Peter S. Beagle has been novel-less for even longer than Willis — 17 years. SUMMERLONG (Tachyon, 240 pp., $15.95) probably won’t transform the fantasy field the way his second novel, “The Last Unicorn,” did in 1968. That’s fine. All it needs to do is showcase once again the strange yet familiar delights of enchantment.
With the introduction of Lioness’s pursuing ex, the shadowy Mr. Mardikian, Beagle’s literary affinity for the proto-European myths at the heart of Greek and Norse mythology takes readers deeper and deeper into that ancient wilderness, via the relevant and resonant paths his work has always favored.
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For POPCULTUREBEAST, JL Jamieson names the title a best book for 2016.
It’s so great to see more from the well beloved Peter S. Beagle. He has a deft hand with fairytales, and this one was a delight.
A retelling of an old mythical story with a modern update, I loved every page.
Leah Rachel von Essen at WHILE READING AND WALKING includes the book on 7 Underrated 2016
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Remember how all of Tumblr keeps wondering why there aren’t enough fantasy adaptations of the awesome tale of Hades and Persephone? Because Peter S. Beagle, fantasy titan, can write one without it getting the hype it deserves. Go pick up this ethereal fantasy novel about the couple who allow a captivating new waitress in town to stay in their garage.
For Powell’s Top Five: Our Staff’s Favorite Books of 2016, Lonnan R. names SUMMERLONG.
For more info on SUMMERLONG, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover art by Magdalena Korzeniewska
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