...Charles de Lint short stories are so very lovely for me. I think it's really about the sense of the fantastic that they imbue ordinary circumstances with. All the short fiction of his that I've read lately has these almost-possible impossibilities happening in a city landscape. But it's not about cities (though real cities have their magic, of course) or about the particulars of the impossibilities themselves, really. It's about entertaining the notion of the unexpectedly magical, about finding the fantastic in the every day. And perhaps most importantly, about viewing the ordinary through the lens of But what if... until it becomes extraordinary.