Medicine Road

Medicine Road Medicine Road will be the first in a series of linked novels by Charles de Lint profusely illustrated by Charles Vess Each of the projected three volumes will feature various combinations of the seve

  • Title: Medicine Road
  • Author: Charles de Lint Charles Vess
  • ISBN: 9781931081962
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Medicine Road will be the first in a series of linked novels by Charles de Lint, profusely illustrated by Charles Vess Each of the projected three volumes will feature various combinations of the seven red haired Dillard sisters from Seven Wild Sisters as well as new characters introduced as the stories progress The first book will be set in the Sonoran Desert around TMedicine Road will be the first in a series of linked novels by Charles de Lint, profusely illustrated by Charles Vess Each of the projected three volumes will feature various combinations of the seven red haired Dillard sisters from Seven Wild Sisters as well as new characters introduced as the stories progress The first book will be set in the Sonoran Desert around Tucson, Arizona, with excursions north.

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    1. Solid contemporary fantasy about the fiddle-playing twins from Seven Wild Sisters on tour in Arizona, where they meet some interesting and unusual people

    2. "Medicine Road" is another brilliant story from Charles de Lint. Urban fantasy at its very best, and de Lint always delights me, which is why he is one of my all time favorite authors. This story is set in Arizona (Tucson, Prescott, Jerome, and Sedona in particular). Twin sisters and musicians Bess and Laurel have left their home territory of Newford for a musical roadtrip in Arizona. Besides playing music, taking in the sights, and falling in love with the desert, they manage to get caught up i [...]

    3. Despite its short length, this felt well-realized. As always, De Lint's characters are what makes his stories work and he's got a nice collection here. Plus I'm always a sucker for a straight-up love story.

    4. If I were to be completely honest, I was actually slightly disappointed by this book. I don't think I've ever said that about a Charles de Lint book before. In fact, if you asked me who I considered to be the best author of modern day faerie tales he'd be at the very top of my list. I want to clarify, that this wasn't a bad book. It wasn't. It's just that all of the previous books I'd read by him, set the bar so incredibly high, that this one fell shockingly short for me. Although each of the bo [...]

    5. The first Charles de Lint book I ever read was Forests of the Heart. It was beautiful, lyrical, and amazing. In that book, it was almost as if the desert itself was another character -- it had a presence, a shape all of it's own.This book is sort of a not-sequel to Forests of the Heart. It takes place in the desert, and Bettina makes a brief appearance. It's not necessary to read the first to enjoy this one but they're somewhat similar. However, this book slightly disappointed me. I was expectin [...]

    6. A long time ago, Coyote Woman gave two Native American spirits, a red dog and a jackalope, the ability to shift into human form on the condition that if within 100 hundred years they can both find soul mates who love them unconditionally they get to keep her gift, but if one of them does not than both will change back into their original form forever. Alice Corn Hair has found hers, but Jim Changing Dog has not found the right one and now time is running out.Twins Laurel and Bess Dillard are tra [...]

    7. This was a book I picked up used at Black and Read because I though the cover was cool. I've not read any of Charles de Lint's work before, so I think I went into it pretty much as blind as I could.It's not a dense book, weighing in at less than 200 pages, but it tells its full story with no issue. There's not a lot of intense descriptions, but the author does name drop quite a few places around Arizona. Maybe a little too much, but I didn't really mind personally.This is a tale written by someo [...]

    8. Laurel and Bess, Sarah Jane‘s older twin sisters, are professional musicians on the road in Arizona and are drawn into an ages old wager between Native American spirits who take human form. Jim Changing Dog and Alice Corn Hair have been changed into humans by Coyote for 100 years, but they have to have fallen in love to regain their two- shaped existance. I have read that de Lint wants to leave Newford behind for Tyson and the desert. I love Newford; I guess I will come to love the desert too, [...]

    9. Shorter, less convoluted and with a smaller cast of characters than most of de Lint's novels, Medicine Road is perhaps even more charming and accessible as a result. The main human characters are the musical Dillard twins from Seven Wild Sisters (another de Lint novel), this time in the American southwest. They encounter Alice Corn Hair and Jim Changing Dog and are drawn into their real-life world of myth and magic. The story is charming and, yes, enchanting. The only thing it lacks (in comparis [...]

    10. I'm usually very enthusiastic about De Lint's books, but Medicine Road had things that made me hesitant to completely embrace it. I loved how he brought the desert and the Southwest to life, and the animal people in human skin (called "cousins") made for an enthralling mythology. Vess' artwork is fantastic.I think my issue dealt mainly with the romance between Jim and Bess, and then Ramona's interference. All of it was a little too pat and felt resolved too easy. I also couldn't help but feel a [...]

    11. Medicine Road by Charles de Lint is another beautiful addition to the Newford series with a mystical look at the world of magick from a Native American perspective. Alice Corn Hair (a shifter jackalope) and Changing Dog (Jim, a shifter red dog) are given one hundred years by Coyote Woman to discover their true love. If after one hundred years the two haven't succeeded, they must return to their animal form forever and leave behind the world of the two-leggeds. Time is running out. Alice has foun [...]

