The Last Unicorn

by Peter S. Beagle | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0451450523 Global Overview for this book
Registered by BigrTex of Cedar Park, Texas USA on 3/26/2005
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7 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by BigrTex from Cedar Park, Texas USA on Saturday, March 26, 2005

The Last Unicorn is one of the true classics of fantasy, ranking with Tolkien's The Hobbit, Le Guin's Earthsea Trilogy, and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Beagle writes a shimmering prose-poetry, the voice of fairy tales and childhood:

The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.

The unicorn discovers that she is the last unicorn in the world, and sets off to find the others. She meets Schmendrick the Magician--whose magic seldom works, and never as he intended--when he rescues her from Mommy Fortuna's Midnight Carnival, where only some of the mythical beasts displayed are illusions. They are joined by Molly Grue, who believes in legends despite her experiences with a Robin Hood wannabe and his unmerry men. Ahead wait King Haggard and his Red Bull, who banished unicorns from the land.

This is a book no fantasy reader should miss; Beagle argues brilliantly the need for magic in our lives and the folly of forgetting to dream. --Nona Vero

This book was registered as part of the "Race to TWO MILLION BOOKS" challenge!

I had this on my amazon wish list for years and years. I believe it was one of amazon's best of the century sci-fi/fantasy books in 2000. I found this copy at Half Price books yesterday for less than a dollar and grabbed it up. I look forward to reading it and passing it on.

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Journal Entry 2 by BigrTex from Cedar Park, Texas USA on Friday, April 22, 2005
I enjoyed this book for the most part. I don't tend to enjoy traditional fantasy (unicorns, magicians, witches, kings and princesses) as much as humerous fantasy (Discworld/Xanth) or other types of fiction. This was beautifully written, and a very nice fairy tale to read to an elementary school aged child, but not really my cup of tea. I'm glad that I can now say that I've read it, but wouldn't read it again.

I plan to make a bookring/ray with this book at some point. There are a number of folks who have it on their Cliff's wish list.

Journal Entry 3 by BigrTex from Cedar Park, Texas USA on Monday, August 01, 2005
Announced as a bookray this afternoon in this thread in the forums. I will PM the folks who have it on their wishlist today as well.

  How my bookrays work:
    + Someone will PM you for your address, PM them back
      - If you are swamped, ask them to skip you and PM me and I'll move you down the list
      - Otherwise, send them your address
    + You receive the book, please make a journal entry letting everyone know that you received it
    + Put the book at the top of your TBR pile (under other rings/rays that arrived first)
    + Read the book (take your time and enjoy the book, don't feel rushed to finish it)
    + When the end is in sight, check the book's journal and PM the next person to get their address
    + Finish the book, make another journal entry and let everyone know what you thought of the book
    + Send the book to the next person on the list, make release notes (Controlled Release)
        or journal entry to let everyone know that it's in the mail
  * Feel free to PM me at any time with questions *

Note: I put names in my bookray list as they come in and try to set up an order based on who asked first and shipping preferences and such. Sometimes (this is one of those times), I get 8 or 9 names and suddenly realize that I need to go back and reorder based on geography and shipping preferences. I'd like to apologize in advance in case anyone is upset by this reshuffling.

Journal Entry 4 by BigrTex at on Monday, August 08, 2005

Released 13 yrs ago (8/8/2005 UTC) at



Sent off to the first person in the ray with another that was headed that way.


Journal Entry 5 by butterfly-noir from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, August 12, 2005
arrived today. this lucky one will go with me on hollidays.

Journal Entry 6 by butterfly-noir from Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, September 01, 2005
Altough I enjoy fantasy i tend to find some fantasy books quite boring. Such didn't happend whit the last unicorn, I found it very pleasent and enjoyable, problably because of the soft humor of it. It's a tradicional fantasie book but at the same time it's diferent because problaby of the human caracters in it.

will send it to elsita as soon as possible

Journal Entry 7 by Elsita from Almada, Setúbal Portugal on Friday, September 09, 2005
Got it! Thanks, butterfly-noir!
I'll read it and give you more news, later.

Journal Entry 8 by Elsita from Almada, Setúbal Portugal on Sunday, October 16, 2005
An enchanted book... I loved the adventures of the unicorn, Schemdrick the magician, Molly Grue and Prince Lí for all the references about other fairy tales and even Jesus (transforming water into wine...)...

Quoting Prince Lír:
What is it that is happening to me?
What is it that is happening to me?
I cannot tell whether to be glad or to be afraid.
What is it that is happening to me?

Oh looooooooove is soooooooooooo beautiful :)

Thanks for sharing this lovely book, BigrTex!(Sorry for the delay)
I'm just waiting for asterw's new adress in Spain...and will send the book asap to her!

Journal Entry 9 by Elsita at mailed to a fellow bookcrosser in N/A, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, November 07, 2005

Released 13 yrs ago (11/8/2005 UTC) at mailed to a fellow bookcrosser in N/A, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases



sorry for the delay!

Journal Entry 10 by asterw from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Saturday, November 19, 2005
I received the book two days ago. I´ll read it as soon as I finish the one I´m reading now.

Thanks Elsita!

Journal Entry 11 by asterw from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Saturday, December 03, 2005
I finished the book a couple of days ago. It wasn´t exactly as I expected it.

At the beginning I have to admit a felt a bit disappointed. I don´t know, maybe I just didn´t expect to find this kind of humour... But then, from the middle of the book I started enjoying it. There was some action and it made me laugh several times.

Thank you very much BigrTex for yet another bookring!

I´ve already PMed platypussj. I´ll send it to her as soon as I get her address.

10.12.2005: Mailed to platypussj today

Journal Entry 12 by platypussj from Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Got this book today - looking forward to reading this over the Christmas break (have another to finish first) - *rubs hands with glee*!!

Journal Entry 13 by platypussj from Colchester, Essex United Kingdom on Thursday, March 09, 2006
I love this book, particulary the imagery and the humour. The unicorn is perfect.

On it's way to catsalive. Thank you BigrTex and I'm sorry that it's taken me so long to read it.

Journal Entry 14 by catsalive from Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, March 28, 2006
I have been very naughty. I received this in the post yesterday & read it immediately. What a lovely tale it is too. More a children's fairy tale than a fantasy, but quite beautiful.

Thankyou BigrTex for sharing it & platypussj for sending it. I have gypsyrose02's address & will post this tomorrow. Posted 29/3/6.

Journal Entry 15 by gypsyrose02 from Byford, Western Australia Australia on Thursday, March 30, 2006
arrived today. thankyou!

Journal Entry 16 by gypsyrose02 from Byford, Western Australia Australia on Monday, May 01, 2006
ive been in undated with rings so have had to make the decision to pass on some. this is one of them. sorry. shall get it moving very soon.

Journal Entry 17 by gypsyrose02 from Byford, Western Australia Australia on Friday, June 23, 2006
going out to suebo tomorrow.

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