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Memory and Dream by Charles de Lint
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May 09, 09

bookshelves: fiction, fiction-scifi-fantasy
Read in May, 2009

I would give this 3.5 stars if I could. I enjoyed this book, and found it a fast read, but there were a couple of major things that left me feeling like it could have gone from "enjoyable" to "exceptional" if only they'd been done differently. The biggest thing is that the main character, Isabelle, is presented in a way that I did not find very sympathetic, and I had a lot of difficulty empathizing with her, which made it hard to feel emotionally involved in her story; personally I found myself wishing that Kathy had had more of an active role in the story as a character in her own right rather than as a driving force behind Isabelle's actions, because I found myself relating to Kathy much more than Isabelle. The second thing is something that another reviewer has mentioned; most of the flashbacks are presented after we already know where the story will lead, so it gives them less dramatic impact than if we were reading it still curious as to how the events in the flashbacks will resolve in the future.

Still, I enjoyed this book enough that I will read more of de Lint's work (this was my introduction to it).
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message 1: by Astraea (new)

Astraea To us, this is the best of all his books. 3 1/2 stars is about right.


message 2: by Liz (new) - rated it 3 stars

Liz Many of the reviews said that it was the best of his books as well. Maybe I shouldn't read any more of them after all! The more I think about this one, the more certain aspects of it bother me.


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