The Rose and The Beast: Fairy Tales Retold

by Francesca Lia Block | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 0064407454 Global Overview for this book
Registered by AM10000 of Sunnyvale, California USA on 8/18/2010
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Journal Entry 1 by AM10000 from Sunnyvale, California USA on Wednesday, August 18, 2010
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Francesca Lia Block, whose Weetzie Bat novels have often been called pop fairy tales, here turns to the real thing for some very different imaginings of Snow White, Thumbelina, Cinderella, Rose Red and Rose White, and other tales. Block's stories are more resonance than retelling, fevered dreams behind which the outlines of the traditional tales move fitfully like figures glimpsed now and then through a summer fog. Veiled references to Block's own Los Angeles appear in the twisty house of the seven dwarfs built into a canyon like Laurel or Topanga, the redwood forest on a seaside cliff through which Beauty travels to her Beast, the tree-darkened canyon houses with French doors that open onto exuberant neglected gardens lush with irises and roses. In these evocations Bluebeard becomes an aging blue-haired producer, Sleeping Beauty pricks her arm with a heroin needle, Red Riding Hood's wolf is a lecherous stepfather, and the Snow Queen is a sex goddess who lives in a marble mansion with her boy toy, possibly in Beverly Hills. Sensuous images enrich these languid and darkly ironic visions: jasmine-scented night gardens, leopard couches with velvet pillows, luscious food flavored with mint, coconut milk, or pomegranate sauce, cool candlelit baths. As always, Block's poetic allegories of adolescence are strikingly original and a bit dangerous, a feast for connoisseurs of YA fiction and savvy older teens. (Ages 14 and older)

Journal Entry 2 by AM10000 at Sunnyvale, California USA on Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Released 8 yrs ago (1/4/2011 UTC) at Sunnyvale, California USA

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Sent today for the first sentences VBB at bookcrossing.com

Enjoy! :)

Journal Entry 3 by Izzy5000 at Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Received as a first sentence VBB ~ When she was born her mother was so young, still a girl herself, didn't know what to do with her.

I'm so excited to read this because retellings of fairy tales are some of my favorite books ever!

Journal Entry 4 by Izzy5000 at Fort Collins, Colorado USA on Thursday, April 14, 2011
Read this book yesterday and I enjoyed the stories, but i have to say that the first story was my favorite :) I wasn't expecting some of the stories to be so modern, but it worked out.

Releasing at the Book Buffet at the 2011 BCinDC!

Journal Entry 6 by futurecat at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Thursday, April 21, 2011
I originally picked this up from the book buffet at the DC convention intending to use it for a themed release at the zoo. But then I noticed the author's name, and recognised her as a author we'd been recommended in a Children's Literature paper I sat in on a couple of years ago, so read it instead.

A selection of "fairy" tales are retold in a way that returns them to their (according to some theories, at least) original purpose, not as entertainments for children, but as cautionary tales for adults, dark and thought-provoking, and invoking the same sense of horror in a modern mind as tales of wolves in the forest must have for our ancestors.

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Journal Entry 7 by futurecat at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (6/29/2011 UTC) at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Given to Otakuu at today's meetup, but then passed on to Lemurkat a couple of hours later when we spotted her (or rather, she spotted the bookcrossing labels on our books) in Whitcoulls.

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