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There are nine short stories in Kelly Link s collection, Pretty Monsters I picked this up without realizing that I d actually read two of them before, both offered in other YA short story collections I had loved Unfortunately, those two stories proved to be the best of the lot There is one other story I liked The rest have promise but tend to fa I m not quite sure why authors are writing stories with no attempts at a storyline, no interesting likable characters and spewed little sentence fragments, and readers are like oh, wow, that s deep and well written.No It s a bunch of shallow, underdeveloped junk that wishes it was well written, but failed Rather epically, I d say.Some of ,,, ,,, ,, Get in Trouble,,Pretty Monsters , 10 ,surfer Kelly Link s short stories are like other people s dreams Except usually when someone pins you down to tell you about a dream they just had because they re so excited by how weird and meaningful it is, you re like um, okay Whatever Or maybe that s just me Other people s subconsciouses Boringly impenetrable.But Kelly Link s stories are like dreams we ve all had There s something really down deep twisty and disturbing she gets at, some common psychological taproot of cultural metaphor thi Kelly Link s short stories are like other people s dreams Except usually when someone pins you down to tell you about a dream they just had because they re so excited by how weird and meaningful it is, you re like um, okay Whatever Or maybe that s just me Other people s subconsciouses Boringly impenetrable.But Kelly Link s Kelly Link Has Lit Up Adult Literary Publishing, And Viking Is Honored To Publish Her First YA Story Collection Through The Lens Of Link S Vivid Imagination, Nothing Is What It Seems, And Everything Deserves A Second Look From The Multiple Award Winning The Faery Handbag, In Which A Teenager S Grandmother Carries An Entire Village Or Is It A Man Eating Dog In Her Handbag, To The Near Future Of The Surfer, Whose Narrator A Soccer Playing Skeptic Waits With A Planeload Of Refugees For The Aliens To Arrive, Link S Stories Are Funny And Full Of Unexpected Insights And Skewed Perspectives On The World Her Fans Range From Michael Chabon To Peter Buck Of REM To Holly Black Of Spiderwick Chronicles Fame Now Teens Can Have Their World Rocked, Too Kelly Link s writing is gorgeous These stories don t all have the same tone or theme or setting or anything like that, but they do have that writing style in common, and it s great I m not actually very good at liking short stories I like developed characters and longer plots but these are, for the most part, pretty enjoyable The Surfer was, if anything, a little too long for me, because most of what happens is character development.I was surprised to realise I d read both The Wizards Kelly Link s writing is gorgeous These stories don t all have the same tone or theme or setting or anything like that, but they do have that writing style in common, and it s great I m not actually very good at liking short stories I like developed characters and longer plots but these are, for the most part, pretty enjoyable The Surfer was, if anything, a little too long for me, because most of what happens is character development.I was surprised to realise I d read both The Wizards of Perfil and The Constable of Abal before I m not sure where I read them, but it must ve been an anthology They re probably my favourite of the two for language, setting and worldbuilding and unsurprisingly, they re the most secondary world fantasy of the bunch.I was less sure about the a First of all, today s young adults must be made of sterner stuff than I am, because this collection would have scared the crap out of me at just about any age before thirty OK, actually, some of the stories totally creeped me out even now I ve read a few of them in other collections and anthologies, but they were well worth reading again I particularly loved The Wizards of Perfil which I had read before and The Surfer, which I hadn t Kelly Link, like the current big thing Karen Russell First of all, today s young adults must be made of sterner stuff than I am, because this collection would have scared the crap out of me at just about any age before thirty OK, actually, some of the stories totally creeped me out even now I ve read a few of them in other collections and anthologies, but they were well wor 3.5 stars I have not read all of the stories in this collection, so this review is only for the following selections The Faery Handbag A creative, interesting story about a unique piece of luggage with a mind and maybe an appetite of its own 3.0 starsWinner Hugo Award Best NoveletteWinner Nebula Award Best NoveletteWinner Locus Award Best short story The Wizards of Perfil A very good, original story about two children sold to some very mysterious wizrds Good story telling and a very 3.5 stars I have not read all of the stories in this collection, so this review is only for the Reviewed by Breanna F for TeensReadToo.comPRETTY MONSTERS is a collection of nine short stories all of which were quite interesting Here is a sentence or two about each story1 The Wrong Grave Miles Sperry decides to dig up his dead girlfriend, Bethany Baldwin, to get back some poetry that he wrote for her after she died and wasn t smart enough to make copies of When he opens the grave, he has discovered that it is the wrong one Now he s got some strange dead girl following him around Reviewed by Breanna F for TeensReadToo.comPRETTY MONSTERS is a collection of nine short stories all of which were quite interesting Here is a sentence or two about each story1 The Wrong Grave Miles Sperry decides to dig up his dead girlfriend, Bethany Baldwin, to get back some poetry that he wrote for her after she died and wasn t smart enough to make copies of When he opens the grave, he has discovered that it is the wrong one Now he s got some strange dead girl following him around all night.2 The Wizards of Perfil This is about a boy named Onion and a girl named Halsa Onion s parents have died and Halsa s mother is watching after him and the other children While in the market of Perfil, she sells Onion to someone who says they will take him to the Wizards of Perfil For some reason, they bring Onion right back and take Halsa instead Once Halsa is there, she disc In a series of 9 stories, I liked 7 a whole bunch, 1 a little bit, and 1 not at all But as the song goes, 7 1 2 outta 9 ain t bad Even when I didn t like a story or found it ok, I was awed by Kelly Link s writing I have read a ton of great books by great writers Link surpasses every single one of those writers by a mile, at least She s so compelling readable and every one of her words and thoughts are pitch perfect I just don t know how I haven t read anything by her before In fact, I m em In a series of 9 stories, I liked 7 a whole bunch, 1 a little bit, and 1 not at all But as the song goes, 7 1 2 outta 9 ain t bad Even when I didn t like a story or found it ok, I was awed by Kelly Link s writing I have read a ton of great books by great writers Link surpasses every single one of those writers by a mile, at least She s so compelling readable and every one of her words and thoughts are pitch perfect I just don t know how I haven t read anything by her before In fact, I m embarrassed I haven t Two of the stories, Magic for Begin Pretty Monsters


About the Author: Kelly Link

Kelly Link is an American author best known for her short stories, which span a wide variety of genres most notably magic realism, fantasy and horror She is a graduate of Columbia University.Her stories have been collected in four books Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and most recently, Get in Trouble.She has won several awards for her short stories, including th Kelly Link is an American author best known for her short stories, which span a wide variety of genres most notably magic realism, fantasy and horror She is a graduate of Columbia University.Her stories have been collected in four books Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and most recently, Get in Trouble.She has won several awards for her short stories, including the World Fantasy Award in 1999 for The Specialist s Hat , and the Nebula Award both in 2001 and 2005 for Louise s Ghost and Magic for Beginners.Link also works as an editor, and is the founder of independant publishing company, Small Beer Press, along with her husband, Gavin Grant


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