Dreams Underfoot



☆ [PDF / Epub] ★ Dreams Underfoot By Charles de Lint ✩ – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 G 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 grey harbor waters and fill the cold night with their songContents Uncle Dobbin s Parrot FairThe Stone DrumTimeskipFreewheelingThat Explains PolandRomano DromThe Sacred FireWinter Was HardPity the MonstersGhosts of Wind and ShadowThe Conjure ManSmall DeathsThe Moon is Drowning While I SleepIn the House of My EnemyBut for the Grace Go IBridgesOur Lady of the HarbourPaperjackTallulah.Dreams Underfoot

Charles de Lint is the much beloved author ofthan seventy adult, young adult, and children s books Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others Modern Library s Top Books of the th Century poll, conducted by Random House and voted on by readers, put eight of de Lint s books among the top De Lint is a poet, folklorist, artist, songwriter and performer He has written critical essays, music reviews, opinion columns and entries to encyclopedias, and he s been the main book reviewer for The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction since De Lint served as Writer in residence for two public libraries in Ottawa and has taught creative writing workshops for adults and children in Canada and the United States He s been a judge for several prominent awards, including the Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon and Bram StokerBorn in the Netherlands in , de Lint immigrated to Canada with his family as an infant The family moved often during de Lint s childhood because of his father s job with an international surveying company, but by the time Charles was twelve having lived in Western Canada, Turkey and Lebanon they had settled in Lucerne, Quebec, not far from where he now resides in Ottawa, OntarioIn , de Lint married the love of his life, MaryAnn Harris, who works closely with him as his first editor, business manager and creative partner They share their love and home with a cheery little dog named Johnny CashCharles de Lint is best described as a romantic a believer in compassion, hope and human potential His skilled portrayal of character and settings has earned him a loyal readership and glowing praise from peers, reviewers and readersCharles de Lint writes like a magician He draws out the strange inside our own world, weaving stories that feelreal than we are when we read them He is, simply put, the best Holly Black bestselling author Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legend all of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint s vivid, original world No one does it better Alice Hoffman bestselling author To read de Lint is to fall under the spell of a master storyteller, to be reminded of the greatness of life, of the beauty and majesty lurking in shadows and empty doorways Quill QuireHis Newford books, which make up most of de Lint s body of work between and , confirmed his reputation for bringing a vivid setting and repertory cast of characters to life on the page Though not a consecutive series, the twenty five standalone books set in or connected to Newford give readers a feeling of visiting a favourite city and seeing old friendsMore recently, his young adult Wildlings trilogy Under My Skin, Over My Head, and Out of This World came out from Penguin Canada and Triskell Press in , and Under My Skin won Aurora Award A novel for middle grade readers, The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, published by Little Brown in , won the Sunburst Award, earned starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Quill Quire, and was chosen by the New York Times Editors as one of the top six children s books for His most recent adult novel, The Mystery of Grace , is a fascinating ghost story about love, passion and faith It was a finalist for both the Sunburst and Evergreen awardsDe Lint is presently writing a new adult novel His storytelling skills also shine in his original songs He and MaryAnn also a musician recently released companion CDs of their original songs, samples of which can be heard on de Lin.

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  • Dreams Underfoot
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  • 15 August 2019
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10 thoughts on “Dreams Underfoot

  1. says:

