Magic for Beginners

Link, Kelly (Book - 2005 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Magic for Beginners

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Best of the Decade: Salon, The A.V. Club "If I had to pick the most powerfully original voice in fantasy today, it would beKelly 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.
Authors: Link, Kelly
Title: Magic for beginners
Publisher: Northhampton, MA :, Small Beer Press,, c2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 272 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Contents: The faery handbag
The hortlak
The cannon
Stone animals
Some zombie contingency plans
The great divorce
Magic for beginners
Local Note: 1
Additional Contributors: Jackson, Shelley
ISBN: 1931520151
Branch Call Number: F LIN
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Report This Feb 19, 2010
  • allsystemsslow rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

i would say the premises were original, though to be fair a story about a handbag that can trap people within the magical realm inside it is pretty much old hat

Report This Feb 07, 2010
  • dida rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well executed surreal stories. I didn't find the individual ideas particularly novel, but the way they were put together was very well done.


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  • dida rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

dida thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over


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