The Painted Boy

I have been a huge fan of Charles de Lint for years. I was introduced to his work through his various short stories that he wrote for the Bordertown series. You can find some of them published in his short story collection Waifs and Strays, a book dedicated to urban fantasy stories about teens lost and on their own. He really captured my heart later when I started to explore his other work and read his book Memory and Dream, a fantastical book about an artist who can bring her paintings to life.

His newest work, coming out November 11th, has really caught my eye though. I love reading stories about dragons and they seem to be experiencing a resurgence recently. So I was psyched to hear about The Painted Boy.

The Painted Boy by Charles de Lint

Jay Li should be in Chicago, finishing high school and working at his family’s restaurant. Instead, as a born member of the Yellow Dragon Clan–part human, part dragon, like his grandmother–he is on a quest even he does not understand. His journey takes him to Santo del Vado Viejo in the Arizona desert, a town overrun by gangs, haunted by members of other animal clans, perfumed by delicious food, and set to the beat of Malo Malo, a barrio rock band whose female lead guitarist captures Jay’s heart. He must face a series of dangerous, otherworldly–and very human–challenges to become the man, and dragon, he is meant to be. This is Charles de Lint at his best!

Not only is it a dragon novel but it’s a non-western dragon novel. I look forward to being educated.

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One Response to The Painted Boy

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow
    8:37 am on October 28th, 2010

    Dragons are intriguing creatures…hope you enjoy this.

    Here’s mine:

    http://lindsaymalone.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/waiting-on-wednesday-oct-27/

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