    Copied from the author s website, I thought this would be a handy guide for myself since I lost track of which ones I ve read and who knows in what order for the ones I have read.Q Where do I start reading the Newford stories A The books have all been written in such a way that you should be able to pick up any one and get a full and complete story However, characters do reoccur, off center stage as it were, and their stories do follow a sequence The best place to start is the collectio Copied from the author s website, I thought this would be a handy guide for myself since I lost track of which ones I ve read and who knows in what order for the ones I have read.Q Where do I start reading the Newford stories A The books have all been written in such a way that you should be able to pick up any one and get a full and complete story However, characters do reoccur, off center stage as it were, and their stories do follow a sequence The best place to start is the collection Dreams Underfoot From there they go pretty much in this order Dreams Underfoot The Dreaming PlaceA Whisper To A Scream originally credited to Samuel M Key I ll Be Watching You originally credited to Samuel M Key Memory And DreamThe Ivory And The HornTrader Someplace To Be FlyingMoonlight And VinesForests Of The HeartThe Onion Girl Seven Wild Sisters also available in Tapping the Dream Tree Tapping the Dream TreeSpirits in the WiresMedicine RoadThe Blue GirlWiddershinsMake a Joyful Noise chapbook The Hour Before Dawn collection Old Man Crow chapbook Little Grrl Lost novel Promises to Keep short novel Dingo short novel Muse Reverie collection, forthcoming The Dreaming Place and The Blue Girl are YA novels A Whisper To A Scream and I ll Be Watching You are, respectively, a horror novel and a thriller they re darker fare than the other Newford books and aren t really that integral to the underlying, ongoing backstory that takes place off center stage in so many of the books and stories

  2. says:

    I was just a wee freshman in high school when I discovered Charles de Lint, and my addiction to his characters and fictional world of urban mythology all started with this book It has been 14 years now and I m still a huge fan.The first edition paperback of this book actually has an oil painting by Terri Windling on the cover of a celtic looking woman with deer horns, a flute, and an oak leaf tattoo over her eye I want to say John Jude Palencar has been doing the reprint cover art as these ant I was just a wee freshman in high school when I discovered Charles de Lint, and my addiction to his characters and fictional world of urban mythology all started with this book It has been 14 years now and I m still a huge fan.The first edition paperback of this book actually has an oil painting by Terri Windling on the cover of a celtic looking woman with deer horns, a flute, and an oak leaf tattoo over her eye I want to say John Jude Palencar has been doing the reprint cover art as these anthologies are re released, I still love Terri s artwork better But I digress.This book came into my life at a time when I couldn t commit to reading novels for some reason I just didn t have the patience for them But this collection of stories is very palatable in length and varietyeach story stands out as an individual and wanders from enchanting, to mild horror, to just plain weird Most of the stories has some element of old mythologies from different cultures De Lint focuses a lot on Kickaha native american ideas since Newford is a fictional town in Canada He adds a lot of Celtic flavor as well, but I think a lot of this has to do with him being an adept Celtic musician who plays regularly in a band Hey, write what you know, eh That s another thing about Newford most of the characters are bohemian artists in one form or another, and they re all friends They re all fine boned and pixie faced and rarely are their any actual ugly characters in his books though I ve noticed he has a penchant for writing in first person with predominantly female characters what males he does write about have far less detail than his women A little romantic unrealistic but I m willing to look over that Anyway, his characters are all artists in some capacity or another corner busking fiddlers, fine artists that moonlight as waiters and waitresses, flute players, sculptors, musicians and writers Everyone has some creative niche they struggle to live on The characters tend to dress very punk grunge from the 90s as well which makes sense since his first three Newford anthologies are set in the early to late 90s Lots of women with blue or pink dyed hair, facial piercings and tattoos, and most of them dress to reflect their income like they walked out of a thrift store De Lint also has a lot of homeless people in his stories He really gives a face to those that fall between the cracks in society Unfortunately he succeedsin romanticizing living on the streets rather than representing the reality of people in such a position Don t get me wrong, he makes an effort to show how sucky his hobo characters have it but it comes across as cool rather than the truly dire situation that it is.My all time favorite of Charles de Lint 14 years and counting

  3. says:

