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Fairy Tales in Electri-City [Paperback]

Francesca Lia Block

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not to be missed by those poets and poetry readers looking for something refreshing 24 Dec 2011
By E. Kristin Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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This short collection of poetry is intimate and personal, connecting strongly with reality despite chronicling stories of centaurs, faeries, mermaids, and elves. FAIRY TALES` works, together, tell the story of a woman, a mother, a lover, a Californian. The book is both a portrait of L.A. and a biography of its bizarre and beautiful citizens. Written in the same dreamy and lyric style of Francesca Lia Block's well-renowned novels for both teens and adults, this title is not to be missed by those poets and poetry readers looking for something refreshing and new to read on a sunny afternoon or curled up in bed with a candle lit on the night stand.
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes poignant, sometimes repetitive 3 Sep 2014
By Swank Ivy - Published on Amazon.com
Ms. Block gives us autobiographical poems about her lovers, her relationships, her children, her father, her sexual frustration, and her comfort with herself. The book is sometimes described as being "erotic poems" but there's nothing particularly sexual or sensual about them; they sometimes do mention desire and explicit sexual acts or parts, but there's no clear attempt to arouse anyone going on. Mostly they seem to be about pain and frustrating at not having the right guy or waiting for him. The poems frequently incorporate references to her Wood Nymph Seeks Centaur mythological dating guide, so I'm glad I read that first because it gave some pretty clear context for the types of people she was throwing in this shorthand for. My favorite two poems, unsurprisingly, were "The Island" and "Love's Arms"--because they are about a woman's dependence on herself and her non-romantic relationships for her growth. I'm afraid I wasn't particularly moved by the imagery or longing in these poems, but I did find these two inspiring.

In "The Island," the speaker is abandoned on an island and shrinks to the size of a doll, and is repeatedly told by men that she is a disappointment for various reasons, but after concentrating on herself and building herself a house and loving herself, she grew back to her natural size, and only THEN did she tell her father--the sky--that she's ready to be assisted to find the mate she wants.

In "Love's Arms," the speaker wants to trust love--personified--but her friends keep saying she's been hurt by running after love too many times, and finally she realizes that those friends, supposedly holding her down, ARE love, because they want to nourish and protect her and stop her from getting broken again. They want to keep her still for once so love can find HER.
4.0 out of 5 stars she does it again 15 Nov 2013
By rika - Published on Amazon.com
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i love francesca lia block's writing and have for years. I feel that this book of poetry is very nice to fit in your purse (or pocket) and also contains beautiful words
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairy sized book 4 Jan 2012
By JessicaGray - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a little surprised when the book I received was not a normal sized mass market or trade paper, but much smaller. For avid Block fans, the size of this book is even smaller (and much thinner) than Nymph. That being said, the stories were quite beautiful (as they always are) but this book is not one of Block's more memorable pieces.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Sep 2014
By N. Webb - Published on Amazon.com
I love block. She is my favorite author
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