Unicorn Mountain



➿ [Download] ➽ Unicorn Mountain By Michael Bishop ➵ – E17streets4all.co.uk Unicorns roam the uplands of Libby Quarrels mountain ranch When Libby takes the AIDS afflicted Bo Gavin out of exile in Atlanta to live with her in Colorado, she sees no connection between his disease Unicorns roam the uplands of Libby Quarrels mountain ranch When Libby takes the AIDS afflicted Bo Gavin out of exile in Atlanta to live with her in Colorado, she sees no connection between his disease and the fantastic secret she guards But it so happens the unicorns suffer from a plague of their own, and the alternate world that touches the high country has unleashed magic sinister as well as marvelous While Libby s Indian ranch hand Sam is stalked by his wife s headless ghost, his estranged daughter has visions that propel her toward the grueling Sun Dance ritual, where an encounter with the spirit world may decide the fate of both the unicorns and the people whose lives they ve touched.Unicorn Mountain

Michael Lawson Bishop is an award winning American writer Over four decades thirty books, he has created a body of work that stands among the most admired in modern sf fantasy literatureBishop received a bachelor s from the Univ of Georgia in , going on to complete a master s in English He taught English at the US Air Force Academy Preparatory School in Colorado Springs from then at the Univ of Georgia He also taught a course in science fiction at the US Air Force Academy in He left teaching in to become a full time writer Bishop has been awarded the Nebula in for The Quickening Best Novelette in for No Enemy But Time Best Novel He s also received four Locus Awards his work has been nominated for numerous Hugos He British author Ian Watson collaborated on a novel set in the universe of one of Bishop s earlier works He s also written two mystery novels with Paul Di Filippo, under the joint pseudonym Philip Lawson His work has been translated into over a dozen languagesBishop has publishedthan pieces of short fiction which have been gathered in seven collections His stories have appeared in Playboy, Alfred Hitchcock s Mystery Magazine, Ellery Queen s Mystery Magazine, Isaac Asimov s Science Fiction Magazine, the Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction, the Missouri Review, the Indiana Review, the Chattahoochee Review, the Georgia Review, Omni InterzoneIn addition to fiction, Bishop has published poetry gathered in two collections won the Rhysling Award for his poem For the Lady of a Physicist He s also had essays reviews published in the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Columbus Ledger Enquirer, Omni Magazine the NY Review of Science Fiction A collection of his nonfiction, A Reverie for Mister Ray, was issued in by PS Publishing He s written introductions to books by Philip K Dick, Theodore Sturgeon, James Tiptree, Jr Pamela Sargent, Gardner Dozois, Lucius Shepard, Mary Shelley, Andy Duncan, Paul Di Filippo, Bruce Holland Rogers Rhys Hughes He s edited six anthologies, including the Locus Award winning Light Years Dark A Cross of Centuries Imaginative Tales about the Christ, published by Thunder s Mouth Press shortly before the company closedIn recent years, Bishop has returned to teaching is writer in residence at LaGrange College located near his home in Pine Mountain, GA He his wife, Jeri, have a daughter two grandchildren His son, Christopher James Bishop, was one of the victims of the Virginia Tech massacre on .

Unicorn Mountain MOBI ò Mass Market Paperback
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 418 pages
  • Unicorn Mountain
  • Michael Bishop
  • English
  • 14 January 2017
  • 0553279041

10 thoughts on “Unicorn Mountain

  1. says:

