With so many great books out there which I have yet to read, why should I work hard to plod through the slow pacing and long, dull conversations (some of which are thinly veiled de Lint sermons on how badly women are treated) ? The characters aren't interesting although they could have been. I didn't care about their problems. I couldn't even get interested in the one supernatural character that showed up early in the narrative. And, to top it off, the narrator was bad. Kate Reading made her female voices too high and her male voices too low. Irritating. I am sorry I paid for this book. This was my first de Lint and my last.
Top five percent
It is set up the same as the Dresden Files. Magic present in modern society. De Lint's work is levels above, however, like Shakespear to Batman. The depth of his characters and story is a cut above.
She reads with feeling and does both male and female voices well.
Had a hard time putting it down. Glad I lisrened in the summer, beecausevI did not have to wake up early for work.
Enjoyed this book emensly.
I like Kate Reading. She could read the phone book and I think I would like it
This is not one of her best but I like her ability to clearly do multiple characters believably.
Not really. Some of the characters seemed very weak which really pissed me off. Hey if someone wants to do you harm; Then you have to butch up and take a chunk out of someone's ass. Stop crying and do something
Someone please explain the random chapter numbering. Every chapter there was some random number (2,11,13,16,8,4). Not in any order or rhyme or reason. So frustrating!!!!
Charles de Lint explores the boundaries between what is real and what is not on multiple levels in this book. It had many twists and I enjoyed it immensely. Memory and Dream is part of the Newford series, but like the other books in this series it can stand on its own and it is not necessary for it to be read in order. If you have not read any de Lint before; this is a good book to start with. De Lint explores urban fantasy meshing a modern day alternate 1980's America with the fey and Native American spiritualism. Memory and Dream delves into this but not as deeply as some of his other books.
The book is centered around Isabelle. She is a talented artist with an ability to create engaging pieces, but she also has a gift to bring to life what she paints. This was taught to her by her mentor, the acclaimed reclusive artist, Rushkin. Rushkin insists she must protect the world by destroying these creatures, but Isabelle has difficulty believing this. She wonders if she and Rushkin are crazy, and if she truly did create these creatures, why do they need to be destroyed?
Isabelle's relationship to Rushkin isn't healthy. He is a mad artist with mood swings, anger issues, and mental instability. Aside from questioning the reality of bringing life into the world by painting, Isabelle isn't sure she can trust Rushkin, or John - her boyfriend she doesn't know if she created or not.
De Lint often explores the effect of abuse with his characters. Isabelle is the product of a neglectful and verbally abusive childhood. The level of abuse is not as extreme as in some of his other books, but it does have a big impact on how Isabelle relates and deals with her life. While issues of abuse, suicide, and drug abuse are part of this book they are dealt with realistically and respectfully. There is minimal profanity and descriptions of sex, drug abuse, etc. are not explicit or graphic
Kate Reading's narration is very good. She has done all of the de Lint books I have read and enjoy the consistency. She does a fabulous job of distinguishing between her characters.
To me, this book was a sci-fi murder mystery for the female art lover. I was never able to relate to the characters much because it was so focused on life for the artsy crowd. The sci-fi aspects were mildly interesting, but tame compared to what could have been done. Again, it was focused on the artist's ultimate fantasy, to create something so real that it becomes real. The murder mystery aspect wasn't touched much either. Someone was killed, lets move on was the general tone. The female target audience perception is based on the female main characters and their conversations and reactions to the world around them. I also had trouble at times with the distinguishing characters when conversations occured between two of the main female characters. As I am neither an artist, nor that much of an art lover, nor a female, and with not much drama to hold up the sci-fi / murder mystery end, this barely rates a 3 (I almost gave up listening at one point).
This was my first book (in three parts) downloaded and it was wonderful. I found myself going out for a walk just so I had the excuse to listen!
I have never yet been disappointed with his work and this wonderful story is no exception.
This was such a lovely find. I love books that are not bleak and depressing yet still remain hearty and thought provoking. This is one of them.
I have a tendency to react strongly to an author's style, and it was style that I objected to here. The fantasy premise was interesting, but the author has a tendency to allow his characters to wallow around in their contrived and sometimes implausible feelings in a way that seems more suited to daytime television. Not only does this habit make the characters less plausible, but it slows the pace of the novel, and simply dragging things out is not the same thing as building suspense. This objection might not be a consideration for readers who pay less attention to style and can focus on the plot in spite of the author, and presumably wouldn't worry any of de Lint's many fans.
I've enjoyed many of Kate Reading's performances, but she can't fix the material all by herself. She does a good job here, and the book certainly would not have been improved had it been read by anyone else.
Most of the wallowing, and every single sentence that took the form, "Surely So-and-so didn't ________--or did he?" I kept expecting to hear the reader say, "Stay tuned for the next exciting episode!"
Not my fav but a very interesting story. Well written characters and concept. I will def read/listen again. Well worth the read/listen