Through the lens of Kelly 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...more
Y'know how people will be like, 'I don't really listen to rap stuff, but I really liked that Nas album,' or whatever, and then you know that Nas album is probably not super representative of hip-hop? I don't really read fantasy, or sci-fi, but I fuckin love Kelly Link. I'm like, I guess these count as fantasy stories lots of the time, and that's clearly the community Ms Link is coming from, and about which she tends to talk, but still, her stories engage me in a way that genre stuf ...more
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 ...more
No. It's a bunch of shallow, underdeveloped junk that wishes it was well written, but failed. Rather epically, I'd say.
Some of these stories actually were interesting. Magic for Beginners would have made a really interesting novel. The concept of a TV show like the Librarian, and a ...more
I was surprised to realise I’d read both ‘The Wizards ...more
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 stars
Winner: Hugo Award Best Novelette
Winner: Nebula Award Best Novelette
Winner: 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 ...more
PRETTY MONSTERS is a collection of nine short stories; all of which were quite interesting. Here is a sentence or two about each story...
1. 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 ...more
Kelly Link writes strange stories. They take all the things you know about genres and twist them up until they become nearly unrecognizable, and suddenly real. Fantastic things: a dead girl’s hair with a mind of its own, a country contained within a handbag, thick, viscous magic, beautiful aliens, a secret television show called The Library—seem plausible, tangible. This is not in a far away land a long time ago. It’s magic, plain and ...more
Well, it's kind of another go. I think something like 70% of the stories in here were repri ...more
My favorites were the one about the handbag and the one about the surfer and the aliens.
But. Wow. A+ for narrative style. A+ for general goodness of writing.
Pretty Monsters consists of nine short stories by Hugo award winner Kelly Link. The reviews thus far for them ...more
My enthusiasm waned a little bit at the beginning of "Magic for Beginners". I thought, "There's a lot of quirk here for the sake of quirk, and this story is not making a lot of sense. These ...more
The Wrong Grave - Miles Sperry digs up the wrong grave of his dead girlfriend. The dead girl follows him.
The Wizards of Perfil - I really liked this one. Halsa is sold as a servant to the wizards of Perfil. Many strange things happen. Her wizard never talks to her.
Magic for Beginners - A story centered around a television show called The Library. The show is weird! No one kno ...more
And that was the glory of it, really. Everyone was somewhere on the scale between visceral and sincere. The fantastic (or occasionally almost mundane) sit ...more
I have no idea what to give this as a rating. It's got some classic Link stories ('The Faery Handbag' is my all-time favourite) and it's beautifully done. A lot of the stories have appeared in other places though, which is -- well, depends on what you want from this collection. Of the ones I hadn't read before I loved 'The Wrong Grave' and 'The Surfer', really disliked 'Monster' and was a bit meh about 'Pretty Monsters' ...more
Which was a disappointment, because I loved Link's kooky voice, and her wonderfully creative description/metaphor. She's obviously a talented writer!
But, with every story I read, I found myself wondering when she would get to the point. And when the beauty of the short story form is that it is fast-paced and exciting, having stories that meander around the point and lollygag around becomes extremely frustrating for the reader.
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 ...more
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Understand: Amy isn't that much stupider than anyone else in the story. It's just that she thinks out loud.”