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4.0 out of 5 stars Hiding in the backstreets, 2 Oct 2008
This review is from: Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight (Paperback)
I would put this up there with Malcolm Price ("Aberystwyth Mon Amour") as the near leaders in the non-witchlit "Urban Fantasy" genre (whoever coined that term for anything with a Hammer films refugee having sex with other horror-types theme should consider opening their laptop in a thunderstorm). It has elves, Leprechauns and Ogres rather than vampires and weres. I don't particularly like the endless bantering the Bogartian PIs seem to thrive on, but I guess it goes with the territory. Its an easy read, has entertaining characters and canters along through a relatively modest 280 pages to its conclusion. Well, as its the first in a series, I guess it doesn't but you get the picture. What would get the extra star? Read the Nightside series and find out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky adventure, 30 Jan 2011
This review is from: Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight (Paperback)
Very similar to Simon R. Green's "Nightside". This quirky adventure is based on funny dialogs rather than on real action or suspense. Thanks to a little green elf who hires him to find a stolen unicorn, PI John Justin Mallory finds himself in an alternate New York where there are yellow elephants instead of taxis, horses talk and stuffed animals don't actually realize they are already dead, where hawkers sell suntan lotion in the middle of a blizzard and there's a Department of a Redundancy Department, among other things. Hilarity ensues, of course.

But what I love most is, that amidst all the crazy stuff, Mallory is still a rather ruthless man, punishing and getting rid of anybody who betrays him or hurts his friends and without remorse too. Thanks to Mallory's personality, the book feels grounded, not just... out there.
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Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight
Stalking the Unicorn: A Fable of Tonight by Mike Resnick (Paperback - 10 Sep 2008)
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