The Overneath by Peter S. Beagle

The Overneath

An odd couple patrols a county full of mythological beasts and ornery locals. A familiar youngster from the world of The Last Unicorn is gifted in magic but terrible at spell-casting. A seemingly incorruptible judge meets his match in a mysterious thief who steals his heart. Two old friends discover that the Overneath goes anywhere, including locations better left unvisited.Lyrical, witty, and insightful, The Overneath is Peter S. Beagle's much-a...

Details The Overneath

TitleThe Overneath
Release DateNov 14th, 2017
PublisherTachyon Publications
GenreFantasy, Short Stories, Fiction, Anthologies, Science Fiction Fantasy

Reviews The Overneath

  • Hannah Greendale
    Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend. An uneven collection of short stories in which a thin veil exists between this world and the realm of mythical creatures.
  • Bradley
    So far, I've been enjoying Beagle's works and this is my first real taste of his short fiction. I'm sure that there will be a ton of fans going ga-ga over the fact that there are two Schmendrick shorts here!Even so, I think I enjoyed a number of the other stories a bit more. I'm particularly fond of his Steampunk story: Music, When Soft Voices Die which had a particularly awesome horror feel. Indeed, I think I prefer all the stories that had that...
  • Kirsty 📚📖❤️
    This is my first taste of Beagles works and so I haven't read any longer novels. I'm not normally a fan of short stories and I think I missed that particular nugget of information when I downloaded from netgalley however I found these quite charming.I enjoyed the stories and the style of writing and I will definitely go and look up the longer novels.
  • Artur
    You can read the review on my blog as well:’m far from an expert on the books of Peter S. Beagle. I’ve only read The Last Unicorn and A Fine and Private Place. The impression I’ve got from those two is that what he writes are not so much stories as tales. Even though they were created in the last few decades (and, like A Fine and Private Place, take place in a contemporary setting), they feel ancien...
  • Kressel Housman
    I love Peter S. Beagle, so when I saw he had a new book out, I grabbed it right off the library shelf. At first, I was a little disappointed that it was a collection of short stories, as opposed to a new novel, but that quickly wore off. Two of the stories feature Schmendrick the Magician in his youth, and three feature unicorns, but only one of them fits the European legend of the unicorn; the other two borrow from other culture's mythologies: n...
  • Gray
    Yes, 5 stars without a doubt! The Overneath is a new collection of short stories by Peter S. Beagle, the writer of The Last Unicorn (1968). I enjoyed all thirteen of these stories, and found it difficult to single out favourites. They are all of the highest quality and cry out to be read. These gems cover genres including fantasy, science fiction, supernatural horror, and steampunk. For fans of The Last Unicorn, there are two stories which featur...
  • J.A. Ironside
    ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest reviewI do like a good collection of short stories and Peter S. Beagle is a master, both of the short form and of writing in general. After classics like The Last Unicorn and Tamsin I'll pretty much give anything he's written a try and I've enjoyed his other collections such as Lila the Werewolf. This contained two Schmendrick the magician stories which had me squealing with delight. But there w...
  • Alex Can Read
    I love anthologies and short stories – it’s a love that came upon me suddenly a few years ago. Before 2012 I had no time for short stories. I felt that they were just teases of something more and was often disappointed that they weren’t longer or accomplished more. Then, in 2012 I found myself with a long commute by bus and discovered that short stories were perfect for my commute. I could finish one or two stories in a single day’s commu...
  • Deborah Ross
    My children introduced me to the works of Peter S. Beagle through, of course, The Last Unicorn. I proceeded to delve into his other work (A Fine and Private Place, and so forth), and had the opportunity to “talk shop” with him on the lawn outside the reception at one World Fantasy Convention. Over the years, I’ve come across his wonderful short fiction, most notably a story in which the late, much missed Avram Davidson takes the author for ...
  • Tim Hicks
    Very nice mixture of well-crafted tales. Read Artur's review here, what he said. I'm left with a strong feeling of, "Tell us another one, Uncle Peter!"And you can't ask for more than that.
  • wishforagiraffe
    I wasn't disappointed with any of the stories, and some of them impressed me and stuck with me quite a lot. Modern dragon-hunters, where dragons are like really big invasive species. Voodoo cursed aquarium decorations discovered by little old ladies. Schmendrick as a hapless youth. The Fremont troll comes alive. Wonderful prose, as you would of course expect from Beagle, with charming and relatable characters and situations. It's great for fans o...
  • ☘Tara Sheehan☘
    This being my 400th book to review in 2017 I felt it called for something special and since the 50th anniversary of one of the most enduring classics that has impacted an untold number of children is coming up next year I knew the perfect author to choose.Peter S. Beagle gave us The Last Unicorn in 1968 which was then made into a movie in 1982 which is currently playing on Netflix if you need a reminder. His talent to create vivid settings, encha...
  • David Harris
    I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley.The Overneath is a kind of non-Euclidian, extradimensional connectedness linking certain special places in our world via a ramified set of routes through another - provided you make the right moves. It's discovered by Avram in the story The Way It Works Out And All which is part of this collection and it might function as a useful metaphor for the book. Overneath. "The...
  • Banshee
    This anthology was amazing and well written. Although this is the first novel I have read but Peter S. Beagle it sure won't be my last. My favorite stories were Underbridge (amazing character development) and Trinity County CA: You'll Want to Come Again and We'll Want to See you (a plot so good you won't be able to put the story down unfinished). I didn't hate any stories but my least favorite was Olfert Dapper's Day. I would suggest this novel t...
