Pretty Monsters Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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"Wonderfully odd and original [and] very scary indeed." (Sarah Waters)
"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)
Funny, moving, tender, brave and dangerous. She is unique, and should be declared a national
treasure, and possibly surrounded at all times by a cordon of armed marines.
"Link's stories play in a place few writers go, a netherworld between literature and fantasy, Alice Munro and JK Rowling." (Time)
"Has plenty to tangle the imagination and leaves some endings tantalisingly hanging in the dark air." (Daily Mail)
"Against a backdrop of recognisable Americana, anything might happen, and usually does." (The Observer)
"brimming with singular observations and arresting takes on veryday lives, characters and situations...it's a rollercoaster read" (Books for Keeps)
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.Read more ›
All of the stories are well crafted, and they all have a good premise that is well executed. I didn’t feel that any of them were there just to make up the numbers. There was a level of variety about them too, while all slightly other-worldly and on either a fantasy or horror theme, each story was distinct and pursued a different idea.
This was a semi-random purchase for me, I picked it up from an amazon recommendation on a page I was looking at for something else. I enjoyed it as a refreshing introduction to a new author.
A great collection of stories.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book contains some of the best stories I have ever read. In my opinion this is particularly true for the longer ones. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kath84
A brilliant collection of odd and sometimes unsettling little stories.Published 12 months ago by sparkle
I like Kelly Link. Her books are frothy, fun and easy reading. However - this one seemed a little to lightweight. The ending wasn't great and the plot tended towards the silly. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Loxton
Some lovely writing - but don't get in to it if you like a satisfying ending.Published 15 months ago by Ms. IM Burton
You will probably like this book if you are 13 and a fan of teenage fantasy TV and video games. l can only make a guess that previous reviewers were in fact 13 year olds!!!!!! Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kevin G
it claims to be 'scary' but it is less scary and more creepy on physcological levels, more like creepypastas than actual storiesPublished on 10 Mar. 2014 by <3