Magic for Beginners
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing
I liked "The Faery Handbag" but hated the rest. I couldn't get a handle on her stories--I had no idea what was going on or why, and I didn't care about any of the characters enough to try. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Shimmin - LibraryThing
I couldn't really get into this. It seems essentially like literary fantasy vignettes. The two stories I read were knowingly weird, and very successful at it - my problem was that they didn't seem to ... Read full review