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Tapping the Dream Tree (Newford #9)

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World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Onion Girl

The city of Newford could be any contemporary North American city...except that magic lurks in its music, in its art, in the shadows of its grittiest streets, where mythic beings walk disguised. And its people are like you and me, each looking for a bit of magic to shape their lives and transform their fate.

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Softcover, 541 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Tor Books (first published November 20th 2002)
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Arielle Walker
And again, de Lint makes his way back to my "favourite authors" list. While not quite reaching the magic of Dreams Underfoot, Tapping the Dream Tree is filled with beautiful writing and this time, most of the stories are heart-warming too. There are only two here that I would consider dark, involving an innocent boy on death row, and also a ghost seeking revenge on a serial killer.

The other stories are fanciful and lovely (though often still with that hint of darkness). There's the werewolf goi
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Julia
Mar 24, 2015 Julia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, ya
What a great collection! Rereading “Trading Hearts at the Half Kaffe Cafe” got me thinking that Adrian Paul (the actor who did "Highlander" the tv show) would be perfect as Lyle the shy investment counselor/ werewolf and I never do that.
“Making a Noise in This World” reminded me of something Sherman Alexie would write and maybe film.
“Embracing the Mystery” and “Pixel Pixies” are both about the used bookseller Holly Rue. “The Witching Hour” is about Geordie and Christie’s brother who only did t
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Chris
Another good collection of short stories set in Newford and the hills nearby
Maura
Feb 12, 2012 Maura rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
what i love about Charles de Lint's books are (1) how the world is recognizably ours but with magic just sort of off to the side where you're not looking; (2) how people are generally good -- not perfect, sometimes total screwups, but always having a decent core; (3) how it inspires you to appreciate your own life, whatever it is, without being all preachy about it.

I'm pretty sure this could be a decent intro to the Newford series -- it definitely helps to have met some of the characters before
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Daryl
Apr 22, 2016 Daryl rated it liked it
I have stated in the past how much I like DeLint's writing, especially his Newford stories. This is a collection of (mostly) short stories set (mostly) in and around Newford. Maybe I'm starting to outgrow it, but a number of these stories just didn't do it for me. They're a bit too "same-y": someone gets involved in some type of weird, magical situation that they have no previous knowledge of, but they come to accept it pretty easily. They realize that the world is "a magical place" and there's ...more
Mel
Aug 21, 2014 Mel rated it really liked it
De Lint has spent a lot of time looking at the blending of native American myths and European myths in his stories. This collection included some Christian mythology too, which was interesting. I found it harder to get into this collection, though I'm not sure I blame this so much on De Lint but rather on the people I've known who believe in fairies and spirits and part of the living in the modern world and having that part be real just reminded me a little too much of them.

But there were some
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Steve Bouchard
Jan 01, 2014 Steve Bouchard rated it really liked it
I love Charles de Lint's books, even though I haven't been keeping up with them for the past several years. "Yarrow" was one of the first fanasy books I read, and he quickly became a favorite author. It's his dependable mix of myth into real life that's a constant draw. That said, this is a typical Newford collection. Not that it's a bad thing, but the cut of story is usually pretty similar--slices of life where reality and magic meet; people coming to terms with who they are and what's (previou ...more
Mecca
Aug 08, 2011 Mecca rated it it was amazing
Me favorite Charles De Lint book...if I had to pick just one :)
Laurel
3 and a half star, liked some of the stories more than others
K. Axel
Dec 16, 2014 K. Axel rated it liked it
I've always loved Charles de Lint since I read a story by him, about a man and the tree from his childhood. I don't remember all the details, as you can clearly tell (its been maybe... 10-13 years since I read it), but I remember the feeling that I had when I read the story and it was a warm feeling, but also that this story was somehow directly connected to me and my life (I had a tree much like that in my backyard).

Anyways, years later I pick up this collection on a whim and drops it off at th
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Bethany
Feb 09, 2015 Bethany rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: fantasy and short story readers
This is a collection of short stories about Newford, a town that Charles de Lint really likes writing about. In Newford, everything has a magical twist to it, and there are doorways to other worlds and mythological creatures walking the streets.

