Publisher: Charles de Lint | Date published: 05/22/2000
Welcome to Newford....
Welcome to the music clubs, the waterfront, the alleyways where ancient myths and magic spill into the modern world. Come meet Jilly, painting wonders in the rough city streets; and Geordie, playing fiddle while he dreams of a ghost; and the Angel of Grasso Street gathering the fey and the wild and the poor and the lost. Gemmins live in abandoned cars, and skells traverse the tunnels below, while mermaids swim in the gray harbor waters and fill the cold night with their song.
Like Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale and John Crowley's Little Big,, de Lint's Dreams Underfoot is a must-read book not only for fans of urban fantasy but for all who seek magic in everyday life.
Dreams Underfoot contains the following stories:
Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair
"The book you hold is neither a novel nor a simple gathering of short stories. Rather, it is a cycle of urban myths and dreams, of passions and sorrows, romance and farce woven together to create a tapestry of interconnected dramas, interconnected lives -- the kind of magic to be found at the heart of any city, among any tightly knit community of friends. If the imaginary city of Newford is more mythic, more mysterious than the cities you have known, that may be only because you've not seen them through Charles de Lint's eyes, through the twilight dreams he weaves out of language and music. Here he spreads these dreams before us and bids us, in the words of Yeats's poem, to tread softly, for urban magic is fleeting and shy... and its touch is a transformation."
"Charles de Lint shows that, far from being escapism, contemporary fantasy can be the deep mythic literature of our time."
"In de Lint's capable hands, modern fantasy becomes something other than escapism. It becomes folk song, the stuff of urban myth."
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