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Stalking the Unicorn by [Resnick, Mike]
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"...good fun...What's interesting about this book, besides the lighthearted tone and wry humor, is how it overcomes my usual reservations about fantasy by blatantly flying in the face of everything that normally makes me want to roll my eyes...A big plus of the book is the very likable Mallory...a fun story when all is said and done, and I give credit to the author for making a palatable fantasy novel that even this hard-case fantasy reader could enjoy." -- SF Signal, August 12, 2008. "With a witty perspective on many aspects of city life, anyone who enjoys fantasy adventures in a more or less familiar urban setting will laugh their way through this wild entertainment." -- Gumshoe, August 2008 "Mike Resnick has created a fine character in Stalking the Unicorn and carried him forward. Mallory is a detective who would be a cliche if Resnick hadn't meant him to be one. He's every detective Humphrey Bogart or ever played. For me, a guy who loves detective stories (and especially 1940s noir pictures), this is the perfect blending of the genres. he's based on every successful detective who's ever made it to page or screen. That's one of the fun bits, finding all the stuff that you know Resnick put in his pocket from others' noir leavings .It's an awesome little thing. [Stalking the Unicorn] certainly reads better to the detective fan in me than the fantasy fan in me. Mallory is awesome. He's a real detective, a hard-bitten dick who does it all. I just love him, [in Stalking the Vampire] even more than I did in the first novel. So, there's no question that Mallory has more legs to him. Resnick could give us a long series of Mallory novels, and it'll never be Mallory that'll lets us down." --Some Fantastic, August 2008 "Urban Fantasy. Detective Wizard(s). Mafioso Sorceress. Vampire Hunter. P.I. in Fantasyland. Paranormal Romance. Whatever you call it, books with some or all of those elements is one of hottest subgenres of Speculative Fiction today. This just goes to show that Mike Resnick was ahead of the ballgame considering his first John Justin Mallory novel, Stalking the Unicorn, was originally published in 1987. Terrifically entertaining novel. a welcome re-addition to the Urban Fantasy subgenre that is so popular right now. Adorned with a terrific pulpy cover by Dan Dos Santos, the physical book has a great look and feel. Even better, Resnick and Pyr published simultaneously with this reissue, Stalking the Vampire, which is next on my plate. Hopefully, we'll see even more Mallory stories." --SFFWorld September 2, 2008 (also mentioned at Rob's Blog o'Stuff blog) "This ambitious fantasy combines three very British stories: an Arthurian fable, a Victorian murder mystery and a modern-day YA adventure tale - The hinted interconnections between the three tales are complex and fascinating - a rollicking ride." --Publishers Weekly, October 20, 2008 "This is light reading, but it is fun. The personalities of the characters are brought alive by their actions and words, rather than lengthy decryptions, and this is a skill only the best writers exhibit." -- SFcrowsnest.com, Issue 183, February 2009

About the Author

Mike Resnick (Cincinnati, OH) is the author of Dog in the Manger, the first Eli Paxton mystery. The all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction, he has won five Hugos (from a record thirty-six nominations), plus other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Croatia, Poland, and Japan. He is the author of sixty-eight novels, more than two hundred fifty stories, and two screenplays, and he has edited forty anthologies. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 653 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Kirinyaga, Inc. (28 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045JL66E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #139,355 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x93462468) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92c4b138) out of 5 stars Witty, dark, entertaining throughout 29 April 1999
By Chris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If dark comedy, irony, or fantasy/sci-fi are your bag, it would be well worth it for you to try REALLY hard to find this book, as you will not be disappointed. This book starts off with John Mallory, a down on his luck private investigator, spending New Year's Eve alone in his dreary Manhattan office. His wife has run off with his ex-partner, the mafia has put a price on his head, and just when it seemed things couldn't get any cheerier, a little green elf shows up in his office who, to Mallory's surprise, is not an alcohol-based hallucination. It seems that the elf has a job for Mallory... and by dawn the next day, the two will have journeyed to an alternate world which is identical to, and at the same time nothing like, the Manhattan that Mallory has come to know. Resnick's style is dark and ironic, while still maintaining a deeper level of humor than found in most books of this genre. It may be difficult to find this book now, but if what you just read has enticed you, it'll be well worth it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92c4b18c) out of 5 stars A lot of fun 23 Jun. 2009
By Shala Kerrigan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've got a weakness for hard boiled detectives in a magic world and this is one of my favorite books of that type.
John Justin Mallory is just plain human without an idea this whole other fairy world exists parallel with ours until he gets hired to track down a unicorn.
There is a big awfully bad guy, and a lot of whimsy and fun with a mystery to be solved.
I read a lot, and so some books I judge by how well I remember them, this one, I read when it first came out, as well as a short story set in the same world in an anthology. I always hoped for sequels and now there are some finally.
If you like Harry Dresden, give Mallory a try. It's a fun, light read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93a894ec) out of 5 stars not the author's best work 4 Oct. 2011
By Bill Allen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
When I started reviewing books I told myself I wouldn't review those I didn't like. Why? Because 1) I use my real name and 2) I am an author myself and don't think it's good karma or very professional to put down another author's work. Having said this, I'm about to make an exception. Why? Because there are not many reviews for this book and no bad reviews, and buyers should know what they're getting.

Resnick is a great award-winning author. He's been writing forever and has hundreds of books to his name, and anyone starting out reading Stalking the Unicorn can see why. After the first chapter I was excited and anxious for more. But once Resnick took us out of the real world and into his fantasy world, things started to go astray.

I liked some of the humor sprinkled throughout the story, but much of it seemed forced, as if Resnick were trying to be funny instead of being funny. But the bigger problem was his "trying" to create a world that was absurd. His world was absurd, all right, but not in a good way. It felt to me--and to my wife, who quit reading about halfway through--as if Resnick were searching his imagination, looking for the most absurd elements he could find, whether or not they had any point being in the story.

As I said before, Mike Resnick must be a good author. I am guessing he has hundreds of books that are a joy to read. If so, I recommend you try one of those. This cannot possibly be his best work.
HASH(0x92c4b414) out of 5 stars exactly what... 30 Nov. 2012
By cat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
i was looking for. a well worded page turner that i can finish in a couple days of reading on my break from work. a little more beat up than the 'almost perfect" condition the site said, but whats a few crinkled corners when you are looking for a deal? and, as the title implies, lots of magic and mystery
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92c4b3b4) out of 5 stars Interesting and very funny 3 Nov. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This remains the only book I have ever read by Resnick, though I have read a few of his short stories, which have much the same flavor. The hilarity starts in the first chapter and keeps right on going. The hero is transported to a Manhatten terrorized by a demon, because the demon has stolen a unicorn... but I won't give too much away. All I will say is- go out of your way to look for this book. The humor, the completely unexpected ending, and the oddly sympathetic bad guys (once you figure out who the bad guys are) make it hard to pass up.
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