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Victor LaValle

Autor(a) de The Ballad of Black Tom

45+ Works 6,001 Membros 337 Críticas 10 Favorited

About the Author

Victor D. LaValle is an assistant professor in the graduate writing program at Columbia University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Obras por Victor LaValle

The Ballad of Black Tom (2016) 1,548 exemplares
The Changeling (2017) — Author, Narrator — 1,332 exemplares
Lone Women (2023) 692 exemplares
Big Machine: A Novel (2009) 666 exemplares
The Devil in Silver (2012) 626 exemplares
The Ecstatic (2002) 196 exemplares
Victor LaValle's Destroyer (1) (2018) — Autor — 147 exemplares
Slapboxing with Jesus (1999) 97 exemplares
Lucretia and the Kroons (2012) 60 exemplares
We Travel the Spaceways (2021) 55 exemplares
Eve (2022) — Writer, co-creator — 23 exemplares
Sabretooth: The Adversary (2022) — Autor — 12 exemplares
Destroyer #1 (2017) 12 exemplares
EVE #1 (2021) 8 exemplares
Victor LaValle's Destroyer #2 (2017) 7 exemplares
Favola di New York (2019) 5 exemplares
SABRETOOTH & THE EXILES (2024) 5 exemplares
Sabretooth (2022) #3 (of 5) (2022) 5 exemplares
Destroyer #3 (2017) 4 exemplares
Victor LaValle's Destroyer (2018) 4 exemplares
Sabretooth (2022) #2 (of 5) (2022) 3 exemplares
Eve #5 (2021) 3 exemplares
Sabretooth (2022) #1 (of 5) (2022) 3 exemplares
Sabretooth (2022) #4 (of 5) (2022) 3 exemplares
Sabretooth (2022) #5 (of 5) (2022) 3 exemplares
Eve: Children of the Moon (2023) 3 exemplares
Victor LaValle's Destroyer #5 (2017) 3 exemplares
Destroyer #4 (2017) 3 exemplares
Eve #3 (2021) 2 exemplares
Eve #4 (2021) 2 exemplares
Eve #2 (2021) 2 exemplares
The Sundial 2 exemplares
Monster (2004) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Sundial (1958) — Prefácio, algumas edições751 exemplares
xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths (2013) — Contribuidor — 276 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 227 exemplares
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History (2014) — Contribuidor — 216 exemplares
Lit Riffs (2004) — Contribuidor — 167 exemplares
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (2013) — Contribuidor — 146 exemplares
Gumbo: A Celebration of African American Writing (2002) — Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
Granta 110: Sex (2010) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 (2020) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
The Decameron Project: 29 New Stories from the Pandemic (2020) — Contribuidor — 110 exemplares
The Big Book of Modern Fantasy (2020) — Contribuidor — 108 exemplares
Full Frontal Fiction: The Best of Nerve.com (2000) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books (2011) — Contribuidor — 64 exemplares
Miscreations: Gods, Monstrosities & Other Horrors (2020) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares
The Darker Mask : Heroes from the Shadows [Anthology] (2008) — Contribuidor — 57 exemplares
Lovecraft Mythos: New & Classic Collection (2020) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
Weird Tales: 100 Years of Weird (2023) — Contribuidor — 41 exemplares
Do Me: Sex Tales from Tin House (2007) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2017 Edition (2017) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: Volume Two (2021) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
The Tor.com Sampler (2016) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Wonder & glory forever : awe-inspiring Lovecraftian fiction (2020) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Come Join Us by the Fire: A Nightfire Anthology (2019) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 117 • February 2020 (2020) — Autor — 5 exemplares
Tor.com Publishing's 2017 Hugo Finalist Bundle (2017) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Chiral Mad 5 — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
Local de nascimento
New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Columbia University (MFA)
Cornell University
Raboteau, Emily (wife)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Whiting Writers' Award (2004)



Big Machine by Victor LaValle em African/African American Literature (Fevereiro 2013)


The setup of this book was excellent, and the first 50 pages really drew me in, but I ended up feeling disappointed by the execution. In the opening scene, we see Adelaide Henry, a 31-year-old Black farmer, leaving her home after having apparently murdered her parents and burning down her childhood home. She lights out for Montana to start a new life as a homesteader, taking with her only a small traveling bag and a mysteriously heavy, ominous trunk that she guards jealously. Adelaide arrives in Montana and starts to meet people in her new life; she also struggles with the hardships of living in a barely-furnished shack during the Montana winter and planning for how she will endure for the 3 years it will take to make the land self-sustaining so she can cement her legal claim. All the time she worries not only that she will starve/freeze but also fears that whatever is in the chest will break out and destroy her hard-won independence. The tension in the first third (or so) of the book is well-managed, but after that the book suffers from poor characterization, awkward pacing, and a lack of clarity and cohesiveness that turned me off.

