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Ghosts of Wind and Shadow

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When the restrictions and strife of her home life finally become too much, Lesli Betterberry runs away from home. But the freedom she hopes to find on the street is an illusion and she soon finds herself in far worse circumstances. Featured in this story are otherworldly musicians Cerin and Meran Kelledy, who must use their gifts of music and magic to try to find the girl. ...more
Kindle Edition, 34 pages
Published February 12th 2015 by Triskell Press (first published 1990)
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Hey Chuck...oh, sorry...beg your pardon, Charles. Can I have a moment? Thanks....Um, first let me tell you that I am a real fan and I LOVE your novels Moonheart and Memory and Dream. I love them and think they're special pieces of wonder and awe and serve as examples of the best magical-realism and non-PNR urban fantasy has to offer. Truly remarkable achievements.

Hey...why are you backing away from me? No, wait, stop....I’m not a deranged stalker off my meds. For reals, you can relax. I just wa
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles de Lint has got the ticket to some very good urban / modern fantasy.

His 1990 short story Ghosts of Wind and Shadows is the kind of story that has no doubt influenced scores of new fantasy writers who are not interested in creating another Tolkeinesque world building epic fantasy but rather like their foray into Faerie tucked in next to contemporary living and have more or less the same four walls that all other modern fiction shares.

Lesli is taking flute lessons from Meran in a Canadian
Dianne M Lane
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good into

If you want to hear the voices of Newford this is a good and quick intro. There is so much more to enjoy of his writings, I encourage you to seek out his bigger works.
Tracy Rowan
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I needed something gentle last night to ease me through my miserable bout of flu, and to accompany the Christmas music on the radio.  I chose Charles de Lint because no matter how dark he gets, he's never Dark, never leaves the reader feeling hopeless and helpless. Beneath all the magic in his universe, there is a river of hope, and when I look for comfort, I find it in his stories.

In Ghosts of Wind and Shadow, de Lint introduces us to Lesli, a young woman who feels oppressed by her mother's ins
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great short story that I enjoyed. I enjoyed reading about real life people and fairies. I like the mixing of the real world and the magical. I've been looking for good, modern, fairy tales, or stories with fairies in them, so I'm excited to have found books that include them that I like.

This is the second short story I've read so far by Charles de Lint and I'm impressed. After reading some of the descriptions of his stories I was hoping I would enjoy his books and it looks like I do. I'm glad
N.W. Moors
Jul 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Charles de Lint has been republishing some earlier works and I'm so glad he is as I love reading or re-reading his works. I read Ghosts of Wind and Shadow originally as part of Dreams Underfoot. It's a lovely story about beliefs: what people think you should believe vs. what is your reality.
Lesli Betterberry has inherited the ability to see faeries from her grandmother Nell, much to the dismay of her mother. When she runs away, her mother comes to Cerin and Meran Kelledy, a faerie bard and his
Janice Clark
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are those who see the magic all around us, and those who would deny it and force their narrow viewpoint on everyone else. If you're a teen who sees fairies, and your mother not only denies their existence but demands you do the same, do you let her force you into her box, or do you leave to follow your own path? The choice, for most teens, would be obvious, but it's a big, bad world out there and facing it on your own might not be the best choice, either. A delightful story that I can't he ...more
Johanna Haas
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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If you have not yet read de Lint, this is the story to start with. It is a short story, but a perfect introduction to his style and themes. What is real? Is it our experiences, our wishes, our beliefs, or what we are told to be true. Three women live in the same world in very different ways - a mother believes what the world has told her to believe, a teenage daughter gazes with open eyed wonder and accepts what she sees, and a flute teacher may just be a faerie herself. Can they see their one w ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ghosts of Wind and Shadow is a Triskell Press Christmas chapbook from 1980. This is early de Lint, and some pretty strong writing, for which I was surprised. It is a story of the rescue of a young girl, who coming of age has to deal with the fact that she can see the faerie realm, and her mother cannot. I liked this story, it had the tough tones of the urban setting set with a fairytale type of story.
Sep 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Do you believe?

I discovered Charles de Lint in adulthood, while searching for something colorful, hopeful. Since that first read, I continue to look for another of his books, when I need to escape real for a while, cherishing the hope and colors the writing emits. This book made me wonder: sometimes I have the feeling of someone flitting by me, just a blur from the corner of my eye. Could it be possible? Maybe, just maybe...
Sep 21, 2012 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: eveyone who believes in faeries.
I bought this years ago, while I was too young to understand some of the stories. But this collection jump started my love of Charles de Lint's work. I've re-read this book so many times that it's a little worse for wear. And no matter how many times I read it, I find something new. Beautiful stories that never grow old. I'll read these stories 'til this poor book falls apart.
Jacque Holst
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Love your stories,

Charles de Lint's stories of the fey brings them back from the gardens and forests of our childhood. Putting them in a rather gritty urban setting, the authors books come alive and draw you in as you read them. You become part of the story. He has a truly remarkable talent.
Am I loving the release of stories from the various limited edition chapbooks? You know it. While this one wasn't my favorite, I do so miss new-to-me Newford tales.
Patrick Mcgee
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great novelette. De Lint is one of my favorite authors.
Kirsten Mccann
Jun 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Magic is all around us

When you read Charles DeLint's stories it seems as if a world of wonder was just about visible at the edge of your vision.
Feb 01, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I see this as a companion story to "Bridges" for some reason...
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Charles de Lint is the much beloved author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children's books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others. Modern Library's Top 100 Books of the 20th Century poll, conducted by Random House and voted on by readers, put eight of de Lint's b ...more
“In one form or another, it was one of the first implements created by ancient people to give voice to the mysteries that words cannot encompass, but that they had a need to express. Only the drum was older.” 0 likes
“The old gods and their magics did not dwindle away into murky memories of brownies and little fairies more at home in a Disney cartoon; rather, they changed. The coming of Christ and Christians actually freed them. They were no longer bound to people’s expectations, but could now become anything that they could imagine themselves to be. “They are still here, walking among us. We just don’t recognize them anymore.” 0 likes
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