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eBook Walking the Labyrinth ePub

by Lisa Goldstein

  • ISBN: 0312861753
  • Category: Fantasy
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Author: Lisa Goldstein
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1st edition (June 1, 1996)
  • Pages: 254
  • ePub book: 1701 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1867 kb
  • Other: lit lrf mobi docx
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 620

Description

Walking the Labyrinth.

Walking the Labyrinth. Investigating her family history, Molly slips into a world of magic. Backstage at a vaudeville in Oakland, California, a reporter sits down for an interview with Callan Allalie, patriarch of a family of traveling magicians. As the journalist asks his questions, Callan’s sisters dazzle him with tricks too delicate for the stage. The night quickly whirls out of control as all manner of untold magic warps the writer’s mind, and the next morning, he can’t be sure that he witnessed it at all.

Walking the Labyrinth book. I was sold on Lisa Goldstein's Walking the Labyrinth the moment I read the description. In this compelling fantasy novel, the author of Tourists and. A vaudeville inspired mystery sounded original and intriguing so I felt pretty optimist when I settled down and cracked it open. Unfortunately the execution left much to be desired and I soon found myself struggling through the narrative for little more than the personal satisfaction of reaching the final page.

Robin Ann asked Molly after work the next day. I shouldn’t, Molly said. What if- Peter calls? I know. What if he does? That’s why God made answering machines. Molly and Robin Ann had come from. the same temp agency. Molly liked Robin Ann, even though she usually ended up doing most of the other woman’s work. Instead of filing and typing Robin Ann spent hours gossiping, asking Molly questions, telling her about her boyfriends, her poetry-she had been published in several prestigious small magazines-her plans for the future

Lisa Goldstein has published ten novels and dozens of short stories under her own name and two fantasy novels under the pseudonym Isabel Glass. Her most recent novel is The Uncertain Places, which won the Mythopoeic Award

Lisa Goldstein has published ten novels and dozens of short stories under her own name and two fantasy novels under the pseudonym Isabel Glass. Her most recent novel is The Uncertain Places, which won the Mythopoeic Award. Goldstein received the National Book Award for The Red Magician and the Sidewise Award for her short story Paradise Is a Walled Garden. Her work has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. Some of her stories appear in the collection Travellers in Magic.

This book is printed on acid-tree paper. A Tor Book Published by Tom Doherty Associates, Inc. 175 Fifth Avenue New York, .

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Walking the Labyrinth - Lisa Goldstein. If he wants to know anything about my life he can read the book. Are you really? I’m thinking about it. When are you coming to visit? You can help me work on it. I’d love to, Molly said, suddenly overcome with a desire to leave this city with its unexpected meetings, its unanswered questions, to set all her problems in her aunt’s lap and forget about them. I’ve got some vacation time coming-I’ll let you know when I can get away. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books. t on September 2, 2011. SIMILAR ITEMS (based on metadata).

It’s not a new book, however.

Molly Travers, a young woman living in San Francisco, discovers that she is the descendant of a family of vaudeville magicians, who in the nineteenth century performed real magic with a group of occultists known as the Order of the Labyrinth.As Molly investigates her past, richer and deeper magic enters her life. First she travels to England, where the trail leads her to an estate once owned by a rich, eccentric widow who believed in the supernatural and had her own personal medium - Molly's great-grandmother. Underneath the house, in the enormous cellar, the widow's fortune was spent constructing a labyrinth to Molly's great-grandmother's specifications.Beneath the house the labyrinth awaits, seemingly untouched by the hundred years that have passed since it was built. Molly enters its passages and there everything changes. The labyrinth, and the secrets it contains, will bring Molly face-to-face with magic, mystery, and murder, changing her life forever.

Comments

Natety Natety
Magic and magicians, traveling shows, mysteries, murder, séances, occult, secrets and yes, of course, labyrinths...it's like someone wrote this book especially for me. Sometimes all the delicious ingredients don't add to a scrumptious meal, but here it worked out lovely. I've been meaning to check out the author, got several of her books on my Kindle, selected this one by overall reviews and length and it was indeed a very enjoyable read about a multigenerational family of performers whose prestidigitation is more than merely trickery. When a young woman tries to unravel her complex genealogy and solve some mysteries along the way, she goes on something like an adventure of a lifetime. Terrific characterizations, very imaginative and vivid, very good writing. Only occasionally ever so slightly muddled and obscure (much like the subject itself), but ultimately utterly cohesive and exciting of a story. Quick fun read, great introduction to the author. Recommended.
Adoranin Adoranin
A little too understated on the suspense. Great character development, sane plot, realistic relationships. Beware the gratuitous mannequins and tigers.
Thetalen Thetalen
A family secret, magical performances, and philosophy all combined in Walking the Labyrinth. Molly’s family has a dark and interesting history, one that she knows nothing of until a private investigator approaches her with a request for information about the whereabouts of a relative she’s never even heard of. Molly’s curious mind latches onto the mystery and she digs deeper into what is revealed to be a secret society in England, and its continuation in modern-day America.

Much like a labyrinth, the story has a lot of twists and turns, and it’s hard to tell sometimes just how close to the truth you really are. Molly experiences this plenty of times through the story, which does get a little tiring when it turns into a round of, “Did Fentrice do it? No, she couldn’t have, because of this thing. Oh, but then there’s this thing! Did Fentrice do it after all?” It’s a good question. Did she do what she’s being accused of? Who is telling the truth, and is it the whole truth? But the circular nature of half the arguments make it difficult to keep track of what I’m even supposed to be mentally debating at times.