    I d describe this as mostly serviceable There are some unnecessary antifeminist comments and I think the author worked a little too hard to make the sympathetic central character Libby Quarrels not too saintly and perfect she frequently behaves appallingly by my lights As a white person I felt that the representation of the numerous Ute Indian characters and their community in this book seems well researched and reasonably true to life what I mean is that it reminded me sufficiently of Lo I d describe this as mostly serviceable There are some unnecessary antifeminist comments and I think the author worked a little too hard to make the sympathetic central character Libby Quarrels not too saintly and perfect she frequently behaves appallingly by my lights As a white person I felt that the representation of the numerous Ute Indian characters and their community in this book seems well researched and reasonably true to life what I mean is that it reminded me sufficiently of Louise Erdrich s and Susan Power s books that I ve read for me to think so I don t have any relevant lived experience to back up that impression There are extensive descriptions of a highly sacred ceremony, and I have no idea whether it is accurate and if so whether Bishop sought consent to portray it.I think this is only the second book I ve read that prominently features a person with AIDS Other folks have commented that it is out of date, in terms of medical technology and computer technology But I think it s sufficiently generic to pass muster, except that Bo s work station takes up a lot of space instead of being a wafer thin laptop , and that this is in a way a good thing, because it provides a window into history My number one gripe has to be that the novel does absolutely nothing to dispell the image of AIDS as a gay plague I can forgive Bishop for making literally everyone in the book except Bo himself homophobic, and for all the nasty language people use, because when bigotry is displayed, readers know whose side to take, but that did annoy me a lot.I read this because of Into the Forest group s March April unicorn theme The unicorns in this book are view spoiler refugees from the afterlife, hide spoiler horselike, shy animals I failed to get excited about them, I think I missed the point, the connections didn t spark for me Maybe I was put off by the excess of phallogogising The prose style is OK, I did raise a brow at the occasional hokey analogy, and it got a bit purple in places, but not to the point of annoying me Apart from Libby, who exasperated me, most of the characters were similarly irritating, with the exception of the Ute folks I think I m adding a whole extra star for the character Paisley Alma, the daughter of Dolores and Sam, both Ute I really want to know what she went on to do when the book ended

  2. says:

    Unicorn Mountain goes to great pains to create many events and images that link the plight of disease ridden unicorns to the mid 1980s AIDs crisis That s both the strength, and the weakness of the work.A strength because like many analogies, it lets you think about a hard situation in a different way A weakness because it the links are a lot of separate elements, and they never quite come together to form a coherent whole They do come enough together that I know Bishop is trying to say, but t Unicorn Mountain goes to great pains to create many events and images that link the plight of disease ridden unicorns to the mid 1980s AIDs crisis That s both the strength, and the weakness of the work.A strength because like many analogies, it lets you think about a hard situation in a different way A weakness because it the links are a lot of separate elements, and they never quite come together to form a coherent whole They do come enough together that I know Bishop is trying to say, but there s still an air of incompleteness about it since some of the images either don t quite fit or are still ambiguous.In the intro to the e book version, Bishop mentions that the publisher had asked him to update the text to account for shifts in pop culture and technology I am glad that he did not choose to do so Yes, the book is dated, but the book is depicting a crisis that for the most part only happened in a particular decade If the book had been set today, or even in the late 90 s, it would have had to be a very different novel from start to finish

  3. says:

    In the Author s Note, Michael Bishop indicates that he did extensive research on gay culture, AIDS, Ute Indians and the Sun Dance religion, montane ecology, equine diseases, and unicorn lore The story doesn t wear all these sources lightly Particularly in the case of AIDS and homosexuality, Bishop sometimes seems to be ticking off a list of points he must inform, and enlighten, the readers about the book was published in 1985 The research was in service of a story that can t be accused In the Author s Note, Michael Bishop indicates that he did extensive research on gay culture, AIDS, Ute Indians and the Sun Dance religion, montane ecology, equine diseases, and unicorn lore The story doesn t wear all these sources lightly Particularly in the case of AIDS and homosexuality, Bishop sometimes seems to be ticking off a list of points he must inform, and enlighten, the readers about the book was published in 1985 The research was in service of a story that can t be accused of lack of thematic ambition Illness is a metaphor for Bishop U.S culture suffers from a spiritual sickness, which apparently kicked up a notch when Cowboy Ron was elected, since Bishop associates that event with the beginning of both AIDS and a deadly disease killing unicorns But the decline of Ute culture was happening long before that Bishop weaves together many disease metaphors, and introduces optimism in the form of healing attempts by both doctors fighting on the physical level, and Sun Dancers working spiritually Plus, sex is a recurring theme, though I haven t analyzed how it ties in.This novel is enjoyable to read because of its well paced storytelling, juicy language, and humor But in spite of good writing and avoidance of some of the most obvious stereotype traps, I don t think it fully escapes the risk of exploitation that looms when a non minority writer uses minorities for metaphorical purposes There is a definite trace of magical queer and magical Native American here Bo has little page space in the book which isn t concerned with him dying of AIDS And in the case of the Ute characters, all the events of their lives are another metaphor So I can recommend the novel, but only with reservations