    Note, Nov 26, 2015 I edited this review just now to correct a misspelled word.All but one of the 19 stories in this collection take place in de Lint s favorite setting, his imaginary city of Newford, Canada and its environs, and they furnish a great introduction to his characteristic urban fantasy Strictly speaking, two of the stories here don t actually have a supernatural element but they fit right in with the rest Newford is home to such creatures as mermaids and fairies, skookins and Note, Nov 26, 2015 I edited this review just now to correct a misspelled word.All but one of the 19 stories in this collection take place in de Lint s favorite setting, his imaginary city of Newford, Canada and its environs, and they furnish a great introduction to his characteristic urban fantasy Strictly speaking, two of the stories here don t actually have a supernatural element but they fit right in with the rest Newford is home to such creatures as mermaids and fairies, skookins and Bigfoot along with somesinister entities , as well as to a gallery of likeable, mostly young characters who are often involved in creative arts music, painting or writing and who may interact inthan one story Free spirited artist Jilly Coppercorn is the most often recurring character, but there are several others De Lint s protagonists tend to be secular in their attitudes, and a few stories seem to explain the magical elements in terms of the idea that believing something can make it so Instances of unmarried sex occur in four of the stories though they re neither explicit nor gratuitous , and there s some bad language, including a few uses of the f word, mostly by villains or by street kids whose speech patterns aren t shaped by the best of influences But de Lint s messages here are essentially about the importance of human community and relationships, of kindness and caring and responsibility, of openness to finding the world a farstrange and wondrous place than its mundaneness allowed it could be Some of the stories clearly discourage loose and exploitative sex So its moral tendency, if you will, is a wholesome one, and its vision winsome given half a chance, I d gladly move to Newford, and count it a privilege to be friends with Jilly and her buddies Probably my favorite story in this collection is Ghosts of Wind and Shadow but The Stone Drum, That Explains Poland, and Romano Drom are standouts, too But read it for yourself you ll pick your own favorites

  4. says:

    3.5 stars I liked this collection and certainly would recommend it to fans of de Lint but in all honesty I was expecting to like this collectionthan I actually did I had previously read Moonheart which I loved and Memory and Dream which I thought was excellent, though not quite as good as Moonheart First, this is not really a short story collection as much as a group of individual tales all set in Newford and involving many of the same characters and often building on events that o 3.5 stars I liked this collection and certainly would recommend it to fans of de Lint but in all honesty I was expecting to like this collectionthan I actually did I had previously read Moonheart which I loved and Memory and Dream which I thought was excellent, though not quite as good as Moonheart First, this is not really a short story collection as much as a group of individual tales all set in Newford and involving many of the same characters and often building on events that occurred in previous stories The prose in each of the stories is lush and beautiful with a dream like quality that de Lint is well known for The stories themselves are a mixed bag of excellent to merely okay Some of my favorites were Paperjack, The Stone Drum, Pity the Monsters and Our Lady of the Harbour Overall, a good collection with writing superior to most of the Urban Fantasy out there but sort of hit miss on the strength of each story One Final note I listened to the audio version read by Kate Reading who I think is terrific and she did an excellent job with the book Nominee World Fantasy Award for Best short story several stories nominated Nominee Locus Award for Best short Story several stories nominated

  5. says:

    A collection of short stories that actually works very well as a novel They all share a setting and theme that of troubled, often creative young people encountering myth and magic in the imaginary city of Newford Having never been to either city, for some reason Newford conjures up a sort of cross between the Seattle and Vancouver of my mind.Some of these stories are very, very good I d say some of them are some of de Lint s best work However, around the second half of the book, it began A collection of short stories that actually works very well as a novel They all share a setting and theme that of troubled, often creative young people encountering myth and magic in the imaginary city of Newford Having never been to either city, for some reason Newford conjures up a sort of cross between the Seattle and Vancouver of my mind.Some of these stories are very, very good I d say some of them are some of de Lint s best work However, around the second half of the book, it began to bother me in the same precise way that so much of de Lint s work ALWAYS bothers me And this time, I pinned it down de Lint reminds me, exactly, of any one of a number of usually well meaning counselors, teachers and other adult figures, who, when I was a teenager, were CONVINCED that due to my alternative look, creative bent, and independent, rebellious attitude, that I must be suffering from low self esteem, and hiding some sort of dreadful trauma that had made me that way view spoiler There s even a story here where a girl tells a counselor a story of trauma and then says, Oh, I m lying, I just said that because I knew it was what you wanted to hear I said YES FINALLY He s admitting that sometimes counselors TRY to elicit this stuff from you whether it happened or not But then the twist ending to the story is that it really DID all happen to her Ugh hide spoiler Believe it or not, some people are just creative and adopt an unusual look because it fits their personal aesthetic Some people are eccentric without being mentally ill Some people leave home early and go their own way because they are naturallyindependent than others.de Lint s writing makes me feel conflicted, because while people with the kind of attitude I ve described are DEEPLY ANNOYING, his stories also make a reader if the reader is me feel guilty for being annoyed by them, because of course you have to have sympathy and empathy for any character who s been through the traumas his characters have, and appreciate people that are trying to help And bad things DO happen to lots of young people and some of them are impelled out of the mainstream due to those things So I feel it s a good and helpful thing to encourage empathy and understanding of people who ve been through a rough time But on the other hand, I DON T think it s helpful at all to encourage the false stereotype that people that are non mainstream are always depressed, abuse survivors, or damaged goods in some way

