The Uncertain Places

The Uncertain Places Best Read || [Lisa Goldstein] - The Uncertain Places, The Uncertain Places An ages old family secret breaches the boundaries between reality and magic in this fresh retelling of a classic fairy tale When Berkeley student Will Taylor is introduced to the mysterious Feierabend The Uncertain Places Best Read || [Lisa Goldstein] - The Uncertain Places, The Uncertain Places An ages old family secret breaches the boundaries between reality and magic in this fresh retelling of a classic fairy tale When Berkeley student Will Taylor is introduced to the mysterious Feierabend

  • Title: The Uncertain Places
  • Author: Lisa Goldstein
  • ISBN: 9781616960148
  • Page: 412
  • Format: Paperback
The Uncertain Places

The Uncertain Places Best Read || [Lisa Goldstein], The Uncertain Places, Lisa Goldstein, The Uncertain Places An ages old family secret breaches the boundaries between reality and magic in this fresh retelling of a classic fairy tale When Berkeley student Will Taylor is introduced to the mysterious Feierabend sisters he quickly falls for enigmatic Livvy a chemistry major and accomplished chef But Livvy s family vivacious actress Maddie family historian Rose and their mothAn ages o The Uncertain Places Best Read || [Lisa Goldstein] - The Uncertain Places, The Uncertain Places An ages old family secret breaches the boundaries between reality and magic in this fresh retelling of a classic fairy tale When Berkeley student Will Taylor is introduced to the mysterious Feierabend

  • The Uncertain Places Best Read || [Lisa Goldstein]
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The Uncertain Places

About “Lisa Goldstein

  • Lisa Goldstein

    Aka Isabel Glass.Lisa Goldstein b November 21, 1953 in Los Angeles is a Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy Award nominated fantasy and science fiction writer Her 1982 novel The Red Magician won the American Book Award for best paperback novel, and was praised by Philip K Dick shortly before his death Goldstein writes science fiction and fantasy her two novels Daughter of Exile and The Divided Crown are considered literary fantasy.Elizabeth Joy Lisa Goldstein s father was Heinz Jurgen Harry Goldstein b June 08, 1922 in Krefeld, Germany d May 24, 1974 in Los Angeles , a survivor of concentration camp Bergen Belsen her mother, Miriam Roth, was born in Czechoslovakia and survived the extermination camp Auschwitz Her parents came to the United States in 1947 and met in an ESL class.She has published two fantasy novels under the pen name Isabel Glass She chose to use a pseudonym to separate the novels from her other work The Isabel is from Point Isabel, a dog park, and Glass was chosen because it fits Tor s requirements for pseudonyms.With her husband since 1986, Douglas A Doug Asherman, she lives in Oakland, California.

499 thoughts on “The Uncertain Places

  • Actual rating 3.5 starsThe intersection of our real world with the Land of Fairy seems to be a popular subject of fiction in recent years I have become a fan of such books and found this one quite good Set in the 1970s, it follows two young men who have become romantically involved with two sisters The girls family seems to have something strange going on, and Will Taylor is determined to figure out the mystery.That goal turns out to not be as easy as it seems can a modern guy believe in superna [...]

  • I read through the glowing reviews and thought, What can I add to what Peter S Beagle, Charles de Lint, Ursula K Le Guin, Patricia McKillip name a few, have said Okay, here s my take This is contemporary fantasy of the sort that revolves around the intersection of the ordinary world and Faerie That in itself is pretty ho hum It s all too easy to create fae fairies elves who are humans with pointy ears and magical powers Very pretty humans, but still humans That said, Goldstein is no ordinary wri [...]

  • When it comes to The Uncertain Places, it doesn t quite have the rhythm of a fairy tale, but it does do extremely interesting and provocative things with fairy tale ideas and imagery It s a strong contender in this mini genre, for several reasons Firstly, Goldstein has a real feel for the capricious, and her fairies are not warm, fuzzy, or beautiful They are other, and stay other, and the humans who walk in their world are not always smarter or cunning than creatures who have been alive for cen [...]

  • A weak beginning had me questioning my choice to read this book Some of the dialogue on the first few pages made me cringe inwardly, and a few of the metaphors like a car arguing with a gravel driveway felt forced, as if they were trying too hard to be quirky this word makes me want to barf and funny Fortunately, things improved shortly There were chapters I found hard to put down, though as you ve probably already guessed from this sentence, that wasn t the case with all the chapters At other t [...]

  • Will Taylor meets a family with inexplicable good luck and falls in love with the middle sister, Livvy But just as their romance is going well, she falls into a strange deep sleep Her family accepts it as perfectly normal and expected, but Will refuses to, and eventually figures out a way to charge into fairyland and save her from her bondage there Years go by, and then their son is struck by the same affliction, and once again Will and Livvy must enter fairyland in hopes of freeing their loved [...]

