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
ISBN9781681775616
Author
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherPegasus Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreShort Stories, Fiction, Anthologies, Art
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Reviews Alive in Shape and Color

  • Andrew Smith
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Char
    1970-01-01
    Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this collection as much as I did last year's: IN SUNLIGHT OR IN SHADOW, which contained stories centered around the art of Edward Hopper. This time around, the authors got to choose whichever artist/painting they liked, upon which to base their stories. If you had to guess which artist upon whom Michael Connolly based his story, it would be easy for anyone familiar with his work to do so. For those of you who are no...
  • Deb
    1970-01-01
    Marvelous, as always. Should Mr. Block ever be tempted to give up the writing of stories, series, novels, etc., I sincerely hope he continues to curate anthologies such as Alive in Shape and Color. Its premise is simple. Have a number of writers each pick one painting by the artist of their choice, and tell a story about that painting. Block's genius here is in the authors he's recruited for the task. From Joyce Carol Oates to Jill D. Block, from...
  • Susan Johnson
    1970-01-01
    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
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    In this art-themed collection of short stories, 17 crime-fiction authors have been tasked with choosing a work of art (which, despite the title, were not all paintings), then creating a story around it. While this intriguing concept is what initially captured my attention, not all stories hit their mark. The best of the bunch include those written by Michael Connelly (inspired by a panel from The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, of...
  • Michelle Arredondo
    1970-01-01
    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 Inspired...one 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...
  • Scott Cumming
    1970-01-01
    I was excited to pick this one up even though I've yet to get to the Edward Hopper anthology "In Sunlight or In Shadow", which preceded it and inspired this follow up, however it was sad to read that Block hadn't contirbuted a new story here and he's candid enough in the foreword to say there might be little to nothing left for him to write. That notion was blown away at the weekend though, as Thomas Pluck (who contributes here) posted a photo of...
  • Thomas Pluck
    1970-01-01
    A wonderful collection that I'm honored to be in. Joe Lansdale's Charlie the Barber needs his own book.
  • RMazin
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Drew K
    1970-01-01
    This was incredibly disappointing. I had high hopes because I really enjoyed the previous collection based on the Hopper paintings but this anthology fails to deliver. If you pick up this book, read the introduction carefully. I read it quickly, then re-read it when I was finished the book. In the second reading, it was clear that L. Block is telling us that stories that are written quickly, as a favor, and as readers, we can infer that we may no...
  • Robert Walkley
    1970-01-01
    This good read was a chip off the old Block; Lawrence Block, that is. He’s the editor of this anthology. Seventeen crime stories in all, all taking their origins from paintings by famous artists. There’s a strong lineup on both sides, with artists ranging from van Gogh to O’Keefe and writers from Deavers to Connolly. Something to suit almost everyone’s tastes. (After all, you can read your Emily Dickinson and I my Robert Frost, and vice-v...
  • Lynn Pribus
    1970-01-01
    An assemblage by Lawrence Block who recruited writer from Michael Connelly to Joyce Carol Oates to write short stories about a work of art which each writer selected.The writing, unsurprisingly reflects each writer -- crisp and to the point by Connelly, literary and obscure by Oates, others are gloomy, cheerful, clever.There is a description and full-color reproduction if each piece of art ranging from abstract oil paintings to Michelangelo's Dav...
  • Lisa Mcbroom
    1970-01-01
    A companion to the excellant In Sunlight and Shadows in which authors chose paintings of one of my favorites Edward Hopper and wrote short stories, this collection has varied artists such as Magritte, VanGogh and Norman Rockwell. My favorites was Gaslight , by Jonathan Santlofer( painting The Empire of Light by Rene Magritte, Charlie the Barber by Jon Lonsdale (inspired by Norman Rockwell's Haircut,Safety Rules by Jill Block (inspired by the pain...
  • Michelle
    1970-01-01
    A wonderful idea to sync known paintings with known writers and create a unique masterpiece.I thought each was special in their own way.Knowing or having read some of their past works helped me appreciate or anticipate what I was about to read.I have to say Joyce Carol Oates has been a favorite of mine for any years and I was not surprised by Les Beax Jours.It felt so like her that I got lost in it.All of the stories were good and well worth read...
  • Jan
    1970-01-01
    I didnt really warm to this book - perhaps I was expecting something quite different!Many of the stories didnt really feel like they related to the pictures - possibly it was never the intention that there should be an obvious direct connection but it was a distraction to me that I was looking for something that wasnt there!Disregarding the pictures completely - the stories didnt really grab me on their own merit.
  • Mari
    1970-01-01
    ExtraordinaryI absolutely loved this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I'm really surprised that I liked it so much, because I am not a fan of short stories. I bought this because I love art, and thought the concept was fascinating. Kudos to the editor, Lawrence Block. I enjoyed every story (except the Joyce Carol Oates, but 16 great reads out of 17?). Excellent & the art selections were wonderful too.
  • David
    1970-01-01
    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...
  • Helen Marquis
    1970-01-01
    I really enjoyed Block's previous art-themed collection of short stories "In Sunlight or In Shadow" based on the paintings of Edward Hopper. This time around, there is no one single artist, rather he allows the writers free rein to pick their own.While this leads to a more varied selection of short stories, it does mean it's a less cohesive whole, jumping from one genre to the next with plenty hits, but notably more misses than last time around. ...
  • Teri Heyer
    1970-01-01
    I discovered "Alive in Shape and Color" in my local library. So glad I decided to check it out. It's an interesting collection of short stories inspired by paintings by great artists like Van Gogh and Renoir. Some of the stories are darker fiction than I usually read, but still quite good.
  • John Anthamatten
    1970-01-01
    I gave it a three because I just could not relate several of the stories to their paintings. Maybe there was a significance to the author that they were unable to get on paper. Secondly, several of the authors should stick to writing novels and not short stories.
  • Eddy Bryant
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • LeAnna Nguyen
    1970-01-01
    Could not get into it like I did with "In Sunlight or in Shadow". Only like two stories from those I managed to get through. Did not finish the book... stopped reading it several days ago. Maybe I'll try reading it again, or start from where I left off, at a later date.
  • Tess Visser
    1970-01-01
    Really can’t get into this. A lot of meh/lame/lazy storytelling \_(ツ)_/ Really can’t get into this. A lot of meh/lame/lazy storytelling ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • Carrie
    1970-01-01
    I don't like all the stories but do like most of them.
  • Heidi
    1970-01-01
    I loved the premise- stories based on works of art. While I didn’t necessarily love every single story, the gems were there, marvelous surprises.
  • Timothy M. Gorman
    1970-01-01
    Some stories were good some not so good.
  • Margie
    1970-01-01
    16 authors and 16 short stories based on a different painting for each. Short stories that I found to be fair to very good.
  • Michael Powell
    1970-01-01
    Stand out story Joe Lansdale