Paul Stuewe

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The Wandering Unicorn is a myth-based fantasy of picaresque adventure in medieval Europe, and it is simply delightful: complexly delightful, actually, given the detailed tapestry of love, enchantment, and chivalric valour the author has so beautifully woven around the figure of the serpent-woman Melusine. I particularly enjoyed the tone of...

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The Wandering Unicorn is a myth-based fantasy of picaresque adventure in medieval Europe, and it is simply delightful: complexly delightful, actually, given the detailed tapestry of love, enchantment, and chivalric valour the author has so beautifully woven around the figure of the serpent-woman Melusine. I particularly enjoyed the tone of the narration, which manages to be simultaneously chatty, suggestive, and gnomic in a way that very few writers—Borges of course among them—can consistently control. It's a marvellous piece of work, and just the thing for anyone who finds Tolkien entertaining but less than adept at the delineation of character.

Paul Stuewe, in a review of "The Wandering Unicorn," in Books in Canada, Vol. 11, No. 5, May, 1982, p. 29.

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