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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 Lexington became an orphan. and he is raised by his vegetarian grandmother in an isolated rural setting. She was his great-aunt: And thus it was that the infant ...


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This is La cité des enfants perdus (released as The City of Lost Children in the US) from 1995. From the Wikipedia page linked: From an ocean rig, a demented scientist, Krank (Daniel Emilfork), kidnaps children from the nearby, unnamed port city to steal their dreams, as he is incapable of having dreams of his own. Among them is the adopted little brother,...


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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 within the laws of our world. Originally published in Fantastic as a series of short stories and novelettes by "Michael F. X. Milhaus". The original stories were:...


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Malcolm Dresden died of brain aneurysm. From Storm Front: I never got to be old enough to be his assistant, as he had promised me. He died in his sleep one night. An aneurysm, the doctors said. I found him, cold, smiling. Maybe he'd been dreaming of Mother when he went. And as I looked at him, I suddenly felt, for the very first time in my life, utterly, ...


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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 stormy night, John prevents two criminals from robbing the corpse of a man who is to be buried the following day. From that night on, a mysterious stranger ...


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The story "Midnight Sun" was adapted in this collection. You may have seen it with a different cover.


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Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy Night Owls book store is the one spot on campus open late enough to help out even the most practiced slacker. The employees’ penchant for fighting the evil creatures of the night is just a perk… Valerie McTeague’s business model is simple: provide the students of Edgewood College with a late-night study haven and stay as ...


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Magic Ex Libris series by Jim Hines. The third book comes out next year Magic ex Libris Libriomancer (2012) Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires ...


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This was The Twilight Zone episode "Midnight Sun.". Like many original Twilight Zone episodes, it was penned by Rod Serling. Norma and her landlady, Mrs. Bronson, are watching and waiting in Norma's apartment as the looming sun heats everything and society breaks down. Things get worse and worse, until Norma eventually loses consciousness. When she wakes ...


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Black and Blue Magic by Zilpha (Silpha in some publishings) Keatley Snyder. It features a young boy named Harry Houdini Marco, named such by his stage magician father after the gypsy prophecy that Harry would wield great magic. He's noted as clumsy, unable to do stage magic and unable to even catch fly balls in baseball. His father is now deceased. He does ...


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This is Diane Duane's Young Wizards series. The main characters are Kit and Nita, who get roped into becoming wizards, people empowered by The Powers That Be to fight against the Lone Power, who embodies entropy. Boy somehow ends up in a mirror universe that's darker and seems to have no people. He has to travel to a certain office(?) building and steal a ...


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This is "The Last Day" by Glenn Kleiner Just in time for the millennium, Glenn Kleier mixes bioengineering and religion, miracles and modern warfare, politics and physics to produce a gripping tale set in the Middle East at the dawn of the 21st century. When a mysterious explosion destroys a top-secret laboratory in the Negev desert on Christmas ...


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I've never read the book, but it sounds a lot like Dying Bites (Book 1 in Bloodhound Files series) by D D Barant.


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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 into the rock face of a cliff side. His job is to assist the magician in the stage shows held for the guests. Above ground, the guests are offered every form of ...


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Your description was somewhat familiar to me, and I was picturing the right book, but it's not part of the series I thought. I looked through my collection and found it: The Eye in the Stone, by Allen L. Wold, ISBN 0-517-00725-8. Front cover is a guy standing in an arch, with flame coming out of his thumb, and a cat standing on his shoulders. I haven't ...


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You're describing the "WebMage" series by Kelly McCullough. Per N.Trachta's review: Mr. McCullough does a very good job of merging our current world with that of Greek mythology. The Fates are very real, the Furies bite at you, and Eris is the goddess of discord (as Mr. McCullough points out nicely, the hackers goddess). The fascinating thing in ...


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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 supranatural who would prey on them. The Oversight are people who have mixed blood, part natural and part supranatural, who have sworn to protect the natural from ...


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This sounds like Laptop of the Gods by Peter Chippindale, published in 1998. One other plot detail that I remember: The protagonist Cupid/Eros accidentally alters history and creates Bill Gates while illegally accessing Mercury/Hermes' account on the mainframe of the gods.


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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 indeed picked to find an ancient artifact in the first book, Fated, which turns out to be an ivory wand: Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop ...


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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 character, Genny Taylor, is sidhe fae and one of her friends, Tavish, is a kelpie. The plot in this particular book does revolve around faelings (half-human/...


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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 an added dose of cosmic horror. The Prefects are terrifyingly casual throughout, and the narrator expresses how unnerving he finds it that they speak only in ...


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Seems I forgot it was only a teaser from the back of the author's most recent previous title. No wonder I couldn't find it. Here's the title in question: Rising Darkness (A Game of Shadows Novel) by Thea Harrison (release date: April 2nd, 2013)


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Having had a flash of inspiration, I remembered the name of the website: "the Wordwood". Using that for my googling, I came upon Spirits in the Wire by Charles de Lint. At a popular Newford online research and library Web site called the Wordwood, a mysterious crash occurs. Everyone visiting the site at the moment of the crash vanishes from where they ...


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Even The Man Who Was Thursday is a bit borderline as a fantasy novel. While set in a political situation that never existed, there is nothing inherently 'fantastic' about it. Both The Napoleon of Notting Hill and The Flying Inn are set in 'alternate' presents, and so would count as 'fantasy' to at least the same extent as The Man Who Was Thursday. But most ...


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The Things With Wings by Greg Holch From Amazon: Every year the Emerald Rainbow butterflies return to Angel Falls, and children disappear. Newton and Vanessa want to know why. When they discover the secret -- that they can become butterflies -- they face an awesome decision. None of the covers I've found depict a tree, but the other details match up. ...


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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 has Alexander going to live with his grandmother, a reporter for a natural magazine, and she takes him along on an expedition to the Amazon in search of the ...


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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 cohabitants for food scraps (described in fantasy vernacular as "chumps" and "spills"). Edwud K, on a mission from the Director, strikes out with a small cadre ...


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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 donned, they reveal the truth in others. According to the writer at the end of the episode: "I believe that these spectacles enable the wearer to know the ...


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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 indeed a cruel princess in china, the named Turandot, who sets her suitors with three riddles, with those who failed being executed - the quote I recall is, "...


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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 theft, different realms/creatures), although a few are not the same (half dragon instead of unicorn).


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