This was a re-read for book club and it hasn‘t lost any of its magic. Kelly Link somehow manages to create vivid, unexpected worlds yet still leave much to the reader‘s own imagination. I love her so much.
Kelly Link is not only a gifted short story writer, she is great at putting together collections. There was only one story I didn't really enjoy, and that's probably because it was the closest to fairy tales (not my favorite genre). The rest of the stories were fab, with relatable characters who experienced crazy things (zombies and aliens and all sorts of other sci-fi craziness abounds, but in a very easy-to-swallow way).
Jeremy prays to all the dark gods that he never receives the gift of knowing what people are thinking. Its a dark road and it ends up with you trapped on late night television in front of an invisible audience of depressed insomniacs wearing hats made out tinfoil and they all want to pay you nine-ninety-nine per minute to hear you describe in minute, terrible detail what their deceased cat is thinking about, right now. What kind of future is that?
Jeremy's mother is an orphan. Jeremy's father claims that she was raised by feral silent-film stars, and it's true, she looks like a heroine out of a Harold Lloyd movie. She has an appealingly disheveled look to her, as if someone has either just tied or untied her from a set of train tracks.
'Get in Trouble' was my favorite story collection that I read last year. I felt like Link's approach was fresh and imaginative: she could create whole worlds in just a few pages without sacrificing characters or story. I've heard a lot of good things about this collection, and I love the title 🎩🐇
Not bad, per se... but it was the single weirdest book I‘ve ever read, and I‘m counting William Burroughs‘ Naked Lunch in that. To me it felt like the stories were slices of longer tales, like you were only reading the middle. How to make sense of a story when you missed the beginning and the end?
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@Craftylikefox you nailed this #makerswap!!! #hufflepuff themed cowl and mug warmer which will be perfect for cold weather and coffee! 💛🖤 A marauder‘s map book sleeve (which my son is already trying to steal), chocolate, a book I‘ve been wanting since I saw another litten post about it, and yarn with knitting instructions. I tried knitting a few years back and made myself a cowl, but haven‘t gotten back to it since so this is perfect! ⬇️
Broke my rule & signed up for another swap. I blame you guys. You were supposed to be watching me! 👀😅
I couldn‘t resist a #shortstoryswap. See @CSeydel ‘s post or visit the following link for more information:
Registration open through June 7th.
Great idea, @CSeydel 🙌🏻!
Went to a branch library that I rarely visit to borrow a *very important* and specific Pirates of the Caribbean book for my son‘s obsession of the moment; left with that plus a bonus stack of treasures from the $1 shelf. 😁
Pleased to discover that most of my owned short story collections are by women! I've read stories in each of these but haven't read any cover to cover yet. My favorite so far is Magic for Beginners. I love everything I've read by Kelly Link. #readingwomenmonth #shortstorycollections
I read Magic for Beginners in a magical realism class in college (one of the best classes ever obviously!) & through the same class was able to meet Kelly Link, who was funny & witty in a quiet sort of way, the kind of person you could watch a Buffy marathon with & have an interesting discussion about "strong women", fandom, & representations of magic mirroring real life dilemmas. #readathonstories @Liberty
So I have learned that Kelly Link is emphatically not for me. This book is a collection of short stories. The first story - The Faery Handbag - was the strongest, but it ended on an unsatisfactory note. The following stories were just torture for me to get through. They felt absurd, lacking in discernible meaning, and often cruel and disturbing. That combination was too much for me and I gave up at about 53%, right after Catskin.
Love them!!! @mklong you did such a great job!! I've been wanting WSABF for so long and Kelly Link is new to me and sounds right up my alley! The Terror Squad completely agree. The grumpy one even came out from one of his caves to join in all the excitement! Thank you so much for thinking of me, and thank you @BookishMarginalia so much for organizing this!
My holiday to-read pile. We'll if I can escape the relatives long enough...
I bought this after being underwhelmed by her latest collection, Get in Trouble. I wanted to give her a second chance. I think this was stronger but not by much. Maybe I've just read too much Neil Gaiman, but these stories are way derivative and kinda dull. Shame.
Litsy friends introduced me to Link, and I'm so glad. The stories are pretty crazy, but the more I read each one the more I came to love the characters. Her writing style is hard to describe. It's deep and silly all at the same time.
Las Vegas: Like someone read too much Dr. Seuss and got ideas. Truth!
At the beginning of every story, I think I won't love the characters and plot line. At the end, I am enchanted.
Being in love, Batu said, like working retail, meant that you had to settle for being hated, at least part of the year.
First Kelly Link story, thanks to Litsy friends reviews. Already in love!!