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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (4 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0064406970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0064406970
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,416,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Magic is everywhere in Block’s lyrical and resonant fables. At once modern and mythic, her series deserves as much space as it can command of daydream nation’s shrinking bookshelves.” (Village Voice)

“A poetic series of books celebrating love, art, and the imagination, all in hyper-lyrical language.” (Spin)

“Transcendent.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Ms. Block’s far-ranging free association has been controlled and shaped...with sensual characters. The language is inventive Californian hip, but the patterns are compactly folkloristic and the theme is transcendent.” (New York Times Book Review) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Love is a dangerous angel.

In five luminous novels, acclaimed writer Francesca Lia Block spins a saga of interwoven lives and beating hearts. These postmodern fairy tales take us to a magical Los Angeles, a place where life is a mystery, pain can lead to poetry, strangers become intertwined souls, and everyone is searching for the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Nov. 1998
Format: Paperback
I'd read the whole Weetzie Bat series before purchasing this book, but the problem was that no-one I'd loaned my individual copies of the stories to ever returned them. (Which may, in and of itself, be a testament to the kick-butt slinkster coolness that is intrinsically a part of this book.)
So anyway, as I was falling in love with a girl with whom I go to college, I read her Weetzie Bat. It was really cool. Especially the part in which My Secret Agent Lover Man expresses his undying love for Weetzie (I liked the part about "You are my martini..."). Since that time (about a month ago), however, this person has emotionally crucified me, and started dating an extremely goofy-looking boy.
Alas, that's the life portrayed in Ms. Block's novellas: hartbreaking and inspiring, exhilirating and melancholy. Read as modern day fairy-tales, they are wonderfully crafted pieces of fiction. Not surprisingly, however, I've read many scathing reviews of this series on Amazon.com. I think that for people to review it poorly, they have to miss the point--that these are fairy-tales. I wouldn't want a 13-year-old kid reading this as an instruction guide to life, but then again, how many people take fiction that seriously? (At least a few people do, as evidenced by the reviews.)
As with all fairy-tales, there is a moral behind the narrative: that love and universal acceptance goes a long way to make people happy, to heal hurt, and to generally make the world a better place--but also that things that some people take for love (that is, sex) can be devastating and hurtful. Love *IS* a dangerous angel. On that level, this book is not only a beautiful piece of prose, but of perhaps immeasurable value to a world torn by conflict, hurt, and hate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 1999
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I've just read others' reviews and I must say that it is true, this book is truly a love it or hate it variety. I first read it many years ago when it came out and it has been my favorite book ever since, bumping A Wrinkle in Time out of the limelight.There are no words to describe the type of effect this book has upon a person...just magic. Those that don't like this story, most likely have lost the spark that gives us reason to be truly alive. Its a story of love, of heartache, of beauty, hope, family and it is one of the rare things I've ever found that allows a person to recapture the sweetness and creativity of magical childood. Just think like Anne of Green Gables. Henry David Thoreau wrote of "Sucking the marrow out of life" which this story does, as well as sucking on all the honeyed language that has grown so dead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Feb. 1999
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This is a book that truly touches my soul. That may sound cliched, but this book certainly is not. She speaks of love in the way we feel it, not just the way we want to feel it. This reaffirms my ideology that love makes the world go round and that people can do and should do what they want to in life. The characters are like my best friend. This book contains the perfect combination of reality and fantasy. I, like one of the other reviewers, have lent my copies of the Weetzie Bat books out, but I have never gotten them back. This book takes me back to me. I highly (even higher than that)reccomend this book to anyone who feels weird, particularly those of us who are not 100% hetero. Before you open this book, remember that life is magic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Jun. 1998
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I am a longtime Block fan, so i was thrilled to see this 5-book volume. the weetzie books are beautiful in their simply told, fairy-tale way, and often seem surreal and dream-like. the 5 stories are wonderful read individually, but as a group they are powerfully moving and tend to give me an emotional high. "witch baby", in particular, has affected me emotionally no matter how many times i read it. this collection, though great for everyone, seems to have a special power and meaning for the gay/lesbian community- i know i, for one, was helped through my struggle to accept myself by the weetzie books. these books can be an inspiration to us all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Dec. 2000
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Francesca Lia Block makes everything seem a little more beautiful. Its weird that this is in the childrens section because thats not who its for. I guess its for everybody who feels like they don't fit in. This is so, so, so good. BUY IT NOW.
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By Jo on 17 July 2013
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Weetzie and her best friend Dirk live in L.A. They have fun dancing all night, and eating out all day, and just generally having the time of their lives. There's just one problem; neither of them can find the boys of their dreams. They're each desperate to find The One. Then Dirk's grandmother gives Weetzie a lamp with a genie, who will grant her three wishes, and their lives change forever.

This book, this series, is raved about. But I have to say that I didn't get it. I just didn't understand the point of the book. There didn't seem to be any real story to me. It's a dream-like world where everything is shiny and perfect, and any blemishes that arise are brushed under the carpet or dismissed. The book just seems to be a series of events until the book ends, without any real plot. When I say dream-like, I mean everything seems to dazzle; everything is rich and beautiful and just a complete vision of perfect in an edgy world. The whole thing seems like it could also be the result of hallucinogenic drugs. It's like you're seeing the world through a cloudy, colourful lens. This is not just down to the things that happen, but through the language Block uses.

The book is so crazy weird I was thinking "What?!" more often than I was admiring the language. And it doesn't help that the characters have names such as Weetzie, My Secret Agent Lover Man, and Witch Baby. Weetzie Baby is described as magic realism and it is pretty whimsical, but it was just just too much for me.

Serious issues, like suicide and AIDS, are covered but in no real detail or without much sense of right or wrong. I can't really explain what I mean by that without spoiling certain aspects of the story, but I was reading and feeling quite disturbed. Some things aren't handled at all, it seems, and other things are just forgiven without a second thought. It made me a little uneasy.

Overall, really not the book for me. Really doubt I'll be continuing with this series.
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