As with the last work I read by Goldstein, I found the historical aspect of this novel to be quite fascinating. Everything historical was told through diaries and letters rather than through dialogue or from a character actually being there, which weirdly appeals to me. Finding out about the Order of the Labyrinth and how that turned from a secret society devoted to the supernatural and philosophy in England to a traveling magic show in America was definitely a fun journey to embark upon.

Though I could have done with a couple of characters now and again who hadn’t heard of the Order. Everyone they asked had heard about them, despite them being a secret society that’s really only mentioned in one pamphlet and a couple of family documents. Everything tied in so neatly that it stretched the bounds of credulity.

Part of the problem I had with this book, though, was the rather meandering nature of the plot. The pacing wasn’t that great, meaning that you’d spend pages and pages reading diary entries of life and family affairs in a traveling show, then BAM, major plot development with Molly’s family that has roughly the same amount of book space devoted to it. You’d get used to one pace and then suddenly it would switch, and it was never the same twice.

This could have been a wonderful way of showing that things aren’t what they seem and that life throws you curveballs all the time, a meta-commentary on the events of the story themselves, but it didn’t really come across that way. It came across, unfortunately, as just poor pacing, and I suspect my suddenly thought about it having deeper implications was just my habit of overthinking things and finding connections where there are none.

But the story itself was pretty good, and an interesting blend of the old and the new, an exploration of the psychic craze that swept England in the 1800s and a connection to the more mundane aspects of modern day. I like the ideas that Goldstein played with here, and it was really only the pacing issues that kept me from enjoying it all more.

Walking the Labyrinth is a quick read, only around 200 pages, and when the pacing is even it’s so easy to fall into the story and get caught up in everything. It’s intelligent, prompts personal reflection, and is a good exploration of someone uncovering that her family has far more to it than she ever gave thought to. Not Goldstein’s best work, but still worth reading, and it definitely stands the test of time better than many urban fantasies that I’ve read from the 1990s (the edition I read was a digital reprint rather than the original publication). Worth checking out if you like some history with your mystery!
Vrion Vrion
I liked the concept and the way the family was portrayed in the book. I thought that was the best part of the whole thing. The rest felt rushed and, at times, jerky in the execution of the plot. Molly is rather unlikeable and her relationship with Peter was contrived from the beginning which, unsurprisingly, let to a reveal with him at the end. Everything coming together felt forced and the basic human interactions were gawky and awkward. Not to mention I think Molly ends up dating her cousin. Knowingly. Gross.

The story somewhat toggles between the present (which, I think, is in the 90s somewhere) and past but the only pure flashback is at the beginning when we get to see the moment with the reporter backstage after a show the Allalies all put on. Everything else is pseudo-epistolary but not really because Molly and, usually, John, the private investigator, are reading something outloud to each other so it’s only a rather awkward info dump as opposed to a more seamless jump on the timeline. And they could have worked as flashbacks too. Just fine. But they weren’t used like that so instead of being immersed in the history it’s story time and you’re being read to. Kind of annoying.

Molly really isn’t a very well-developed character. Her interactions with people are forced and awkward. She doesn’t seem to have any social norms down regarding behavior. I don’t know if that’s a purposeful socially awkward/oblivious person or she’s just not written very well but she just doesn’t have the flow of a normal human being. She’s put in this story to serve a very specific purpose and it’s very obvious that’s the case. She is a chess piece being moved by the author throughout the story and Molly, as a character, isn’t allowed to just be. Because of this her interactions with everyone: her aunt, John, the Allalie family, are all cringe-worthy and contrived and don’t make for fluid reading at all. Her questions are too specific, too exact, too well-timed. Nothing was allowed to play out naturally.

Nowhere more than the end was that any more obvious as everyone converged on a single place, the villains, the good guys, the rest of the estranged family, and each layer of the onion was methodically peeled back to expose what the whole story’s been leading up to. It was too neat, too set up, and it left me feeling little to anything about the ending. And seriously, I think Molly ended up dating her cousin. That whole smear of family at the Allalie house was confusing but I’m almost positive her little love interest there is a distant cousin and she knows it. Goo.

What the author did do well was describe the magic, from the acts themselves to the ambiance around the people to a simple facet that wasn’t so simple after all. She nailed that. She made the Allalies seem ethereal and magical and maybe they existed and maybe they didn’t and the aura around them was just perfect. That’s where all of her focus seemed to be, was making those people seem as fantastical as they were supposed to. And it worked.

What also worked were the historical parts of the story. Even though they weren’t proper flashbacks the tone and the setting Goldstein meticulously set up was vibrant and far outshone anything happening in present day reading. The meetings and the people and the Labyrinth itself were all so much more realistic than anyone flopping around in the present day Bay area, pretending at being real people.

WALKING THE LABYRINTH ended up being a really disjointed story where certain aspects had all the effort while the rest of the story had none, or next to none. It made for an inconsistent read with characters I just didn’t care about as they questioned and conspired and pushed the story forward to its ultimate end. It’s not that Goldstein can’t write people or can’t write a cohesive plot, I just think she’s better at some people, and some scenarios, than others and it really showed here.

2.5

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.