  • I feel like this book started out strong and then in the second half it got messy and kind of ridiculous I liked the initial mystery surrounding the Feierabend family, but I think the source of the mystery was revealed too soon and lost some of its appeal Also, the romance between Livvy and Will really isn t shown to the reader much at all since this isn t a romance, that s okay, but the fact of the matter is that Livvy s wellbeing is Will s primary motivation for a good chunk of the book, which [...]

  • I initially had high hopes for this book The premise, interesting and exciting So exciting that I scoured the internet looking for a copy when my local bookshop didn t have it The execution was, sadly, awful The characters were one dimensional and uninteresting You would think that a family torn apart by a fairy curse would be heart wrenching And a man willing to do anything to wake his lady love would be heartwarming I hated just about every character in this book from the mother driven to ecce [...]

  • This fairy tale inspired novel begins in 1971, when a friend introduces Berkeley student Will to lovely Livvy and the Feierebrand family of three sisters and a mother The novel starts wonderfully, with a partly creepy, partly enticing description of the family s rambling, architecturally jumbled house in the hills of Napa Valley The family is sort of spacey and odd, but charming and clearly affluent Will falls for Livvy, despite the secrets that seem to be kept that have to do with the family s [...]

  • A 1971 Berkeley student starts dating a girl from a very old family, and has to deal with a fairy tale curse blessing that has followed them for centuries There are consequences to bargaining with fairy types.One aspect of the book that I particularly enjoyed was the protagonist s changing perspective as he got older As a youth he charges around trying to fix things and he scorns the older family members for their apparent hesitance and seeming apathy Later, his responsibilities grow and he star [...]

  • A long time ago there lived a poor woodsman One day he was walking in the forest when a man came out of the trees and hailed him Good day, the man said And how are you doing today Very poorly, the woodsman said My family and I have not eaten for three days, and if I do not find food for them soon I fear we will all die I can help you, the main said But you must promise to give me the first thing you see when you return home today All long time readers of fairy tales are familiar with stories tha [...]

  • 4.5 stars The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein is the story of a family haunted by a long ago pact with the fairies Like all fairy tales, it s also a story about human problems, so it s easy to find yourself within these pages even if mysterious beings have never cleaned your house in the middle of the night.In 1971, Berkeley students Will and Ben go to visit the eccentric Feierabend family who live in a rambling house in Napa Valley Ben is dating the eldest Feierabend sister, Maddie, and want [...]

  • To begin, I must say that I don t have anything terribly bad to say about the book Ms Goldstein s prose is well crafted and clear, reading it is not a slog The problem is that this is a story that has been told before, many, many times, and Ms Goldstein brings nothing new to it There is a certain irony in this, given the musings in the finale regarding the state of the world Here we have another white, middle class, heterosexual, cis gendered man coming in to save the family of women, who despit [...]

  • I enjoyed this modern fairy tale It was evidently built on a story I didn t know, with aspects of the stories I ve heard since childhood.The Uncertain Places introduced a magical world with links to our own, with the sort of magic that exists in fairy tales I enjoyed seeing the ins and outs of how it worked.It was fun to speculate on the nature of the secrets of the Feierabend family, as Will and the reader discovered about the mysterious happenings in and around their house, and around the fam [...]

  • The Uncertain Places is a story about fairy tales, but also a complex narrative which invites the reader to question understanding of greed and personal internal motivations I enjoyed the book and found the story refreshing in many ways, but I kept questioning some of the author s literary tools such as narratives within narratives I frequently felt that this would be a vivid story having been told by Neil Gaiman, especially the third and final act But Gaiman s writings while excellent at expre [...]

  • Ah, this one s a keeperally good magical realism that has you all nervous and concerned about whether Those People from the other realm are going to win the bargain It s got all of this good Grimm Brothers fairy tale stuff going on I could see this one being considered for the Alex Award Teens will get into this adult fantasy

  • The fantasy element is vivid and occasionally gave me an enjoyably eerie feeling, but the characters were too flat I never really believed the connection between the main character and Livvy, or between them and Nick.

  • Certainly a fine enough read, though not on the top tier of Goldstein s works Some of her books are absolutely astonishing this one is a fine enough take on the crazy family with faerie connection genre think of it as a shorter, coherant but also simpler version of John Crowley s Little, Big Seriously, Goldstein is an extremely good writer, so I would never think she copied that book intentionally, but the similarities are kind of nutty large, rambling country house, a man brought into the fami [...]