  • Kelsey
    I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for review.Video version of this review here: was my first time reading Peter S. Beagle's short fiction, and I can see why his short work is so highly acclaimed. Each story in The Overneath is elegantly written and perfectly paced. This is a technically excellent collection, but it nevertheless left me a little cold. A few too many of the stories did things...
  • Marissa
    I don't know how many times I can say the phrase "Peter Beagle is the master of the short fantasy form," but . . . you're gonna have to hear it at least one more time from me. Ahem. Peter Beagle is the master of the short fantasy form. He probably has been for the last fifty years.Not every story in this collection is a gem -- I thought "The Way It Works Out And All" and "Kaskia" were not as compelling -- but by and large they were up to the extr...
  • Lucy Takeda
    I met Peter at Barnes and Noble when I purchased this book, and had a marvelous time chatting with him. Peter has an intro for each story in this collection, which are interesting to read. I found The Green Eyed Boy slightly disappointing. Schmendrick is one of my favorite characters. The story was just all right, I thought. I loved The Story of Kano Yu, The Queen Who Could Not Walk, Underbridge, and Great-Grandmother in the cellar. Fascinating c...
    2017-11-10 OverneathBy Peter S. BeagleISBN: 9781616962692Author Website: www(.)peterbeagle(.)comBrought to you by OBS reviewer CaroReview: If there is a book with unicorns and author Peter S. Beagle’s name in the description, then it is a must-read book. And this is just what The Overneath is. Composed of several short stories, Beagle takes readers into enchanted countries, magical cities in our reality, and int...
  • Alex
    The Overneath is a collection of short fiction by the author of The Last Unicorn.  So, of course, there are tales of unicorns herein, both of and not of that world.  But there's also a nice variety of other tales collected in this book.  As long as you don't have an aversion to fantasy, there's a little bit of something for everyone.The collection as a whole is a bit uneven, but the quality of the writing more than makes up for this.  There a...
  • Melanti
    An excellent anthology with a little bit of everything.There's a couple stories focusing on Schmendrick from The Last Unicorn, and many of the other stories in the collection focus on unicorns of various types, but there's also trolls, a Caribbean duppy, and dragons.Out of the full collection, I think my favorite is "The Queen Who Could Not Walk", which had a rather fairy-tale-ish feel to it, but a close runner up is "The Story of Kao Yu", which ...
  • Laura
    I received this from Edelweiss. Short stories are not really my thing. There are few writers' stories that I will plod through in search of a gem, and Peter Beagle is one of them. Unfortunately, this was not making me want to read past my bedtime. This book just wasn't written for me.
  • Laura
    An enjoyable short story collection from Beagle. I especially enjoyed the two Schmendrick stories.Note: I read this as a free eARC from Netgalley.
  • Dominic
    I've been a fan of Peter S. Beagle's work ever since I read The Last Unicorn, a cheerfully bittersweet examination of life and fairy tales. I also enjoyed In Calabria, Beagle's more recent take on unicorns. However, aside from a short sequel to The Last Unicorn, I hadn't read any of Beagle's shorter fiction. Overneath is a collection Beagle's short stories, some previously published and some new to this volume. It's a great introduction to Be...
  • Fred Phillips
    Full review: shouldn’t come as a huge surprise in “The Overneath” ($15.95, Tachyon Publications), Peter S. Beagle writes about a few unicorns. But there are a few other nice surprises in this short story collection, as well. We’ll get the familiar ground out of the way first. Of the 13 stories in the book, three deal with unicorns of various stripes, and two focus on his bumbling magician Schmend...
  • Annie
    Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.Peter S. Beagle is one of a handful of authors who are absolute no-miss-wonderful for me. I'd try to make a sports or cultural icon analogy, but I am a book nerd at the end of the day. I read. I read a lot. I believe I have read (and reread) everything widely available which he's published. There are two things I've found to be true with Peter Beagle's oeuvre. 1)The books and stories are accessible,...
  • Elley Murray
    J'adore. An incredible collection of short stories with viewpoints and flavors from all over the globe. I don't normally care very much for short story collections, and this one had its share of stories I absolutely loved and other that I slogged through waiting for them to be over (like most short story collections inevitably do.) • "The Green-Eyed Boy" It's funny because I had just recently been talking to someone about examples of the second...
  • Emma Rose
    There is something fascinating about the way The Overneath presents its stories. You are never completely immersed in the narrative, because the narrative is often framed to keep the reader at a distance.Whether it is an angered father recounting the misadventures of his son, an old wizard reminiscing on the past, or the re-telling of ancient history in a far away land, the reader is always prevented from seeing the story entirely through the eye...
  • Kristen
    You can see a bigger, prettier version of this review here, on my blog!~So, the first and most important thing that lead me right into being like “YES, NETGALLEY, I WOULD LOVE TO READ THIS BOOK” is that the green-eyed boy featured in the first story “The Green-Eyed Boy” is in fact, Schmendrick the Magician, last of the red hot swamis. A young Schmendrick, who has just started his apprenticeship with Nikos, a master wizard. We see Schmendr...
  • TheJoyceanBooknerd
    As I’ve mentioned before in my rambles, I’m a huge fan of short stories, especially ones that are entwined with fantasy. Beagle’s collection of short stories, The Overneath, is both a compilation of new and old stories, some unique, and others related to his previously published books. Initially, I thought that the stories based on his previous works would be non-sequitur or that I wouldn’t understand them due to the fact that I haven’t...