Two Hearts (Peter S. Beagle Short Story Review)

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Peter S. Beagle’s whimsical fantasy tale The Last Unicorn is a classic. It’s one of my favorite books of all time, so when The Shameful Narcissist recently read and provided a link to a short follow-up to the story, of course I was eager to return to Mr. Beagle’s rich and enchanting world of magicians, unicorns and other mythical beasts.

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The original tale is a clever and spellbinding journey all its own, so I was very hopeful that this newer adventure would be able to capture some of the magic woven in the first book. I was obviously hopeful, but I had to wonder, could Two Hearts manage to match the charm and whimsy of its legendary predecessor? Well, as Captain Cully would say: sit down, have a taco, and let’s talk about Two Hearts.

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Although this short story features multiple characters we came to love in The Last Unicorn, you may be surprised to learn that the main character is someone new entirely. Sooz, a young girl from a small village plagued by a child-eating griffin, is done waiting for the king to send more knights who all seem to fall prey to the very beast they’ve been sent to slay. She’s decided to take matters into her own hands and runs away from home to seek the king out for herself, to get his help specifically. Young Sooz, you see, has heard all about brave King Lir and the dragons and giants he’s slain, the impossible riddles he’s solved, and the maidens he’s saved.

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Unfortunately, no matter how noble the hero, the one thing they may never vanquish is time, and the king is now in the later years of his life, his mind often failing him. On her way to seek the king, Sooz befriends the infamous Molly Grue and Schmendrick the magician from the first tale. Although King Lir is frequent to forget and lose himself as he admits to Sooz, the mention of a familiar character always manages to bring him back, if even for only a matter of time.

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Lir’s bravery and kindness propel him to agree to help Sooz and her village, but will the best intentions of an aging hero be enough to finally bring an end to the griffin? You’ll have to find that one out for yourself. 😉

I will tell you, however, that Peter S. Beagle definitely captured the enchantment of his original tale once more, much to my delight. Especially in the last third or so of the story. We finally get to see what has become of the characters he introduced us to so many years ago, and he introduces us to a brave young girl who would do anything to protect those she cares for against a hungry monstrous creature. For fans of The Last Unicorn, I would definitely say this one is easily worth the read. I enjoyed it and it made me want to re-read the original book again.

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Deadpool 2 Review

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Jeez, it’s been almost a week already since I went to see this movie, and my slacker ass is only just NOW writing up a review post for it. Shame, shame on me. Saturday was a day full of fun which included a friend’s birthday party hosted by none other than the fabulous Cupcakes and Machetes, A Mario Kart 64 tournament (that I won!), a trip to the hellish labyrinth full of people (and possibly a Minotaur) that is Ikea, aaaaand a morning jaunt to the movie theater to see DEADPOOL 2! 😀

Based off how much I loved the first Deadpool film it’s safe to say that I went into this one with expectations. HIGH expectations. Luckily, those expectations were nothing short of met with the second installment. I greatly enjoyed myself while watching this film. The humor, action, character interactions, cameos, etc. had me thoroughly entertained from beginning to end.

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It was great getting to see Deadpool and all the other characters from the first film again, and just as great to get to see characters like Domino and Cable hit the big screen. As to be expected, there are plenty of laughs in this film. The little jabs at both Marvel and DC throughout the movie were always good for a laugh.

It’s hard to get much into the plot without venturing into spoiler territory, so we’re just going to go right ahead and dodge that bullet. As the trailer lets you know, Wade is out to protect a young boy with mutant abilities from Cable who has traveled back in time to kill said kid. Stuff ensues. If you want more info than that, go see it for yourself! 😉

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Even with all of the sexual innuendo, blood, dismemberment, swear words, violence, and all the other fun bits, Deadpool 2 has some serious heart to it. It’s a sequel that doesn’t fall into the seemingly endless cesspool of letdown follow-ups. Definitely would watch it again. 🙂

So, if you haven’t gone out and seen it already, I highly suggest you hop into action and go check it out.

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