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Immortal Unicorn (Peter S. Beagle's Immortal Unicorn)

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In 1968, Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn captured the hearts and the imaginations of people of all ages around the world. Now, by popular demand, Beagle has at last reunited with the fabulous mythical creature. An integral symbol in each piece, the fabled unicorn assumes many shapes - from the Chinese ki-lin, to the classic European cloven-hoofed legend, and more. Explo ...more
Hardcover, 525 pages
Published October 24th 1995 by HarperCollins Canada / Prism
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Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Jan 13, 2010 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Ellen Kushner and Peter Beagle
This seemed a little long, and many of the stories were too serious and/or trying too hard to be lyrical.

To be fair, though, I didn't pick this up because I wanted to read an anthology about unicorns. I picked it up for Ellen Kushner's short story after reading its prequel in Magical Beginnings.

You can tell that the Kushner story is early-ish work; it's not as polished as her Riverside novels. But it and its prequel are still interesting to read for fans of medievaloid fantasy. I hope she does n
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Angelala Biggs
Oct 16, 2012 Angelala Biggs rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bedtime readers, lovers of wonder-tales
This is a collection of short stories which each feature a unicorn in some shape or form (rhinoceros, necklace, traditional American white-horse-with-horn, etc.). Many of the stories are excellent, although some of them are determinedly contemporary, which I feel detracts from their appeal. Peter Beagle's story was the most charming, imaginative tale of the collection, and my favorite in the book.

Because of the inherently redemptive nature of the unicorn in all traditions, nearly every single st
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Stephanie
Jul 03, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horsies, fantasy
This is an anthology of short stories so not all of them are going to appeal to every reader. Not all of the unicorns will be exactly what you expect and some of the stories are dark, "contemporary", or just strange. I may be giving it five stars out of nostalgia because I really only remember the stories that I loved. I still have my big, old hardcover copy I received when the book first came out and will occasionally reread a few of the stories. Mostly, I love this book for having the first ev ...more
Ryan Williams
Mar 24, 2012 Ryan Williams rated it it was amazing
This is not your standard rainbows and unicorn collection of unicorn stories. Some of them are very gripping and have little to do with the happy and fluffy image of mystical horned horses that we are used to. The stories range from happy to sad to scary and even melancholy. It is a must read if you like the topic but have an open mind for artistic license.
John Peel
Jun 18, 2016 John Peel rated it it was ok
Like most anthologies, this one is a mix. There are a handful of good stories, a handful of bad stories and the vast majority are rather mediocre. The definition of unicorn is pretty stretched - a narwhal in one story, a tattoo in another - but there are some traditional unicorns among them. Overall, it ended up being rather dull.
Melanie
Mar 24, 2013 Melanie rated it did not like it
This book is not what I thought it was supposed to be, so I was already disappointed. I dislike short stories, so I was further disappointed. Add to that that these short stories were depressing, boring, offensive.... I couldn't even finish the book.
Terry
Oct 19, 2007 Terry rated it liked it
I am not a fan of short stories and this collection contains many that reinforce my prejudice but there were a few that struck a chord whether bizarre [A Thief in the Night:] or profound [What the Eye Sees, What the Heart Feels:].
Shawna
Jul 09, 2010 Shawna rated it liked it
About half the stories are worth reading. Some are excellent. I've starred the ones I would read again and/or have authors I'd like to look into.
Bridgett
Apr 02, 2009 Bridgett rated it really liked it
Some of the stories seemed "gritty" just to go against the assumption that unicorns are "light and fluffy." But overall, I liked the collection.
Miranda
Jul 06, 2012 Miranda rated it liked it
This is a good anthology, but like a lot of collections it has some really weak stories in between the stronger. Several, including DeLint's "Seven for a Secret," are well worth your time.
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Peter Soyer Beagle (born April 20, 1939) is an American fantasist and author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays. He is also a talented guitarist and folk singer. He wrote his first novel, A Fine and Private Place , when he was only 19 years old. Today he is best known as the author of The Last Unicorn, which routinely polls as one of the top ten fantasy novels of all time, and at least two of ...more
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