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Sleight of Hand by Peter S. Beagle
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May 14, 11

bookshelves: 2011, library, fantasy, anthology
Read from May 07 to 13, 2011

I like Peter S. Beagle's writing a lot. I like his dynamic and interesting characters, his quirky twists on reality and fantasy, the originality of what pours forth from his imagination. This collection showcases all of those wonderful aspects of his writing.

Sleight of Hand has a lot to like. There's a Schmedrick story, from before he met the unicorn and Molly Grue. There's a story of a dragon in downtown San Francisco. There's a tale of an avenging angel, and another noirish story about a woman's survival. They're all memorable, and lovely, and easily revisited. There's a great variety, so that people can pick and choose between the fantasy elements they most like.

Some readers may think Peter S. Beagle is simply the author of The Last Unicorn. Such readers are missing out on a lot of wonderful fantasy he's written since then. This short story collection is definitely a good example of what they're missing out on.

At the very least, I'd advise SF/fantasy readers to glance at a short story or two in this collection to let it draw you in. Certainly you can spare that much time for a master fantasist. If that doesn't draw you in, well, nothing much lost. If it does, though, you're in for a treat.
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