Hey all! Guess what? I am Incredibly Spoiled...and yes that is in all caps. Anyways I am writing this on my new tablet so we shall see how this goes. Also I actually got a chance to finish a book so you know what that means...rambling time. The book is The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Be able and it has been on my radar for years and years and I have finally finally read it. How do I feel now that I've read it? Let's find out, but first, as always SPOILERS AHEAD!
World Building - The world for the most part is a fairly standard fantasy world with the requisite forest, villages, and blighted land. It was fairly intact and consistent which made for getting easily immersed. This was written before the huge amount of mainstream fantasy so for the time and even now the world is magical and complete.
Story - The story is the biggest part of the book. It is complete, varied, nuanced, beautiful and easy to follow. The story is exactly what I wanted in a true magical fantasy. It is the kind of story that a person can get lost in. It has everything you could want in high fantasy. An epic quest, magical creatures, bad guys, hero's, princes, prophecy's, seriously everything one needs for the ultimate fantasy story. I loved it.
Characters - There were definitely a variety of characters, and many of them even had pretty filled out back stories...that being said, this book wasn't really about the characters as it was the overall story and feel of the rhythm of storytelling. I did like that all of the characters stayed in character and acted accordingly. They did not do things just to further the story, they maintained their path and pattern. Also I liked that the characters were not cut and dry good or bad, and they all had motivation...yeah so characters.
Editing - The overall editing was well done, the book flowed nicely and the story progressed in a linear style that was very readable. The prose got a bit lyrical on occasion (I'll get more into that in a minute) which sometimes made my mind drift a bit, but the overall book was well edited.
Style - I want to make note on the style of this book. It was very lyrical and yet at the same time it had a fairly basic prose as well...that does not make any sense huh...so...ok let me try again. The book was very readable and almost simple in it's story telling at times, other times it felt almost like an epic poem. I feel like this book would actually work best read out loud...yeah, that is what the style is like. It is a tale to tell by the fire. I loved it, it felt very old school and wandering minsteral.
TBR Pile - I have been wanting to read this book for years. It is very famous, especially in the fantasy circles and has been named a top book in several categories many times over. I honestly do not have any idea why it took me so long to actually read this one. I do know that I wanted to read it in actual book form and I had the hardest time finding it in bookstores...which considering its fame was a little weird. Anyways it has been read and now I know why it is so famous. It is not my favorite book in the universe, but it is solid.
Extras - There is a graphic novel, a movie and all kinds of other tie in stuff to this book that I am now eager to go hunt down. I will also see if I can get my hands on more of this authors stuff, so that is always good.
Overall Impression - This post probably does not make a whole lot of sense, but I've been at work since last Thursday and am working until next Saturday so the lack of sleep makes me muzzy. Anyways on that note. I did very much enjoy this book. I loved the old school epic feel of it. I love the impressions it left in my head, and if it got a bit maudlin (what a great word) on occasion, well it just added to the atmosphere. I give this book 8 out of 10 old talking skulls and recommend it to anybody who loves true fantasy or is looking for a read out loud to the kiddo's book. Happy Reading Everybody!