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The final chapters!

Once again I'm going to weasel out a bit, and just post this placeholder, or prompt for discussion for now. Not so much because I forgot it this time, but because my whole system is loopy and feeling crappy and lethargic due to weird sleeping, and I've been kinda putting off posting until I feel more awake and better, and it's now running late already and...

Well, here. Have a placeholder!

(Seriously, I hope to comment soonish, and hate to flake out and do this for the last discussion of the book minus the round-up, but I want to get *something* up. So.. mea maxima culpa.)


May. 3rd, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
Sorry! I don't have the excuse of having a life. I was just slow. I do have much sympathy for weird sleeping right now, though!

So, yes -- text gorgeous, I agree. I borrowed this from the library, but I really need to buy a copy.

At the same time, since it was there on the shelf just begging for borrowing, I also checked out the short story collection, "The Line Between". I've scanned in the pages of the prologue here: Page 1, Page 2, Page 3. One of the short stories is "Two Hearts", which a fan was nice enough to type up, so I don't have to scan it in for you guys. It's a 40 page sequel story. Since the fan didn't type up the intro to the story, though, I'll do that here:
Friends, family, and fans have all asked me, over the years, to write a sequel to The Last Unicorn. To each in turn I have responded with some variant of the following: "It can't be done. The Last Unicorn is a one-shot, meant from the beginning as a kind of spoof/tribute to the classic European fairytale, an homage to such beloved influences of mine as James Stephens, Lord Dunsany, T. H. White and James Thurber. Writing it was a nightmarish, seemingly endless labor, and when it was done I vowed never to attempt such a balancing act again. So thank you for asking, but no."

It wasn't a hard vow to keep: there were other books I wanted to write, and I have always had a real horror of repeating myself. Besides like everyone else (and quite against my own personal wishes), I grew older. The Last Unicorn is a young man's work, and I am not quite him anymore in so many different ways.

Yet here I am, writing an introduction for a sequel to The Last Unicorn.

I blame Connor Cochran entirely for the existence of "Two Hearts." He proposed it as a bonus gift for the first 3,000 buyers of the audiobook of The Last Unicorn, and wheedled me into going along by assuring gem that I needn't bring back a single one of the original cast -- only the world of the novel, nothing more. so, of course, I presented him with four of the major characters, and references to a couple of others, and had an astonishingly fine time doing it. The trouble now, of course, is that I can't abandon Sooz, my young narrator. I'm going to have to bring her back and see where she wants to go ... which will e, as I already know, into the real full-novel sequel to The Last Unicorn. Which I never wanted to write. Bozhe moy, as my Russian uncles used to say. Heaven help me...

That's all kinda meta. More thoughts later.

Edited at 2010-05-03 12:29 am (UTC)
May. 3rd, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
my kingdom for a comma
I may have to scan in the story for you all -- there are some subtle typos I caught in the link up there. There's a big difference between the linked text:
"I think she was crying, only not the way grown people do."
and the real text:
"I think she was crying, only not, the way grown people do.

Let me know.
May. 4th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
Re: my kingdom for a comma
Heh, up to you, I think I got the gist of the story from what's there though. ;) And thanks for the link, I totally didn't know about that at all until then.

(And re: your other spoilery post... I would say that that's different, because this is a different sort of fairy tale entirely!)
May. 5th, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
Re: my kingdom for a comma
You're welcome! I never knew either -- it was just serendipity that I happened to check it out!