We Never Talk About My Brother

We Never Talk About My Brother

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by Peter S. Beagle
     
 

Featuring the Locus Award–winning novelette, “By Moonlight”

The extraordinary stories in this new contemporary fantasy collection show a mature, darker side of the author of The Last Unicorn in modern parables of love, death, and transformation shadowed lightly with melancholy.

The Angel of Death enjoys newfound celebrity while

Overview

Featuring the Locus Award–winning novelette, “By Moonlight”

The extraordinary stories in this new contemporary fantasy collection show a mature, darker side of the author of The Last Unicorn in modern parables of love, death, and transformation shadowed lightly with melancholy.

The Angel of Death enjoys newfound celebrity while moonlighting as an anchorman on the network news; King Pelles the Sure, the shortsighted ruler of a gentle realm, betrays himself in dreaming of a “manageable war”; an American librarian discovers that, much to his surprise and sadness, he is also the last living Frenchman; and rivals in a supernatural battle forgo pistols at dawn, choosing instead to duel with dramatic recitations of terrible poetry.

Featuring previously unpublished stories alongside recently published classics, this is a lovely, haunting, and wholly satisfying read.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Peter S. Beagle has both opulence of imagination and mastery of style."
New York Times Book Review

“Hugo and Nebula Award winner Beagle showcases his narrative breadth in this eclectic new collection with nine powerful fantasy tales and a short set of poems based on the famous Unicorn Tapestries. In the title story, one benevolent sibling must somehow stop another from becoming the Angel of Death. ‘The Last and Only, or, Mr. Moscowitz Becomes French’ explores the significance of identity as a mild-mannered American librarian irrevocably transforms into the last true Frenchman, while the profoundly moving ‘King Pelles the Sure’ denounces the insanity of war. The most memorable selection is ‘The Stickball Witch,’ in which a group of Bronx boys playing stickball come face to face with the suspected witch of their neighborhood. Impressively diverse themes, styles, and subject matter make this collection addictive.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Peter [Beagle] is one of those writers who just seems to be getting better and better, and his short stories are delights.”
—Neil Gaiman

“...rooted in rich, thoughtful prose...each tale is a beautifully crafted gem, cut and polished to perfection....”
Library Journal

“A perfect little assemblage of oddities, a handful of extremely well-realized sketches with unusual, unpredictable endings...instantly addictive.”
The A.V. Club

“Beagle’s true strength in the last few years lies with his short fiction, an area in which he’s been both prolific and brilliant. His latest collection, from Tachyon Publications, showcases the best of his recent output.”
Omnivoracious.com

“...not only worth reading, but worth adding to your library, for you are likely to find yourself returning to these stories again and again.”
Reading the Leaves

“Beagle is a treasure, that’s all there is to it.... Peter Beagle’s new collection, We Never Talk About My Brother, is a great way to introduce yourself to the fabulous work this wonderful writer has been doing these recent years.”
SF Site

“Beagle plays the classic themes of love and death, sacrifice, and self-discovery like a master. Never clichéd, he pulls out new riffs and vamps on the expected conventions of modern fantasy, even the ones he helped create in the first place.... Pure poetry. Beagle is an American bard.”
io9.com

“...Peter S. Beagle [has] rejoined the main flow of literature with a vengeance.... [H]is work is marvelous.”
Green Man Review

“I am sorely tempted to chase up every single word Peter S. Beagle has ever written and devour them at my leisure.”
SFCrowsnest, Eamonn Murphy

Publishers Weekly

Hugo and Nebula Award-winner Beagle showcases his narrative breadth in this eclectic new collection with nine powerful fantasy tales and a short set of poems based on the famous Unicorn Tapestries. In the title story, one benevolent sibling must somehow stop another from becoming the Angel of Death. "The Last and Only, or, Mr. Moscowitz Becomes French" explores the significance of identity as a mild-mannered American librarian irrevocably transforms into the last true Frenchman, while the profoundly moving "King Pelles the Sure" denounces the insanity of war. The most memorable selection is "The Stickball Witch," in which a group of Bronx boys playing stickball come face to face with the suspected witch of their neighborhood. Impressively diverse themes, styles and subject matter make this collection addictive. (Apr.)

