he mysteries inhabiting the World Wide Web are the focus of Charles de Lint's Newford novel Spirits in the Wires.
When a popular, literature-related research web site called the
Wordwood crashes, everyone visiting the site -- including popular
author Christy Riddell's girlfriend, Saskia Madding -- suddenly
vanishes. Now her friends must somehow find her before it's too late.
It all starts when Aaran Goldstein, the mean-spirited book editor for The Daily Journal,
has his fragile ego bruised by Christiana Tree, Riddell's mysterious,
independent shadow-self -- made up of all the parts of his personality
that he cast out when he was a child. To get back at the strange woman
who slighted him, Goldstein blackmails a hacker to send a virus to one
of Christiana's favorite web sites. Little does Goldstein know the web
site is actually a powerful sentient spirit; and when the virus is
downloaded, a bizarre chain of events causes hundreds of people to be
sucked into the otherworld of the Internet.
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