  6. says:

    Absolutely stunning I m still somewhat mesmerised by this book, under its spell, having a hard time not picking it straight back up and reading it again and only stopped from doing so because I lent it to someone else with the insistence that they read it immediately.This book doesn t really fit neatly into genre It s not quite a novel, but then not quite short stories either Short stories, I suppose, in the sense that each chapter can be read independently of any other, and in fact wer Absolutely stunning I m still somewhat mesmerised by this book, under its spell, having a hard time not picking it straight back up and reading it again and only stopped from doing so because I lent it to someone else with the insistence that they read it immediately.This book doesn t really fit neatly into genre It s not quite a novel, but then not quite short stories either Short stories, I suppose, in the sense that each chapter can be read independently of any other, and in fact were originally published in many separate literature collections At the same time they all fit together so it really does feel like reading a fluid story that isn t quite in order, doesn t have a plot and is all the better for it.When I got this out at the library, the librarian raved about it, stating finally tat she would give anything to live in Newford I now share these feelings Charles de Lint has managed that extraordinary feat of making magic feel utterly plausible, real, normal and yet not in the slightest bit mundane Though much of the subject matter is very dark themes include murder, child abuse, street gangs and other violence it instantly took me back to childhood and the tales of Hans Christian Anderson, with their bitter sweet magic.I honestly cannot recommend this book enough, I hope that these confused attempts at reviewing it actually convince you to read it

  7. says:

