Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters

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Weird, wicked, spooky and delicious, Pretty Monsters is a book of tall tales to keep you up all night.

Blending fairytale, fantasy, horror, myth and mischief in a delicious cocktail, Kelly Link creates a world like no other, where ghosts of girlfriends past rub up against Scrabble-loving grandmothers with terrifying magic handbags, wizards sit alongside morbid babysitters, and we encounter a people-eating monster who claims to have a sense of humour.

Combining the imaginative brilliance of Borges with the madcap escapades of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more than a pinch of macabre humour, this is writing to come back from the dead for.
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Product details

  • Hardback
  • 145 x 220 x 32mm | 525g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • by Shaun Tan
  • 1847677835
  • 9781847677839
  • 1,378,905

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All of Link's stories are wonderfully odd and original . . . Very scary indeed. -- SARAH WATERS 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. * * NEIL GAIMAN * * Link's stories play in a place few writers go, a netherworld between literature and fantasy, Alice Munro and JK Rowling, and Link find truths there that most authors wouldn't dare touch. * * Time * * A new short story collection by Kelly Link ... and once more, for a little while, the world is worth saving. * * MICHAEL CHABON * * 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 * * Link's writing about relationships, whether between parents and children, friends, or young lovers, is sublime. The highlight is the Nebula award-winning "Magic for Beginners", about a group of friends hooked on a bizarre TV shoe set in a vast library. Like many others in the collection, it's coming-of-age story written with a tender insight into the unstable emotional geography of the teenage mind. -- Eric Brown * * Guardian * * Wizards, ghosts, meat-eating sofas and Nosferatu babysitters weave in and out of recognisable everyday life. Link's tone is cleverly poised between genuine creepiness and off-the-wall humour. Eccentric and unforgettable. -- Kate Saunders * * The Times * * Links Narrative come complete with ghost and fairies - her stories have been labeled as part of the 'New Weird' movement, but are no less human for that. -- Erica Wagner * * The Times * * Dark, sexy and hilarious. * * New Statesman * * Very odd, and very funny. * * Scotland on Sunday * *
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About Kelly Link

Kelly Link lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, run Small Beer Press and publish the zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet. She once won a free trip around the world by answering the question, 'Why do you want to go around the world?' ('Because you can't go through it.')
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Rating details

5,423 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 33% (1,790)
4 36% (1,942)
3 22% (1,196)
2 7% (372)
1 2% (123)
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