Sleight of Hand

Sleight of Hand

Peter S. Beagle / Mar 22, 2019

Sleight of Hand Abundant with tales of quiet heroism life changing decisions and determined searches for deep answers this extraordinary collection of contemporary fantasy explores the realms between this world an

  • Title: Sleight of Hand
  • Author: Peter S. Beagle
  • ISBN: 9781616960049
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Paperback
  • Abundant with tales of quiet heroism, life changing decisions, and determined searches for deep answers, this extraordinary collection of contemporary fantasy explores the realms between this world and the next From the top of the Berlin Wall to the depths of the darkest seas, gods and monsters battle their enemies and innermost fears, yet mere mortals make the truly diffAbundant with tales of quiet heroism, life changing decisions, and determined searches for deep answers, this extraordinary collection of contemporary fantasy explores the realms between this world and the next From the top of the Berlin Wall to the depths of the darkest seas, gods and monsters battle their enemies and innermost fears, yet mere mortals make the truly difficult choices A slightly regretful author and a vengeful but dilapidated dragon square off over an abandoned narrative the children of the Shark God demand painful truths from their chronically absent father and a bereaved women sacrifices herself to change one terrible moment, effortlessly reversed by a shuffle of the deck Whether melancholic, comedic, or deeply tragic, each new tale is suffused with misdirection and discovery, expressed in the rich and mesmerizing voice of a masterful storyteller The Rock in the Park Sleight of Hand The Children of the Shark God The Best Worst Monster What Tune the Enchantress Plays La Lune T Attend Up the Down Beanstalk A Wife Remembers The Rabbi s Hobby Oakland Dragon Blues The Bridge Partner Dirae Vanishing The Woman Who Married the Man in the Moon A Schmendrick Tale

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      • Peter S. Beagle

        Peter Soyer Beagle born April 20, 1939 is an American fantasist and author of novels, nonfiction, and screenplays He is also a talented guitarist and folk singer He wrote his first novel, A Fine and Private Place , when he was only 19 years old Today he is best known as the author of The Last Unicorn, which routinely polls as one of the top ten fantasy novels of all time, and at least two of his other books A Fine and Private Place and I See By My Outfit are considered modern classics.


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    1. I didn't like this collection quite as much as The Line Between, which I also read this year, but it's a hard thing to ask another book to go up against one which contains "Two Hearts," "Quarry," "A Dance for Emilia," "Salt Wine," and "Mr. Sigerson," just to name my own personal favourites from the earlier book, even if both were written by the same author. This collection doesn't contain as many stunners, and actually has a couple of misfires (the Cajun werewolves jut didn't work for me) but it [...]


    2. Peter S. Beagle will probably always be best known for The Last Unicorn, the 1968 fantasy novel many consider his masterpiece, but the author has assembled a long and impressive bibliography since this perennial classic, including several excellent short story collections. The most recent of these is Sleight of Hand, recently released by Tachyon. If all you know of Peter S. Beagle is The Last Unicorn, this is as good an opportunity as any to jump in and explore the author’s shorter works.Sleig [...]


    3. Three and a half starsAn interesting collection, a couple up to Beagle's highest works and his characteristic haunting, sorrowful tone. Most are previously published in magazines or short story collections. A couple read more like writing exercises; the are polished in their own way but don't really reach excellence."The Rock in the Park" is about centaurs in Brooklyn. Wonderful tale about friends, magic, art and probably one of my favorites in the collection."Sleight of Hand" a woman wants to e [...]


    4. To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. Peter S. Beagle has constructed a tiny home in my heart where he will live as long as I am alive.I am already predisposed to short fiction and this book just proves why. I marvel at power and intensity of short stories. The way they can make me laugh, cry, and think in a matter of ten pages.Peter S. Beagle is a master of short fiction in a way I feel rivals J.D. Salinger. One of the differences between the two men of course is that Peter [...]


    5. Wonderful mix of stories, some made me laugh, some cry and all made me think. I love this author, must read more.


    6. Reading Peter Beagle's short stories reminded me of nothing so much as the whimsy and wonder I found as a teenager, when reading Ray Bradbury. It is not only Beagle's sense of humor and ranging imagination that made me think of Bradbury, but his tendency to make deeply relatable characters from ordinary people: a bar mitzvah student, a disgruntled veteran of the Berlin Wall, a hapless bridge enthusiast. (This also holds when the main characters are less ordinary -- two elderly Cajun werewolves, [...]