  4. says:

    This book is one of my firm favourites If you read the blurb on the back, you can t see how the hell the story can work, but it does.Bo is dying from AIDS His family have disowned him, his partner he abandoned to the same fate and he is ready to give up But then his cousin s ex wife invites him to stay on her ranch Libby does so out of pity, as she has her own secrets to hide Meanwhile, her cowhand, Sam, is being haunted by the headless ghost of his ex wife and far across the country, his d This book is one of my firm favourites If you read the blurb on the back, you can t see how the hell the story can work, but it does.Bo is dying from AIDS His family have disowned him, his partner he abandoned to the same fate and he is ready to give up But then his cousin s ex wife invites him to stay on her ranch Libby does so out of pity, as she has her own secrets to hide Meanwhile, her cowhand, Sam, is being haunted by the headless ghost of his ex wife and far across the country, his daughter is having dreams of the Sacred Sun Dance, dreams in which Bo and Libby seem to be taking a part But it is the unicorns on the ranch that really have everyone worried because they are dying, and no one knows how to stop the spread of the disease.There are any number of different threads running through this book homophobia, morality of birth control, alcoholism, grief, guilt, regretand yet it doesn t preach and doesn t get too heavy Bo s disease and eventual death is handled with care, although some of the attitudes in the book do date it I do like to think we have moved on a bit now I love the mythology surrounding the origins of the unicorns and can definatly buy into itin fact, its the sort of world I know I would love to end up in A great book that I will probably read manytimes

  5. says:

    Unicorn Mountain falls under the category of fantasy I would call it rural fantasy as opposed to urban fantasy because it deals with the gritty reality of life in a rural setting with some magical elements woven through The gritty realities are AIDS, circa 1988, when life expectancy was low and quality of life was even lower, the plight of Native Americans and their life on reservations, and a divorced Anglo woman running a ranch in rural Colorado on her own All three of these threads com Unicorn Mountain falls under the category of fantasy I would call it rural fantasy as opposed to urban fantasy because it deals with the gritty reality of life in a rural setting with some magical elements woven through The gritty realities are AIDS, circa 1988, when life expectancy was low and quality of life was even lower, the plight of Native Americans and their life on reservations, and a divorced Anglo woman running a ranch in rural Colorado on her own All three of these threads come together in a pretty powerful story surrounding the appearance and plight of unicorns It s no wonder the book won the Mythopoeic Award in 1989 I found the book engrossing and satisfying even though it deals with the homophobia, sexism, and racism of thirty years ago I d like to think we ve made some headway on all three fronts, but it s hard knowing that a lot of it still exists and is finding a loud voice in the politics of 2016 Come visit my blog for the full review

  6. says:

    Unicorn Mountain follows the lives of a divorced rancher in Colorado her AIDS stricken, ex cousin in law a Ute ranch hand and the ranch hand s estranged daughter seeking to become a shaman The story manages to tie these people together in a peculiar way with unicorns The imagery throughout is extremely provocative, with phallic symbols galore The creatures are a sort of equine doppleganger for the AIDS afflicted character They have a lot in common.The story, while a bit dated it deals Unicorn Mountain follows the lives of a divorced rancher in Colorado her AIDS stricken, ex cousin in law a Ute ranch hand and the ranch hand s estranged daughter seeking to become a shaman The story manages to tie these people together in a peculiar way with unicorns The imagery throughout is extremely provocative, with phallic symbols galore The creatures are a sort of equine doppleganger for the AIDS afflicted character They have a lot in common.The story, while a bit dated it deals a lot with the AIDS epidemic back in the 80s when getting the disease was an absolute death sentence , was extremely ahead of its time It s a thought provoking work and very well written I highly recommend it