The Good:

The stories in themselves were interesting, and I have been finding myself more and more attracted to short story books. I am an English major, and in the last few months, I have become fascinated by the way that authors can use a few pages to c
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Lis Carey
Jan 12, 2011 Lis Carey rated it liked it
Shelves: f-sf
This is a hefty collection of de Lint's Newford short stories, several of them published previously available only in limited edition chapbooks or collections, and one of them, "The Witching Hour," is original to this collection. There's a good mix here of the optimistic and the grim, familiar Newford characters and new faces. Jilly, Geordie, and Christy each have the lead in stories of their own, while others feature new characters or characters who have been minor figures in other Newford tale ...more
Laurie
Mar 31, 2012 Laurie rated it it was amazing
After a couple of grim novels in a row, followed by a nonfiction, I needed something like Charles de Lint’s fantasy to clear my mental palate. This thick volume of short stories (all but one being reprints) did the job. These are Newford stories, my favorite fantasy place.

Newford is a special place. It’s a fairly big city, somewhere in North America, with brand new parts and old, run down parts. There are a lot of artistic folks living there, and the city shares its space with magical, non-huma
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Isabel (kittiwake)
Dec 08, 2011 Isabel (kittiwake) rated it liked it
"I lived in a tree," he said. "Not in some little house nestled up in its branches, but deep inside the trunk itself where the sap flows and old secrets cluster. It was a time, let me tell you, but long gone now. Then I was a king in a forest of green, now I live like a beggar in a forest of stone."

Lots of short stories plus a novella called "Seven Wild Sisters".

Unfortunately, this book contains the most annoying story called "The Words that Remain". A young woman who is brilliant at every cre
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Kerry
Aug 18, 2009 Kerry rated it really liked it
As much as I enjoy the full lenght novels in Charles de Lint's Newford series, I have to say that I think I enjoy his short story anthologies even more. This one, Tapping the Dream Tree, had a wide range of stories. From the fairly light-hearted Pixel Pixies, Big City Littles and Trading Hearts at the Half Kaffe Cafe to the darker (and freakier)
Wingless Angels and Sign Here, there is a little something for every taste.

My particular favorite story was The Words that Remain, where a woman litera
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Zimes
Mar 31, 2016 Zimes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved almost all of the stories in this collection. I'm so enamored of 'de Lint's writing that even the stories that I was not a huge fan of far surpassed other things I've read. I have always loved his skill with language and the way he uses and describes nature and the unseen world around us. His stories can show you the darkness and pain that people live with and yet I always end his stories with a sense of peace and hope for the world and myself. This was one of the best short story collec ...more
Johanna Haas
Apr 01, 2015 Johanna Haas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Whenever I read de Lint, I always feel like I'm sipping a coffee in an artist's cafe and eavesdropping on someone at the neighboring table telling fantastic stories. In Newford, there is always music in the air, always art around, always a friend handing you a hot cup of coffee or tea with a smile. , and always something strange flickering in and out from the corners of your vision. This collection of short stories is set in the imaginary city of Newford, telling us more about old characters and ...more
Sam Colloff
Apr 27, 2014 Sam Colloff rated it really liked it
this is a second read through, which most of charles de lint's work is for me, I get something more out of them every time. all I can say is "thanks" to this author, for changing my perspective and waking my creativity with every read. this is how reading should make you feel.
Allan
Mar 16, 2013 Allan rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of truly great stories. If you're familiar with other tales in this series, this is a great addition. If you're new to Newford it's a good introductory read even if it is #12. You can catch up later. These stories give leads to several of the characters from other books and introduce new ones. They explain the WildWood Webpage, and other story elements appearing elsewhere. Charles de Lint is a great storyteller and a luminous writer whose prose will haunt and carry you along ...more
Zeke Isaacson
May 26, 2016 Zeke Isaacson rated it it was amazing
I had forgotten how much I enjoy this authors style and ability to keep you wanting to turn the page, even in this short story format. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and would recommend it to any of my friends that read fantasy or folk tales.
Chere
Feb 07, 2012 Chere rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd only previously read Charles de Lint in anthologies, and while this is already his fourth Newford story collection, it's the perfect introduction for me to his magical city and its fascinating inhabitants. It's exactly my type of fantasy -- an urban setting that I can very easily relate to, but filled with wonders big and small. A regular cast of characters keep appearing in his tales, sometimes in center of the story and sometimes on the edges. While the stories can stand alone, reading the ...more
Susan
May 15, 2016 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
looking for the full-sized hardback version of this book

