Magic for Beginners

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Small Beer Press, 2005 - Fiction - 272 pages
305 Reviews

Best of the Decade: Salon, The A.V. 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."—Lev Grossman, The Week

"Highly original."—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Dazzling."—Entertainment Weekly (grade: A, Editor's Choice)

"Darkly playful."—Michael Chabon

Best of the Year: Time Magazine, Salon, Boldtype, PopMatters.

Kelly Link's engaging and funny stories riff on haunted convenience stores, husbands and wives, rabbits, zombies, weekly apocalyptic poker parties, witches, and cannons. Includes Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award winners. A Best of the Year pick from TIME, Salon.com, and Book Sense. Illustrated by Shelley Jackson.

Kelly Link is the author of three collections of short fiction Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. Her short stories have won three Nebula, a Hugo, and a World Fantasy Award. She was born in Miami, Florida, and once won a free trip around the world by answering the question “Why do you want to go through the world?” (”Because you can't go through it.”)

Link lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, run Small Beer Press, co-edit the fantasy half of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, and play ping-pong. In 1996 they started the occasional zine Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet.

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I love Kelly Link. She is a very cool writer. - Goodreads
Her writing scares me. - Goodreads
Still, the best stories ultimately do have a plot. - Goodreads
The writing was poetic. - Goodreads
Or more perhaps I disliked the lack of an ending. - Goodreads
But I prefer more plot and characters. - Goodreads

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User Review  - HL Nelson - Goodreads

This collection is truly (forgive me) MAGICAL. I've read most of Link's Stranger Things Happen and thought it was exceptional, but MfB blew me away. I can't think of another writer who has such ... Read full review

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User Review  - Julie Meis - Goodreads

Not my cup of tea. Read full review

About the author (2005)

Kelly Link is the author of three collections of short stories, Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. Her short stories have won the Nebula, Hugo, Locus, and World Fantasy Awards. She was born in Miami, Florida, and 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.”)

Link and her family live in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she and her husband, Gavin J. Grant, run Small Beer Press, and play ping-pong. In 1996 they started the occasional zine Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet.

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