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!