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Preview — Elegy Beach by Steven R. Boyett
Elegy Beach (Change #2)
ELEGY BEACH—a novel of reunions and departures, the joy of discovery and the pain ...more
Elegy Beach is rightly named, though that fact doesn't really become apparent until later in the book. To start with, Fred is just a young apprentice in the sleepy Southern California coastal town of Del Mar, ...more
Second, the content was actually pretty good. It was an interesting take on a post-apocalyptic world, where ...more
The are moments of friendship rekindled, fears reborn and ultimately ...more
There were some authorial mannerisms, though, that started annoying me early on and got increasingly irritating as they went on and on and on. The worst was the lack of question marks after most questions, both in dialog and in interior monologue. Did he think this was a clever trick when used over and over and over again. Did he think it added to the uniqueness of the voices when pretty much every ...more
It was heartbreaking and it was tragic but who here thinks that losing virginity isn't pretty much inevitable. That's what makes tragedy Doc. Inevitability. No use crying over spilled et cetera. Look at our little hajj here. You think we aren't acting out a tragedy?
Elegy Beach is the never-intended sequel to Ariel. If Ariel is a young man's ode to the end of adolescence written when he was barely out of his own, with all of the shortsightedness and self-centeredness that implies (which I argue i ...more
To use the terminology of the Goodreads rating scale, it was amazing ... un ...more
The book is about a world with no more technology or former physical laws it had before allowing fairytale creatures to exist. There is a 20 year old young man named Fred who is a caster, giving him the abilities to do magic and make spells. He has left his ...more
Somehow after the showdown in New York Pete Garey finds himself on the west coast, sans Shaughnessy, at the start of this story. 27 years has passed, he and Shaughnessy traveled west started a farm where she had died from a disease she had caught from her son. After her death Pete uproots and ...more
On its own, "Elegy Beach" is a classic coming-of-age story set in a world that is familiar and strange, all at the same time. There is an interesting exploration of "magic as the new science", and while some of the plot is predictable (see "classic"), the characters are whole enough to keep you interested.
As a follow-up to "Ariel", I was bothered by the inconsistencies in the world. "Ariel" was written at a particular time, and froze the modern world in that ...more
Ariel has long been one of my guilty pleasure books. I reread it with relative frequency. Each time, I allow my love for the characters to carry me past the maddening inconsistencies in Boyett's world of the Change, and the holes in the plot, and the large suspensions of disbelief it requires.
Boyett tries to pull off the same magic again with some interesting thought exercises and some pretty good 'what ifs'. The book is decent but ...more
The villain's motivations seemed kind of glossed over to me. It felt like, BOOM, now he's suddenly evil, for reasons I far from fully understood. But then there were people/centaurs getting killed with swords and stabbed with javelins and stuff, and I ...more
Now, one young spell-caster has gone "rogue", trying to return the world to the way it was before The Change and his best friend (and fellow spell-caster)sets out to find, and stop, me if he can. He is jo ...more
The main plot of the story revolves around Fred going on a quest to stop his friend and fellow magic-user Yanamandra Ramchandani from accomplishing hi ...more
If you read any further you may read some things that give away the plot so, stop reading!
The world is in chaos. Technology doesn’t work. Magic is REAL. Unicorns exist and as it turns out they can be what changes the world forever. By using the unicorns hor ...more
Elegy Beach rejoins Pete and Ariel decades later, when they're older, wiser, and a bit more jaded. Interestingly, the story isn't told from their perspective, but from that of Pete's son. It's an inspired choice, one that helps Boyett create a compelling, poignant, beautifully nuanced novel by letting us see these familiar characters through fresh eyes.
Boyett is just as gifted with lang ...more
It would have been more bearable had the author not used such impressive words to describe characters and settings. As it stands, the style is meant to reflect the main character, but it comes off sloppy, as if the author or editor thought it wa ...more
I made some wry remarks about some of the tech mentioned in this book that didn't exist back when Ariel was created, but he addresses that in his afterward. Can't say I totally agree, but then, it's not my story!
I'm a little saddened by the end, both for what happens to characters, and that it's THE END of this particu ...more
That is a tough roll to fill, and while I do have a few minor qualms, and I am not the same person who read Ariel: A book of the Change, many many years ago I did enjoy revisiting familiar characters, I was relieved to discover not only had I changed, so had the characters, time had not left them isolated in the pages of a book, they were older as well, more experienced, changed, yet recognizably familiar.
without giving away any story...more
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As a DJ he has played clubs, conventions, parties, Burning Man, and sporting events, and produces two of the world’s most popular music podcasts: Podrunner and Groovelectric.
Steve has also been a martial arts instructor, professiona ...more