    12. One of my top favorite authors, any book by Charles de Lint is a treat. This one was an especially wonderful treat as it is set in Arizona (Tucson, Prescott, Jerome, and Sedona in particular) and I read it partially while on vacation in Sedona. Twin sisters and musicians Bess and Laurel have left their home territory of Newford for a musical roadtrip in Arizona. Besides playing music, taking in the sights, and falling in love with the desert, they manage to get caught up in a curse Coyote Woman [...]

    13. Charles de lint books always remind me that there is a gentler more natural life to live. If we all connected more often with nature we would be better off. This book follows that theme.Having read his books for around 15 years I have only just realised that the all the good guy characters live a very minimalist lifestyle. They don't tend to buy things, or own homes or cars. They are also able to go great distances and to great lengths without many possessions, but they always seem to have frien [...]

    14. Another solid de Lint book. This one is about the adventures of the Dillard Sisters while they are touring Arizona. They meet up with an unlikely duo who happen to be part of the animal/spirit realm. Bess falls in love with Jim, who is really a red dog called "changing dog." And an adventure follows because of their differences. This is an easy read, and it was fun to have a setting in the Arizona badlands. There is another book about the Dillard sisters called Seven Wild Sisters, which I am hun [...]

    15. This was a fun book. I have always enjoyed de Lint's stories and novels and this is no exception. Bess and Laurel Dillard are visiting the Southwest for the first time as traveling musicians. At the same time, life is altering greatly for Alice Corn Hair and Jim Changing Dog. They have made a deal that is finally about to fall through.To say any more would ruin the story. If you haven't read de Lint, this is a good short book to start with. If you have already read and liked his books, you know [...]

    16. I really enjoyed this. Twins Bess and Laurel are visiting Tucson to play a few gigs when they meet some people who are very connected to the spirit world. De Lint is excellent at mixing folklore (in this case Native American) with modern life. Having been to Tucson a couple times, this story really resonated with me - I was familiar with quite a few of the places he mentioned. If you're interested in folklore with a modern twist, check this out. Also I realized after starting this that it's part [...]

    17. I don't think that I have ever read something by Charles de Lint that I haven't enjoyed and Medicine Road is no exception. It was a bit more lighthearted than some of the other Newford books that I have been reading recently (Widdershins, The Onion Girl, Spirits in the Wires). It reminded of Terri Windling's The Woodwife lots of southwest, native american-esque flavor with a healthy dose of music and art and romance.

    18. The two musical twins from Seven Wild Sisters are back and touring in Arizona. I was just there for vacation, so it was fun to read the descriptions of the beautiful desert in that area. They encounter de Lint's version of the local faerie - spirits of the land - a red dog and a jackalope(!) who have been living as humans for the past 100 years. Taking it as pure fiction, it's a charming adventure. Part of me does feel niggled about de Lint writing about native American lore.

    19. I put it down halfway into it. His references to Tucson hotspots were neat at first but then I got distracted by all of the efforts to drop locations. It was like I was on one of the guided tours he took. Finally, the popping back and forth from first to third person in different animal-hybrid characters that I didn't care about was just too much to bear.

    20. Charles de Lint is an author I can't make up my mind about. Sometimes I love his writing, sometimes it bores the heck out of me. Medicine Road, however, was not a disappointment. It was a fun little fairy tale and the characters were entertaining and engaging. Nothing earth shattering, but if you enjoy urban fantasy, this short book is worth picking up.

    21. I really felt at home in de Lint's Medicine Road universe, though I found some of the politically correct references unnecessary to the story. Overall, though it's a good read and a lovely story. I'm not sure that I would recommend it for the juvenile market though. Most of the themes were quite adult in nature

    22. When I say 'I like this book', I want you to hear it the way you heard Scotty talk about the Enterprise in the Star Trek movie. It's clever, it works out well, it's beautiful, and I just feel generally good about it.

    23. Totally awesome. Reads like hearing a story. A fairytale with spirits from this continent instead of rehashing Europe's fare. De Lint is one of urban fantasy's creators and this book will show you where the genre can go and be.

    24. While I haven't read the previous story of the Dillard Sisters, I still loved this book. I think de Lint's take on the American Southwest is as magical as his view of the city of Newford. He brings the spirits of the land to vivid life in what isn't just another romance.

    25. I'm not sure this really qualifies as a Newford book but it was good all the same. Bess and Laurel find love and their animal side in one well-told story. They also find the allure of the Southwest. A pleasant, short tale of fantasy.

    26. this was a fun interesting read. a very nice fantasy novel without it being to weird or the author creating their own language. it's a nice light read, great for a sunday afternoon.

    27. Most excellent! Set in the desert southwest with a couple of Newford alumni, and new shapeshifters! How Mr. de Lint keeps pulling together myth, magic, and reality into superb reading is amazing!

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