Stalking the Unicorn [NOOK Book]

Overview

John Just Mallory, a down-on-his-luck private eye, is hired by an elf to find a missing unicorn in that Manhattan you can only see out of the corner of your eye, but which vanishes when you turn to face it. Mallory has one night to solve the crime and save his own life in almost-familiar world filled with goblins, leprechauns, elves, and the most powerful demon on the East Coast. This popular fantasy novel, first published in 1987, eventually spawned two more novels, six novelettes and a short story featuring ...
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Stalking the Unicorn

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Overview

John Just Mallory, a down-on-his-luck private eye, is hired by an elf to find a missing unicorn in that Manhattan you can only see out of the corner of your eye, but which vanishes when you turn to face it. Mallory has one night to solve the crime and save his own life in almost-familiar world filled with goblins, leprechauns, elves, and the most powerful demon on the East Coast. This popular fantasy novel, first published in 1987, eventually spawned two more novels, six novelettes and a short story featuring John Justin Mallory...but this was the first, an urban fantasy years before there -were- urban fantasies.
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Editorial Reviews

Dean R. Lambe
Resnick being the writer he is, rapid jabs at fantasy's chin, as well as healthy punches to the Mickey Spillane mystique and the game of chess, are not without sharp lefts to the breadbasket of the human condition.
George Laskowski
STALKING THE UNICORN is a mystery, an adventure, and a fantasy. Dom't miss it. It scores high in all three categories, and has a moral lesson as well.
Richard E. Geis
Excellent satiric diversions and alarums. The man's inventiveness astounds me.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011817298
  • Publisher: Kirinyaga, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/5/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 282,639
  • File size: 545 KB

Meet the Author

Mike Resnick is the winner of 5 Hugos (from a record 34 nominations), plus a Nebula and other major awards in the USA, France, Spain, Poland, Croatia and Japan. He is the author of 62 novels, 250 short stories, and 2 screenplays, and is the editor of more than 40 anthologies. According to Locus, he is the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short fiction, and if 4th on the all-time list when you add in his novels. His work has been translated into 26 languages. He will be the Guest of Honor at the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Formatting is messed up. Every tenth word or so is missing. Don't buy.

    Right margin is messed up and the lasr word or two of every single line is missing. Obviously formatted by morons.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2013

    Kk

    Wow. That cover is amazing. REALLY!?!
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  • Posted May 4, 2011

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    Nice dark comedy with a noir feel to it

    If you've read the Dresden series, this might sound familiar. However it's different in so many ways. Unlike the Dresden Files, Stalking the Unicorn is much lighter and the element of a dark comedy is much more prevalent throughout the story. It was a fun enjoyable read, and John Justin Mallory does make a good protagonist to follow.

    The worlds created in this book are interesting. There's 'normal' Manhattan and the other Manhattan inhabited with fantastical creatures. John Justin Mallory gets sucked into the other Manhattan with a case that seems out of this world, and with an unlikely character behind it (a little elf). Now while that seems entirely unbelievable, Mallory actually takes the case because, well he's really got nothing else to lose. He takes everything in stride, but his sense of humor is dark and he does have a comment here and there to get a chuckle out of the reader every once in a while. He has an unlikely cast of friends who help him (either out of just being nice or for their own entertainment) Felina and Eohippus are in their own right, fun to read and provide extra laughs. Mallory's run in with the military also provide a hysterical read.

    The plot was good, but yet there is little character development mentioned. It would have been nice to see Mallory develop more - he does somewhat but not as much as I had thought. The ending makes way for the other books in this series and I have no doubt they will be as fun as this one (at least, I hope so!). I'd say the only criticism I have of this book is perhaps it should have had more character development. Without much development, characters tend to be like 'cardboard' and although they were fun to read in this book, it just seemed as if they were lacking a soul.

    Stalking the Unicorn provides a perfect blend of mystery and fantasy, adding dark comedy into the mix and the result is a fun light read. Mallory's decision in the end opens up for more books to come. I'll be looking forward to them and hoping they were just as fun to read as this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2008

    lighthearted whimsical urban fantasy

    It is New Year¿s Eve in present day Manhattan and private detective John Justin Mallory is having a drink at his office when he sees the elf Murgensturrm the sleuth assumes he is hallucinating. The elf convinces the shamus he is real and needs his help. On Murgensturn¿s Manhattan in a parallel universe he was given an assignment by his guild and he blew it. If he does not find the unicorn Larkspur by the next morning he will die. Leprechaun Flyer Gillespie stole the unicorn on behalf of the demon Grundy. --- Gillespie double crosses Grundy so Mallory on this alternate earth searches for the impish leprechaun. He gets helps from Felina the cat-girl, who adores him and is at his side as he makes his inquiries. A small talking horse informs Mallory that Larkspur is special because on her forehead is a magical ruby that is the gateway between earths. Something happens and his quest becomes personal. Mallory must find the ruby or become trapped on this alternate Manhattan that is weirder than his birth side as elves, goblins, dwarves and other make up part of the populace. Worse some want the outsider dead. --- Mike Resnick shows why he is a first class storyteller who switches from his more serious works to a lighthearted whimsical urban fantasy filled with interesting characters from various mythological species and of course a somewhat stunned human sleuth. The tale located in Manhattan is fascinating as there is no telling what might crawl out of the subway (sounds actually like the NYC I grew up in). The hero is a Phillip Marlowe type placed in a strange yet similar environs and his investigation is very entertaining as he follows clues that seem slightly off kilter in his mind. --- Harriet Klausner

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