  7. says:

    I think this book did a pretty good job of capturing what it might have been like to be a gay man and a person with AIDS back in the late 80s, although the homophobia and ignorance of many of the people was difficult to read, if realistic The book is very close to using the mystical, wise native trope, if not actually going there, but it did feel like it took Ute spirituality very seriously and treated it as valid, as well as showing the Native American characters to have flaws and be as huma I think this book did a pretty good job of capturing what it might have been like to be a gay man and a person with AIDS back in the late 80s, although the homophobia and ignorance of many of the people was difficult to read, if realistic The book is very close to using the mystical, wise native trope, if not actually going there, but it did feel like it took Ute spirituality very seriously and treated it as valid, as well as showing the Native American characters to have flaws and be as human as the rest of the characters I do have to admit that I m not in the most informed position to make statements judging appropriateness of their representation

  8. says:

    Just finished Unicorn Mountain by Michael Bishop Published in 1988, it s a story about a gay man dying from AIDS, and features otherworldy unicorns also dying from an unknown plague Spoiler it s related to AIDS It was an interesting book, written at a time when being gay was much less accepted by society, and the book reflects this Native American mythology plays a key role in the story, and although Bishop s treatment of the Ute characters and mythology is respectful and strives to be Just finished Unicorn Mountain by Michael Bishop Published in 1988, it s a story about a gay man dying from AIDS, and features otherworldy unicorns also dying from an unknown plague Spoiler it s related to AIDS It was an interesting book, written at a time when being gay was much less accepted by society, and the book reflects this Native American mythology plays a key role in the story, and although Bishop s treatment of the Ute characters and mythology is respectful and strives to be authentic, it ends up feeling appropriative Another weakness in the book is some pretty terrible dialogue Two examples Ouray s back out there somewhere, elking it up Ouray is a partially domesticated elk, and this is supposed to mean he is not returning to a certain cabin Okay is not exactly the friggin password to my heart Still, it is a compelling read, I think mostly for the author s bold concept of writing a magical realist story to deal with important issues

  9. says:

    This is a fascinating, interesting and weird book It involves an Aids patient, his brother, Their former cousin by marriage, a ranch hand, a cranky veterinarian, a UTE shaman or two, a jesus blanket and lots of unicorns, most of who are sick Let s not forget the condoms A beautifully mysterious and vulnerable species of unicorns is revealed bringing together four people in a test of courage and humanity against the pain of the outside world A realistic work dealing with some of today s mos This is a fascinating, interesting and weird book It involves an Aids patient, his brother, Their former cousin by marriage, a ranch hand, a cranky veterinarian, a UTE shaman or two, a jesus blanket and lots of unicorns, most of who are sick Let s not forget the condoms A beautifully mysterious and vulnerable species of unicorns is revealed bringing together four people in a test of courage and humanity against the pain of the outside world A realistic work dealing with some of today s most basic and controversial conflicts.Triggers Some wild animal death wild animals killing other animals , major character death

  10. says:

    I found this book to be very odd I didn t really see the point of the story I was waiting for all the relationships and actions to come to a head but it never really did I like the inclusion of the Ute Tribe customs and their stories I liked the inclusion of a gay AIDS sufferer during the time period the story was set I just felt like a lot of the characters and their relationships stayed very surface level It was just a weird book The unicorns were the most normal part of the action in t I found this book to be very odd I didn t really see the point of the story I was waiting for all the relationships and actions to come to a head but it never really did I like the inclusion of the Ute Tribe customs and their stories I liked the inclusion of a gay AIDS sufferer during the time period the story was set I just felt like a lot of the characters and their relationships stayed very surface level It was just a weird book The unicorns were the most normal part of the action in the story and they were honestly not even much of a factor I m torn as to whether or not I actually liked it as a whole

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