The Mystery of Grace
On the Day of the Dead, the Solona Music Hall is jumping. That's where Altagracia Quintero meets John Burns, just two weeks too late.
Altagracia – her friends call her Grace – has a tattoo of Nuestra Señora de Altagracia on her shoulder, she's got a Ford Motor Company tattoo running down her leg, and she has grease worked so deep into her hands that it'll never wash out. Gr
On the front of this novel, Alice Hoffman is quoted as saying “No one does it better.” That’s not true. A lot of people do it better. Alice Hoffman, for example. Or Robin McKinley. Or Neil Gaiman.
Altagracia "Grace" Quintero is a self-described gearhead covered head to toe in tattoos, and she gets pissed when people judge her for her ink instead of her character. She loves classic hot rods (which she rebuilds), rockabilly and surf guitar, and Ford Motor Company (and s...more
That's the hook for Charles De Lint's latest fantasy novel, "The Mystery of Grace." The novel is one part love story, one part fantasy story and one part fairy tale.
The romantic coupling of Grace and John has some problems before it....more
Very nicely woven book. I always love de Lint's use of language and description, but he keeps his focus on the plot and character relationship here more than getting lost in the setting. The characters, Grace and John, became very real, and the side characters interesting. One of the most fascinating things about the book was that the setting for the afterlife became more real than the "real world" at times. I enjoyed the process of Grace gradually caring more...more
I would definitely recommend this to anyone who hasn't yet read a de Lint novel. It does differ from his others in that the spirit world in this book is a limbo where people are trapped after they die. There aren't any of his usual fairies o...more
One of the things I love about de Lint is how his characters always have faith in something bigger than themselves, but that faith doesn't necessarily...more
Grace is an unusual woman. Not because of the tattoos, or because of her job as at Sanchez Motor work where she restores and customizes old cars. No, Grace is dead. She was in the wrong place at the wrong time - the corner shop when a kid decided to rob it.
But instead of passing on, Grace wakes up in her own apartment in a realm occupied by the dead of her neighbourhood. She...more
The Mystery of Grace is different from the other Charles de Lint novels I've read. It's much more introspective and romantic. I will warn you that t...more
There are so many elements to this novel - a love story, life after death, sacrifice, moving on, purgatorial aspects - all combined in a story that moves you in many parts. The spiritual side of it mixes a bunch of different beliefs from Wikka, voodoo or something like it, Catholicism, etc - but this blending shores up the story and brings you along. You certainly come to care for the characters who while flawed are moving in h...more
This book is not apart of the Newford collection but it does take place in a small town that fuses both Spanish, Native American and Anglo cultures together. The main character is a beautiful, tattooed, mechanic who loves her grandfather and shuts down emotionally...more
The biggest problem is that de Lint just doesn't do a good job addressing Grace's issues with the Catholic faith and yet that's what the book ends up being about. Two-thirds of the book is devoted to...more
Set in the American Southwest, in a world that's an intriguing mix of custom vintage cars, rockabilly music, taquerias and adobe house, The Mystery of Grace has a compelling plot. But that's all I can really say, because I'm not big on spoilers, and to describe the plot at all would be a spoiler. Even the book jacket very...more
Despite all that, as a teen, I certainly would have read it and loved it. I believed in the possibility of a love strong enough to surpass death. I...more
Like his other books, de Lint cre...more
Grace learned from her beloved Abuelo the fine art of restoring classic American cars. She's a fanatic for Fords to the point of having the company logo (along with many others) tattooed to her body. As she lives in a small south west town, she is well known. For those who don't k...more
in this book, he invents a new city somewhere in the southwest, and at first i had high hopes. and really, it's not bad. but it doesn't reach the magical place that his best books do. it was an odd story sort of about the afterlife and involving a rather unconvincing romanc...more
If you like fairy tales set in the real world, this may be your book.
Altagracia (or Grace) has a life customizing hot rods; she has friends, including her personal tattoo-er; she is also a mystery.
I've never been entirely clear on what mystical realism is, but what ever the technical definition is, this book qualifies in my mind. Charles de Lint has a firm grasp on the the...more
But it had a number of issues that left me unsatisfied. Though it was enjoyable enough to read, the entire middle of the book feels tangential and shoehorned. The author put quite a range of diverse characters into the book, but some of them fell into some blatant (to me) and unfortunate tropes; that definitely undermined my confidence in the author's abilities. But the worst to me was how many times coinciden...more
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And what makes it magic is that we *choose* to create or help, just as we can choose to harm. But it's so easy to destroy and so much harder to make things better. That's why doing the right thing makes you stronger.
If we can only remember what we are and what we can do, nobody can bind us or control us.”