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Fantasy story circa 60s about a sheltered vegetarian boy who visits a slaughter house with dire results

Fantasy story circa 60s "Pig", a 1959 short story by Roald Dahl, has its own Wikipedia page. The boy's parents die when he is a baby Thus, when he was no more than twelve days old, little ...
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Fantasy in Asimov's magazine - words that cause bad luck to anyone who reads them

Fortune and Misfortune by Lisa Goldstein. It was published in Asimov's Science Fiction, May 1997. It's about an actress Pam and her friend Jesse. Pam is looking for the Oedipus Trilogy in Berkeley ...
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Animated film about giants abducting/eating children, and a girl being rescued by a benevolent older giant

This is surely the BFG (The Big Friendly Giant), an animated film released in 1989 based on the children's story by Roald Dahl. The older giant takes care of a young orphan girl named Sophie, and ...
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Short fantasy about disappearing items - Asimov's early 1980s

This is "The Sorceress in Spite of Herself" (1982) by Pat Cadigan, published in Asimov's, December 1982. The story starts with Lou hunting for her expensive diamond earrings, a gift of her ...
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Book about a professor who summons a female demon

A Personal Demon (1985) by David Bischoff, Rich Brown, and Linda Richardson; also the answer to this old question. The front cover blurb: A college professor conjures up a shapely demon to live ...
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Movie with an amulet and a princess who asked three questions from her suitors

This is Vandronik (1990). After his father's death, young John is forced to leave his home. Penniless but light of heart, he sets out to see the world. Having found refuge in a church one ...
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ID Sci Fi short story: Earth soon to burn in Sun, apartment setting, juice cans, she sleeps, wakes to reality of Earth freezing

This was The Twilight Zone episode "The Midnight Sun." Like many original-series Twilight Zone episodes, it was penned by Rod Serling. Norma and her landlady, Mrs. Bronson, are watching and ...
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ID Sci Fi short story: Earth soon to burn in Sun, apartment setting, juice cans, she sleeps, wakes to reality of Earth freezing

The story "Midnight Sun" was adapted in this collection. You may have seen it with a different cover.
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Occult fantasy book in which a woman is trying to teach herself witch magic as a way to fight back against her overbearing husband

Sworn to the Night by Craig Schaefer sprang immediately to mind when reading this question. From the blurb on Goodreads: On the other side of the city, Nessa Roth is a college professor trapped in a ...
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Teenage boy transported to Medieval Ukraine

Sounds like Enchantment, by Orson Scott Card. The protagonist and narrator is Ivan Smetski, a young Ukrainian-American linguist who specializes in Old Church Slavonic, a language from 10th-century ...
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Urban fantasy book series with female lead who has a dirty talking parrot that has lost its feathers

Probably Special Monsters Unit (2023) by Eve Langlais, first book of the "Earth's Nexus" series. From Goodreads: Some people are born to greatness. My mother wanted to strangle me at birth. ...
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Shaman (?) / Wizard (?) in US Military Academy

It only just squeezes into your time frame because it was published in 2014, but possibly By Darkness Revealed, the first book of the Blackwell Magic series by Kevin O. McLaughlin. Ryan Blackwell ...
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What's the first example of fairies being divided into Summer and Winter Courts?

I've found a blog that dates the practice to the Victorian era - In Victorian children's literature, fairies were responsible for painting the flowers, decorating the autumn leaves, or bringing ...
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Children/Teen mystery novel about a detective

This is The Midas Box by G. P. Taylor. It is book one of three that follow Mariah Mundi. Fresh out of school, young Mariah faces a new chapter of his life living in the Prince Regent hotel, built ...
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urban fantasy short with imps set in London

Child of the Stones by Paul J. McAuley. I read it in The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 15, which was published in 2004 so it fits with the time you remember reading it. It starts with the ...
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Looking for a story with "The Cutting Edge", a cutting instrument which that can cut anything and might be Death's Scythe

Could this be the webcomic Finder's Keepers by Garth Graham? Female protagonist in urban fantasy has access to "The Cutting Edge", an absurdly sharp blade gifted to her by Death that can cut ...
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Medieval alternative London with abductions

Could be The Oversight ? The Oversight is set in Victorian London and we are slowly introduced to the people who will guide us through this London where The Oversight protect humanity from the ...
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Short story called "ten for one" or similar?

This Offer Expires by Liz Hufford The old store on Lesort Street had a sign in the window - TWELVE FOR ONE. The protagonist assumes that this means twelve for one dollar, but the deal is explained ...
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Urban Fantasy book featuring 'The Prefects': two entities from a dark dimension

You are definitely looking for The Domino Men by Jonathan Barnes! The goodreads blurb describes your villains as "serial-killing schoolboy twins." The book overall is pretty solid urban fantasy with ...
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Book about family with wings, and the protagonist has to learn how to fly(?)

Could this be Lauren Winter's Growing Wings? Eleven-year-old Linnet is growing wings from her shoulder blades. She is shocked, but her mother Sarah expected it; after all, she began to grow wings ...
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Urban Fantasy about female half-elves being hunted for their dormant powers

It is called The Bitter Seed of Magic by Suzanne McLeod. Apparently, it is the third book in her Spellcrackers.com series. It is indeed an urban fantasy with, among others, fae and vampires. The main ...
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Romance book about a shapeshifting unicorn and a shapeshifting dragon

This sounds very similar to the plotline for a novel called Dragon Bound, which is part of the Elder Races series of books by Thea Harrison. Many of the plot elements match (dragon protagonist, hoard ...
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Urban Fantasy series - Curiosity Shop owner seeking ivory wand. Second book involved a countryside manor

In the process of trying to pin down details, I found the answer on a list of "Dresden Clones". Number one is Benedict Jacka's "Alex Verus" series. Alex runs a magic shop and is ...
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Late 50's movie episode about a man who finds a pair of old glasses that enable him to read others thoughts

This is Thriller: "The Cheaters" In this episode, aired in 1960, a man develops glasses that can see people's thoughts: Dirk Van Prinn (Henry Daniell) creates a special pair of spectacles: when ...
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YA Novel published before 1994 where characters are all cockroaches living in suburbia

It’s called The Collectors (1994) by Robert Carter. From Amazon: A renegade band of "collectors," cockroach-like insects, have organized themselves into territorial "circles" and raid their human ...
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Looking for fantasy book about a boy who meets a tribal girl who turns out to be a shifter

I think this might be "City of the Beasts" by Isabelle Allende. It was published in 2002. The main character's name was Alexander Cold, the secondary female character was Nadia Santos. The story ...
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Movie with an amulet and a princess who asked three questions from her suitors

Your question reminded me a lot of the story of Turandot - and there is, apparently, a 1987 movie of this tale, and a 1983 TV movie, either of which might fit your timeline. In the story, there is ...
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Urban fantasy novel set in alt NYC where one half is wild, protagonist looking for a white glove

I think this is W.M. Aker's Westside "Westside" is set in an alternate 1920s in which a 13-mile-long fence runs down Broadway to split Manhattan between the sunny and prosperous East Side ...
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Fantasy young adult novel with a girl who lived in a city surrounded by walls

I think this is Skylark by Megean Spooner Summary from Goodreads seems to match up Her world ends at the edge of the vast domed barrier of energy enclosing all that’s left of humanity. For two ...
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Book series about a woman (possibly a jinn) cast down to Earth, and people with elemental powers

This is the Outcast Season series by Rachel Caine. Book 1: Undone (2008) Book 2: Unknown (2010) Book 3: Unseen (2011) Book 4: Unbroken (2012) The Goodreads summary for the first book notes that ...
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