Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets
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Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets

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by Francesca Lia Block
     
 

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Francesca Lia Block, critically acclaimed author of Weetzie Bat, gathers together three of her most enchanting books into one volume. Retelling age-old fairytales and Classical myths, this collection captures the best Block has to offer: extravagantly imaginative tales, dark landscapes, fierce poetry, and storytelling that is nothing short of magical.

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Francesca Lia Block, critically acclaimed author of Weetzie Bat, gathers together three of her most enchanting books into one volume. Retelling age-old fairytales and Classical myths, this collection captures the best Block has to offer: extravagantly imaginative tales, dark landscapes, fierce poetry, and storytelling that is nothing short of magical.

Psyche in a Dress is told in free verse. A contemporary retelling of several Greek myths rolled together, it is set in California in a world where Aphrodite owns a dress shop and Orpheus is a rock musician.

Echo is a prose reimagining of the stories of Echo and Narcissus. It stars a Hollywood girl who goes on a quest for love and along the way comes across angels, vampires, and fairies.

The Rose and the Beast is a collection of nine short stories which put a modern and original spin on fairytales such as Snow White, Thumbelina, Cinderella, Rose Red and Rose White, and others.

Roses and Bones was praised by VOYA as "a vivid and sensual ride." And each book in this evocative collection received multiple starred reviews, including one from Kirkus which proclaimed "Block uses language like a jeweled sword, glittering as it cuts to the heart."

Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
“[Block’s] lush, beautiful words turn modern-day Los Angeles into a fantastical world of fairies, angels, and charms
VOYA - Kelly Czarnecki
A retelling of myths and tales, Roses & Bones takes the reader on a vivid and sensual ride through three books; Psyche in a Dress, Echo, and The Rose and the Beast. Readers who brush up on their mythology before embarking on this journey will have a deeper experience, being able to make the distinction between what is myth and what is real. Psyche's story is told in narrated lines of poetry against the backdrop of an actress being filmed by her violent father. The stories of Persephone, Echo, Eurydice, Aphrodite, and Demeter are woven into a stream-of-conscious retelling; a patchwork of snippets from the myths as we know them combined with the contemporary. Book II tells the story in prose of Echo, whose father is dying. To cope with the inevitable loss, she hangs out at bars or the beach, frequently drinking and meeting men. Book III retells nine fairytales in short story form, each one a magical and riveting scene unto itself. This book is important to add to library collections for Francesca Lia Block fans, but also for those wanting to explore alternative and wild retellings of tales and myths. This book lends itself well to looking at the female role through the kaleidoscope lens that we know Block uses so well. Drugs, sex, anorexia, incest, and other hard-hitting issues are explored throughout the book. Reviewer: Kelly Czarnecki

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062019547
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
12/21/2010
Pages:
378
Sales rank:
1,220,514
Product dimensions:
8.38(w) x 11.34(h) x 0.99(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Francesca Lia Block, winner of the prestigious Margaret A. Edwards Award, is the author of many acclaimed and bestselling books, including Weetzie Bat; the book collections Dangerous Angels: The Weetzie Bat Books and Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets; the illustrated novella House of Dolls; the vampire romance novel Pretty Dead; and the gothic werewolf novel The Frenzy. Her work is published around the world.

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Roses and Bones: Myths, Tales, and Secrets 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
reading it right now, what a beautiful book. Dark and passionate and filled with lust and love.AMAZING!