Spirits in the Wires was the first Charles de Lint book I’ve read (thanks, Lisa!), but it surely won’t be the last. Â de Lint’s particular brand of urban fantasy hit just the right notes with me, especially given the focus on the Internet in this book: a website existing as an actual place in another dimension and sucking people into itself through the ‘net? Â Ridiculous, maybe, but exactly my kind of ridiculous. Â His characters (many of whom, it seems, were supporting players in his other “Newford” novels) all feel like real people with real lives dealing with extraordinarily unreal circumstances.