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Dangerous Angels: Five Weetzie Bat Books Paperback – September 28, 2010
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Love is a dangerous angel.
In five luminous novels, acclaimed writer Francesca Lia Block spins a saga of interwoven lives and beating hearts. These postmodern fairy tales take us to a magical Los Angeles, a place where life is a mystery, pain can lead to poetry, strangers become intertwined souls, and everyone is searching for the most beautiful and dangerous angel of all: love.
- Format: Paperback
- Publication Date: 9/28/2010
- Pages: 496
- Reading Level: Age 14 and Up
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Includes: Weetzie Bat, Witch Baby, Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys, Missing Angel Juan and Baby Be-Bop
Weetzie Bat meets a genie and he grants her three wishes. That's where her story really starts to get interesting. Her and her friends and her kids have a wild time in L.A. They make movies, they make faces they make love. Reality is occasionally suspended while the magic seeps in to teach them lessons and help them enjoy life.
It's hard to describe or talk about Weetzie Bat to people who have never read it. It's a trip. She's just a funky naive chick. I love Witch Baby and her snarling, snapping, kitten bites. She's a funky dark girl who needs to find her place in the big scary world. There are a lot of terrible things out there and Witch Baby needs to learn how to let go of them and find happiness in her own life. I love Weetzie too, even though she acts like a kid. She's just completely in her own world which is good for a story, but impractical in real life. I wish I could be as care-free and full of whimsy as she is. These stories blend magic and reality quite nicely, so you're never quite sure when you leave the real world. You don't really have to read Pink Smog first you can just dive right into Dangerous Angels and lose yourself in the slinkster cool Shangri-L.A. that Weetzie and her family have created. If you don't mind a little bit of magic and a girl with babies who is but a baby herself, than definitely check this out. I love the new cover too.
First Line of each story:
"The reason Weetzie Bat hated high school was because no one understood."
"Once upon a time."
"Cherokee Bat love the canyons."
"Angel Juan and I walk through a funky green fog."
"Dirk had known it since he could remember."
"It was as if someone had stuck a needle full of poison into her heart. She moved like a sleepwalker. She was the girl in the fairy tale sleeping in a prison of thorns and roses."
"I don't know about happily ever after...but I know about happily, Weetzie Bat thought."
"Think of your pain like a bunch of red roses, a beautiful thorn necklace. Everyone has one."
"Witch baby heard his voice in her head as she skated home, stumbling into fences and tearing her skin on thorns."
"I want him to see flowers in my eyes and hear the songs in my hands."
"Sometimes, when she stood on the roof looking over the trees and smog and listening to the sirens, she saw ash in the air like torn gray flesh."
My thoughts on the other books is that while they didn't capture the magic of the first book, they were still a lot of fun to read. The two Witch Baby stories are the best of the four other stories, followed by the story about Dirk and the story about Cherokee Bat. I thought the Cherokee Bat story was awkward, I wouldn't re-read it. Cherokee is one-dimensional in comparison to Witch Baby and it was annoying to listen to her throughout the book. The story about Dirk was great but I would have liked it to end with him meeting Weetzie Bat to bring the book around full-circle.
These books are amazing.... full of color and poetry, joy and movement and magic (good and bad). There's a lot of life in these books. They make the world a fun place to be again.
It really doesn't matter how old you are when you read them, they're like peaches and blueberries: you love 'em as a kid, you love 'em as a teen, you'll be putting 'em in a blender and still eating 'em mushy when you have no teeth left (or maybe getting the large print version is a better example, but you know what I mean.) And can you imagine never having tasted a peach, and trying a really ripe, sweet one for the first time as an adult? That's what these books are like.
Weetzie Bat (1989)
Witch Baby (1991)
Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys (1992)
Missing Angel Juan (1993)
Baby Be-Bop (1995)
or you can get them ALL in this one book for way cheaper! Plus, once you read the first book I promise you'll want to read the next one and so on.
I've never encountered an author with such a fanciful, descriptive and poetic style of writing. She captivates the reader with her whimsical wording. She transports you to a magical world that is filled with the most amazing people, places and things. For me personally, I want to live in these books (well the world that the author has created) and be friends with the characters. I would recommend this/these book(s) to everyone! (They are probably more appropriate for teenagers and adults.)