Tag: Charles de Lint

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron

Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron

ed. Jonathan Strahan (Random House, 2012)

audiobook read by Katherine Fenton & Jay Villiers (AudioGO, 2012)

Book cover: “Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron” ed. Jonathan Strahan (Random House, 2012); audiobook read by Katherine Fenton & Jay Villiers (AudioGO, 2012)

Seventeen mostly YA tales at the borderline between long short story and novelette (plus a token Neil Gaiman poem) offering imaginative takes on the witchy theme. Unfortunately, very few repay their length. Charles de Lint, Tim Pratt and Margo Lanagan stand out.

The Mystery of Grace

The Mystery of Grace

by Charles de Lint (Tor, 2009); audiobook read by Richard Powers & Tai Sammons (Blackstone, 2009)

Book cover: “The Mystery of Grace” by Charles de Lint

The scenario develops slowly, and though rich enough is perhaps not sufficient to justify a novel-length treatment. Grace is memorable, but it seems a cop-out to elevate John to a character worthy of his own narrative and then leave that viewpoint unresolved.