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The Particolored Unicorn

3.33  ·  Rating Details ·  52 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Here, for a new generation of readers, is the exciting (and witty) tale of Piswyck, a young nobleman not quite ready for the world of magic and derring-do: his Particolored Unicorn (it has bad habits: it farts, and worse, it speaks in iambic pentameter), and their quest to rescue the beautiful Miranda, who has been carried off to Far Bermuda by her wicked Uncle Smagdarone ...more
Paperback, 230 pages
Published December 1987 by Ace Books (first published January 1st 1987)
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Jul 03, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing
A random book that I picked up in a used book store... I've bought it again online THREE times because I've read it so many times the spine has given out. Witty and sarcastic, the humor is just my style. The plot is fantasy but with many wacky twists. It's not a long book, so it's often one I grab when I'm going out of town for the weekend and want something to keep me busy in the car. Great book.
Sep 08, 2014 Louise rated it it was amazing
This is one of my all time favorite books. I found it when I was around 13 tucked in a pile of used books. I picked up as I loved fantasy and unicorns. It was like finding buried treasure as I still love it years later. I still have the original one I had found. I drag it wherever I havd moved over the years. I inevitably seem to pull it off the shelf once a year. I find it refreshing for the fantasy genre as it pokes fun at the typical fantasy epic with great humour! The sassy intelligent ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Angela rated it it was ok
Honestly I think this book should have been two. Or even three. There was so much crammed into it, (and it really felt crammed,) it made what should have been a carefree adventure seem rushed. So, for this tiny novel, there was just too much going on. The Appearing Egg, the alphabet names for Piswyk's family, the Countess' plans, the sea elves, Kimowatt, Bethzda...all these are examples of events or items that were introduced, not fully explored, and then ignored. I felt like there were too many ...more
Aug 26, 2014 Gmc rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sf, reveiwed
The Particolored Unicorn (Paperback) by Jon DeCles
All the young Marquis Piswyck needs is beautiful Miranda, who has been carried off to Far Bermuda by her wicked Uncle Smagdarone (the Great?).
To rescue her he will have to get passed an impenetrable wall of man-eating gelatin. Of course he gets help and hindrances along the way from an outrageous cast of charters. There are trolls, hang glider battles, great green sharks, gymnastics in swordplay, Black Elves, a giant chartreuse septapus named Ra
Apr 27, 2010 M— rated it did not like it
I made it to the part where the prince and the unicorn donned gliding wings and found it necessary to sing loudly to each other in order to avoid crashing while flying within low-laying cloudbanks, whereupon I lost all interest. I put the book down and didn't pick it up again, even to just flip straight to the ending. I didn't care that much.

Still, this book wasn't crap and was rocking a two-star rating until Goodreads crashed my Edit Review page and lost my review. One star has been subtracted
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Jul 30, 2015 Katheryn A rated it really liked it
I picked this up for a used book store thinking it was going to be ridiculously horrible but I was actually surprised. It was a light, easy read with a good since of humor. It really didn't take itself too seriously.

It had its flaws. Like others have mentioned, it was a bit rushed. It seemed like the characters never really settled down to reflect on what just happened; it was always on to the next thing.

All in all, I'd recommend this to someone who likes fantasy and satire whose looking for a
Mar 03, 2016 Tatjna added it
Rollicking, entertaining, light reading. Sets itself up for a sequel but apparently there isn't one. Would have been nice if every woman in the story didn't fall into bed with Piswyck on sight, but I can't help feeling maybe the author was taking the piss out of adventure fantasy tropes the whole way through anyway.

I enjoyed it, fun and not hard work.
Feb 11, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
A tale of a young price who wants love, the thrown and the unicorn of course. He can't have any of them at first due to his Wizard dad being alive, his love was held hostage by his Uncle and the unicrons wasn't his to have. He goes on a journey to find them all and is not giving up until he has all that he dreams of.
Jul 12, 2013 Wendy rated it liked it
Shelves: own, scififant
Long ago, and far away.....No seriously, Decles was a common frequent figure in the Bay Area scifi conventions in the 80s and 90s.
I loved the humor, prose, characters and ha reread it multiple times. I only wish he wrote more novels. I think this was a one hit wonder.
Dec 19, 2008 Nicole added it
Shelves: fantasy
Piswyck, the son of a wizard, and his variegated unicorn go on a quest to seek his inheritance and Miranda.
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