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Pretty Monsters [Paperback]

Kelly Link
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Book Description

1 July 2010
Weird, wicked, spooky and delicious, Pretty Monsters is a book of tall tales to keep you up all night. Kelly Link creates a world like no other, where ghosts of girlfriends past rub up against Scrabble-loving grandmothers with terrifying magic handbags, wizards sit alongside morbid babsitters, and we encounter a people-eating monster with a sick sense of humour. This edition also features a Brand New story, 'The Cinderella Game'.

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd (1 July 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1847677843
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847677846
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Intoxicating. These stories will come alive, put on zoot suits, and wrestle you to the ground. They want you and you will be theirs.' --Alice Sebold

'Kelly Link is the literary descendant of Jorge Luis Borges and Franz Kafka.' --Audrey Niffenegger

'Link's stories play in a place few writers go, a netherworld between literature and fantasy, Alice Munro and JK Rowling.' --Time

'Wonderfully odd and original [and] very scary indeed.' --Sarah Waters

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Walker/Canongate present Kelly Link's tall tales to keep you up all night - however old you are. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 11 May 2009
By Murray
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
What a brilliant writer! Pretty Monsters collects six previously uncollected Kelly Link stories with three reprints ("Magic for Beginners", "The Faery Handbag" and "The Specialist's Hat" - three of her absolute best), chosen for being particularly suitable for a Young Adult audience. Well, I'm twice the age of that audience, but I still loved this book, as I do Link's two other collections (Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners.)

Kelly Link's writing is fresh, lively, witty, funny, laconic, imaginative, strange yet familiar, humanly warm yet tragic as a genuine fairy tale, all wrapped up in a deceptively accessible simplicity. So many of the stories in this volume capture perfectly the feeling of being on the verge of adulthood, the subtleties of friendship, the difficulties of finding yourself, being caught in the world's cruel indifference - all mixed up with aliens, monsters, magical TV shows, werewolves and ghosts.

A genuinely modern writer, and a genuinely unique writer. You can't describe Link's stories, let alone review them. Dive in and buy it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 16 July 2010
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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 all night.

2. The Wizards of Perfil - This is about a boy named Onion and a girl named Halsa. Onion's parents have died and Halsa's mother is watching after him and the other children. While in the market of Perfil, she sells Onion to someone who says they will take him to the Wizards of Perfil. For some reason, they bring Onion right back and take Halsa instead. Once Halsa is there, she discovers that the Wizards are incredibly vain and super lazy. But there is something that neither Onion or Halsa knows about the wizards.

3. Magic for Beginners - A boy named Jeremy Mars and a few of his friends are obsessed with a show called The Library. Jeremy's mother and father have some problems getting along because Jeremy's father is a writer. When his father puts Jeremy in one of his books and then kills him off, his mother insists that she and Jeremy go to Las Vegas to see the wedding chapel she has inherited from her late sister. But Jeremy is afraid that he'll miss the next spontaneous episode of The Library!

4. The Faery Handbag - Genevieve's grandmother, Zofia, has a mysterious handbag that is apparently a family heirloom and over 200 years old. She never lets the bag out of her sight. Zofia tells Genevieve crazy stories about how a whole little village lives in that bag, and a nasty dog, too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weirdly enticing 24 Aug 2011
Format:Paperback
This book is a collection of short stories, which are all different and unique. It took me a while to get used to her style, which is very quirky and matter of factly, but once you got into it you could really enjoy the writing.
The fact that these are short stories does not hinder the process of getting to know the characters. While some stories feel incomplete, the stories are definitely just the right amount to 1)get into the story and feel like you understand what is roughly happening and 2)not to bore you with over descriptive paragraphs.
All wonderful and wacky.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ok 10 Mar 2014
By <3
Format:Kindle Edition
it claims to be 'scary' but it is less scary and more creepy on physcological levels, more like creepypastas than actual stories
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tiny miracles 1 Jan 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Kelly Link is a terribly underrated writer. Her delicious and meticulously crafted stories are hard to explain but make you laugh, cry and shudder. The prose are so effortless it seems to defy gravity.
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