Stranger Things Happen
"An alchemical mix of Borges, Raymond Chandler and Buffy the Vampire Slayer."-Salon.com (Best of the Year)
"A delightful collection."-Cleveland Plain Dealer
"My favorite fantasy writer."-Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered
The eleven stories in Kelly Link's debut collection are funny, spooky, and smart. They all have happy endings. They were all especially written for you....more
Again, I'm sorry if you like this book and please enjoy...
I wanted to like this book. Based on what I'd read I picked it up ready for some enjoyable weird stories. The first one left me cold...the "dead man" exploring his situation (and also his genitals. This...more
Written with a light hand, these stories are bittersweet, spooky, absurd, crazy, and freeing. Each one is perfectly self-contained, but taken toget...more
I read the Specialist's Hat first, but then went on to the rest of the stories. The whole thing is free as an ebook on Goodreads.
All in all, this is a very strange collection of very strange stories. Most of them I expect will stick in my mind for years to come.
But her wheelhouse is the short story, and this is no country for short story writers. Still, she has her own cult following of devoted fans, and their passionate recommendations drove me to picking up this collection.
I liked this collection a lot. There are a few duds, as in most short s...more
Kelly Link's collection of short stories ran the gamut between being successful and kind of pointless. While the concept is interesting: take folktales, fairy tales, ghost stories, etc. and smush with contemporary narrators or situations. Hijinks and fun imagery ensue.
The stories I found to be the most successful were those that had a more disti...more
For me it was a bit wild, which I like, from a book, but also a little cold, a little impersonal. This book may have issues with nymphomania. It's definately ready and willing to give you a thrill, but even though you've spent some time with it, it still doesn't quite love you ba...more
"The Specialist's Hat" is really one of the spookiest stories I have ever read. It is loosely written (as are many of the stories), which - rather than impeding the text - makes it easier to adap...more
The eleven stories in Kelly Link’s 2001 collection STRANGER THINGS HAPPEN inhabit a startling, exhilarating nexus somewhere in the ether between genre and literature. Link’s writing is complex, risky, and rich in subtext. Though each of her stories, in one way or another, weaves in elements of the supernatural, they are never about the ghosts and murderers, snow queens and shape shifters that inhabit her universe; instead, Link uses these supernatural e...more
In the end, I guess Link just isn't for me. I like my stories to make sense, to have some internal logic and structure I can follow and, possibly, an ending or a hint of an explanation my mind can work upon.
Link's stories instead feel to me more like a dream - scenes, images, moments where time slows down like molasses or jumps all over the place, where stran...more
My first exposure to Kelly Link's writing was through her YA collection Pretty Monsters: Stories. I loved it. "Magic for Beginners" is still one of my all-time favorite stories. So I was excited to read her two adult collections, this and Magic for Beginners. I started with this, her earlier collection, and proceeded to b...more
In this compilation of 11 short stories, there were a few I enjoyed from start to finish, but the rest I skimmed through, not comprehending the purpose of each narrative and without the desire to.
The stories I enjoyed were other-worldly in design, but generally tethered to the world, providing a frame of reference and context. The ones I couldn't get my mind around were reminiscent of when someone else tells you about a snipped of a drea...more
Favorite stories: "The Specialist's Hat," "The Girl Detective."
The first story ("Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose") was weird/odd...in an interesting way! A little confusing, but thought-provoking. It was pretty interesting/weird. And, it was okay enough to keep me reading the book. Kelly Link's style - exploring the bizzare - tickles my curiosity!
The 2nd story ("Water Off a Black Dog's Back") was pretty funny, at first, then it turned dark and confusing. This author has an pretty twisted outlook on...more
That was funny in Ferris Buehler's Day off. It was just a couple lines. Now imagine an entire book done in that same sort of frantic voice. No real authority or ownership of the events that happened, just a string of hearsay from a high school girl. If you can do that, you unders...more
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1. I’m sorry that I forgot to water your ferns while you were away that time.
2. When you said that I reminded you of your mother, was that a good thing?
3. I never really liked your friends all that much.
4. None of my friends ever really liked you.
5. Do you remember when the cat ran away, and I cried and cried and made you put up posters, and she never came back? I wasn’t crying because she didn’t come back. I was crying because I’d taken her to the woods, and I was scared she’d come back and tell you what I’d done, but I guess a wolf got her, or something. She never liked me anyway.
6. I never liked your mother.
7. After you left, I didn’t water your plants on purpose. They’re all dead.
9. Were you ever really in love with me?
10. Was I good in bed, or just average?
11. What exactly did you mean, when you said that it was fine that I had put on a little weight, that you thought I was even more beautiful, that I should go ahead and eat as much as I wanted, but when I weighed myself on the bathroom scale, I was exactly the same weight as before, I hadn’t gained a single pound?
12. So all those times, I’m being honest here, every single time, and anyway I don’t care if you don’t believe me, I faked every orgasm you ever thought I had. Women can do that, you know. You never made me come, not even once.
13. So maybe I’m an idiot, but I used to be in love with you.
14. I slept with some guy, I didn’t mean to, it just kind of happened. Is that how it was with you? Not that I’m making any apologies, or that I’d accept yours, I just want to know.
15. My feet hurt, and it’s all your fault.
16. I mean it this time, goodbye.”