    Charles de Lint seems to do what many New York Times Bestselling authors fail to do he is able to tell simple Note I do not mean simplistic stories, and keep the meat and potatoes in place What do I mean There is nothingirritating to me than a story which isa sketch than a story, where characters are given the thinnest of descriptive lines, where the plot is as thinly unveiled as the characters, are given to long dialogs that meander in order to get that extra pages in so th Charles de Lint seems to do what many New York Times Bestselling authors fail to do he is able to tell simple Note I do not mean simplistic stories, and keep the meat and potatoes in place What do I mean There is nothingirritating to me than a story which isa sketch than a story, where characters are given the thinnest of descriptive lines, where the plot is as thinly unveiled as the characters, are given to long dialogs that meander in order to get that extra pages in so that the book will be big enough to sell at a higher price and by this I do not mean that a book has to be thin It has to be what the story demands of it There is as much artistry in The Brother s Karamazov as there is with Of Mice and Men Both Dostoevsky and Steinbeck knew what was needed in their books, but never sacrificed quality What we have with de Lint s Dreams Underfoot is not only a great introduction to the Urban Fantasy world of Newford, but also characters who run the gambit between the fantastic and the tragic These are artists, mostly, and around their thirties or so They are characters who are trying to make a living, pay bills, improve their arts de Lint is also a folk musician , and who struggle with issues of the daily world What s also revealing about these set of short stories is not only has de Lint managed to capture the essence of many myths of the past, by portraying a good portion of the stories in tragic terms, tragedy being something we forget embodiesthan a few fantasies, myths, and fairy tales, but that these stories, in both their senses, have characters who are deeply affected and or scarred by their experiences, experiences that will not always resolve itself, if ever, at the end of the last page of the story I have read other de Lint novels Into the Green , The Little Country , Svaha , and Greenmantle What impresses me most about many of his stories is that they have real, and sometimes violent, grit They are fantastic, without simplifying the world The world outside can be a rough and sometimes unfair place, and at least on one level, perhaps metaphorically, Dreams Underfoot underscores this many times The other thing that strikes me is that while de Lint is not a Christian, and certainly not a Catholic in other places he has been quoted as not only being an Animist, but that he has trouble with organized religion , there is something defiantly liturgical in the sense in which he presents the magic in his Urban Fantasy as a process between the mythic and the man or woman who either is not aware, or struggles with his her spirituality In one of the stories, Jilly, an painter living in Newford and one who has experienced the fantastic, gives an explanation to a friend that the fantastic, the magical, has to be experienced by going through the process of the unfolding magic This is as much an explanation for the Sacraments and the Liturgy as it is a condition of confronting the magic of Newford And at least for de Lint, there is also the human element in the process, Its existence magic becomes an affirmation of the power of the human spirit can have over its own destiny 14 In the same way, liturgical and sacramental practices found in Christian spirituality requires the participation of the individual, is in fact a process by which one finds their destiny in the divine So, in one very real sense, all of the stories found in Dreams Underfoot are processes, and do affect the lives of the individuals who pass through them Other stories here haveof the horror embodied in them In fact, some of de Lint s early Newford novels, written under a pseudonym, are classified as horror In this collection, Pity the Monsters and Small Deaths , are examples, with Small Deaths displaying a really great kind of Hitchcock type of psychological horror, with just a touch of the magical to shape the story into something quite powerful There are also tragedies contained between these pages Freewheeling about a young, possibly schizophrenic, possibly magic touched young man, Zinc, whose freeing of bicycles are interpreted by the law as stealing is one such story What makes this story interesting, is that the story is told with no pontificating, so one does not know really which way he really is, magic touched or mentally ill And the ending is powerful enough to hit one square in the chest Another story, In the House of My Enemy is about child abuse and the consequences that usually end up at the foot of the abused In this story, we learn a littleabout Jilly s background, and her connection with the hurting she is always trying to help Here again, de Lint does not give us a satisfactory ending, even for a strong, brave, and resourceful person like Jilly, and the person she is trying to help in the story is faced with an obstacle so huge it overwhelms her It seems that for all the magic that happens in Newford, tragedy still occurs in the deepest part of the city, and like all great myths of the past and present, tragedy remains a key element in much of mythic storytelling The only distraction with this collection is a few glaring typos I found This is not the fault of the author, but of the editors and publishers of the book One last thought on these stories While reading this book, I was struck by how much it reminded me of Rod Stirling I ve always considered Stirling a great storyteller who found the new invention of the television a way to express his art, in the same way that Frank Zappa, a student of composition, found rock and not orchestral music as a format for his art Stirling was the master of irony, as the twists at the end of almost every Twilight Zone episode displayed brilliantly, and help to set up something not only stunning to the mind, but thought provoking at times as well I bring this up because this is the same type of thing that is exhibited in most of the stories of Dreams Underfoot , which only creates that added dimension of the process and the after effects and consequences magic has in Newford as well as for the reader, because like the residents of Newford, we too, through the joyous practice of reading, have completed all the journeys ourselves, and hopefully not afraid to walk the streets of Newford at night or meet the occasional faerie

  8. says:

