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Walking the Labyrinth por Lisa Goldstein
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Walking the Labyrinth (edição 1996)

por Lisa Goldstein

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Private investigator John Stow's questions about Molly Travers' family pique her interest when relatives that she supposed dead and buried begin to appear, alive and working real magic.
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Título:Walking the Labyrinth
Autores:Lisa Goldstein
Informação:Tor Books (1996), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 254 pages
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Etiquetas:fiction, SF

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Walking the Labyrinth tells the story of Molly Travers and the maze she walks in discovering who her family is, and in a way, who she is.

Be aware, this review may contain a certain amount of information that could be considered "spoilers".

I'd really like half-star ratings - I would give this one 3.5

I received this book in exchange for a review, through NetGalley. The description of the story was very interesting. The execution of the story was sound, but I found myself feeling like I would not have finished the book if I were not a little obligated to do so. Therefore, a 3-star "It's okay" most accurately reflects my feelings on the story.

A third or more of the book is actually made up of text from books within the story; a couple of diaries and information collected from a visit to the library. These texts were really quite interesting, but made the in-progress moments with Molly feel lessened.

Molly was, at turns, a very good, strong character and at others a very frustrating one. My biggest peeve was her "relationship" with Peter. She loves Peter, utterly. There's NO reason for it, except convenience - and the reader is simply expected to accept it. He is, by all accounts, a bore and a callous jerk - Molly is just obsessed. But she's not even really obsessed, unless there is a downswing in the momentum of the story. Peter is a filler - and meant to build tension. In a way, he does - but it's not a good way. Ultimately, the whole story would've been better without him. He was almost entirely unnecessary; without him, the story would have only required a little agency on the part of a couple other characters to make it work. Without him, Molly would've been better - while he may have served a role in her journey (through the labyrinth), her development could've been achieved in better ways, I feel.

In addition, characterization seemed to fall flat for almost every character. Alex's question to Molly (near the end) was completely unexpected and felt like another bone toward building intrigue that failed. the family's last name being 'solved' by John, the PI, was not at all a surprise to any reader, but the character unveils it (and Molly reacts to it) as though it were.

The ending felt a little bit abrupt and neatly tied everything into a bow. This wasn't a bad thing, even if it felt a little bit too tidy. What ever happened to Tom, the trumpeter? That detail wasn't particularly needed, but given the tension with the two men who are never identified... it seems like Tom at least deserved a little closure.

Overall: Walking the Labyrinth was a fairly even read. It was well written and did not require a great deal of suspension-of-disbelief even though it dealt heavily in illusion, magic, and the ways we both fool ourselves and others. Based on this book, I'd probably read more of Goldstein's work, but I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book to everyone. I also hope that Goldstein's award winning works perform better than this one did. ( )
  jennaelf | Jan 5, 2016 |
4.5 stars

Last December, I read Lisa Goldstein's National Book Award-winning The Red Magician and was not impressed. Thus it was with some trepidation that I accepted Open Road Media's invitation to review Walking the Labyrinth, originally published in 1998, five years after The Red Magician. My concern could not have been more misplaced; those five years were a period of spectacular growth in Goldstein's writing.

Walking the Labyrinth is, like The Red Magician, a paranormal fantasy. However, while Walking the Labyrinth is informed by the time and place of its setting, it is not driven by them in the way that The Red Magician depended on the Holocaust for its meaning. Instead, Walking the Labyrinth is a multi-generational family drama, in which the family members happen to possess a variety of supernatural powers. Although those powers do play a key role in resolving the book's central mystery (what happened to Callan Allalie's sister Thorne), they are just the icing on the cake; the real meat of the story (to use yet another food metaphor) is Goldstein's moving and insightful exploration of the Allalie family's internal dynamics: jealousy, envy, sibling rivalry, money issues, handling the pressures of a travelling life.

The labyrinth is found in many faith traditions throughout history. In the Episcopalian church, we view the labyrinth as both a journey to the center of the self and a process of transformation. The labyrinth in Goldstein's book has no specific religious meaning, but it does serve as a tool for self-knowledge and as a method for transforming relationships, for both the better and the worse. In this sense, the labyrinth is a perfect symbol for all families, even those (like mine) which lack magical powers. Approaching the book with this in mind makes the experience of reading Walking the Labyrinth even richer and more rewarding.

I received a free copy of Walking the Labyrinth from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  BrandieC | Mar 10, 2015 |
Lisa Goldenstein has crafted a twisty, turny tale worthy of its title. The reader is drawn along with Molly Travers and Private Investigator John Stow as they traverse the maze trying to uncover the history of Molly's recently discovered family of travelling illusionists. Is the magic real? What happened to Thorne? Who hired the investigator? The answers only beget more questions --and nobody gives a straight answer-- as they travel across the globe from Oakland to Chicago to London. They must be careful as the more they uncover, the more people are after the secrets of Molly's family and the mysterious Order of the Labyrinth.
Molly is a well-drawn and dynamic character who is as much in the dark as the rest of us. The suspense and wonder and confusion are keenly felt by both her and the reader. Both make suppositions and begin to guess at the eventual outcome; some inferences are right and others are wrong. The cast of supporting characters are fascinating and amusing, and as the web between them grows, amazing things begin to happen. Molly will never look at the world in the same way, and neither will the reader.
I'd like to thank NetGalley and Open Road media for the chance to review this amazing book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to see the world in a different way. ( )
  EmScape | Dec 20, 2014 |
This is my favorite Lisa Goldstein book. It grabbed me from the 1st page and kept me hooked all the way to the end. ( )
  marysneedle | Mar 28, 2013 |
Good mystery but weak ending. ( )
  bookheaven | Aug 14, 2006 |
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