    7. I adore Peter Beagle's writing. It always evokes something in me, whether it be joy, or sadness, or nostalgia. A few of the stories in this turned out to be tales I loved to some degree, and it's weird that I read this right after Kabu Kabu, since it became my favorite short story collec.rtion that I'd read to that point, then this one blew it out of the water. Part is probably just the deftness that comes with long practice and honing of a craft. The stories all flow smoothly, just as long as t [...]


    8. It is no secret that Peter is my favorite author. This is the fourth (I think) short story collection of his I've read. It is, without a doubt, his strongest collection, in my opinion. Within the first 20 pages I was already wistful for something I couldn't name, as happens every time I read Peter's works. I laughed and cried (a lot), I was perplexed and angry, and more than once a bit frightened (I am a coward, after all).The range of emotions and settings and characters Peter is able to expert [...]


    9. Peter S. Beagle is such an amazing writer, and he sparked my love for fantasy at an incredibly young age. This is a nice collection of Beagle's work, and I found it one of those perfect books to read on a lazy Sunday afternoon. I would recommend this collection to anyone that enjoyed The Last Unicorn.


    10. I found this book on Powell's "The Short List 2014" without having heard of Peter S. Beagle. Of the 13 stories in this collection, nearly all of them are 5 out of 5 stars. The others are still highly enjoyable. My favorites include the title story as well as The Children of the Shark God What Tune the Enchantress Plays and The Rabbi's Hobby. Beagle does a tremendous job creating worlds in a just a few pages. Thanks to this book, I discovered The Last Unicorn, which I'll pick up before too long.


    11. Another book by Peter S. Beagle to tide me over before I meet him on Monday! It makes me so sad that my library only had We Never Talk About My Brother, Sleight Of Hand, and The Last Unicorn when Beagle has written so many novels and short story books in his lifetime. At least at the tour I'll be able to buy some of his books that aren't at Chapters or the library!Sleight Of Hand was a beautiful collection of short stories that really made me think, feel, and inspired me to write. I think that's [...]


    12. Enjoyed: The Children of the Shark God, What Tune the Enchantress Plays, La Lune T'Attend, The Bridge Partner, Dirae, The Woman Who Married the Man in the Moonthe rest were okay, and two I DNF



    13. Perhaps learning to think was not a good idea.--"Dirae," p. 219Or perhaps it was, at least in master fantasist Peter S. Beagle's case. Discoverer of A Fine and Private Place, chronicler of The Last Unicorn and interviewer of The Folk of the Air, Beagle has lost nothing of his skill in Sleight of Hand.Sometimes writers do, you know; they grow tired of doing the same tricks, or scared of going hungry, or the well of words just runs dry on them while they just keep hauling and pouring out buckets o [...]


    14. Peter Beagle is one of my favorite authors of all time so I was thrilled to hear that he had a new collection of short stories coming out and I picked up Slight of Hand as soon as I could. I can’t say that this is the best anthology of short stories Peter ever wrote. (That honor is held by We Never Talk About My Brother… with the Immortal Unicorn really high up there… I mean, I know he edited that one instead of writing it but it had Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros in it and [...]


    15. The Last Unicorn — a proto-anime classic featuring the vocal talents of Mia Farrow — epitomized grace and magic and longing for me back in preschool, a good decade before I ever fell, weeping, in love with the book on which it was based. Another decade has passed since I last re-read the story, or tried to share that love with my then-four-year-old half-sister, who found the film dull. Anyway, it's refreshing to hear his authorial voice again in this varied bunch. Peter S. Beagle is a specia [...]


    16. The four stars were earned single-handedly by two of the stories. (Which makes it not-so single-handed, yes.) "Dirae" and "The Rock in the Park" both represent the best of Beagle's considerable gift of making the fantastic seem mundane and ordinary. "Dirae," especially, was a masterpiece in its own right, regardless of the fact that several circumstances conspire to keep people from calling it a classic (Wrong genre, wrong length, and it was written too recently). But the plot is inventive, the [...]


    17. Absolutely and unconscionably too good. Even when stories were not exactly my speed, they were far superior to much in the fantasy canon. Beagle truly is a master and lesser writers (myself included) are delighted to sit at his feet and maybe snatch a morsel from the air.


    18. I like Peter S. Beagle's writing a lot. I like his dynamic and interesting characters, his quirky twists on reality and fantasy, the originality of what pours forth from his imagination. This collection showcases all of those wonderful aspects of his writing.Sleight of Hand has a lot to like. There's a Schmedrick story, from before he met the unicorn and Molly Grue. There's a story of a dragon in downtown San Francisco. There's a tale of an avenging angel, and another noirish story about a woman [...]


