Not Your Everyday, Run of the Mill Erinn (xdragonladyx) wrote in recommend_books,
Not Your Everyday, Run of the Mill Erinn

Peter S. Beagle

Author: Peter S. Beagle
Title: The Last Unicorn and
The Rhinoceros that Quoted Nietzsche and Other Odd Aquaintances
Genre: Fantasy or may be teen fiction or may be just fiction

Many of you might be familar with the animated film made decades ago called, "The Last Unicorn" but have you read the book? If not, you should. Beagle is an absolute delight to read. His work is wimsical, thoughtful, and full of heart. I got a chance to hear him read the short story, "Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros" (from the second book listed above) and it was just wonderful. Not only was it fantastic to have the author read his own work, but the story itself was lovely. It was about an old professor who takes his niece to the zoo where a near by rhinoceros starts talking to him and tells him quite frankly that it is not a rhinoceros but a unicorn. The story goes on from there, I think I even cried a little bit at the end.

So go out and get them both! I think most stores will carry a copy of The Last Unicorn but you might have to order a copy of the rhinoceros book. But believe me, it's well worth it!

Edit: I forgot to mention that you should buy his books from his website. The company that put out the movie for "The Last Unicorn" is violating their contract with Beagle and he hasn't seen a dime from all the sales they've been making with his movie. You can learn more about this atrosity here.
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I loooooooooooooooooooooooooove The Last Unicorn. I've been wanting to read his "sequel" short story for a while now.

::crosses fingers:: I really hope they get the live action film off the ground. Christopher Lee reprising his role as the king would be AWESOME.
Have you visited his website? If you haven't, you should. I edited the post and put some links to it, and definitely order it from his website. Peter needs all the help he can get.

Did you get a chance to read "Two Hearts?" It's a new short story Beagle wrote (as a companion story to "Last Unicorn"), Connor got it published in the Oct/Nov issue of 'Fantasy & Science Fiction' magazine. It's really good! If you didn't get a chance to read it, you should try to find a back issue.

I hate to burst your bubble, but the live action film is really more of a rumor and a wet dream then anything else. Yes, I know there is even a website for it, but it's a big wet dream. Apparently half of the actors that are listed on the website didn't even realize they had been volunteered to play their corresponding live action roles. (Although from what I understand they were all interested in playing the roles anyhow.) I got this straight from the mouths of both Peter and his new manager, Connor. They were at Dragon Con 2005. I'm hoping they come again this coming convention too. The company that put out the movie is totally screwing Beagle over, here's another link to the sight his manager put up about it.---->
Don't have the cash to buy much of anything right now, so as I said, haven't read "Two Hearts" yet (that was the short story I was referring to in my comment). I don't even own The Last Unicorn, had to borrow it from the local library. I really wanted to order the audio version so I could get the book of "Two Hearts", but monetary issues prevented such an act.

Yeah, I know all of that about the movie. But the rest of the world still likes to dream that people will quit being complete idiots and actually make a decent movie for once, instead of Hollywood putting out crap and more crap. Personally I think New Line would be the best to do it, or at least some company teamed with Weta. ::sigh::