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Neil Gaiman
There is a new Peter Beagle short story collection out. I've twittered about it, but forgot to mention it on the blog. Peter is one of those writers who just seems to be getting better and better, and his short stories are delights.
journal.neilgaiman.com
Green Man Review
Peter S. Beagle [has] rejoined the main flow of literature with a vengeance . . . his work is marvelous.
Booklist
Mr. Beagle, write on!
io9.com
Pure poetry. Beagle is an American bard.
SF Site
Beagle is a treasure, that's all there is to it, and each new story is a wonder, and this book is thoroughly worth reading.
Library Journal

Hugo and Nebula award-winning Beagle, best known for his beloved fantasy The Last Unicorn, offers this collection of new and previously released stories with an introduction by Charles de Lint. Although different fantastical elements are explored-angels, dybbuks, ghosts, fairies-the stories remain rooted in rich, thoughtful prose set in real-world thinking. Characters are drawn with an economy of words into believable, multilayered, and compelling people. While each tale is a beautifully crafted gem, cut and polished to perfection, the title story is the standout. To say it's about a venomous newsman and his brother struggling for supremacy in the ultimate case of sibling rivalry is to understate vastly the depth and simplicity of the writing and the sucker punch of an ending. Also included is "The Unicorn Tapestries," a cycle of seven poems that celebrates the famous tapestries hanging in the Cloisters branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is a worthwhile purchase for public libraries where fantasy and short story collections are popular.
—Charli Osborne

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781892391834
Publisher:
Tachyon Publications
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Peter S. Beagle is the best-selling author of The Last Unicorn, which has sold a reported five million copies since its initial publication in 1968. His other novels include A Fine & Private Place, The Innkeeper’s Song, and Tamsin. His short fiction has been collected in four volumes by Tachyon Publications, including The Rhinoceros Who Quoted Nietzsche, The Line Between, We Never Talk About My Brother, and Sleight of Hand. He has won the Hugo, Nebula, Mythopoeic, and Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire awards as well as the World Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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We Never Talk About My Brother 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
BeccaLW More than 1 year ago
Well, different reviewers, different opinions (as Xedra77 so amply proves), but I've got to say that as a long-time Beagle fan, this collection didn't disappoint, and I'd certainly recommend it to new readers hoping to get an idea of the author's style and range before diving into his longer fiction. Anyone already familiar with Beagle's work should be pleased by the range of themes and voices on offer here, from the Southern folksy first-person of the title story to Sailor Lal's inimitable taletelling in "Chandail." Here you can find a recently completed story from the late '60s (written in much the same tone as the early part of The Last Unicorn, though about a very different subject!), as well as the long-awaited reprint of his poem cycle based on the Unicorn Tapestries. There's also a semi-autobiographical/semi-fantastical account of the author's boyhood in the North Bronx of the 1950s, complete with witchcraft and street sports, and a new Joe Farrell misadventure drenched in that particular brand of strangeness only Avicenna, California has to offer. And for all you new people out there, this is a chance to encounter one of the great names of fantasy in several different stories that blur the borders between magic and realism, humor and heartache. As introductions go, We Never Talk About My Brother is a good one.
uulemnts More than 1 year ago
Reading a Peter S. Beagle short story, or novel, is always a pleasure. His use of language is sublime. His grasp of what exists with in the human heart is ever present in stories that touch every subcategory of the Fantasy Field of literature. His stories enrich you, and leave you with a sense of wonder.
Xedra77 More than 1 year ago
I'm probably not the person to review this book, except to tell you that I didn't finish it. It's a collection of short stories all by the same author. I found the first one to be pretentious and wordy, so I didn't read any further. The author seemed to be trying to convey some deeper meaning that just wasn't there for me. Needless to say, I was not impressed.