Thursday, March 25, 2010

Giveaway - The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint

I received a copy of the trade paperback release of The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint, one of my all-time favourite fantasy writers. Last year I reviewed the hardcover release so I'm putting this wonderful book up for grabs. To enter just tell me about your favourite de Lint book or if you haven't read him, tell me what appeals to you about this title. Contest closes March 31.

From my original review - "De Lint is a master at illustrating the purity of spirit and the extraordinary humanity that may lie within the simplest or most ordinary of us as exemplified in The Mystery of Grace. De Lint leaves us with questions and the sense of unknown possibilities. I was both sad and happy for Grace. I was sad that her journey came to an end but happy for sharing the experience. You will be too."
Read the complete review.

Read an excerpt of Chapter 1.
Charles de Lint Website


From Publishers Weekly: Prolific Canadian fantasist de Lint, recently focused on YA (Dingo), returns to adult fiction with a supernatural love story set in the American Southwest and an odd afterlife. Following her death, auto restorer Altagracia "Grace" Quintero awakens in a timeless realm inhabited by her recently deceased neighbors. Briefly returned to our world during Halloween night, Grace falls in love with John, a young artist, and he returns the feeling even when he discovers her condition. As the obvious pun in the title indicates, this tale of attachments formed and relinquished is also about belief and hope. De Lint doesn't endorse any particular religious system, but he writes passionately about the individual's ability to discover an effective personal magic. The story develops through comforting, warm compassion to reach the inevitable, mostly satisfying solution. (Mar.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist: Grace Quintero works at Sanchez Motor Works, customizing hot rods. Her whole world consists of her apartment building, the grocery store, the library, the record shop, and the local music hall. She misses her grandfather, the only person she was close to. She meets John at the music hall one night and has a feeling that they might have a relationship, not just a hookup. But there’s one problem. Grace is dead and trying to adjust to her “life” as a ghost. De Lint’s skillful depiction of people trying to resolve unfinished business, develop the courage to let some things go, and distinguish between the two draws the reader into a world that is neither life nor death. We agonize, in the classic sense, along with Grace and root for her resolution. This is a stand-alone work, unconnected to anything else de Lint has done before, but it should please his regular readers, and perhaps fantasy fans in general, no end. --Frieda Murray


  1. I've never read Charles de Lint even though I've heard only good things. I thought most of his work was YA but this title looks very interesting. I want to know why Grace has been given the opportunity to come back. What will she do? It reminds me a little bit of Peony In Love by Lisa See and I really enjoyed that novel.

  2. I loved this book! Usually I'm more a fan of the Newford series stories that all connect, but this one was great as a stand-alone and would be a great introduction to Charles de Lint's style for someone who wasn't already familiar with him.

  3. I haven't read any of his books but I love the title and the book cover...

  4. i love charles de lint and have read all his books, so no need to enter me in the contest, just had to comment.
    Hard to pick a favourite, but i have a fondness for "Trader" and the two Jack of Kinrowan books.
    Also a huge fan of the artist (John Jude Palencar) who has done a number of other de Lint covers as well.

  5. The word MYSTERY really draws the curiosity. But from the cover the most appealing is the image of the character's inked body.

  6. I must admit that I have never read Charles de Lint BUT I am drawn to this novel from the illustration (I can't help it, I'm an artist!) and the blurb by Alice Hoffman...

  7. This cover rocks! I've never read this author but the blurb sounds unique and interesting.


  8. I have actually never read this author although I do have a couple of novels on my shelf. I happen to like any title with the word 'Mystery' in it as it captures my attention right away.

  9. Sounds good.

    The cover looks really good.


  10. I've not yete read any of de Lint's work, but everytime I see you mention him Doug I kick myself for not sitting down and adding his books to my wishlist.

    This book sounds like something I could easily enjoy... romantic, ethereal, thought-provoking. Having seen TexasRed's comment about this being a good introduction to de Lint makes me think this might be the one for me to start with.

  11. That cover does its job wonderfully. On the other hand, I hope the depicted character is actually described like that (tattoos, etc.), otherwise it'd piss me off. There are far too many books with tattooed women on the covers these days, and instead of making them look unique, they all look the same (mostly). Ah, sorry about the rant, I get easily carried away.

    What I find most appealing about this book is that it's a stand-alone novel. How refreshing. There are few authors today able to resist the lure of a never-ending series.

    Also, I've always been a fan of ghost stories. They raise many questions, about life, death, love and self. How could a wanna-be philosopher like myself resist?

    As for de Lint, I haven't tried his books yet. My friend adores him, though, and she even lent me her copy of Moonheart. I should be full of shame, since 4 months later it's still in my TBR pile. Maybe it's time to move it to the top. :)

    P.S. If this giveaway is only open to residents of USA/Canada, don't enter me. :)

  12. I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover but this one is just so awesome! Love the artwork and the title.

    roxane.elder (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. Leah actually only a few of his 60 plus books are considered YA but I think they can be read by most any age.

    arhcadia good to see a fellow Lintaholic...

    vvb32, Sweet Vernal Zephyr, vslavetopassionv , MAria --- theGrace actually does have tattoos. The cover blurb describes them - "Altagracia—her friends call her Grace—has a tattoo of Nuestra Senora 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."

