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The Fantasy Worlds of Peter S. Beagle

The Fantasy Worlds of Peter S. Beagle: This volume contains two novels, a novella, and a short story, so I’ll review them each separately.

Lila the Werewolf: A strange and somewhat sad tale of a young woman who occasionally turns into a wolf, much to the dismay of her boyfriend. A good example of “just because it’s fantasy doesn’t mean it’s for children”. It’s written well, just a little disturbing to read.

The Last Unicorn: This is a marvelous book. I’ve read it before, and did not reread it this time around, but it remains one of my favorites.

A Fine and Private Place: A tale of two ghosts, a raven, and a man who lives in a cemetery. It’s decidedly bittersweet, with a little humor here and a little tragedy there. It was very introspective and atmospheric – a “quiet” book, if you will. I liked the snarky raven – and I thought it odd how, in a cemetery where people think talking to ghosts is a little weird, no one ever mentions how unusual it is for a raven to speak. I wish there had been just a little bit more about Laura and Michael, especially there at the end, but all in all it was good.

Come Lady Death: An old woman decides to invite Death to her next party – and Death does indeed attend. The ending left me a little cold, but otherwise it was a decent story.

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