Sunday, 19 October 2008

Read-a-thon: I finished my third book! (Cherokee Bat and the Goat Guys by Francesca Lia Block)

Oh it's getting hard here, but I'm still enjoying reading so I'm holding on. It's almost 2 a.m and it's time for some pot noodles and a mini-review update.

This is the third book in the Dangerous Angel series. I loved Weetzie Bat and Witch Baby so I had no doubt I would adore this one too. I was right.
There's something about Francesca Lia Block's writing that belongs to a magical world. I think she's a fairy in disguise, or she must have known a hippy fairy once who taught her to write like this. This book feels like a urban magic tale. Just read this passage, about Cherokee and Raphael, after making love for the first time:

"It was different. It was light-filled red waves braking on a beach again and again - a salt-stung fullness. It was being the waves and riding the waves. The bed lifted, the house and the lawn and the garden and the street and the night, one ocean rocking them, tossing them, an ocean of liquid coral roses."

Liquid coral does she come up with these images?
All her writing reads like a beautiful, colourful and shimmering poem. Or a song about young love, and young fears, about music and jealousy and the excitement of creating something powerful but dangerous as well.
I'm happy there's still two books to read, I could never get enough of this!


Dewey said...

Ooh, I read Weetzie Bat years ago and didn't know there was a third book! Thanks! I hope you get a second wind. :)

Nymeth said...

yay, you finished another one! Well done, Valentina.

It's 3am and I'm surprisingly awake. I guess the coffee overdose is helping :P

Bybee said...

Wow, it's so late in the game and you sound so intelligent and well, together! No noticable fraying at the edges and good progress on reading! Big cheer!

Dreamybee said...

Hi Valentina!

I am running a few hours behind on visiting Dewey's Readers of the Hour, but now I can say congratulations on making it to the half-way point! Amazing how world-wide the participation here is. My husband and I have always wanted to visit Ireland...some day we'll make it! Enjoy your reading!

Trish said...

Liquid coral roses does sound really beautiful. Congrats on #3!!

C. B. James said...

I'm impressed. Still reading after so many hours. Excellent.

If you're looking for an easy late night activity, I have a short story challenge up at my blog.

I was late posting it so the deadline is not until the end of the read-a-thon.

Please stop by if you can.

jehara said...

i'm glad you enjoyed this book. she does have a magical way about her. her writing is awesome. have you read any of her other books? in case you didn't know, she just published a follow up to dangerous angels a few years back called Necklace of Kisses. weetzie bat is grown with a kid of her own. it's really good. if you like the dangerous angel books then i think you will like it. also, it's just really fun to revisit all the characters.