    Rhianna it is all that and more...

  14. My favorite is The Onion Girl, not because I have read it. It was one of my daughters all time favorite Xmas gifts from me. She took it with her when she left for college. I would like to read Mystery of Grace so we can share her favorite author.

  15. I've never read Charles de Lint but I wonder about the girl on the cover of this book. She looks serene but sort of like she is also lying underground which is weird. Either way, I'd love the chance to read this book.

  16. haven't read this book yet, thanks for the chance to win it!

    van p.

  17. I have only read one Charles de Lint, WIDDERSHINS, and was in love. I have his name down on the WWBL (Wanton Wantin' Book List) to get all of his books. I tend to list only book titles there. Charles de Lint is the one exception.

  18. Oh I have to choose one? I guess I'll go with one of his YA books - The Blue Girl. Charles De Lint really gave me a definition for urban fantasy. :-D

  19. I ADORE Charles de Lint - love-love-love his stories and I'd love a chance to win this book.

    I think my favorite will always be The Wild Wood. I stalked eBay for months trying to get an original copy because I wanted it for the Brian Froud art.

    Eventually, I won an auction for it. As soon as I looked through the pictures, I started reading the prose and fell immediately in love with de Lint's use of language, imagery and characters. It was a magical escape that I go back to again and again.

  20. I have never read any of his books but I have seen some good reviews on fantasy blogs.

    I don't really feel attracted to the book by your review but I am not sure why. Maybe because it sounds as if it is very heavy reading.

    Nevertheless, I always believe in making up my own mind and trying authors new to me,so if the giveaway is open worldwide, please enter me.


    Neville T

  21. I haven't read Charles de Lint, but I have heard very good things about his writing.
    I would really like to read this Canadian writer.
    Please enter me.

  22. My favorite Charles de Lint book is Moonheart I love Tamson House and the characters in that book. I think I'm on my third copy - over the years I've read them until they fell apart.

  23. Charles de lint is my favorite writer, particularly anything in his Newford collections. I would have to say my favorite book of his is tied between the the onion girl and someplace to be flying. I cant wait to read this book i know it will be as good as all the others.

  24. Thanks for the contest. I've never read a de Lint book, but in my blog travels I've heard a lot of good things. I'd really be interested in reading this book!!

  25. Hiya Doug - Have to admit I have never read de Lint and some of my fellow readers gasp every time I say it. The two de Lint books I've been considering and have been suggested to me the most are Moonheart and Forests of the Heart. I have to say Moonheart sounds really appealing - dark and edgy - just the way I like it.

  26. I've never read a De Lint book but I have to say... this cover is absolutely gorgeous and eye-catching.

  27. I've been meaning to read something by Charles de Lint for a while now, but haven't gotten around to it. Love the cover of this, and it sounds like something I would really enjoy!

  28. I haven't read any books by de Lint but I have heard good things about this author.

    lizzi0915 at aol dot com

  29. My favorite would have to be Moonheart. It was the first CdL I'd read and I got attached. :)

  30. The only de Lint I've read is Into The Green, which I quite enjoyed. I liked his spin on alternate, vaguely Celtic/pre-christian mythology. He's on a long list of authors that I want to get to know better but haven't found the time for yet.

  31. I've read tons of deLint, and my all time favorite (so far) is Medicine Road. I ended up buying six copies of it to give to various people for christmas the year I first read it.

  32. ChrisB that is so cool...

    Vicki every time I hear about your WWBL I laugh. Thank you for that.

    Kristen The Blue Girl is one of the few of his I haven't read. Sigh. Urban fantasy definitely mean something different in a de Lint context.

    Browyn Froud captures the spirit of de Lint Faerie so well...

    BuddyT I assure you it isn't heavy reading, but it is thought provoking.

    Good luck Michael.

    SandyG I rarely get a chance to reread because he always has a new book or collection out!

    Sara the Newford stories are among my favourites too.

    Rosie good luck!

    Cybercliper you can''t go wrong starting with Moonheart.

    Christine the artwork is phenom and matches the story too.

    Amanda I hope you get the chance!

    Good luck Bethie!

    DeeCee once hooked by de Lint most folks are goners...

    Nicola and don't forget his native american lore that he spins into many of his stories.

    OtterDaughter spreading the de Lint love. I loved Medicine Road with the shapechangers and the southwest setting.

  33. Yarrow. Loved the evil snake guy (if memory serves me right this was that book).

  34. I have heard about de Lint, but never read him. I like the ambigousness of the title, is it refering to a women or to the adjective of 'grace'.


  35. Honestly, I keep hearing that de Lint is an amazing writer and that's what appeals to me most. Never read anything, but have most of his books on my soon-to-buy list. :)


  36. Leland ... another great title

    Joe the name is for both. The characters name is Altagracia
    (Grace) and also refers to the spiritual as well.

    Seak to play on words... seek out his books!

  37. I'm new to de Lint - I've read a few of his books, and the one that stuck with me the most was Trader. It played out like a movie in my head while I read it - such a great story!

  38. I have read on de Lint book a long time ago...I loved it.


  39. I've never read a book by him, but I've heard a lot of good things about his books, so I would like to try this one.

  40. I've never read one of his book but this appeals to me because it is getting good reviews. Plus I have a teenage daughter named Grace.

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