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Sleight of Hand
by Peter S. Beagle


Overview - Magic is back.

Peter S. Beagle returns with an inspired collection of new fantasy that showcases his incomparable mastery and range. In these tales--with settings as different as an impossible reconstruction of the Berlin Wall and the kitchen of Mrs.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Magic is back.

Peter S. Beagle returns with an inspired collection of new fantasy that showcases his incomparable mastery and range. In these tales--with settings as different as an impossible reconstruction of the Berlin Wall and the kitchen of Mrs. Eunice Giant (72 Fairweather Lane, East-of-the-Bean, Sussex Overhead)--warriors, monsters, and utterly ordinary people struggle with possession and forgiveness, life and love, hate and death...and the choices that come after everything else has been stripped away by Fate. Inside these pages:

--The daughter of the Shark God leaves her Pacific island home, determined to find her mysterious father and hold him accountable for the curse of her own existence.

--A dilapidated dragon, a frustrated cop, and an unapologetic author square off over a dangerously abandoned narrative.

--An enchantress-to-be sings of power, desire, and the ultimate betrayal of her heart.

--In a nothing diner, in a nowhere town, a woman lost in grief learns how to fool Death with one artful shuffle of the deck.

Featuring a brand-new Schmendrick tale set before The Last Unicorn, plus twelve other wonderful stories, Sleight of Hand is suffused with a luminous misdirection that moves the soul as much as it fools the eye. Always ready to delight his readers, Beagle proves yet again that he is a master magician.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616960049
  • ISBN-10: 1616960043
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publish Date: March 2011
  • Page Count: 287
  • Dimensions: 8.51 x 5.59 x 0.78 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.59 pounds


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Books > Fiction > Fantasy - Collections & Anthologies

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2011-02-14
  • Reviewer: Staff

This bittersweet collection of 13 recent stories pays tribute to the complicated power of family ties. "Sleight of Hand" lauds the good magic of parental love, while "What Tune the Enchantress Plays" shows its dark side. "Children of the Shark God" addresses children's influence on parents, and in "La Lune T'Attend" a grandfather protects his descendants from the family's longtime enemy. Slighter but still entertaining are "Up the Down Beanstalk," the nostalgia-heavy "The Rabbi's Hobby" (Brighton Beach Memoirs with magic), and "Oakland Dragon Blues," whose title character deserves better than his pat ending. The surprise hit of the collection is "The Bridge Partner," psychological horror in the best Twilight Zone tradition. Fans of The Last Unicorn will also appreciate "The Woman Who Married the Man in the Moon," a Schmendrick prequel in classic bittersweet Beagle style. (Apr.)

 
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