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The Rose and the Beast by Francesca Lia Block
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Feb 17, 2010

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bookshelves: fairy-tales, short-stories

I was a little disappointed by this book, but then I generally am with collections of short stories. There just ins't enough time to develop the story, the characters, or the relationships. You miss out on so much. I felt like several of these stories were incomplete and needed to share more information. However there was also something that felt right about the way they were written and the way they were told. I felt like the author tried to use a narrative voice that would read like the original fairy tales, but I also felt that sometimes she tried too hard, that she didn't just let it happen that way, but forced it that way.
Not as good as I'd hoped, but not bad either. I think I'd be interested in reading some of her actual novels because I liked what I glimpsed of the writing, and would like to see how she writes a full story, not just a peak around the corner.

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