Alive in Shape and Color by Lawrence Block

Alive in Shape and Color

Even before Lawrence Block could rest on his laurels from In Sunlight or In Shadow, a question arose. What would he do for an encore?Any number of artists have produced evocative work, paintings that could trigger a literary response. But none came to mind who could equal Hopper in turning out canvas after canvas. If no single artist could take Hopper’s place, how about a full palette of them? Suppose each author was invited to select a paintin...

Details Alive in Shape and Color

TitleAlive in Shape and Color
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherPegasus Books
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Art, Anthologies

Reviews Alive in Shape and Color

  • Andrew Smith
    I’d really enjoyed In Sunlight or in Shadow, a collection of short stories inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, so grabbing a copy of this collection (once again edited by Lawrence Block) was a no-brainer for me. There’s a brilliant cast of writers here, including big-time sellers such as Lee Child, Michael Connelly and Jeffery Deaver but also some lesser known names (to me, at least), some of whom had written stories included in the...
  • Susan Johnson
    My biggest advice in reading this book is to get the hardback edition. My review copy came in paperback and the photos were in black and white. Although still amazing, I bet seeing the pictures in color would be wonderful. There are certainly some stunning pictures featured from Georgia O"Keeffe, Van Gogh to Norman Rockwell. The authors picked a picture and then wrote a short story that was inspired by the painting.I love that Michael Connelly pi...
  • Joseph
    I had an ARC. A very enjoyable read of a variation of short stories by different authors based on different works of art. Reminded me very much of The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales / With an Introduction by Lemony Snicket and makes me want to read Lawrence Block's first Edward Hopper art-themed short story work In Sunlight or In Shadow that led to this one.
  • DalaiMommaReadingDrama
    After going back and forth with fiction and True Crime non-fiction, it was a bit refreshing to jump into a book of a different kind...something very unlike anything that I had been reading. Alive in Shape and Color: 17 Paintings by Great Artists and the Stories They of those books I wanted because art has always been very much a wonderful part of my life but something I have also neglected over the years and thus feeling like I nee...
  • RMazin
    Lawrence Block continues the “art and writing experience” from In Sunlight or In Shadow with this exciting title “Alive in Shape and Color.” Sixteen authors choose paintings that are catalysts for exploring the paintings before them. The art becomes a portal into another time, a character’s motivation, a dilemma, a dream or a nightmare. The authors are as varied as the paintings, but always surprising and unsettling. David Morrell chose...
  • David
    This book took me by surprise! A glance at the title suggested a book about various paintings. I was wrong! This is a book of short stories written by well known authors based on a painting they have chosen. What a great concept! An eclectic collection of well written tales makes this an excellent book. One that can be picked up at spare moments, a story read, and then put down again.I did not put it down, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recomm...
  • Eddy Bryant
    I received my copy from good reads first reads. This is a book of short stories inspired by different paintings. Great works of art based on other great works of art. Interesting concert and interesting read. Recommend.
  • Margie
    16 authors and 16 short stories based on a different painting for each. Short stories that I found to be fair to very good.
  • Nicola
    A captivating and thought provoking collection of well written (at points beautiful) stories that often linger in the mind and imagination. Sadly my experience of the book was marred by the black and white prints of the pictures in the proof copy. I hope this is a (flawed) economic decision for the proofs and that both the hardback and paperback copies will have colour prints. Colour is so much a part of a picture (as, indeed, the title suggests)...