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...some folks do indeed look at me funny when I tell them about having a pet skunk, even after I assure them that yes, he was descented.   But most people, the ones who share with me the conviction that a house isn't a home unless it's got someone four-legged and furry in it, just smile and let me ramble on.   Hobkin enriched my life and reminded me to run for the joy of it, lookit the magic all around us, and to laugh every day.
Not a quote from a story, but from one of the afterwords Eugie Foster has provided to each of the short pieces in this collection. As mentioned previously, Eugie has had some bad news recently, and I am warmly recommending the ebooks of her two collections, Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice and Mortal Clay, Stone Heart and Other Stories in Shades of Black and White. Whereas Returning My Sister’s Face had a generally Asian theme, Mortal Clay, Stone Heart is more general in its range, though there's a recurrent theme of stories involving cute animals (not one, but two with skunks). The linking thread, if there is any, is of variable form and substance, of emotions and sometimes betrayal; some of these stories are just vignettes of a neat idea, some are longer with twists in the tail. They're all pretty good, and you should buy it.

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