    19. Almost every story in the book was very good. Beagle is, I think, the best fantasy short story writer.My personal favourites were:"Sleight of Hand" - about a truly astonishing magic trick"What Tune the Enchantress Plays" - about a woman coming into her powers (also set in the universe of The Innkeeper's Song)"The Rabbi's Hobby" - a mystery girl on a magazine cover proves to be more elusive than expectedI didn't really like:"Dirae" - about a 'super hero' who only exists when it's time to fight a [...]


    20. I'm somewhat late to Peter Beagle: I meant to get around to reading him, but for a long time I didn't, despite many recommendations. That's my loss, and I'm glad it's been rectified. This collection shows a mature and skilled writer with a wide range and deft touch. The range is impressive: the title story is a touching, very adult consideration of loss and grief: 'The Best Worst Monster' a children's tale so wonderfully told I had to go and read it to my daughter straight away (though it's cert [...]


    21. That I'm giving five stars to a collection of short stories should be an indication to anyone who knows me at all that "Sleight of Hand" is quite excellent - I just don't usually like short stories. I know, from reading what Mr. Beagle has written about his writing, that a lot of his work is painstakingly crafted, and may not even find a final form until after many years of languishing in a file, unfinished. It's easy to lose sight of that though because his writing is so fluid, and his stories [...]


    22. LJ review:Multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning Beagle opens readers’ eyes to wonder with his latest collection of 13 short stories. Each piece bridges the rich intersection of fantasy and fairy tale, reality and possibility, exploring predestination, fate, and the power of love through characters that come to vivid, three-dimensional life within a few short pages. Beagle’s lyrical writing is set in a wide range of landscapes both familiar and fresh, with twists on Jack and the Beanstalk, [...]


    23. This is a delightful book, the first I ever read after Beagle's iconic The Last Unicorn. Sleight of Hand is a collection of Beagle's short stories, each written at various times and first published in other collections, magazines or online sites. Each short story is prefaced by the author's thoughts after the publication, and how easy or hard it was to write the piece. Background information on the characters are given, and his personal touch lends a warmth to even the darkest shape-shifters whi [...]


    24. The Last Unicorn is one of my favorite movies ever; I still get lost in the wonderfulness of it all, even now, and I've met Peter Beagle before (Anime Expo), and he's just amazing. So when I saw this sitting on a shelf at the library, I instantly grabbed for it.I wasn't disappointed.Beagle has SUCH an amazing mind and I'm so glad he put it to use with all these amazing, inventive ideas. His words just flow so well that I didn't want to stop reading. I can't pick just one favorite in the bunch, t [...]


    25. For the most part, these are the Beagle stories I like. The two boys in Central Park who meet a centaur family lost on their way to Central Park. The rabbi searching for a girl in a picture, the man who falls asleep in a Planned Parenthood office and wakes up on the Berlin Wall.Yes, there were a few that were classic Beagle, the kind of wizards and wizardry stories that have a hard time keeping my attention. For example, The Woman Who Loved the Man in the Moon, a story featuring the wizard Schme [...]


    26. I love Peter S. Beagle's writing, so I guess it shouldn't be any surprised that I loved this book. The stories were beautifully written, and I think I'll have to seek out more of his short stories. I liked all of them, but my favorites were "The Rock in the Park," about a young Beagle and his friend discovering a family of centaurs in Central Park; "Slight of Hand," in which a woman tricks death; "Oakland Dragon Blues," concerning a police officer, an author, and a dragon; "Vanishing," an eerie [...]


    27. Peter Beagle has a style of writing which I really enjoy. This collection of short stories is no different, although I have to say that my enjoyment varies, and I find that I prefer his pure fantasy writing as opposed to the ones that are more mystical realism, ie set in this world, rather than one imagined. I'd be happy if I could write like him. Sometimes the way he uses words makes my breath catch in my throat. I don't think there are many writers who can evoke a sense of longing, wistfulness [...]


    28. A nice collection of fantasy short stories. There's a lot of diversity in this book, with Beagle giving us a wide range of different moods and settings, original ideas and well-built characters. With such a variety of content it's only natural that I found some tales more interesting than others, probably a simple matter of taste. However, even when I felt like a particular story was amongst the weaker of the bunch, his skillful writing and pacing and the way he infuses everything with so much c [...]


    29. I picked this up while looking for another title that wasn't on the shelf. Oooh, I thought, Peter S. Beagle! I like him! I ended up having to read it when the book I was reading was so grim I had to take a break to cleanse my brain.Like many books of short stories, I liked some stories a lot better than others (and some not at all). But hopefully it did the trick and I can face gritty grimsville again. (Sorry, Shadow's Edge, but man, back off.)


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