Series Information: Newford
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These tales, told over the years in various thematic anthologies comprise a loose narrative web spun around the imaginary city of Newford. No two are alike, either in context or in style, and yet, the common denominator (except, that is for the places and people that creep up here and there and become subject to fond familiarity -much like the fixtures of our own cities) is the underbelly of what we perceive to be reality: when the night falls over the office buildings and the alleys, where homeless people squat in derelict houses, abandoned from our care, in the blink of an eye, and sometimes far too real, magic is there, same as it was always.
De Lint tells us that the world really is as we saw it when we were children; all we have to do is open up our senses to it and embrace wonder. His heroes are ordinary, very real, very much "there", very much trying to make do.. Most of them don't have the luxury to believe in anything anymore, much less in magic.. But somewhere, deep in their innermost hearts, most of them keep an open window, just in case.. Most of us do. Well, some of them -and some of us- don't, they close that window tight; but it doesn't matter, because the wonder's still there. There are as many realities as there are ways to live one's life.
The city itself has a soul, as a street busker timidly discovers, one night in a park.. She has to go though, her people have forgotten her, left her to decay. But he remembers.. Desert spirits might keep you company, cadging a smoke or playing the flute as you try to puzzle out the tangled threads of your life. ..There are some Roads that require guarding -even if it's only a part time job for a punk rocker.. And sometimes, if one dreams too strong, for too long, one might discover that one's dreams have a life of their own. ..And who's to say that it's less real than the waking one?