Genevieve Valentine appears in the following:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.