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Nymph
     

Nymph

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by Francesca Lia Block
 

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Francesca Lia Block's edgy tales of the Los Angeles dreamscape that is 'Shangri-L.A.' have thrilled millions of readers and literary critics alike. The author of Weetzie Bat, Dangerous Angels, The Rose and the Beast, and several other best-selling books here brings her sensual, dream-like fantasies full circle with this erotic work for adult readers, NYMPH.

Overview

Francesca Lia Block's edgy tales of the Los Angeles dreamscape that is 'Shangri-L.A.' have thrilled millions of readers and literary critics alike. The author of Weetzie Bat, Dangerous Angels, The Rose and the Beast, and several other best-selling books here brings her sensual, dream-like fantasies full circle with this erotic work for adult readers, NYMPH.

As in her other works, Block weaves together themes of subtle magic, youthful hopes, modern urban decay, and deep emotion, told with lyrical storybook language.The stories in NYMPH bear all the hallmarks of classic Francesca Lia Block--punk spirited characters who celebrate love, life, and art-- with one important different: this time the author carries her vision through the full range of emotion and erotic interaction that her mature audience appreciates.

An interconnected series of stories, NYMPH is a special journey through the lives and loves of characters like Plum, a Crayon-haired girl who has a gift: if she makes love with a person, that person will then meet their true love, or Tom, a burned out surfer whose luck changes when he is rescued by a mysterious, wheelchair-bound woman, or Sylvie, a chronically depressed poet who finds beauty in unexpected places. Block's erotic explorations of these smoky, kaleidoscopic fables are anything but conventional; these are stories of love, loss, and life, about the healing power of sex and bonding.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews - Staff Reviewer
YA novelist Block (I Was a Teenage Fairy, 1998, etc.) moves into the adult market—the very adult market—in a series of tales tied together by lyrical sex that would stir a wooden Indian. ... Call these bedtime firecrackers.
Midwest Book Review - Philip Kaveny
This is a book of subtleties and sensations directed more towards our Senses and sensibilities than our base desire to read about good hot sex in graphic and descriptive language. Francesca Lia Block sharpens our senses with anticipation rather then numbing them with receptive and unmediated images. She understands well the potential of Fantasy Genre to support this type of the erotic short story.
Strange Horizons - Susan Stinson
There are spirits, magic, an erotic undersea rescue, linked dreams, and a powerfully wicked pornographic surgeon. When a dancer in a strip club waves her many arms like tentacles, I was reminded of...China Mieville's The Scar. But the stories in Nymph don't take the reader to another, distant world, but deeper into the unspoken places of this one. Each story is small and radiant, with delicate, precise language and spare settings that open into hidden recesses of consciousness and sexuality.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014016933
Publisher:
Circlet Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/19/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
128
File size:
382 KB

Meet the Author

Francesca Lia Block, recipient of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, has been publishing award-winning novels, short stories, essays, memoirs and poetry since 1989. Her work has been translated into many languages. Ms. Block lives in Los Angeles where she teaches writing workshops that are also available online.

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Nymph 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So what are you up to?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I grew up reading almost all of the books revolving around Weetzie Bat, Girl Goddess #9, the Hanged Man, Echo, the Rose and the Beast, I Was a Teenage Fairy, Violet and Claire, and a few others I'm sure. I do realize that this is intended for a mature audience, which should not be an excuse to publish something short of the author's full capabilities. Block is fully capable of writing better than this. You do not get the vulgar and explicit sex scenes as you would find in typical erotic novelas but there are elements in this book that are fairly detailed to allow the imagination to follow.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up the book, I was intrigued by the cover and when I read the book, it was emotional and wonderful. That's what got me to read Block's other novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In her latest book of shorts, Block describes the intertwining tales of a group of very different people who in the end are all searching for the very same thing. Recently, block has delved into her more erotic side with books like 'I was a Teenaged Fairy' and 'Violet and Claire'. However since this is technically an 'adult' book, she goes all out explaining in detail the feelings of passion the characters feel through sexual expresssion. I remember picking up the book 'Weetzie Bat' when I was in 7th grade (I'm a high school senior now) and falling in love with Ms. Blocks incredibly vivid and hypnotic scenery. If you ever read this, Ms. Block, I admire you to no ends!