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Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi
Arthur's New Puppy by Marc Brown
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Cat Dreams by Urusla K. Le Guin and S. D. Schindler (illustrator)
Clementina's Cactus by Ezra Jack Keats
Creepy Crawly Crime by Aaron Reynolds and Neil Numberman
Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney
Duma Key by Stephen King
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia by Edgar Allan Poe and Gris Grimly
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
Gravitation Volume 2 by Maki Murakami
Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Tom Siddell
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16) by Mary Pope Osborne
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit? by Steve Lowe and Alan McArthur
Henry's 100 Days of Kindergarten by Nancy Carlson
Hip Cat by Jonathan London
Knuckleboom Loaders Load Logs by Joyce Slayton-Mitchell
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak
Muse and Reverie by Charles de Lint
The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint
No Mad by Sam Moffie
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Pharaoh's Flowers by H. Nigel Hepper
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Private Eye by Albert E. Cowdrey
Return of the Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Salmon Doubts by Adam Sacks
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
Snowfall by Jessie Thompson
Songwood by Marc Laidlaw
Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder
Tonight on the Titanic (Magic Tree House #17) by Mary Pope Osborne
What Pete Ate from A to Z by Maira Kalman
When Cats Dream by Dav Pilkey

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Comments for The Mystery of Grace

The Mystery of Grace cover art (Link goes to Powells)The Mystery of Grace: 03/19/10

With my on-going goal to read more Charles de Lint, I chose his newest adult urban fantasy novel, The Mystery of Grace. I'd actually tag it as a contemporary Gothic horror but the two genres share many points in common.

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 know her, her tattoos would certainly make a lasting impression. Or so you'd think.

Now The Mystery of Grace wouldn't be a fantasy (or horror) if it was only about a tattooed woman and her love of Fords. But in a strange twist of fate Grace finds herself in an alternate version of her town. Is it the afterlife or something else? Grace's arrival in the alternate town reminds me quite favorably of Stephen King's novella: "The Langoliers" from Four Past Midnight.

The mystery of Grace is to figure out the secret behind the town and how to bring things to a close. De Lint moves quickly and smoothly from Grace learning how the alternate town works, its history (as best as anyone can remember) and how she can walk between her new world and the original (but only on certain days). The moving between the worlds is what keeps the book planted in the fantasy genre but the alternate town itself is pure Gothic horror.

I loved the book. Of the three I've now read (The Wild Wood, Muse and Reverie and The Mystery of Grace), Grace's story is by far my favorite.

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Comment #1: Monday, April, 5, 2010 at 09:56:03

Leya

Sounds good. :D I'll have to check out this book.



Comment #2: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 09:45:59

Pussreboots

Of all the Charles de Lint books I've read, The Mystery of Grace is so far my favorite.