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Francesca Lia Block
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4 Nov 1999 Weetzie Bat Books

The Weetzie Bat series, by acclaimed author Francesca Lia Block, was listed among NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels. This collection brings together the five luminous novels of the series: Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan, and Baby Be-Bop. Spinning a saga of interwoven lives and beating hearts, these postmodern fairy tales take us to a Los Angeles brimming with magical realism: 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.

The Weetzie Bat books broke new ground with their stylized, lyrical prose and unflinching look at the inner life of teens. The New York Times declared Dangerous Angels was "transcendent." And the Village Voice proclaimed "Ms. Block writes for the young adult in all of us."

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958,671 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.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love is a dangerous angel... 17 Nov 1998
By A Customer
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IS A VERY DANGEROUS ANGEL 7 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Best fantasy I've ever read!!!!!!!!!!! 8 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The thing that first caught my attention was the wonderful, creative, cover;it was astounding! But the book itself was even better, mixing real life situations with imaginative fantasy. The characters in this book were different but very likeable. This is a must read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS BOOK IS GREAT! 5 July 1999
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Format:Paperback
This book was a great book. i couldn't put it down. From the moment you pick it up you feel like part of Weetzie's world. You feel like your right there with them. It was great. I would read this book over and over again. READ THIS BOOK, you won't be disapointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want to live with Weetzie Bat now! 5 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Lanky Lizards! These books are my favorites, of all time. Francesca Lia Block writes so well, I'm astounded every time I read them. I would love to star in movies, and live with loving friendly people, instead of where I do now! They're sort of an escape. Everyone and anyone should read these! I loved 'em!
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5.0 out of 5 stars delicious 29 Jun 1999
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Format:Paperback
Like gorgeous rainbow-speckled bubbles as pale as Weetzie Bat's spiky hair, these five mini-novels stick out among the drabness of young adult literature. Unexpectantly flamboyant and utterly breathtaking, these novels offer a slice of something which young adult readers have been wanting for years: the truth. Disguised with feathers, glitter, genies and witch babies, we see from these novels a truthful portrayl of modern life. Important issues are addressed in Block's flighty, optimistic style, leaving the reader savoring every bite.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVEY LOVE LOVING THIS SLINKSTER BOOK 23 Feb 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
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. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jo
1.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated and over here....
I read the first book in the series a few months ago and found it pretentious and silly. I found the characters impossible to empathise with and the situations they found... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the magic?
I read the previous reviews and was very taken with the description of this book.... The stories were described as modern fairy tales, "transcendant", rich with... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply an amazing book.
This book may be catergorized as a childrens book, but it relates to both the young and the old. After reading this book-i read it again. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelieveable
Where can you start describing Francesca Lia Block's writing? It's of a different world, it's transcendant. She writes with such an amazing, lyrical style, it baffles the mind. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
I have only read the first three of these books, they are so awesome. I love the way she aludes to brands and other parts of todays life. Read more
Published on 9 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Every girl in the world should read Dangerous Angels.
I struggle to read any book longer than 200 pages, and I flew through this collection of 5 stories in less than a week. Read more
Published on 19 May 1999
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