Dreams Underfoot: The Newford Collection

By Charles de Lint
Read by Kate Reading

The Newford Series: Book 1993

15.83 Hours 01/01/2009 unabridged
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Myth, music, and magic—and dreams underfoot Welcome to Newford—to the music clubs, the waterfront, and the alleyways where ancient myths and magic spill into the modern world. 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 song. 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. Like Mark Helprin’s A Winter’s Tale and John Crowley’s Little, Big, Dreams Underfoot, a collection of nineteen stories, is a must-read book, not only for fans of urban fantasy but for all who seek magic in everyday life.

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Summary

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Myth, music, and magic—and dreams underfoot

Welcome to Newford—to the music clubs, the waterfront, and the alleyways where ancient myths and magic spill into the modern world. 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 song. 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.

Like Mark Helprin’s A Winter’s Tale and John Crowley’s Little, Big, Dreams Underfoot, a collection of nineteen stories, is a must-read book, not only for fans of urban fantasy but for all who seek magic in everyday life.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Kate Reading’s] wide vocal range serves the listener well, as she is able to voice the many different characters distinctively and lend each the emotional weight he or she commands in turn.” SFSite.com
“In de Lint’s capable hands, modern fantasy becomes something other than escapism. It becomes folk song, the stuff of urban myth.” Phoenix Gazette
“Charles de Lint shows that, far from being escapism, contemporary fantasy can be the deep mythic literature of our time.” Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
“This collection of conceptually innovative, thematically simple stories proves again that de Lint is a leading talent in the urban fantasy subgenre.” Publishers Weekly
“Kate Reading tells their stories as if she knows her characters well and is familiar with their tales. She uses pace, timing, and tone to reflect the personalities of the main characters without neglecting the minor players. With a light touch she takes the unexpected and bizarre in stride and provides continuity and a unifying voice to the collection.” AudioFile
“Superior work that upholds de Lint’s high reputation [and] definitely recommended for fantasy collections.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Charles de Lint

Charles de Lint has helped to popularize the genres of urban fantasy and mythic fiction and has earned a devoted following and critical acclaim as a master of contemporary magical fiction in the tradition of storytellers like John Crowley, Jonathan Carroll, Alice Hoffman, Ray Bradbury, and Isabel Allende. Many of his novels, including  Dreams Underfoot, Memory and Dream, The Onion Girl, and Widdershins are set in the mythical North American city of Newford. He and his wife, artist MaryAnn Harris, live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 15.83
Audience: Adult
Language: English