Synopses & Reviews
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Two Hearts”
Winner of the Washington Science Fiction Small Press Award for El Regalo”
Nominee for the Mythopoeic Award
The beloved author of The Last Unicorn returns with the signature elegance and originality that has earned him comparisons to J. R. R. Tolkien, Fritz Leiber, and Kurt Vonnegut. Readers seeking magic, wonder, and mystery need look no further. In these resonant new stories, some appearing for the first time, you will find bold adventure, sly humor, and resounding depth.
In the thrilling and beautiful Two Hearts,” return to the extraordinary world of The Last Unicorn. Observe the Worlds Most Annoying Eight-Year-Old bend time, fate, and household chores to his sorcerous will. Learn how Soukyan met the Fox, and why a stolen dream might be more dangerous than an unstoppable assassin. Discover the price of a mermans treasure, match wits with the man who saw right through Sherlock Holmes, and redefine feline style with Gordon, the self-made cat.
The Line Between is a captivating blend of traditional and contemporary fantasy, crafted by the fields most remarkable imagination. It is a collection you will return to again and again and treasure forever.
For all their varietyFour Fables, a childrens story for all ages, a Sherlock Holmes pastiche, an old tars tall tale, a sequel to one novel (The Last Unicorn
) and a prequel to another (The Innkeepers Song
, 1993), and the germ of a prospective witch novelall ten stories in this book are lucid and refreshing as spring water, full of amusement, humanity, and wisdom.”
Booklist, starred review
Delicate shadings and subtle prose.”
Each one of the stories gathered here is aimed directly at the heart....”
His third and best collection...a cornucopia of delights; mark this as a major contender for Collection of the Year.”
At his best, Peter S. Beagle outshines the moon, the sun, the stars, the entire galaxy.”
Everything here is quite wonderful.”
Green Man Review
A wonderful collection.... Each story is a gem.... Read it for any reason you can find, but read it.”
Everything Beagle writes is a pleasure to read.”
Peter S. Beagle has both opulence of imagination and mastery of style.”
New York Times Book Review
The long-awaited sequel to the popular classic The Last Unicorn
is the centerpiece of this powerful collection of new tales from a fantasy master. As longtime fans have come to expect, the stories are written with a grace and style similar to fantasy's most original voices, such as J. R. R. Tolkien, Fritz Leiber, and Kurt Vonnegut. Traditional themes are typically infused with modern sensibilitiesreincarnated lovers and waning kings rub shoulders with heroic waifs; Schmendrick the Magician returns to adventure, as does the ghost of an off-Broadway actor and a dream-stealing shapeshifter; and Gordon, the delightfully charming "self-made cat," appears for the first time in print, taking his place alongside Stuart Little as a new favorite of the young at heart. This wide-ranging compilation contains sly humor and a resounding depth that will charm fans of literary fantasy.
About the Author
"One of my favorite writers." Madeleine L'Engle, author, A Wrinkle in Time and A Swiftly Tilting Planet"Peter S. Beagle illuminates with his own particular magic such commonplace matters as ghosts, unicorns, and werewolves." Ursula K. LeGuin, author, A Wizard of Earthsea and The Left Hand of Darkness"A cornucopia of delights; mark this as a major contender for Collection of the Year." Locus Magazine"A wonderful collection...Each story is a gem...Read it for any reason you can find, but read it." SFRevu"A collection of his recent stories shows Beagle is still a fresh and charming author." The Denver Post"Each one of the stories gathered here is aimed directly at the heart." SF Site"At his best, Peter S. Beagle outshines the moon, the sun, the stars, the entire galaxy." The Seattle Times"Everything here is quite wonderful. You will certainly discover your own favorites in The Line Between." Green Man Review