Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters


Book - 2008
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Kelly Link has lit up adult literary publishing'and Viking is honored to publish her first YA story collection. Through the lens of Link's vivid imagination, nothing is what it seems, and everything deserves a second look. From the multiple award-winning ?The Faery Handbag,? in which a teenager's grandmother carries an entire village (or is it a man-eating dog?) in her handbag, to the near-future of ?The Surfer,? whose narrator (a soccer-playing skeptic) waits with a planeload of refugees for the aliens to arrive, Link's stories are funny and full of unexpected insights and skewed perspectives on the world. Her fans range from Michael Chabon to Peter Buck of R.E.M. to Holly Black of Spiderwick Chronicles fame. Now teens can have their world rocked, too!
Publisher: New York : Viking, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780670010905
Branch Call Number: TEEN LIN
Characteristics: 389 pages ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Tan, Shaun


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Knowing to expect a fantastical twist at the end of each story doesn't help to guess from which direction it will come! A touch of the macabre adds an extra frisson.

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May 26, 2015

I really wanted to enjoy all of these stories, but many were just dull . If the entire collection held up to the beauty that "The Wrong Grave" and "Wizards of Perfil" are...eating it up would have been a no brainer.

lib_apart Dec 01, 2014

Link collects her short stories in this volume; some of them reprints from previous anthologies. Her writing style is straightforward and fantastical, somewhat dark, but better suited for younger audiences. Her stories combine things like ghosts, monsters, ufos, dead girls, camp stories, gods and goddesses, wizards and fairy handbags, all to an indescribable effect.

May 30, 2013

This is a creepy, funny, clever collection of stories that will appeal to adults and teens. Recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman.

Jul 03, 2012

Creepy and marvellous.

These stories are dark but funny. This was very enjoyable but won't appeal to all teens. It's complicated and post-modern with stories within stories within stories. There's a lot of metafiction, where the reader is made aware they are reading.

Creative and interesting but few of the stories have satisfying endings.

Aug 14, 2009

Amazingly inventive,and wonderfully stylish, Pretty Monsters is a short story collection not to be missed.


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