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Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link
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May 09, 11

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Read from May 03 to 09, 2011

Loved it. Absolute story-telling magic.

I'm usually, at best, an occasional short fiction-reader. I can dip into a collection for one or two stories, and then I want a novel. But I couldn't stop reading the stories in Pretty Monsters.

I'd read one of Link's stories in a Best American anthology, so I had an idea of her style. The stories blend fantasy and science fiction and realism--the kids call this 'slipstream'--and they're wildly creative and surprising. The stories tend to stick with you, too, because she plants seeds in your brain and avoids the too tidy conclusion. Some of these stories keep going, except you go from being the reader to being the writer.

My favorite piece was the title story, Pretty Monsters. Awesome.
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