Not a very thinly veilled message about AIDS, this book was written in 1988, when AIDS was mostly a "Gay problem" but it deals with a farmer who finds unicorns on her ranch, and they're dying. At about that time, she takes in a man dying of AIDS, and they work together to save the unicorns before the guy dies.
Decent characters, just a little too preachy for me. There's a lot of indian mysticism, too. This is not a book for kids, although only the language gets raunchy. Themes are a little too adult for young teens.
Interesting story--wonder if there are unicorns somewhere.... ??? : )
I read this book at a young and impressionable age when it was first published in paperback. It was part of a new fantasy & sci-fi genre that Bantam was highlighting. It really delved into some unique and intriguing ideas that were not usually found in this type of literature. A must read for any fan of unicorns or those who like to read offbeat fiction that challenges the norm.
This was a very moving book about unicorns, AIDS, and learning new things about oneself and others. I liked how Libby, Bo and Sam gradually got to know each other better over time.
I read this back in 1992 and for 22 years its story has stayed with me. This is the most beautiful imagery described book you can read. It is my fav book of all time and forever will be. It rocks. People may think the cover looks like it might contain a story that is childish or strictly fantasy but it is NOT. This came out at a time when AIDS was not that talked about and it took that situation and incorporated it well yet not at all focusing on it. This will make you cry, laugh, feel things you may not have felt for a long time. Ill always in my mind see the unicorns up on the hill! I have a special copy of this, I believe it belonged to the Editor, and its a first edition hardcover, paid a lot for it on Ebay. It will always be on my bookshelf, I hope one day my daughter will pick it up unknowingly and will read this story with her imagination soaring where the author easily takes her through 367 pages of awesomeness.
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 âjesus blanketâ 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