What the Mouse Found, by Charles de Lint

Recently I’ve been reviewing old favorites by Charles de Lint, phlebologist but today’s entry — a collection of short stories published by Subterranean Press — is a brand-new book. So new, website like this as a matter of fact, that it won’t be released until either May, if you look at the back of the ARC, or October, if you ask a major online book retailer. According to the publisher’s website, though, it has just gone off to the printer’s and will be released next month. I trust them a little more.

I would like to talk for just a moment about Subterranean Press. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but they produce truly amazing book-objects. They are all fully cloth-bound; the covers are always exquisite; the insides, also, are well-designed. Many of their more expensive editions are printed in more than one color. They have a contract with some publishers (including Baen) to do limited, special editions of their works, and while I don’t have enough money to spend $125 on one book, I’ve been sorely tempted more than once. All of their books are available for purchase through their website, including this one.

This collection of short stories is very short — only 64 pages — and contains five stories and an introduction. (There is a sixth story in the limited edition, but the ARC doesn’t contain it, alas.) Each of these stories was written for a specific child in de Lint’s life, and they were written to accompany the dolls or stuffed animals that his wife, Mary Ann Harris, made as gifts. As such, each story centers around a child, normally no more than ten, and an encounter with something magical. Continue reading What the Mouse Found, by Charles de Lint