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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, 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

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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, 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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885865434
Publisher:
Circlet Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x (h) x (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.

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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!