A Handful of Coppers: Collected Early Stories, Vol. 1: Heroic Fantasy
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A Handful of Coppers: Collected Early Stories, Vol. 1: Heroic Fantasy

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Book by de Lint, Charles
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Subterranean Press
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Mar 19, 2010 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of swords-and-sorcery fantasy
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Charles de Lint is a favorite author of mine, so when I read a review of this book, the first of a two-volume set of his early work (written, in this case, from 1979-1986), and supplemented by a few stories newly written for this collection, I was immediately intrigued. As my rating indicates, I wasn't disappointed! Though he was later to make his name primarily in the area of urban fantasy, these 15 stories all fall into the realm of what he calls "heroic fantasy" --basically the "sword-and- so...more
Even fans of Charles de Lint and the author himself will acknowledge that de Lint was "not done yet." (as in not fully formed....enthusiastic but not so skilled a writer as he later has become.

These are his first works and those who love him can read these with affection and see the seeds of greatness which sprouted in later books as he developed a whole new genre of urban fantasy. My favorites so far are Onion Girl and Blue Girl!
I tried, but made it about three and a half stories in before giving up. If you like Ren-faire speech, you'll love these stories, but I found them really overwritten and with stories not intriguing enough to get past the "long gold tresses" and "shining swords". I am very glad de Lint has grown as an author.
Kathy Davie
Heroic fantasy
Four different character collections:
1. Aynber, a female bounty hunter with a cutting skillset
2. Column mac Donal, last member of a slaughtered clan of Aerin
3. Damon the Demon
4. Liavek, the adventures of Saffer the musician
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Charles de Lint is a Canadian writer of Dutch origins.
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The Blue Girl (Newford, #15) The Onion Girl (Newford, #11) Dreams Underfoot (Newford, #1) Someplace to Be Flying (Newford, #8) Moonheart

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