Dreams Underfoot: The Newford Collection (Unabridged)
by Charles de Lint
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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 gray 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. Dreams Underfoot is a must-read book not only for fans of urban fantasy but for all who seek magic in everyday life.
de Lint rules
If you haven't ever read a de Lint book before, this is an excellent one to start with. It's the first one I ever read, and now I am a complete and total fool over his work. His stories are incredible; each one transports you to another place, and sometimes another time. Definitely recommend this book!