*groans* I need GOOD fantasy RIGHT NOW to take me away from pain I'd much rather not be feeling, but I don't know what I should be reading... T_TBeagle, Peter S. The Unicorn Sonata. Atlanta: Turner, 1996.Summary
: With illustrations by Robert Rodriguez. While working in a music store one day, Joey meets a boy named Indigo who is trying to sell a miraculous musical horn who turns out to be a unicorn and finds herself transported to Shei'rah, a world where mythical creatures are real. All is not well, however, because the Eldest--unicorns--have been blinded, and eventually it is up to Joey and her grandmother to come up with a cure.Comments
: Okay, so the plot is pretty thin--no big surprise, to say the least, that Joey's Abuelita ends up visiting and then deciding to stay permanently in Shei'rah. I thought that the whole unicorns-doing-music hook to be incredibly wonky...but not nearly as wonky as Indigo's "disordered" selfishness in trying to sell his horn for his own personal edification and desires as the reason for the blindness of Eldest. If there's supposed to be some sort of moral here to take away, I'm totally missing it. About the best thing this novel has going for it is its sumptuous fantasy descriptions of flora and fauna. In fact, Rodriguez's full-color artwork makes it all even better, and if you're going to buy this book, the artwork alone might be worth the price of entry. Otherwise, this is, like all of the novels by Beagle that I've read, something that should appeal to readers of all ages; it's just complex enough to keep adults reasonably entertained, and there's nothing even remotely reprehensible that's going to "pollute" innocent minds. Heck, even though the satyrs "reek," they've been divested of any classic libido.Notes
: hardcover, 1st edition, out-of-printRating
- Beagle and fantasy fans will love it; otherwise, prepare to be only somewhat amused.