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"Puzzle for Poppy" by Patrick Quentin Looking up "Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper" led me to the ISFDB page, which listed two Hitchcock anthologies that included the story, Alfred Hitchcock's Fireside Book of Suspense and Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbinders in Suspense, the latter of which looked very familiar, but none of the listed entries matched up. However, ...


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Partial match: The Broker (2005) by John Grisham. From Goodreads: In his final hours in the Oval Office, the outgoing President grants a controversial last-minute pardon to Joel Backman, a notorious Washington power broker who has spent the last six years hidden away in a federal prison. What no one knows is that the President issues the pardon only ...


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Company of Liars (2008) by Karen Maitland. From Goodreads: The year is 1348. The Black Plague grips the country. In a world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers, brought together by chance, attempt to outrun the certain death that is running inexorably toward them. Each member of this motley company has a story to tell. From Camelot, ...


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It is the Storm collection (draw by Don Lawrence). Luckily, I found the first one selling at a flea market. The books I read as a child were: The Deep World - (De Diepe Wereld) (1978) (written by Philip 'Saul' Dunn) (PT - O Mundo das Profundesas) and The Last Fighter - (De Laatste Vechter) (1979) (written by Martin Lodewijk) (PT - O Último Campeão) Wiki: ...


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We had this one asked after on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Stack Exchange, Children find hole in their bedroom wall which changes objects. It is Nicholas Fisk's "Swap Shop" from his collection Sweets from a stranger. From this review: It begins with the wind whistling through the wall. It’s not the noise itself that’s the problem, says Jo, it’s the ...


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This is from Honey Bear (1923) by Dixie Willson, a narrative poem about “a big black bear” who steals a “cosy, rosy, baby” and takes it away into the forest. The stanzas your mother remembered are: Once upon a summer in the hills by the river Was a deep green forest where the wild things grew. There were caves as dark as midnight—there were tangled ...


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Li Ju-chen is comparable to Hsia Ching-ch’ü (夏敬渠, 1705–1787). Hsia’s mammoth novel, Yeh-sou p’u-yen (野叟曝言, An Old Rustic’s Idle Talk), is a grand fantasy of wish fulfillment in which the male protagonist, Wen Su-ch’en, parades his accomplishments and adventures as scholar, knight-errant, moralist, lover, minister, and military commander in interminable ...


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