed to be going a little too far. Perhaps it was the memory of bad pagans who'd "fight the demons in the internet" that I had the misfortune of knowing at university but I wasn't thrilled about the premise of this book.
However, like everything else De Lint does this book was great. The characterisation of Christiana and Saskia sucked me into the story. Some of the details of the modems and the HTML seemed a bit silly, but then once they arrived in the other world and there was a big alternate reality digital library that was part library and part wood I was convinced and loving the story. De Lint just has a way of dragging you into the story with interesting and colourful characters that makes the madness of it all seem real.
While not as touching as his recent books about Jilly this was really enjoyable. I particularly liked the characterisation of Christiana. I liked how people were redeemable.
When De Lint started writing the tales of Newford it was little bits of magic and fantasy slipping into real life. Now it seems, at least for the past few novels, that it's real life slipping into the fantasy world where everything has been brought together. There's always multiple characters with the story told from multiple angles. But I like that. Everyone is interesting enough, or strange enough, to keep their part of the tale going.
Like the last few books I've read by him I find it difficult to read anything else after finishing his stories. I think I may go read some of the early Newford stories before bed tonight. I think he is definitely my one of favourite contemporary authors....Continua
A typical Charles de Lint urban fantasy. I love how he takes everyday contemporary characters and throws them into a sort of alternate reality. I really enjoyed this one. It revolves around a website that has sort of developed a life of its own, beyond what the creator gave it. The idea that Internet is almost a whole 'nother world really appealed to me. Not my absolute fav de Lint, but very good....Continua