With the beautiful SUMMERLONG, Peter S. Beagle delivers a strange and lovely lyric vision
The reviews and recommendations for Peter Beagle’s wonderful new novel SUMMERLONG keeping coming.
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY gives the book a *starred* review.
Renowned fantasy author Beagle (THE LAST UNICORN) recasts a primeval myth in this 21st-century hymn to Persephone, set in the islands off West Seattle and celebrating the cyclic changing of seasons, relationships, and the life of the planet itself.
As their heady summer phases into early autumn, Lioness’s mysterious husband appears on the ferry from Seattle, bringing with him the chilly and inevitable resolution to Beagle’s strange and lovely lyric vision.
Crystal F. at LOST IN A GOOD BOOK raves about the NOVEL, awarding it 5 stars.
Wonderful! Everyone should read this book.
This is a lovely, strange book. What happens when you enter into the world of myth and legends? You certainly can’t stay the way you were. You reach out. You try new things. It’s wonderful and terrible at the same time.
I read this book about a month ago, but I couldn’t write the review and I’m glad I didn’t. This requires a little thought. You need to steep in it. The writing is lyrical and descriptive.
It’s a book full of visions and dreams. I didn’t appreciate it fully the first time I read it. From what I’ve heard, this is Mr. Beagle’s gift. He also wrote THE LAST UNICORN which has a reputation for loveliness and quality. I’ve never read it, but I really need to now.
For CRITICAL WRIT, Megan Crittenden enjoyed the book.
SUMMERLONG is the newest novel from Peter S. Beagle, his first full length novel since TAMSIN. If you are not familiar with Beagle’s name, you certainly have heard of his most famous novel, THE LAST UNICORN. SUMMERLONG is an adult fantasy novel, but grown up UNICORN fans will still enjoy his prose and perhaps even some of the more whimsical elements found in SUMMERLONG.
Beagle’s prose is as always, beautiful. Gardner Island, the fictional setting just off of Seattle, is easy to visualize, both by it’s description but also the charm Beagle weaves into the sleepy little island. The real enchantment of the book lies in the mundane little details that build a strong impression in the reader’s mind.
HINDUSTAN TIMES includes SUMMERLONG on its list of 5 fantasy novels to read while you wait for next Game of Thrones book.
Romantic, bittersweet and heart-wrenching, SUMMERLONG is a more subtle variant of the fantasy genre. It’s not expected to be published until Fall 2016, but with rumors that WINDS OF WINTER might not arrive until early 2017, this novel will be the ideal bridge.
For more info on SUMMERLONG, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Magdalena Korzeniewska
Design by Elizabeth Story