- File Size: 873 KB
- Print Length: 25 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (November 30, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 30, 2016
- Sold by: Macmillan
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01M25Q545
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,900 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Story of Kao Yu: A Tor.com Original Kindle Edition
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Well, if you already know Peter Beagle, you'll know the kind of thing you're getting yourself into with this story. If you don't, you are in for a treat. Beagle's a wordsmith, and his writing is effortless and so beautiful that it almost makes me cry... and typically of him, this tale has sadness and loss shading its heart, although in one sense it does have a happy ending. Or maybe it's a sad ending. I'm not quite sure. Beagle's happy endings seldom come without a steep price attached, and I guess it's up to you to decide whether the price is *too* steep for the joy offered. That's one of the reasons I love his stories so much.
Actually, this would be a decent place to start if you've never read Beagle before. This single short story is cheap enough that if you don't like it you won't have lost much, and it's kin enough to much of his other work that if you do like it you'll have found a new favourite author. (Note I did not say ALL his other work. Aim to at least read the Amazon excerpts before you buy or you could get stung by one of the aberrations. Which stories are the aberrations vary from person to person, but if you like the first little bit chances are you'll like the rest of it.)
There is no clear moral to the story, but in most of my favorite Beagle books, like this one, one can decide upon their own moral, but they will be moved.
Peter S. Beagle. 99 cents. Buy it and read it.
You can call it and ode for the hope against all chances.
The unicorn is only a small appearance. Not a deus ex machina but a strong role for being itself exactly predictable