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Was included in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Nov 1987 and The Year's Best Fantasy #1 , 1988 and in [Japanese] in Hayakawa's SF Magazine #1, 1990 and Tesseracts 3 , 1991

Published solely here as Uncle Dobbin's Parrot Fair, Pulphouse Short Story Paperback #17, and originally included in Dreams Underfoot , 1993 which itself was part of Newford Stories

Paperback, Pulphouse Short Story Paperbacks #17, 45 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Pulphouse (first published 1987)
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Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paperback, 2000, 2015
also, included in Dreams Underfoot
first logged re-read 8/10/2000
re-read 8/1/2015
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a short story paperback that tells a little story of one person finding oneself, and another person who must discard his anger. It is the usual urban fantasy, but is a bit dark with some horror aspects. This is early de Lint writing and one of the first Newford stories. Jilly is the main character, and is very naive at this point. The story should be read for the significance of early Newford stuff, other than that it's just an average de Lint story. But I still enjoyed the story.
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Shelves: urban-fantasy
A look into the nature of magic.
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
A short story, I read this in "Dreams Underfoot". I was instantly mesmerized by the colorful characters "Uncle Dobbins" introduces us to and was quite swept away. I came away wondering what "bird" I have resonating inside me and if I am in danger of losing that inner song. This is a superb story about being true to who you are and how, you can fool everyone else - but you can't fool yourself. To quote a country song: "No Matter where go - there you are!" Loved it!
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I simply love this little book. Stories within stories, and Charles de Lint's Newford folks show up too, if only by being mentioned in passing. I also love the twist at the end -- it just felt right. It's a quick read, but it will leave you with that feeling fluttering in your chest if you let it.
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
The first story in Dreams Underfoot, it was my first introduction into the world of Newford and to Jilly Coppercorn. This limited edition book has a proud spot on my bookshelf.
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
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Short story - published in Dreams Underfoot.
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