Becoming The Villainessby Jeannine Hall Gailey
"In this splendidly entertaining debut, Jeannine Hall Gailey offers us a world both familiar and magical-filled with fairytale and mythology characters that are our own bedfellows-we wake up with Philomel and argue with Ophelia while half-listening to a Snow Queen, amidst Spy Girls, Amazons and Mongolian Cows. The wild and seductive energy in this collection never lets one put the book down. (In fact, any one who opens the collection in the bookstore and reads such poems as The Conversation and Job Requirements: A Supervillain's Advice will want to buy the book!) For her delivery is heart-breaking and refreshing, so the poems seduce us with the sadness, glory and entertainment of our very own days. Propelled by Jeannine Hall Gailey's alert, sensuous, and musical gifts, the mythology becomes all our own."
-Ilya Kaminsky, author of the award-winning Dancing in Odessa
- Steel Toe Books
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- 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.23(d)
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Reference to Slayers, the anime? Lina? You get 5 stars book. I was going to give this a 4 but nope, 5 stars it is (at least I think its hinting at Lina Inverse). So I had got some books to the library and was about to leave when I noticed some books on display. Becoming the Villainess was one of them. Surprised I'd find a book I haven't heard of. Nice change of pace. I saw that it was a book of poems concerning, different female villains, fairy tales, and other comic book characters. And so wanted to read this. Plus for some reason, that cover is very beautifully drawn. Reminds me of a character you'd see on the show Once Upon a Time or something. Anyway, you have short poems concerning many villainesses from comics, to fairy tales, etc like the Selkie Wife, to Wonder Woman, to Perespone, to Lina, Snow Queen, etc. Some were written well and others were weird, but still good. Been a while since I read a book of short poems. Pretty good and the references to the characters in the poems was also good, dark, weird but interesting to read. And at the end, the brief descriptions for each poem helped since I recognized some and others I didn't.