I've been reading this anthology since mid-January, the reason being partly that I'm going in for more relaxed reading this year but also that these stories are made to be savoured, in my opinion. They encourage a laid-back sort of enjoyment that you don't often come across - Alexander McCall Smith is one such too, I find. Anyway, this is my first book for the Cardathon Challenge, being that the list of books suitable says, 'Anything by Charles De Lint'.
This is the book many fans of De Lint's 'Newford' series suggest you start with if you're going to read this urban fantasy series. I don't know if that's right or wrong, only that it seemed to give me an excellent introduction to the people that inhabit this universe. 'Newford' is a city, peopled by all kinds of weird and wonderful characters who recur and are connected throughout the books. Christy Riddell, a writer and collector of folk tales and myths, is a focal point but so is a friend of his, Jilly Coppercorn, who is close to Christy's brother, Geordie. Their friends come into it and there are many stand alone stories but always there is a link somewhere. And always there are fantastic things going on that shouldn't be real but just might be... It sounds confusing but I can promise you it's not. If anyone had told me I would read and love urban fantasy this much I would have laughed at them, but I do! I certainly plan to read a lot more in this series and am waiting for The Ivory and the Horn to arrive as we speak. So pleased to have discovered these books.