After the reveal about what's in the chest, we completely lose the thread of Adelaide's story that is committed to facing the harsh conditions. Noting that she has just a bag of potatoes, a couple jars of preserves, and $5 to make it through the winter, the author then completely drops this line of the plot and allows her to survive for what appears to be several more weeks or months without doing any work or improvement on her homestead, let alone setting aside stores or preparing for spring planting. The novel shifts to other players around the area and their stories--not always successfully. Most of the side characters were not very well developed and their motivations were unclear in a lot of cases.

Finally, I still can't figure out what the point of the creature was. Much of the endgame plot felt engineered to getting us to that final chapter, which was a lovely utopian fantasy and cinched things up nicely. I don't read/watch enough horror to really know the tropes of the genre, but I tend to expect that the reveal will clarify some larger thematic point or illuminate a cultural fear. But that didn't really happen here. The best I can do is that the townspeople's hatred of the unknown paradoxically creates a situation in which outcasts can thrive and come into their own--but until the creature started rampaging, the townspeople actually seemed quite nice and accepting, so it kind of falls apart when I look at it too hard. A bit of a wasted opportunity.
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sansmerci | 29 outras críticas | Apr 15, 2024 |
So I’ve put off writing this review in hopes of being able to better convey my opinion of this book. Alas! It seems I will continue to have mixed feelings about it. I apologize in advance if this review is muddied and unclear.

The story was…different. I find myself conflicted with different emotions. There were some events that occurred in the middle of the story that had me completely turned off for a little bit. I wont spoil it for those who might be interested in reading this book, but I will warn that it is not for the faint of heart; it is a fairy tale of Grimm Brothers caliber. There are some horror elements and a cautionary tail to be heard for the modern day parent..

From the title alone you should be able to extrapolate that the story is folklore based. This turned out to be an interesting element to the story as it is set in modern day New York City. Though, for me, I think this may have been the root of the discord; magical folklore story too close to “the real world”…does that make sense? Had it been set in a location and time completely different I think I wouldn’t have had as much an issue with determining my opinion of the story.

I didn’t realize it while I was reading it, but upon reflection, I was subconsciously debating on DNFing the book after the halfway mark. Now, that’s not to say it wasn’t good or enjoyable in it’s own right…It was just different. A kind of different I might not have been wholly prepared for when I first started the book. I am glad that I finished the book though; the ending and the story telling redeemed the faults that came before.

The plot was good and reasonably thought out, in my humble opinion. *shrug* I liked all the trails of the story that were explored and woven together. This is ultimately what probably saved my opinion on this book. It’s got multiple layers from both past, present, reality, and fairy tale which make for in interesting tale. The writing was decent; it didn’t blow me away but it wasn’t hard to read through it. The main character was decently developed (there’s room for improvement though) but I feel like the secondary characters were less defined which resulted in a lack of attachment to them on my part.

Full review: https://wanderinglectiophile.wordpress.com/2018/02/07/review-the-changeling-by-v...
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RochelleJones | 76 outras críticas | Apr 5, 2024 |
A nice short story for those that enjoyed Lovecraft Country
kfick | 83 outras críticas | Mar 31, 2024 |
Series Info/Source: This is a stand alone book. I borrowed a copy of this on ebook from my library.

Thoughts: I enjoyed this quite a bit and especially loved how the book ended. This was a very different read but I loved the history here as well as the unique, strong female characters. Prior to reading this I had read Lavalle's "The Ballad of Black Tom" and really enjoyed that as well.

Adelaide Henry joins us standing over the dead bodies of her parents while she prepares to burn her Californian house down and journey out to Montana. Out in Montana she hopes to claim a homestead, taking advantage of the "lone woman" loop hole in the government's offer of free land to any person who can make the land productive and survive. Adelaide doesn't bring much with her, just a mysterious truck that is strangely heavy and that she is very protective of.

I loved the adventure overtones to this book and really enjoyed the mystery of what was in the truck. Adelaide and the other "lone women" are fascinating characters; they are tough and resourceful with very different pasts. However, they have a current goal that brings them together...surviving the Montana winter and the dangers it brings. Add to this a town of dubious residents and a bit of a fantasy/horror element and you have a story that I struggled to put down.

This story is about survival and striking out on one's own and finding a family for yourself when your own family has failed you. There are heavy horror elements and some of the scenes get very gory. I enjoyed every bit of this and especially liked the ending. It was fun to see an ending like this for a historical fantasy horror story.

My Summary (4/5): Overall I really enjoyed this. This is a bit of a different story about strong women, adventure on the western frontier, survival, and things that go bump in the night. I would recommend if you are looking for something in that vein or if you are just looking for a historical western fantasy that is a bit different from anything else you have read and don't mind some horror elements.

This is the second book by Lavalle I have really enjoyed. I love his unique historical re-imaginings, intriguing characters and the way he blends in dark horror/fantasy elements. I definitely plan on picking up his other books as well
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krau0098 | 29 outras críticas | Mar 7, 2024 |



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