Ariel, a tough-talking unicorn, and her best friend, Peter Garey, reunite in this sporadically charming sequel to ‘s Ariel. Their colorful. In Elegy Beach you feel every minute of those years. This is a story as somber as it is often thrilling. It comes weighted with the disillusionment of a life lived with. The last thing in this world I wanted to see was another damned unicorn. They were the big deal for schoolgirls in Del Mar this year. Gaggles of.

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It’s been twenty-seven years since the Change. Elegy Beach Change 2 by Steven R. What a weird stylistic quirk. I’ve boyegt and re-read it several times over the years, and at the oddest times I’ll wonder “What ever happened to Pete? The worst was the lack of question marks after most questions, both in dialog and in interior monologue. It’s not that I begrudge eleg the development of his craft; the descriptions baech vivid and sophisticated and quite lyrical at times.

Beagle sustains in The Last Unicornperhaps, but then very few books do. Some of the old rules of the world still applied, like gravity, but for the laws of physics just changed in such a way that magic became the new science.

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You don’t need to have read Ariel first, not really; this is a sequel of sorts, but it’s also a standalone novel and one that happens to contain a quick synopsis of Ariel tucked away inside to boot. He simply doesn’t pull you in as well this time. Not all of it is dramatic or intense or even remarked upon. Sep 15, Jennifer Mash rated it liked beaach Shelves: 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.

The sentence structure being off. We read it for the story, for the characters, for the writing itself. The electronic re-issue of Ariel is what finally pushed me over the edge–now that I could read it again without having to worry about my treasured tattered paperback falling apart left me with no more excuses.


Maybe I was too sympathetic to Old Pete but neither one of those things seemed like particularly difficult sacrifices to make.

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What the hell is up with the near-total lack of question marks in this book? Dec 02, Wayne Baxter rated it liked it. I’m generally a fast reader, but parts of the book just seemed to linger on In fact, that way you won’t notice and be bothered by the inconsistencies.

Wagner Support SF Reviews. It felt as though Boyett might have written himself into a corner, and hoped we wouldn’t notice the big bootprints of awkwardness that led to the next room as we passed through to get to the really good stuff. Along the way we get a little father-son friction and see another young man grow up and claim his birthright.

ELEGY BEACH by steven r boyett

But I’d still recommend seeking out Boyett’s first stab at the world of the Change anyway. There is an alarming tendency in the fantasy genre for a series set in the same world with characters that carry over from episode to episode to gradually become I first read Ariel A Book of the Change a year ago.

It is much better then Arielwritten by a much y This book took me quite awhile to get into. I noticed Cory Doctorow did a blurb for the book, and while I know he covered Steven Boyett on Boing Boing for both boyegt writing and his podcasting bpyett does Podrunner, if ya didn’t knowI can’t help but think that he only did it because Disneyland is mentioned.

She seemed to devoid of most of the emotion she exhibited in elegt first book. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

The author also was good at showing his point and giving little hints on things that were going to happen. Not as good as Ariel, but I still enjoyed it because it was a sequel to a book I really, really liked.


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Boyett could have as easily had the characters come across a portable CD player as an iPod though I will allow that batteries likely would have been a problem. Pete knows he’s never been the best of fathers to Fred, and Fred has never fully understood what Pete has lived with and bottled up all these years.

As well as the usual wandering bandits, riffraff, and crazies of course. This book in some ways is leaps and bounds better than Ariel, in that it had a much juicier plot and it was less skittish about sex. Close Report a review At Kobo, we try to ensure that published reviews do not contain rude or profane language, spoilers, or any of our reviewer’s personal information.

Where Ariel was about learning to put away childish things, Elegy Beach is about learning from the mistakes of your elders, and accepting their flaws and hard lessons rather than becoming embittered and resentful. The fact that I had used up all my “renews” and it was due in a week had a lot to do with it. Pete Garey has settled in Del Mar, where he raises his son Fred but otherwise keeps much to himself.

Magic has become a new tool for protection as well as for trinkets – but no one really understands the way it works.

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Looking for More Great Reads? Boyett’s grown as an author in the time since, and he tries some experimental things here that I don’t always like, but which effectively convey how much the world has been transformed by the Change.

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In its best scenes, Elegy Beach hits its emotional marks every bit as well as Ariel. Where did Ariel go?