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When most people think of fantasy images of fairies unicorns dragons and other fantastical creatures set in a Camelot type world comes to mind Most would not think of these extraordinary creatures living in modern times The fantasy author Charles de Lint is among many present-day authors that has broken the mold of what fantasy should be He has taken fantasy-related elements and placed them in a modern day setting He uses these extraordinary creatures and events as metaphors for the deeper understanding of what his main characters represent and whom they are inside His message is a common one that can be found in all his books and short stories It says that people should not deny what is inside them Carol Porter notes in the article De Lint Author of Magic that His protagonists are tested over and over again to prove their mettle against evil forces and learn about themselves and their strengths in the processDe Lint is making the point that through suffering people can and will become stronger and better individuals as they discover unforeseen and undiscovered aspects of themselves Some of the works in which you will find this message are in the novels Someplace to be Flying and Memory and Dreams as well as in the short story collection titled The Ivory and the Horn Charles de Lint was born in the Netherlands He moved with his family to Canada only three months later He confessed to Clinton Somerton in the article Charles de Lint takes readers Someplace to be Flying that he never planned to be a writer growing up For a long long time I was just going to be a musician he said Music does in fact play a large role in almost all his work Along with his love for music de Lint also developed a large affinity to reading books at a very young age He particularly enjoyed
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