  • Good storyI enjoyed this fantasy It was well written and drew me in immediately The descriptions were imaginative, especially of the other realm.

  • This was a fun read that takes place where our world meets the world of Faerie As sometimes happens with Lisa Goldstein s work, the narrator is not that likable, but the story is compelling and even thought provoking.

  • Original review posted at Layers of Thought he thought they only showed themselves in what he called the uncertain places Where the sea meets the land, for example or inside meets outside or at dawn or twilight page 171About Set in early 1970 s California within the now famous wine growing region of Napa Valley, our narrator Will is studying for his degree at UC Berkley when he meets Livie, one of the Feirbrand girls It s almost love at first sight However, Will notices something odd about Livie [...]

  • this is the second book that i ve read by lisa goldstein, the first being dark cities underground i d compare it with pamela dean s tam lin than that book, though i d compare dark cities underground with neil gaiman s neverwhere for location, though not tone i think that fantasies that take place in part in subway systems are getting to be a sub genre will is our narrator and protagonist he s attending berkley in the 1970s his roommate, ben, takes him to his girlfriend, maddie s, family s house [...]

  • The book is getting two stars instead of one because at least the basic storyline was fun and engaging Unfortunately, though, the writing detracts from whatever charm the story had Descriptions were over constructed and distracting At times they were even cringe worthy The voice of the narrator was so dominating that it overtook other characters voices, or perhaps all the characters simply have very similar voices This stood out the most when the narrator relayed to the reader what he was readin [...]

  • This is the book I finished reading today for my Sci Fi Fantasy Book Club meeting tomorrow night June 11th, 2013 We should have an interesting discussion about this novel, which deals with the veil between the seen and the not quite seen, between the present world and the world of Fairie I enjoyed reading this book, and will give it four stars, as the writing is a bit uneven in my opinion.It is 1971 in San Francisco, and 19 year old Berkeley psychology student Will Taylor goes with his best frie [...]

  • A reviewer of Graham Joyce s Some Kind of Fairy Tale mentioned this book as a better version of person kidnapped by fairies with consequences in the real world So I had to read it.Uncertain Places definitely fits the genre A Berkeley undergrad, Will, goes with his buddy to visit the buddy s girlfriend s house in Napa, meets her sister, and falls in love.Only the mother is slightly vague, and the sisters possessed of a mischievous and devil may care air unlike anyone else Around the sisters Livvy [...]

  • There were some interesting ideas in here, but this was just poorly written I have a number of different issues, so let s talk about them one at a time.Narrator framing why have the book framed around a journal entry It didn t end up mattering to the story, so what was the point Further, it made the book a lot awkward when the narrator then had to relate the story of what happened to a character off screen Essentially they meet up with the narrator and we get these little info dumps of everythi [...]

  • It s difficult to find a theme that has not been used by another author Take a theme and rework it into a different novel and make it your own Goldstein does a remarkable job of doing just that The theme is that of the bondmaid discovered long ago by the Brothers Grimm So what s it about There is an unlikely hero, Will Taylor, Berkeley student, who falls in love with Livvy, a chemistry major who revels in preparing good food because of it Livvy is but one of three intriguing and unusual women, t [...]

  • No spoilers The story itself was brilliant It was very old school in its treatment of fairytales dark and sinister, less Disney princess romance Reading it inspired me to look closely into the original Grimm tales and I was really surprised to discover that the Grimms themselves were very active in censoring the tales I had assumed that the censorship did not begin until much later, but as they discuss in The Uncertain Places it was the Grimms who changed the wicked mothers into wicked stepmot [...]

  • I liked this much, much better than Tender Morsels I liked the atmosphere, the framing it s told retrospectively by a middle aged man , the setting the 70s, California , the fairy tales bound by fae rules This book felt fleshed out to me.I won t spoil anything, but this is a man telling the tale of his college romance, and the strange reclusive family his girlfriend belongs to It s lovely to come across a book where two different worlds have been side by side for so long, and when the young man [...]

  • This book has a very unique and interesting plot which is why it gets four stars but it lacked in areas such as depth of characters why it didn t get five stars I ve never read a book before which had a plot quite like this book although, feel free to correct me if it s derivative so Goldstein gets major marks for that And the story kept me reading and interested.Where this book really lost it for me was the unrealistic reactions of the characters, the main character and his best friend in parti [...]

  • The Uncertain Places has that special kind of magic to it that you find in good faerie tales Though grounded in reality, the magic seeps in through the cracks, and Those People that come from the other realm are given depth than before The book is incredibly easy to read, and, with 237 pages, can easily be read in a single sitting The narratives pulls you along swiftly, and the characters seem real from the very beginning The only thing I have to comment on them is that although the book covers [...]

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