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Magic for Beginners Best of the Decade Salon, The AV Club If I had to pick the most powerfully original voice in fantasy today, it would be Kelly Link Her stories begin in a world very much like our own, but then, following some mysterious alien geometry, they twist themselves into something fantastic and, frequently, horrific You won t come out the same person you went in


About the Author: Kelly Link

Kelly Link is an American author best known for her short stories, which span a wide variety of genres most notably magic realism, fantasy and horror She is a graduate of Columbia University.Her stories have been collected in four books Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, Pretty Monsters, and most recently, Get in Trouble.She has won several awards for her short stories, including the World Fantasy Award in 1999 for The Specialist s Hat , and the Nebula Award both in 2001 and 2005 for Louise s Ghost and Magic for Beginners.Link also works as an editor, and is the founder of independant publishing company, Small Beer Press, along with her husband, Gavin Grant.



10 thoughts on “Magic for Beginners

  1. says:

    I ve only got so much patience for surrealist storytelling, so maybe this was not the anthology for me The early stories in the collection are the kind of dream logic based oddities that, when you stumble upon them surrounded by other writers work, are interesting, if a little unsatisfying in their lack of conclusion For example, when Eastern European refugees hide in a magical handbag and a wayward boyfriend makes off with it, the idea is clever and the writing both fantastic and absurd But


  2. says:

    Reading Kelly Link makes me wonder why anyone else ever tries to write anything Honestly I mean, I m sorry to have to say this to all the people who write short stories and everything, but Stone Animals is the absolute very best short story that has ever been written Oh, wait, except for Lull that is actually the very best short story that has ever been written ever I can t decide, but anyway, the rest of the writing world should just give it up, nothing can top this book.Honestly I can Reading Kell


  3. says:

    Kelly Link writes what I should love quirky, whimsical, creative and fantastical ideas with often dark imagery but somehow all this mix of interesting things never ends up being a story Most entries in Magic in Beginners will draw you in with a unique idea, image or scene this is the case with two of the best stories in the volume, The Faery Handbag and Catskin In the first a young woman loses a handbag which belonged to her elderly grandmother, and tells its story the handbag was a magi Kelly Link writes


  4. says:

    Like Grimm s on a hit of acid Or Lemony Snicket if he wasn t so flaccid Just kidding, I love Snicket, i just wanted to make a rhyme Maybe a bit like Miranda July s night terrors would be like after a night on magic mushrooms Murakami inside Raoul Duke s body visiting a Hayao Miyazaki movie say, Spirited Away Or really, I shouldn t bother with comparisons because Kelly Link is like nothing else I ve ever read One day I will no longer be surprised that I like books that everyone hates and Like Grimm s on a hit of a


  5. says:

    Weird Modern Fairy Tales for Adults by a Writer with a Unique Voice3.5 starsMy introduction to slipstream short story writer Kelly Link was her recently issued Get in Trouble I got off on the wrong foot with that short story collection and did not finish it.I m glad I gave her another chance I liked this collection, Magic for Beginners, a lot better, although it, too had some drawbacks.The author s stories are extremely creative and her voice is totally unique although there were some vague s Weird Modern Fairy Tales fo


  6. says:

    Link garners effusive praise from Jonathan Lethem, China Mieville, Michael Chabon, Peter Straub, Alice Sebold, et al Sometimes I get it, and sometimes I don t Some of her stories I enjoy, some of them I don t For example, take the two stories in this collection that I had read previously Catskin and Stone Animals, both of which I read in McSweeney s I liked Catskin slightlythe second time around, but it still rates a thumbs down It s the tale of a witch and her three children and her Link garners effusive praise from Jonathan


  7. says:

    I have a strange split dimensional relationship with magic realism Sometimes we are the best of friends, sometimes it worms under my skin in an annoying way Many books covet its charm but are not brave enough to attempt it, but that can never be said for Kelly Link, who might as well have invented it Sewn it together into a beautiful monster out of abandoned skin shed from horror and fantasy and whatever lurks in the mind.Link s stories can be frustrating They are alchemical clockwork, unexp I have a strange split dimensional relatio


  8. says:

    This is a collection of weird short stories which can be loosely qualified as urban fantasy When I said the stories are weird, I really meant it I would not be able to tell the plot of any of nine stories from the book Do you want to know about a man loving a cannon How about a man marrying a dead woman and having children What about a whole nation sitting in a handbag A son of a witch walking around in a cat costume made out of cats You can have all of these and .This is the second b This is a collection of weird short stories which can be


  9. says:

    You can find this review andat Novel Notions Something I ve noticed over the course of my recent reading life is that, if you re in the mood for weird, you should definitely look into short story collections Some of the strangest and most memorable fiction I ve read in the past five years or so have been short stories This is not a format I thought I enjoyed, as I prefer to digdeeply into a story than twenty pages or so can accommodate Honestly, I probably never would have given You can find this review andat Novel Notions Something I ve noticed


  10. says:

    Here s the review from my twice yearly zine October 06 I think I preferred Link s debut short story collection, Stranger Things Happen, but I definitely appreciate what she s aiming for her Nobody writes stories quite like hers Kelly Link is herself no stranger to the bizarre,or even to charges of sometimes wading too deepinto its waters for some readers taste.In a recent missive to members of her onlinewriting workshop, Link encouraged writers to submitambitious work.stories and Here s the review from my twice yearly zine October 06 I think I preferred


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