Review – Dreams Underfoot
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  • July 10, 2013
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Dreams Underfoot is the first book in the long running Newford series by Charles de Lint; a man partially responsible for the genres Urban Fantasy and Mythic Fiction. Along with a few peers de Lint’s work launched the concept of fantasy elements merged with contemporary time periods and modern settings. Without his influence many of the popular series of today simply would not exist.
I have been errant in reading him until now. Which makes me a bad fantasy fan, especially because I really enjoyed reading this book. And I really loved de Lint’s phraseology.
I’m a convert. Wholly and utterly in one fell swoop.
Dreams Underfoot is a book of short stories woven together with a few simple themes. The stories range in varying degrees of fantastic elements, and they are very powerful. Within the pages the reader can find themselves face-to-face with gemmins and ghosts, Big Foot and faeries, and an assortment of other supernatural oddities. I had many stories that I enjoyed, but the ones I loved the most were The Moon is Drowning While I Sleep and Timeskip. Both of them were perfect short stories, compelling and solid with a defined beginning, middle, and end. Both of them left me with the bright-eyed feeling of wonder that occurs when one has achieved bliss. I am so impressed with de Lint.
In the House of My Enemy is a particularly powerful story. I felt like it was standing in front of me screaming the whole time and that I couldn’t look away no matter how I tried. It’s not for the faint of heart.
There are those who will be turned off by the fact that these are short stories. Trust when I say that there is enough of a common theme to stitch the stories together, along with recurring characters and places. One doesn’t feel as if they were reading a book about the people in Newford but a book about Newford itself; a magical place of the incredible. It’s a place I can’t wait to revisit.
And I particularly love Jilly Coppercorn.
5 out of 5 stars.
– BP
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