Sunday, May 22, 2011

Pretty Monsters by Kelly Link

Kelly Link demonstrates her versatile and fertile imagination in this amazing collection. There are corpses playing tricks, an entire village in a handbag, ghosts kept on ribbons as pets... all kinds of delicious weirdness. It was a good choice to have each of the nine stories performed by a different author in the Recorded Books edition (13 hours). What the tales have in common are just the right details to bring the settings and characters vividly into focus, a sense of the macabre and a fantastical twist at the end. Great fun!

Readalikes: Black Juice and Red Spikes by Margo Lanagan; Swamplandia by Karen Russell.

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