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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Wild Wood

by Charles de Lint

I read this for the Canadian Challenge and because I've really enjoyed the 3 or 4 books I've read by deLint. I wish I could say I enjoyed this one, but I didn't.

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. --from the book cover

I did get a sense of the wooded area near Ottawa and, surprisingly, a good feel for the dry desert of Arizona when the main character visits friends to get away from her 'haunted woods' for awhile. I hoping that some day I get to see those giant saguaros that she described.

5 comments:

jenclair said...

My situation is almost the opposite: I read a DeLint that I didn't enjoy several years ago (don't even remember the name) and have not read anything else. Yet from all of the positive reviews he receives from our fellow bloggers, I know I should give him another chance.

Sorry that this one didn't make the grade for you.

John Mutford said...

I've not yet read de Lint, but this is the 2nd negative review in the Canadian Book Challenge. Not exactly enticing. What were those you enjoyed?

Cath said...

De Lint's output seems to be very variable. I read The Little Country and it was *okay* but no more. But I've just finished Dreams Underfoot and really liked it. Difficult to know what to think really...

Darla D said...

I have read most books by de Lint - he is one of my very favorite authors! I do have to admit I have little recollection of this one. My favorites are the ones set in Newford. I think that his writing has gotten better with each book, for the most part. His short story collections are wonderful, too!

Rhinoa said...

I love what I have read of de Lint so far, but haven't read this one yet. I am sorry you didn't like it so much and hope it doesn't put you off reading more by him.