Genevieve Valentine

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A Rambling Love Letter To The Silver Screen In 'How To Watch'

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Veteran film critic David Thomson's new book will get you thinking about the magic of film — but his personal, meandering arguments are sometimes too personal and too disjointed to land solidly.


A New Alcott Emerges From The 'Annotated Little Women'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Biographer John Matteson crams all his knowledge of Louisa May Alcott into a massive new annotated edition of her best-known book — in which the author herself emerges as a fascinating character.


A Dark And Stormy Night: Why We Love The Gothic

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Inspired by the new film Crimson Peak, critic Genevieve Valentine digs into our enduring love for stormy nights, eerie castles, romantically exotic monsters, swooning maidens and all things Gothic.


Enlightenment Proves Elusive In 'Witches Of America'

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Alex Mar's half-memoir, half-cultural study of American occultism mixes research with her own search for meaning. Critic Genevieve Valentine says it's a difficult journey, for Mar and for readers.


'Lime Street' Bewitches With Mystery And Mayhem

Saturday, October 10, 2015

David Jaher's account of Harry Houdini attempt to debunk Boston society psychic Mina Crandon mixes history with high-wire theatricality — even though most readers will know who came out on top.


An Intergalactic Adventure Winds To A Close In 'Ancillary Mercy'

Monday, October 05, 2015

Ann Leckie's powerhouse space-opera trilogy followed a soldier out to bring down a galactic empress. Critic Genevieve Valentine says the final volume is rich in detail, and a fitting capstone.


Share 'The Social Sex' With One Of Your Bosom Buddies

Saturday, September 26, 2015

In ancient Greece, philosophers denied that women were capable of friendship. Marilyn Yalom and Theresa Donovan Brown trace the way those perceptions changed over the years in this engaging history.


'Girl Who Wrote Loneliness' Tells An Almost-True Tale With Tenor Of A Ghost Story

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This autobiographical novel about a South Korean girl who moves from the countryside to the city in search of work and education blurs the line between fiction and reality.


Truth Is Strange And Fiction Is Charming In 'Girl Waits With Gun'

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Amy Stewart's new novel is inspired by the real-life tale of the Kopp sisters, three women who faced down a cruel factory owner after he crashed into their buggy and refused to pay restitution.


A House That's Not A Home In 'Bright Lines'

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tanwi Nandini Islam's debut novel is an understated queer coming-of-age tale, set in a vividly-portrayed Brooklyn brownstone whose residents all ache for some kind of home they've never been to.


Queen Of The Desert Gertrude Bell, In Her Own Words

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Explorer and activist Bell is best remembered today for helping create the modern state of Iraq. A smartly edited new collection of her writings presents a fascinating (if not always smooth) portrait.


'Spies' Is A Cinematic Account Of Americans In War-Torn Paris

Monday, August 03, 2015

Historian Alex Kershaw's latest book focuses on an American doctor and his family who worked with the French Resistance from their apartment just down Avenue Foch from the Paris SS headquarters.


Shirley Jackson Gets To The Heart Of The Home In 'Let Me Tell You'

Thursday, July 23, 2015

This collection of the author's early fiction, unpublished stories and personal essays is a delightfully uneasy mix of wry family observation and the chills her eerie later work is known for.


For This Nostalgia Trip, 'We Don't Need Roads'

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

This oral history of the Back to the Future movies offers a wealth of fascinating historical trivia — but critic Genevieve Valentine says it's carefully broad scope can mean a lack of sharp analysis.


Voyage Through An Adventurous Alternate Universe With 'Basilisk'

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Voyage of the Basilisk is the latest book in Marie Brennan's Memoirs of Lady Trent series; critic Genevieve Valentine says if you love dragons like Lady Trent does, now's the time to get acquainted.


It's All Charm and Wolves In 'The Turnip Princess'

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Once upon a time, a historian went hunting for fairy tales. He found hundreds, but his collection was long thought lost. But now they've been found, and several are reprinted in The Turnip Princess.


'Tales Of The Marvellous' Is Indeed Very Strange

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

These are not your father's fairy tales, but reviewer Genevieve Valentine says readers prepared to devote some time will find rich rewards in this newly translated volume of 10th-century Arab stories.


For A Taste Of Grimdark, Visit The 'Land Fit For Heroes'

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Richard K. Morgan's epic sword-and-planet (and alien technology) Land Fit for Heroes series is a good introduction to grimdark, a subgenre that aims to show the gritty underside of fantasy fiction.


'Ancillary Sword' Examines Life On The Fringes Of A Galactic Empire

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Ann Leckie's eagerly awaited sequel to last year's Ancillary Justice quickly wraps up dangling plot threads, and sends heroine Breq on a brand new adventure, this time at the helm of her own ship.


This 'Book Of Witches' Casts A Fascinating, Sobering Spell

Sunday, October 05, 2014

A new Penguin compendium of documents relating to three centuries of witch trials lays the blame on fractured communities and cruel governments — and draws unsettling parallels to current events.