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Dreams Underfoot by Charles  de Lint
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Apr 22, 2011

really liked it
Read from April 20 to 22, 2011

I read The Onion Girl last week, and decided I needed to read, um, the preceding books in the Newford universe. So I basically picked up half the shelf of Charles de Lint novels at the library (I literally could not carry more books) and started in on what seemed to be the "first". But as I assumed, it seemed like I could jump into the world at any point and be able to get a handle on what was going on, sort of like Discworld where people actually tell you not to start with the first two books...

...I digress. Dreams Underfoot is a wonderful introduction to the light and dark sides of Newford. It lays out (who I presume to be) the main characters of the universe in brief but thorough sketches of their lives in The World As It Is (Jilly's term in The Onion Girl) as well as how Faerie makes itself known to them. Or how they come to recognize/realize/be fascinated by/be doomed by Faerie. Or is it that they're doomed by The World As It Is? Anyway, the stories are great. My favorite is probably the first, "Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair", but "Our Lady of the Harbour" ranks very highly with me as well. I was really concerned about the way "Pity the Monsters" seemed to be tacking at first, but ended up satisfied with the way de Lint handles the potentially very icky situation. In fact, he handles all such situations with reality, validity, and grace, even when it's blunt. Highly recommended.

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