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Uncle Vernon's Lie by [Samphire, Patrick]
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Length: 29 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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In Uncle Vernon’s garden, the river of stars might sweep you away. Satyrs weave tales on looms made of moonbeams. Worlds fall and die in every single teardrop. And Uncle Vernon tells stories that can’t possibly be true.

But Benji knows that his uncle will only tell him one lie in his whole life, and hidden among those stories full of secrets both frightening and wonderful is the single lie that might break Benji’s heart.

This is a fantasy short story. It was first published in Realms of Fantasy, February 2006.


"This tale will grab you, touch you emotionally, and leave you thinking about it long after you've read it."

- Scott M. Sandridge, Tangent Online.

"The revelation of the actual lie is beautifully set up, and the story is both enjoyable to read and 'true'."
- Richard Horton, Locus.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 606 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Five Fathoms Press (30 March 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007QD6HG0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars A charming and exceptional story 5 April 2012
By L. Campbell - Published on
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"That's why you're a child, so you can see and touch and know the magic and miracles. If you don't, what's the point of being a child? You might as well grow up."

Do you remember what it's like to feel honest childlike wonder? This beautiful story will remind you. There's more magic and emotion in this short story than in most full-length novels. When a book is only a dollar, it's your time, not your money, that's the potential sacrifice. Your time will be well spent with this one. The feelings of awe and amazement I experienced reading this were priceless. Beautiful writing, smart-yet-subtle humor, yearning characters, bittersweet relationships, and a great appreciation of life are all packed into this one short story. I read most of it aloud to my almost 3-year-old and even she was spellbound.
5.0 out of 5 stars How to be a Child 19 February 2013
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Benji is far too serious for a little boy. His father sends him to spend his summer holidays with Uncle Vernon, and if ever there was a being who could re-introduce the wonder of childhood to a serious little boy, Uncle Vernon is that being. He is a keeper of childhood magic, and he and the magic frighten Benji to the point where he's willing to be swept away on a river of stars to escape.

Patrick Samphire beautifully imagines a childhood summer frightening and enchanting in equal measure. Uncle Vernon is an unforgettable creation--the kind of relative every serious child should have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure magic 10 April 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Uncle Vernon will tell you one lie, so which of his wild, outlandish claims is the lie? What at first seem like silly jokes turn out to be perverse truths as Uncle Vernon's claims open up twist after twist in this magical plotline. This story is filled with vivid images from a child's imagination, touched with the bittersweet moments of learning that come with growing up. I love Samphire's short stories and would recommend any of them. This one is a personal favorite of mine.
4.0 out of 5 stars "He writes about childhood as a child would--if a child could" 26 April 2012
By Raymund Eich - Published on
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Although Henry James said it about Robert Louis Stevenson, the quote above fits Samphire's short story. Benji spends the summer with his eccentric uncle and his life will never be the same. Joyous and bittersweet, this story carries a marvelous tone of innocence and wonder, both gained and lost.