I have stated in the past how much I like DeLint's writing, especially his Newford stories. This is a collection of (mostly) short stories set (mostly) in and around Newford. Maybe I'm starting to outgrow it, but a number of these stories just didn't do it for me. They're a bit too "same-y": someone gets involved in some type of weird, magical situation that they have no previous knowledge of, but they come to accept it pretty easily. They realize that the world is "a magical place" and there's some sort of happy ending. And many of the regular, recurring characters of Newford (there's Jilly) appear, often in a minor or background role. Ho hum. But just when I'm seeing this pattern, DeLint throws in a wrench, like "The Witching Hour," "Freak," or "Sign Here" that upsets the status quo (in a very good way). Looking through the book now after finishing it, I notice there's a lot of ghost stories here (a commonality that I didn't see while reading it). DeLint also mixes up the narration frequently, between first and third person, often within the same story. Normally that could bother me, but DeLint manages to pull it off. After over a dozen short stories, the book closes with a novella that's more traditional fantasy and only marginally connected to Newford. It didn't seem to fit with the rest of the book, and was, unfortunately, the low point of the book.