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Ariel av Steven R. Boyett
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Ariel (urspr publ 1983; utgåvan 2009)

av Steven R. Boyett

Serier: The Change (1)

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"Part post-apocalypse, part road-trip, part sword-and-sorcery . . . One of my favorite adventure novels of all time." --Cory Doctorow At four-thirty one Saturday afternoon the laws of physics as we know them underwent a change. Electronic devices, cars, industries stopped. The lights went out. Any technology more complicated than a lever or pulley simply wouldn't work. A new set of rules took its place--laws that could only be called magic. Ninety-nine percent of humanity has simply vanished. Cities lie abandoned. Supernatural creatures wander the silenced achievements of a halted civilization. Pete Garey has survived the Change and its ensuing chaos. He wanders the southeastern United States, scavenging, lying low. Learning. One day he makes an unexpected friend: a smartassed unicorn with serious attitude. Pete names her Ariel and teaches her how to talk, how to read, and how to survive in a world in which a unicorn horn has become a highly prized commodity. When they learn that there is a price quite literally on Ariel's head, the two unlikely companions set out from Atlanta to Manhattan to confront the sorcerer who wants her horn. And so begins a haunting, epic, and surprisingly funny journey through the remnants of a halted civilization in a desolated world. … (mer)
Medlem:mahsdad
Titel:Ariel
Författare:Steven R. Boyett
Info:Ace (2009), Edition: Second Ace Mass-Market Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek, eBooks
Betyg:****
Taggar:from Scalzi, dystopia, science fiction, Kindle, ebook, read 2020

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Ariel av Steven R. Boyett (1983)

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    Total Oblivion, More or Less av Anya Johanna DeNiro (wisemetis)
    wisemetis: Both are post-apocalyptic stories set in a world where modern conveniences stop working, and magical things start happening.
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This is an odd fantasy novel. I bought it in a humble bundle almost three years ago. It is superficially about a young man trying to survive in a world where technology has been replaced by magic. It is, on a deeper level, about love. About how "love at first sight" is about loving the idea of a person, not the person themself. It's about how love doesn't have to last forever for it to have been meaningful. It's a tragedy, without being sad. I'd like to own a paper copy. ( )
  Rachel_Hultz | Aug 15, 2020 |
Interesting but not compelling enough to want to read the next one. An easy quick read that isn't bad, just isn't that good. ( )
  Skybalon | Mar 19, 2020 |
After Fata Morgana, I thought that more of this author might be a fun read--not so fast! This one starts with a guy who's bathing in a pool and a unicorn comes along. Should I continue to read a book about a Unicorn? Nope! ( )
  buffalogr | May 27, 2019 |
A pretty good "change" novel. Similar to the work of S.M. Stilling, although this may actually predate Stirling's works. I enjoyed the idea of merging fantasy with the modern world. Almost as enjoyable was theauthors voles in the afterward, where he I quite bubbly :-), tells the story behind the story. ( )
  snotbottom | Sep 19, 2018 |
The setting was interesting - our world, but a mysterious “Change” means some technology still works, but most doesn't. It's highly inconsistent, but it's literally magic so that didn't bother me much. The Change also removed all pollution, brought magical creatures into the world, and now actual magic works. Sort of a magical apocalypse. But...the characters were not great and I'm not even sure what the point of the plot was. There were several gaps in the story that I think would have made for a much more interesting book if they'd been filled in, but I guess that's because I like character-driven stories, which this was not.

My biggest issue with the book is the focus on virginity and so-called “purity”. The virginity bit is the most boring, annoying part of the unicorn mythos. In Ariel, it causes weird strain on character relationships, sticks every woman character into the role of “temptress”, and means what should be the story’s climax is immediately overshadowed by an uninteresting sex scene between two characters who don't even seem to like each other very much.

content warnings: guilt/shame about sex and masturbation, "purity" talk, secondary character death, animal death, violence, gore, racism/exoticism of Japanese culture, a really boring (but graphic) sex scene ( )
4 rösta bluesalamanders | Apr 24, 2017 |
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The telling is flat-out brilliant. It never lets up. The characters are likable and vivid, the storytelling fast and non-stop, the tale filled with adventure, bravery, betrayal, swordplay, magic, and eleven kinds of coming of age.
tillagd av lampbane | ändraBoing Boing, Cory Doctorow (Aug 25, 2009)
 

» Lägg till fler författare (1 möjlig)

Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
Steven R. Boyettprimär författarealla utgåvorberäknat
Corless, Laura K.Formgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Lagerman, JudithOmslagsformgivaremedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Stone, SteveOmslagmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat

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"Part post-apocalypse, part road-trip, part sword-and-sorcery . . . One of my favorite adventure novels of all time." --Cory Doctorow At four-thirty one Saturday afternoon the laws of physics as we know them underwent a change. Electronic devices, cars, industries stopped. The lights went out. Any technology more complicated than a lever or pulley simply wouldn't work. A new set of rules took its place--laws that could only be called magic. Ninety-nine percent of humanity has simply vanished. Cities lie abandoned. Supernatural creatures wander the silenced achievements of a halted civilization. Pete Garey has survived the Change and its ensuing chaos. He wanders the southeastern United States, scavenging, lying low. Learning. One day he makes an unexpected friend: a smartassed unicorn with serious attitude. Pete names her Ariel and teaches her how to talk, how to read, and how to survive in a world in which a unicorn horn has become a highly prized commodity. When they learn that there is a price quite literally on Ariel's head, the two unlikely companions set out from Atlanta to Manhattan to confront the sorcerer who wants her horn. And so begins a haunting, epic, and surprisingly funny journey through the remnants of a halted civilization in a desolated world. 

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