The Ivory and the Horn

The Ivory and the Horn In the city of Newford when the stars and the vibes are right you can touch magic Mermaids sing in the murky harbor desert spirits crowd the night and dreams are real than waking Charles de Lint b

  • Title: The Ivory and the Horn
  • Author: Charles de Lint
  • ISBN: 9780812534085
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the city of Newford, when the stars and the vibes are right, you can touch magic Mermaids sing in the murky harbor, desert spirits crowd the night, and dreams are real than waking Charles de Lint began his chronicles of the extraordinary city of Newford in Memory Dream and the short story collection Dreams Underfoot In The Ivory and the Horn, this uIn the city of Newford, when the stars and the vibes are right, you can touch magic Mermaids sing in the murky harbor, desert spirits crowd the night, and dreams are real than waking Charles de Lint began his chronicles of the extraordinary city of Newford in Memory Dream and the short story collection Dreams Underfoot In The Ivory and the Horn, this uncommonly gifted craftsman weaves a new tapestry of stark realism and fond hope, mean streets and boulevards of dreams, where you will rediscover the power of love and longing, of wishes and desires, and of the magic that hovers at the edge of everyday life.

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    1. I was first introduced to deLint's world of urban fantasy with his book, Dingo, and it was love at first word. He has the ability to look beyond the day to day struggles and show the magic of the world around us, a dream world where all is possible and the inhabitants take on a life of their own, blending mythology, the spirit world, fantasy and reality together and inviting his readers to join him. I must confess though that I truly lack an appreciation of short stories. I've always preferred a [...]

    2. Another collection of Newford short stories, and they are as powerful as ever. More of the backstory on some characters we know and like, and the introduction of all sorts of characters we haven't met before, and may never again. De Lint recently announced that he's done with Newford -- I can only hope he changes his mind! These are wonderful stories, and very inspiring.

    3. This is the second book of Newford short stories from de Lint. They're good, but not quite as consistently so as Dreams Underfoot, alas. But I'll still leave my original rating. :)

    4. Another Newford short story collectionis is my third travel to Newford, and I had a great time!I always seem to find it hard to think of how to describe deLint. The writing is excellent, and conjures a strong sense of place. After a bit, you feel like you would know how to navigate Newford should you ever land there in a timeslip or in a dream. But there are a few other quirks that make it a bit annoying as well. Almost all the central character women in Newford are thin, waiflike creatures with [...]

    5. So good!World: The world building is amazing, the world that De Lint creates is fully formed, familiar yet magical. It' the feeling you get when you read really good Neil Gaiman. De Lint's world is about the spaces and cracks in the pavement, the people we turn and don't at in our society and it's there where all the magic and wonder is and it's a wonderful world indeed. The tone is simply amazing and the charactersjust read it.Story: There are a lot of stories in this collection and each of the [...]

    6. If I had to pick one favorite author, it would be Charles de Lint. His books have kept me company and kept me sane through some of my darkest days. I come back to them, and back to them. Although I have been gone from them for a few decades (house fire, library wiped out), I am coming home again, and LOVING IT!

    7. Charles de Lint is one of my guilty pleasures - he can be pretty cliched in his descriptions and his characters can get a little preachy. I generally don't mind the preachy tendencies because I tend to agree and there are usually other qualities in his writing that make up for it.I read this story collection over a number of months when I just needed something quick and different for my nightly reading. By the end of it I was wondering why I read de Lint in the first place. This is a very weak b [...]

    8. I had this series somewhere on a to-read list, reason for recommendation long forgotten. When this book came into my hands I thought it would be a good chance to check out the writing before I commit to a series. That turned out to be a great idea. The short stories in this book stand alone, but are tied together by some common elements that I think must continue in the series. The language and world-building were interesting. I guess I'll have to bump the rest of the books up my list a bit.

    9. I was quickly drawn into this book when I found that the first two stories followed on from stories in "Dreams Underfoot", which I read a while ago. There's always something magical just around the corner in Newford, and characters you've met before keep reappearing. I think that if you read too many of Charles de Lint's stories too close together you could find them slightly cloying, and the amount of repetition can be a little annoying, but if you spread them out they are wonderful reads for a [...]

    10. de Lint is always a reliable good read. This novel takes place in his urban fantasy setting of Newford, a huge city where the edges shimmer and the touch of the fae is always in the air. The second of the Newford books, this is a set of short stories that cycles around a handful of characters that pop in and out of each other's tales. It reminded me a lot of the Bordertown novels, though that is a shared universe and Newford is de Lint's alone (so far!). I shall definitely read more.

    11. This fine collection of short stories is part of de Lint's Newford series. The characters are a mix of familiar and new, with explorations of the mythos of this world. The stories vary widely in length and give the reader glimpses of Newford that will, I hope, be explored in depth in later books in the series.

    12. Ivory and the Horn continues DeLint's Newford chronicles.Short stories filled with mythic characters and cityscapes that are at once modern but remind us of the ancient forgotten wonder of the inner landscape

    13. A collection of short stories where the characters are more concerned with people than money, and can see the magic in the world, how people overcome evil and problems. More literary fantasy.

    14. The Newford collections seem to have different themes, #6 is a bit heavy on the tragedy but it combines the faerie and urban reality very well. The stories feel very individual and fresh.

    15. I'm not going to lie, as much as I love Charles de Lint, I loathe short stories. I've never been a big fan of them. I'm not sure why I dislike them so much, but they just aren't my cup of tea. That being said, aside from the automatic negative points every book of short stories gets from me (just for being short stories and not being novel length) I must admit that de Lint does write better short stories than anyone else, in my humble opinion. So I honestly liked this book as much as I could pos [...]

