Firebird (Penguin), hardback, 213p.
part of the Newford series
“Ever have one of those moments when everything just kind of stops and it feels as though the whole universe is focused on this one thing that’s got your attention? That’s what it’s like when I see her.”First I have to thank Carl for sending me this book that I won during this year’s Once Upon a Time II challenge. I’d heard of Charles de Lint, but I didn’t know where to start (or which books belonged to Newford, which didn’t) and I’m always a bit hesitant to start in on a series when I know there are so many of them. This took that decision out of my hands and gave me the nudge I needed. It’s a fairly slim book, and it’s YA so it was a really quick read. In fact, I kind of wished the story and characters had been fleshed out more so it would last longer, and I did find the writing a bit straightforward and juvenile, but it was still a very fun introduction to the imagination of de Lint. So while it was my first time to read one of his books, it won’t be my last. I’ve actually already ordered a couple that I’ll pick up when I’m in Canada over Christmas, and that I’m really looking forward to reading.
High school senior Miguel’s life is turned upside down when he meets Lainey, whose family has moved from Australia to a lakeside beach town outside of Newford. With her tumbled red-gold hair, her instant understanding of who he is, and her unusual dog, she’s unforgettable. And as he quickly learns, she is on the run from a bargain made by her ancestors. There’s no question that Miguel will do whatever he can to help her – but what price will each of them have to pay?
Dingo is quintessential Charles de Lint – a mixture of darkness and hope, humor and mystery, and the friendship within love.
Interview at Bookslut
My Rating: 3.5/5
(#47 for 2008, 2nd Canadian Book Challenge)
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