    Charles de Lint was writing urban fantasy well before the genre s current wave of popularity In fact, his work sits outside what people mean by urban fantasy these days it eludes classification, falling somewhere between magic realism and folkloric fantasy Terri Windling s introduction to this edition discusses the difficulty of trying to pin such a book down to a single genre.I m currently attempting to read through all Charles de Lint s Newford books in order of publication Dreams Underfo Charles de Lint was writing urban fantasy well before the genre s current wave of popularity In fact, his work sits outside what people mean by urban fantasy these days it eludes classification, falling somewhere between magic realism and folkloric fantasy Terri Windling s introduction to this edition discusses the difficulty of trying to pin such a book down to a single genre.I m currently attempting to read through all Charles de Lint s Newford books in order of publication Dreams Underfoot was published in 1993 It contains 19 related short stories, all set in or connected with the North American city in whose downtown district live de Lint s set of regular and irregular characters, Jilly Coppercorn the artist, Christy Riddell the bard, his brother Geordie, and a cast of musicians, painters, poets and street people And the uncanny folk of Newford, who dwell alongside humankind sometimes beautiful, sometimes menacing, always different Some of the stories are stronger than others, but all reflect a deep understanding of traditional narrative De Lint s writing reflects the fact that he is a musician with a bard s sense of rhythm and flow The Newford settings remind me of the hippy culture of the late sixties and early seventies, when life seemed to move at a gentler pace The stories have been collected in this volume, but first appeared individually in various publications This means a certain amount of repetition, and that can be a little annoying for example, the introduction of certain key characters with a physical description each time they appear in a new story, including details of what they re wearing Overall I enjoyed the book For readers who enjoy folkloric fantasy and who are not familiar with the work of this prominent writer in the genre, I recommend this collection as a starter

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    Review initially published on my blog, Writing by Numbers, here.It s uncomfortable and a little odd to admit that this collection of short stories mostly made me think I wouldn t de Lint very much Though the stories are fiction, I couldn t shake the feeling that he was a smarmy liberal white guy persuading me of his sensitivity, his hipness That he considers himself an appealing blend of Peter Pannish proponent of imagination, and storyteller with his finger on the pulse of gritty urbanity P Review initially published on my blog, Writing by Numbers, here.It s uncomfortable and a little odd to admit that this collection of short stories mostly made me think I wouldn t de Lint very much Though the stories are fiction, I couldn t shake the feeling that he was a smarmy liberal white guy persuading me of his sensitivity, his hipness That he considers himself an appealing blend of Peter Pannish proponent of imagination, and storyteller with his finger on the pulse of gritty urbanity Perceiver of what others miss Not a bad person, just one I wouldn t get along with.Several main characters are young, underprivileged women a Chicana teenager who wedges Spanglish awkwardly into her narrative, a young artist who grew up orphaned and now cares for others It s like de Lint built characters from tropes and his beliefs about what such people might think or feel, rather than starting from each character as a person But it feels like he s co opting voices that aren t his own.The stories themselves are okay Most stress how belief makes magic real His city combines ordinary urban dangers with magical dangers threads through regular human happinesses with magical wonders Folks dally with the fae and are forever changed Dreams Underfoot would be best acquired at the library during a quiet summer, read overnight, and exchanged the next day The 214 in 2014 series chronicles every book I read in 2014 Each review contains exactly 214 words For , visit

  10. says:

    Dreams Underfoot introduces readers to DeLint s imaginary Canadian city of Newford a mecca for urban fantasy Magic is on the streets of Newford, if you just know where to look for it, often in unusual places, oraccurately perhaps, if you believe in it Newford is home to many imaginary creatures, some sinister and some benign The novel is a collection of 19 stories, many of which tie into others, with a small group of central characters, such as the free spirited artist Jilly Coppercorn Dreams Underfoot introduces readers to DeLint s imaginary Canadian city of Newford a mecca for urban fantasy Magic is on the streets of Newford, if you just know where to look for it, often in unusual places, oraccurately perhaps, if you believe in it Newford is home to many imaginary creatures, some sinister and some benign The novel is a collection of 19 stories, many of which tie into others, with a small group of central characters, such as the free spirited artist Jilly Coppercorn most are involved in the creative arts music, painting or writing or in charity There are many cultural themes too, such as Kickaha native american and Celtic myths Very weird though I will probably read another book before deciding whether or not to read the whole series

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