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“Not even the most resolutely stern reader will be able to resist this feast of Hollywood gossip, fashion advice and racy recollection by the noted designer Vicky Tiel, who knew Marilyn and Marlon, was the inventor of notable trends like miniskirts and jumpsuits, and is a natural and funny writer who tells all. Delicious!” Diane Johnson, author of Le Divorce
“A naughty girl when that was the best a girl could be, inventor of the mini, Paris couturier at 18, Vicky Tiel tells spicy tales from dressing Kim, Ursula and Miles Davis, teasing Woody Allen, staying up late with Princess Grace and more intimate tales than you thought you'd want to know from her years in the entourage of Liz and Dick. Comes complete with tricks you need: bedroom advice, supermodels' diet guide, how to get men to give jewelry and the recipe for a perfect pink tuna fish sandwich.” Gael Greene, author of Insatiable: Tales from a Life of Delicious Excess.
“A delicious romp...her memoir reads like all of the juiciest bits of your favorite gossip magazine, pushing back the curtains of an over-the-top life among the who's who of the '60s-'80s.” Kirkus Reviews
“If you have not been frolicking throughout Europe and Hollywood with the rich and famous this summer, dive into the memoir of fashion designer and bon vivant Vicky Tiel… Reading her stories is a grand time all on its own.” Wall Street Journal
“Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, I remember reading an article in Life magazine about two girls who graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York and moved to Paris, where Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton opened a boutique for them. This fantasy fueled my dream. Dreams can carry a person farther than anything else. Vicky Tiel was my original inspiration!” fashion designer Anna Sui
“The original purveyor of the miniskirt and Elizabeth Taylor's caftan unravels fabulous, chatty tales…By turns nutty and tender, she offers priceless anecdotes about Liz and Richard, Romy Schneider and Alain Delon, Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, hippies, and dating married men.” Publishers Weekly
SF editor Mann (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction) sets this leisurely mystery, published in the U.K. by Snowbooks in 2008, in an alternate 1901 London where steam-powered taxicabs fill the streets and brass automatons have begun to replace human labor. Sir Maurice Newbury, British Museum anthropologist and occult connoisseur, and his Watsonesque assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, are summoned to investigate the crash of a cyborg-piloted helium zeppelin. Meanwhile, a plague is spreading through London's poorer quarters, turning everyday citizens into bloodthirsty, zombielike "revenants" and threatening the stability of the Empire. Mann's stiff-upper-lipped Victorians chat at great length over cups of Earl Grey and occasionally whack zombies and robots in arduous action passages, and the unnecessary details and painfully stilted dialogue bring nothing fresh to the steampunk subgenre. (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
In this intriguingly bizarre version of 1901 London, Sir Maurice Newbury, ostensibly an academic, is a trusted agent of the Crown. The ailing Victoria charges him and his assistant, Veronica Hobbes, with discovering the cause of an airship crash, which may be linked to innovative automata now acting as servants all over London. Meanwhile, Scotland Yard is dealing with numerous strangulations perpetrated by a glowing policeman and an outbreak of a "revenant plague" that turns people into mindless, murderous zombies. Readers should not be put off by the introduction of several apparently unrelated investigative threads; Mann brings them together and ratchets up the action as the story progresses. VERDICT Although the imagery is occasionally repetitive and some loose ends are tied up rather abruptly, overall, this series launch by the editor of The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction is a strong addition to the "steampunk" subgenre and one that creates a lively alternative world.Sara M. Schepis, East Fishkill Community Lib., Hopewell Jct., NY
Sara M. Schepis