[Paul Kearney] ↠´ Riding the Unicorn [foster-children PDF] Read Online ï pamyatnik.pro
[Paul Kearney] ↠´ Riding the Unicorn [foster-children PDF] Read Online ï originally published on my blog here in February 2001.
Kearney s third novel is extremely like his first, The Way To Babylon It has the same premise, with a man s visions of a fantasy world being like madness, with him and those around him doubting his sanity In the earlier novel, it is the death of the central character s wife and his subsequent depression which triggers the visions, which are of a world about which he has written two novels This is both a powerful motivation for mental illness and a reason for the particular visions he sees, from a psychiatric point of view he has been unable to write the concluding part of a successful trilogy.
Here, though, the motivation is far less Willoby is a disillusioned, ex army prison officer, alienated from his wife Released In The US For The First Time, This Is Paul Kearney S Stunning Novel Of Second Chances In A World Of Battle And DangerJohn Willoughby Is Being Pulled Between Worlds Or He Is Going Mad, Riding the Unicorn As His Prison Officer Colleagues Would Say It S Clear To Willoughby It Must Be The Latter Disappearing In The Middle Of His Prison Shift From Among Convicts, Appearing In A Makeshift Medieval Encampment For Minutes Before Tumbling Back To The Real World, Willoughby Believes His Mind Is Simply Breaking Apart He Finds No Solace At Home, With A Wife Who Has Grown To Dislike Him And A Daughter Who Can Barely Hide Her Disgust He S Realised He Isn T Worth Anyone S Time, Barely Even His Own, And Falls Into Drinking And Violence Guaranteed To Bring About His Downfall Except In This Other World, In This Winter Land Of First Settlers He Is A Man With A Purpose, A Man Upon Whom Others Must Rely Persuaded To Kill A King So As To Save A People, Willoughby Finds That In Another World, With A Second Chance He May Be The Kind Of Man He Had Always Wanted To Be After All You can also find my review of Riding the Unicorn on my new book blogWilloby is a middle aged prison guard, a husband and a father But at heart, he still pines for his days as a soldier His job is not his calling, there is distance between him and his wife, and his teenage daughter resents him When he starts having visions and seizures, his first fear is that losing consciousness would be very dangerous in his job For the first time ever, he takes time off for sickness Then, his visions start to affect not just his job, but his family life.
In his visions, he is pulled into another world, first as an observer through the eyes of a prince, but then physical transfers between worlds start to happen The other world is medieval, filled with a people who have just fled from their former homelands across icy mountains into a new land, keen to start new The premise seemed interesting at first, but the protagonist never quite clicked with me Might give it another chance in the future, but for now I ll leave it here finished the first three chapters or so.
Full review at An advanced copy was provided by the publisher.
Riding the Unicorn was first published in 1994, and is now being re released in the hopes that it finds a new audience something this book certainly deserves The final of three standalones, before he would write the Monarchies of God series that would earn him his success, Paul Kearney s Riding the Unicorn meshes the realism of our world with a traditional medieval fantasy while still managing to turn something out that resists a number of cliches that are so commonly associated with the fantasy genre.
Not bad A nice, quick book Lots of typos and grammatical errors, and the beginning was kind of slow, but still worth the read.
A nice take on the story of schizophrenia other world that was well written and interesting But I find that it was a bit too similar to the previous novel for my taste.
I read Fantasy, a little I ve read the Thomas Covenant series I ve seen Army of Darkness So the troubled outcast becomes hero in a new world theme is not new to me I was interested to see this take on it, but I was skeptical After all, those are some hard shoes to fill This story not only fills them, it needs an extra wide This story breaks molds that have been held as Fantasy staples Build characters, introduce obstacle, overcome objective, buildstory and character That s the tried and true recipe Not in this case Now, I m not going to ruin this story by spoiling anything because I think you need to read this book What I will tell you is it s like running down hill chased by a bear You don t quit running You just run faster until the very end And the end is John Willoby is being pulled between worlds Or he is going mad, Riding the Unicorn as his prison officer colleagues would say It s clear to Willoby it must be the latter Disappearing in the middle of his prison shift from among convicts, appearing in a makeshift medieval encampment for minutes before tumbling back to the real world, Willoby believes his mind is simply breaking apart.
He finds no solace at home, with a wife who has grown to dislike him and a daughter who can barely hide her disgust He s realised he isn t worth anyone s time, barely even his own, and falls into drinking and violence guaranteed to bring about his downfall Except in this other world, in this winter land of first settlers he is a man with a purpose, a man upon whom others must rely Persuaded to kill a King so as to save a people, Willoby finds that in