- Mass Market Paperback: 435 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books (1 August 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441017940
- ISBN-13: 978-0441017942
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 3.1 x 17.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
- Customer Reviews: 91 customer ratings
Ariel: A Book of the Change Mass Market Paperback – 1 August 2009
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Steve has played clubs in Hollywood, Las Vegas, San Francisco, and Reno, as well as Burning Man. He has been a martial arts instructor, professional paper marbler, advertising copywriter, legal proofreader, writing teacher, website editor, chapbook publisher, and composer. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two frighteningly intelligent parrots.
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Ariel è uno strano road movie, in cui il lettore esplora un'ambientazione familiare ma diversa e potenzialmente letale insieme ai due protagonisti.
Divertente, avvincente anche se a volte un pochino ingenuo.
Non mancherà di toccare delle corde che suonano di nostalgia a chi è cresciuto con Dungeons & Dragons.
L'avventura di Pete può essere vista come un viaggio di maturazione: l'uscita dall'adolescenza e il passaggio all'età adulta. Dispiace un po' che il tutto sia ridotto ad un interesse che passa da una creatura mitologica al sesso, ma sono sicuro che l'intento dell'autore non fosse quello di fare un romanzo di "coming of age", quanto piuttosto un'avvincente avventura.
E in questo coglie sicuramente nel segno.
I dislike fantasy books. They are typically fluffy and pretty. Well, _Ariel_ is neither. The book starts five years after the *change*. A young man, a virgin, is bathing in a small lake. A unicorn walks up and starts pawing through his clothing on the shoreline. The young man leaves the water and approaches the unicorn, a beautiful creature. But, there is pain on her face and the young man notes that her front right leg is broken and swollen. "Oh, you poor thing" he says to the unicorn, "I want to help you". "Bwoke," it says in a little girl voice.
This is a dark and gritty book. It is awesome ! The universe is dangerous and not pleasant. There are many other magical animals such as manticores, griffins, and dragons with ferocious appetites that love eating humans and other large animals.
This is my favorite fantasy book. Sadly, the sequel is not as good but I am reading it again anyway.
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I must also note that the *change* in _Dies the Fire_ by S. M. Stirling is very similar to the *change* in this book.
The Change seemed like it would have been a miracle to those of us whose hearts thrive on the fantastic, and Ariel gives you that miracle. Then it teaches you that every miracle has its dark price, and how love, courage, loyalty and determination can win the day even then. Though that price will still be paid.
One of the few books I've ever read that saw me laugh out loud, groan at Pete (also out loud), literally have conversations with the characters (out loud of course), and cry like a baby. Then I went back to the beginning and started the journey again. I've always been sad that there was no sequel (that I know of), and even sadder that it's OOP.
Read this book, share it with your children, and rediscover the heart and soul of fantasy.
Sometime in the past - before 9/11/01 - the world changed. Magic appeared in the world; guns and internal combustion engines stopped working.
Life in the post-Change world is nasty, brutal and short. Pete has been wandering since the world changed. The one thing that made life livable for him was meeting Ariel, a unicorn. Ariel and Pete become "familiars" with a bond and loyalty to each other. However, because Ariel is a unicorn, Pete has to remain a virgin, which periodically causes tension.
In their wandering, we see what life in the post-Change world is like. Society is starting to feudalize. Unicorn horns are a source of magic. A necromancer is beginning to create a power base in New York, and Ariel and Pete are right in the center of an assault on the Empire State Building.
This is a fun well-written book. It is more amazing for the fact that it was written by Steven R. Boyett when he was twenty. The book includes an epilogue where Boyett talks about how the story came to be written, which is enjoyable by itself.
Parts of the story were enjoyable and, except for the unicorn, I didn't care what happened to most of the characters. In a good novel, you're glad that the antagonist has been defeated or sad that the hero has taken a loss. I never got into it; It just wasn't a story for me.
I also appreciate the concise nature of the book. While I have enjoyed some of the more doorstopper sized tomes, it gets exhausting waiting 30 pages for something to happen while you wade through another description of wool gathering or kilt making.
Beware: Bummer ending.