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Elegy Beach Hardcover – November 3, 2009
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His most recently published novel, MORTALITY BRIDGE, earned acclaim from Publisher's Weekly and popular authors John Scalzi and Cory Doctorow.
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Top Customer Reviews
Learning about this new world was a lot of fun, as was meeting the characters along the way, thanks to Boyett's dry wit. He is not satisfied with using standard fantasy elements, which would be fine with many readers; he breathes life into what could have been clichés by giving plausible explanations for why things are the way they are. It makes for a very rich and robust story.
A rich read that's a page-turner at the same time - I know that any lover of fantastic journeys would love this book.
I think this book could stand on its own, but I am such a huge fan of Ariel that I have to suggest reading that one first. Both are special in their own way.
The characters in this book are different from Ariel, but I think that's ok - its great to bring out new characters. They are the descendants from the first book and they are attempting to understand, control and I guess you would say... organize or bring structure to the new "magic" that inhabits the world now. Sort of like scientists have done with physics in our own past. Very clever. I don't want to say too much more or give spoilers. Suffice to say if you liked Ariel, you will enjoy this greatly.
The author's writing is fresh & enjoyable, a really great read!
Ariel became a cult classic, and now, 25 years later, Boyett finally returns to the world of The Change with the long-awaited sequel, Elegy Beach.
Elegy Beach picks up about 20 years after the events of Ariel, and shifts to the West Coast, where Pete's son, Fred, is a young man growing up to be a talented caster. He and his best friend, Yan, try to apply scientific principles to the study of the magic that infuses their world, and for Yan, a taste of power only fuels his desire for even more.
The events that unfold next can be summed up in a scene where Fred thinks to himself, "In the air above the mountains in a battered gondola of a wounded airship on my way to confront my former best friend holed up in the ruin of a former castle while he perfects the casting that will reinstate the old world's order I am talking to a unicorn about whether the centaur following us is carrying my captured father. Um, ok...Read more ›
This all leads to the main point regarding "Elegy Beach." There are a number of problems with this book, most of which have been touched on by other reviewers so I will concentrate on the two biggest issues from my viewpoint:
(warning: partial spoilers)
1) Unlikeable Characters
In "Ariel", the characters were likable and sympathetic. You felt for the protagonists, Pete and Ariel as they fought to preserve what they had while striving to etch out a living in a post-apocalyptic world. You rooted for them during their battles, you shared their frustration when the bad guys scored a point. One had to admire Pete's strength of character and optimism in a Dog-Eat-Dog world. Ariel, the displaced mythical creature....Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recommend reading Ariel first, just because it also is a great read. I really liked the idea of a world with magic adding in when most other end of the world novels are just... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Walt Fitzharris
Great follow up to Ariel. I have read this book multiple times it is great!Published 1 month ago by Ariel Lynn McFarland
I loved much of Ariel--most of it, even--but the ending left me cold and angry. Or at least deeply unsatisfied. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard
I re-read Ariel before reading this sequel. Mr. Boyett learned a lot about writing between his first novel and this one, I was very pleased to see! Read morePublished 13 months ago by T. Jones
I picked up this book and "Ariel" at a used bookstore awhile ago. I'd never heard of "Ariel", but generally like post-apocalyptic fiction. Read morePublished 14 months ago by R. Douglas
A friend gave this to me, and I began it very slowly, but became quite passionate about reading it as I advanced through the story. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Marc Johnson
The original book Ariel was amazing idea for a story. Earth suddenly experiences a shock where half the laws of nature stop working. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Gary
Often times you see a movie or read a book and -even though the story wraps up nicely- you are left with a sense of longing. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Since1791
I read Ariel when it came out back in the day -- never realized at the time, until after I read the afterword, that the author was as young as I was at the time. Read morePublished 23 months ago by M. Peterson