    16. Included in The Newford Stories♦"Waifs & Strays" re-read Oct 11, 2000 Re-read 8/7/2015♦"Mr. Truepenny's Book Emporium and Gallery" Re-read 7/31/2015The Forest Is CryingThe Wishing WellDead Man's ShoesBird Bones and Wood AshA Tempest in Her EyesSaxophone Joe and the Woman in Black♦"The Bone Woman" re-read 11/8/2001 Re-read 7/30/2015♦"Pal o' Mine" from Christmas Forever (also reprinted in Season of Wonder and ) re-read 9/27/2015Where Desert Spirits Crowd the NightDream Harder, Dream Tr [...]

    17. This was a good ole first wave of Urban Fantasy collection of stories."Pal O' Mine" was just way too disturbing for me, though but it has stuck with me. Nonetheless, I did enjoy de Lint's style--particularly the Native American story "Coyote's Stories". Enough to warrant picking up Someplace to Be Flying for ye ole TBR list.

    18. Wonderful short stories about different citizens of Newford, dancing around and with each other. I would visit Newford or Mabon in a heartbeat.

    19. Από τα τρία βιβλία του Τσαρλς Ντε Λιντ που έχουν μεταφραστεί στα ελληνικά, στην βιβλιοθήκη μου ανήκει μόνο η συλλογή διηγημάτων Οι πύλες των ονείρων, που μόλις τελείωσα. Δεν είναι καν στα δέκα πιο πολυδιαβασμένα έργα του και κατά κάποιο τρόπο είναι το έκτο βιβλίο της γνωστή [...]

    20. My mom picked this up for me at a library sale based solely on the fact the cover looked like the covers of the Wraeththu books -- which is true. And I have heard good things about Charles de Lint, so what the hey. Of course, I hadn't been too fond of that one book of his I had read. Can't even remember the name now. However, it turns out this book of stories gave the same feeling as that book, which was also slipstream urban fantasy. The stories are in different styles, some a single point of v [...]

    21. Вторият сборник с разкази на Чарлз де Линт, които се развиват в магичния Нюфорд. За разлика от "Dreams Underfoot" тези са много по-есенни, като сезон и като настроение. Магията отново присъства във всяко едно произведение, но стои като фон, на който авторът повдига много по-сериозни с [...]

    22. The title and the cover art of The Ivory and the Horn implied high fantasy to me, but instead this is a pioneering set of urban fantasy short stories from back before UF was a common genre category. In the mid-90s (at least to the best of my memory), fantasy rarely involved characters with any 'modern' problems. Stories set in 20th century or futuristic cities had grit and smoke, but also usually shined with a noir gloss. Charles de Lint's Newford residents are the fantasy contempories of charac [...]

    23. I am so glad that I picked up one of de Lint's books this week. I felt like I had been reading by rote. Much of what I had been reading did not hold my interest. I was glad I read the books I had picked up in the last two weeks, but none of them seemed out of the ordinary to me. Here I am with more reading time and the books I was reading didn't seem worthy of the time I had.However, all I had to do was read the first story, Waifs and Strays, in this collection and I was reminded why I read. I w [...]

    24. A collection of short stories, all set in DeLint's imaginary city of Newford. DeLint is a good writer. I can't deny that a couple of these stories even made me cry. But, overall, their quality is really diminished by being too social-agenda-oriented. Too many of them seem to be written For Disadvantaged Youth; To Have a Positive Influence. It's been a recurring criticism I've had of DeLint's writing - he's good enough to just let his characters Be People, rather than Girl-With-An-Eating-Disorder [...]

    25. De Lint’s second collection of short fiction set in Newford felt much more interesting to my than Dreams Underfoot (which I also quite liked), with the first collection I was pretty enamored of how he was building this fascinating city setting and how he would cross multiple characters over throughout stories, switching timelines, perspectives, etc but with The Ivory and the Horn, although there is a lot of that too, the stories move into some pretty dark territory, and allow the reader to rea [...]

    26. Another collection of short stories from Charles de Lint set in the fictional Candian city if Newford, where aboriginal spirits mingle with fairies and street musicians in a lovely urban-fantasy soup.While I prefer the Newford books that feature Tamsin House to some of the more random collections, this book is reall not bad at all. Mostly, I think, it's from being one of the first ones before de Lint became obviously obsessed with one of the biggest MarySues in the history of modern fiction: Jil [...]

    27. I think Charles De Lint has a great imagination and has written some inspiring, innovative tales before, but for some reason this novel fell a little flat for me. There were definitely stories in here that I enjoyed, and even one or two that moved me, but a lot of the tales just weren't as intriguing to me as some of his other short stories.I've noticed De Lint tends to reuse a lot of the same themes throughout his bookse homeless, "street life," runaways, etcd while he often delves into these c [...]

    28. Charles de Lint is a master. That's the best way I can summarize the work I have read of his to this point. This is the second collection of inter-connected shorts I have read and they are some of the best out there both from a collection and urban fantasy perspective. I can't get enough and can't believe it took me this long to discover this groundbreaking urban fantasy author. Check him out if you are interested in seeing where urban fantasy got its roots. I think some of the current urban fan [...]

    29. The Ivory and the Horn is a set of short stories set in de Lint's Newford environment. Perhaps, the most compelling thing about de Lint's stories is that he writes characters in a manner that makes me want to actually met them. He writes stories in a way that makes me want to step into them and become another one of the characters. For me, this is the magick of his writing - and the thread that I keep pulling at whenever I pick up one of his novels. Characters that I can relate to, characters th [...]

    30. This is defintely a book one should not judge by the cover. The artwork on cover may allude the potential reader to think that this book is a teen science fiction book. Instead this is another wonderful collection of short stories about the lives of residents in Newford. Great character development, great ordering and placement of stories.

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