"Ten for the Devil" read in Battle Magic 11/17/1998
"Wingless Angels"
"The Words that Remain"
"Many Worlds Are Born Tonight" (also The Very Best of Charles de Lint)
"The Buffalo Man" (also Triskell Tales)
"Second Chances" (also Triskell Tales)
"Forest of Stone"
"Embracing the Mystery" Aug 30, 2000
"Masking Indian"
"Granny Weather"
"The Witching Hour"
"Pixel Pixies" (also Triskell Tales and The Very Best of Charles de Lint)
"Trading Hearts at the
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John
Jun 21, 2013 John rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I'm not a great reader of short stories, but I really like Charles de Lint and especially his Newford books. This collection of 17 stories and 1 novella is simply wonderful. Lots of magic, lots of music, some funny, some quite dark in tone, but they are beautifully written. Old friends like Jilly and Christy pop in and we find out a bit more about them.
My favourites in the set are "Ten For The Devil", (fancy meeting Robert Johnson here) and "Pixel Pixies". I just love the idea of a hob in a book
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Andrée
Jan 13, 2014 Andrée rated it liked it
Nice easily digestible stories for cosy bedtime reads, where good ultimately wins and magic and music are almost one and the same (not like real life at all....)
I like CdL stories but they are not great literature (sorry but they don't meet the Lessing/Le Guin bench mark).
Not one to keep on the shelves
Leah
I especially liked the stories that took place out of town. Something about the first and last stories put me in the mood to re-read Gone-Away Lake.
Lea
Apr 12, 2015 Lea rated it liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I love DeLint enough to read his short stories
Mercadeez
Mar 23, 2011 Mercadeez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love Charles de Lint. When I found that he had whole collections of his books I was so excited! I love reading these modern day fairy tales. It brings magic into a world where technology rules. Pixie Pixels was by far my favorite because of how it ties magic and technology together. And also Granny Weather for its dream like essences that I feel I can connect to and visit if I want to.

If you love magic and fairies, and worlds not too far from our own you should definitely pick up t
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Rachel
Nov 09, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This is a great collection of short stories about Newford. Generally, I don't like short story collections, because I find it hard to switch context so quickly. But all the stories blend together beautifully, and because they're not limited by the need to stretch a story to a full book length, they're more mythic and somehow more substantial. It's a bit like reading a book of fables. Cesar and I frequently bemoan the lack of mythology in daily life, and the resulting spiritual poverty -- this co ...more
Tina Maison
Apr 21, 2015 Tina Maison rated it really liked it
Don't normally like short stories, but loved these.
Rockettttt
Jun 19, 2011 Rockettttt rated it it was amazing
This was a random find at a used book store. I was attracted by the beautiful cover art and couldn't be happier I picked it up. This was my first trip to Newford; undoubtedly there will be many more. This collection of short stories spoke candidly about the human condition in a way I had never experienced before. Life and death were at the center of every story, mixing science fiction with a keen sense of existentialism. De Lint did an excellent job here, and I hope his other works live up to th ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Newford (1 - 10 of 28 books)
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  • Memory and Dream (Newford, #2)
  • The Ivory and the Horn (Newford, #3)
  • Trader (Newford, #4)
  • Someplace to Be Flying (Newford, #5)
  • Moonlight and Vines (Newford, #6)
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