Nymph

( 10 )

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, Violet & Clare, Dangerous Angels, Girl Goddess #9, and several other best-selling novels now brings her sensual, dream-like fantasies full circle with this work for adult redaers, 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 ...
See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (17) from $1.99   
  • New (9) from $5.00   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   
Nymph

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$5.99
BN.com price

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, Violet & Clare, Dangerous Angels, Girl Goddess #9, and several other best-selling novels now brings her sensual, dream-like fantasies full circle with this work for adult redaers, 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 craves. 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, kaledioscopic fables are anything but conventional; these are stories of love, loss, and life, about the healing power of sex and bonding.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of the beloved Weetzie Bat books and other popular YA titles offers a slim collection of adult stories, erotica for grown-up goth maidens and sexpots who like their tales of passion infused with witchy magic. These nine interconnected tales celebrate carnal delights and the transformative power of love, with occasional lapses into syrupy repetition, but they also peek compassionately into romances laced with themes of grief, heartbreak and renewal. A bummed-out surfer gets a second chance at happiness when he meets a beautiful woman in a wheelchair, who may or may not be a mermaid. The spirits of these lovers mythically revitalize the relationship between Sylvie and Ben, a couple whose sex life is on the skids when Sylvie's antidepressants flatten her libido. Sylvie reappears elsewhere, as the sister of a cancer patient, David, who dies in spite of a loving nurse's attempt at sexual healing. Another recurring character is Plum, who has "the gift of love": those she sleeps with meet their true love soon after. Plum is therefore always being left: in "Milagro," she shares an idyllic night with the boy she loves, only to find out he's gay; in another story she sleeps with Sylvie, allowing Sylvie to meet Ben. Plum discovers that her gift can come full circle when she wins the love of aspiring actor Elvis Dean, who has been inconsolable since his girlfriend Coco left him to become a stripper and was mutilated by a plastic surgeon. All set in Los Angeles, Block's tales feature her distinctive simplicity and sweetly sleazy downtown dreamers; the sex scenes are heady though hazy with a mystical slant that blunts the erotic edge and makes the collection palatable for hardcore romantics. (June) FYI: Nymph is Circlet Press's first hardcover title. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
Internet Book Watch
Part of the fun of being a reviewer is seeing something unusual appear in my mail box. I review for a handful of academic journals and my beat is academic criticism, which I review a lot of almost whether I want, or not. Well, Nymph (a handsomely packaged little hardcover collection), by Francesca Lia Block, & Jaeda DeWalt (Illustrator) is a collection of nine tales of erotic fantasy, Mer: Spirit: Milk: Milagro: Nymph: Goddess: Plum: Fox: Change. All, the tales are loosely linked together evoke and then blend classical, literary Motifs, with contemporary, settings, lifestyles, and preferences.
—Internet Book Watch
Lambda Book Report
It's quite tasty.
Lambda Book Report
Kirkus Reviews
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. So many of these spirited sketches turn on sexual metamorphosis that readers may wonder whether Block has been boning up on Ted Hughes's wonderful Tales from Ovid. Tom Mac (‘Mer') is an aging surfer who has lost the urge to ride the waves until one day in the rain he meets a girl in a wheelchair, her T-shirt plastered to her breasts and her nipples hard. Her legs stay covered while they make all sorts of love short of coitus. The girl is, of course, a goddess of the sea, though we never find out whether she has a mermaid's tail. Tom takes up surfing again, and their love life only improves. In the title piece, young Sylvie is screwing anything in reach—guys with swastikas, whatever—but is quite unhappy about her nymphomania. Then Sylvie's best friend, Plum, a fellow poet of the slams, reveals that all the women who go to bed with her find dreamy guys and leave her for them. So shouldn't Sylvie have shy and tender sex with Plum? Assuredly. In ‘Goddess,' Elvis Dean's girlfriend dumps him, then reappears dancing in a strip bar called House of Goddess—only now she has a cat's face. Mr. Wonder, the magician owner of the House, won't let any of his surgically altered employees leave unless a man truly loves them. Will Elvis take her back? The final story, ‘Overcoming,' turns on Carmelita's fantasies of transformation, which she thinks will keep her lover, Tony, from wandering. But only the fantasies bring her to orgasm, never Tony. Until . ... Call these bedtime firecrackers.
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885865434
  • Publisher: Circlet Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 3.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 10 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(7)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 10 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Grover

    So what are you up to?

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Eresa

    She laughs and helps him up.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2012

    Let down

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2004

    Two Thumbs Up

    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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2000

    Block indulges your need for spiritual kink.

    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!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2012

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 10 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)