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PRETTY MONSTERS by Kelly Link

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crossposted to my fan lj

If you haven't discovered Kelly Link already, now would be a good time. Viking has just published PRETTY MONSTERS, a collection of her short stories for young adults, but make no mistake--she's one of those writers who is good for readers of adult years and teen years. She will hold you just as fascinated as your cats are held by the pretty toy at the end of the string. Except when you go to pat one of Link's string toys, it starts throwing off perfumes and strange, bright-colored images that flow into your brain, until you're no longer sure if you read the story or lived it. Her images creep up over you like quicksand, seeping into your nooks and crannies, until you're still thinking about them, hours later.

You also can't predict her stories. In "The Wrong Grave," the teen poet trying to retrieve his work a year later digs up the wrong living dead girl and takes her to a 7-11. In "Magic for Beginners," fans of a strange television show may be a part of one of its episodes, or not, though two of them do take a trip to Las Vegas. "The Surfer" is a science fiction story in which America has lost its claim to first world status, having become the site of successive plagues, riots, fixed elections, and the world's worst health care. Americans have become the new Russians, looking to snag Costa Rican partners to get entrée to their superior society. Oh, yes, and the aliens that may or may not have revealed themselves to a surfer there may or may not be returning.

You just don't know what she'll show you next, only that it won't be what you expect. That's why I love Kelly Link. She's one of those wrters I can never predict, so I just relax and read along for the ride!

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abhasana
Nov. 9th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
This sounds wonderful! Thanks for the recommendation.
tammy212
Nov. 9th, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Always glad to share a good author!
thumbelinablues
Nov. 9th, 2008 10:51 pm (UTC)
And if you're not into Kelly Link *yet*, you can check out her first two collections (Stranger Things Happen and Magic For Beginners), which have been posted online under a creative commons license (which means, with Kelly's blessing).

Saw her read "The Cinderella Game" down at South St. Seaport a little while ago and she was grrrreat.
writegirl23
Nov. 10th, 2008 12:38 am (UTC)
Kelly Link's stories are amazing. Someone I met at Readercon this summer told me to pick up one of her books, and I said that I don't read short stories. She told me that I need to read Kelly Link's. She was definitely right. (I even read other short stories now)
shadowspun
Nov. 10th, 2008 03:49 am (UTC)
This sounds interesting.

*After November - need to write NaNo now*

Sorry, have to get back to plotting a country-wide revolution.
tammy212
Nov. 11th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
Vive la revolution!
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