Search Results: "Lisa Goldstein"


BOOK REVIEW

LISA, LISA by Béatrice Shalit
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"French writer Shalit's fifth novel—and first US publication—is an accomplished soap-script that needs fleshing out."
Goodness knows, there's a passel of domestic furor and flurry within this novel's Jewish/French family, who are gathered for a wedding—but somehow the fuss and feathers have no more emotional depth than the plink-plunk of a rapid badminton volley. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2006

"The autobiography, much of which may be factual, of a dirty old man, illustrated with x-rated photos. You may want to wash your hands after handling this one."
The unsavory, wild adventures of the man who made his fortune delivering pornography to the American mass market, the former King of Smut, now destitute, dependent on lithium, Social Security and the kindness of strangers. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Dianne Hales
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"The breezy tone is a jarring contrast to the considerable scholarship that informs the author's history."
Like many visitors to the Louvre, journalist Hales (La Bella Lingua: A Passionate Journey through the World's Most Beautiful Language, 2009, etc.) was fascinated by Leonardo da Vinci's famous portrait and set out to investigate the real Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo: "Why did the most renowned painter of her time choose her as his model?...And why does her smile enchant us still?" Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ALCHEMIST’S DOOR by Lisa Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"History veering towards legend, vigorously stirred with familiar fantasy ingredients, but insipid and unevocative for all that."
Fantasy featuring several famous historical characters, from the author of Dark Cities Underground (1999), etc. Toward the end of the 16th century, English magician John Dee flees with his family from a demon he's inadvertently summoned. Read full book review >

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SUMMER KING, WINTER FOOL by Lisa Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1994

"Insipid characters and feeble dramatics in a bland setting: not one of Goldstein's better outings."
Ancient solar-king myths are combined with quasi-medieval monarchies in Goldstein's new fantasy (after Strange Devices of the Sun and Moon, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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WEIGHING SHADOWS by Lisa Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Lovely, disturbing, and intriguing in spots but ultimately, just not enough."
Goldstein takes a break from fantasy (The Uncertain Places, 2011, etc.) and returns to science fiction with this brief tale of a corporation seeking to diminish the role of women in society by altering the timeline.Read full book review >

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WALKING THE LABYRINTH by Lisa Goldstein
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 1996

"A deftly woven, engrossing who-dun-what: despite some intrusively didactic patches, Goldstein's best outing since A Mask for the General (1987)."
Contemporary fantasy, San Franciscoset, about young drifter Molly Travers and her large, mysterious family. Read full book review >

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TRAVELLERS IN MAGIC by Lisa Goldstein
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"The backdrops never appear vivid or distinctive enough to enable the reader to distinguish among the often adroit plot twists and carefully limned characters; the upshot is an agreeable but blandly amorphous blur."
Fifteen tales, including one unpublished entry, from 198494, by fantasist Goldstein (Summer King, Winter Fool, p. 349, etc.). Read full book review >

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STRANGE DEVICES OF THE SUN AND MOON by Lisa Goldstein
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Goldstein fails to establish any reason, let alone a compelling one, why these disparate elements should be juxtaposed; and though her prose is of the finest, the upshot is flat, bland, and far from persuasive."
Another offbeat fantasy from the author of Tourists, A Mask for the General, etc. (her American Book Award-winning paperback debut, The Red Magician, will appear as a Tor hardcover in February 1993). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

I, MONA LISA by Jeanne Kalogridis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A clever reworking, though not completely convincing."
Kalogridis (The Borgia Bride, 2005, etc.) chronicles the perils of young Lisa di Antonio Gherardini long before she became the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting. Read full book review >

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MONA LISA by Letizia Galli
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Some additional facts are provided at the end, but no specific references are cited. (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
In a work subtitled ``The Secret of the Smile,'' readers learn a lot about Leonardo da Vinci, but little about his painting of the woman called Mona Lisa. Read full book review >