Adventures in Reading

Short Stories: Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link, 2008
December 10, 2008, 11:55 am
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Of contemporary short story authors Kelly Link is one of my favorites. I fell in love with her collection Magic For Beginners and was pleased to discover this most recent collection Pretty Monsters in the young adult section. The collection includes stories from her previous collections, previously published stories, and the title story “Pretty Monsters” is unique to the book. Link includes fantasy, supernatural, and horror in the book as well as zombies, teen angst, and a 200-year-old grandmother. And as always Link’s ever-precise language usage has somewhat of a haunting effect on the book.

Where Pretty Monsters stands apart from Link’s other collections is that it includes some lengthier stories in quite different styles. For example the “The Wizards of Perfil” or “The Constable of Abal” are more reminiscent and thematically similar to traditional fantasy stories while in the past her fiction has been more skewed, more surreal. Some of the longer tales have made me curious if Link is possibly considering a novel, but personally I’m satisfied with the short stories: so please keep them coming!

Conclusion: Keeper.



I have never been good about reading short stories, and I’ve wanted to read more lately, so I certainly appreciate this post!

Comment by elitist

I know that every time you post about it I say I really have to read her, and I apologize for being repetitive, but here it goes again :P

Comment by Nymeth

You’re the first person I’ve come across that has read this collection. I enjoyed Magic for Beginners and am looking forward to this one too.

Comment by Amber

This is the first collection by Link that I’ve read, and I loved it! I’ll have to check out Magic for Beginners next.

Comment by Kelly

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