Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters: StoriesPretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another winning collection from Kelly Link, as full of wit, charm, and sophisticated storytelling as her others. The stories skew a bit younger here, but Link’s trademark surrealism and underlying darkness are still present, which means adults will enjoy the collection as much as young adults. Shaun Tan’s illustrations add a nice touch. Choosing a favorite story in a Link collection is always hard, but the title story, “Pretty Monsters,” really blew me away. It’s a tour de force. The similarly named “Monster” and “The Wizards of Perfil” both stuck with me as well. Now that I’ve read and loved all four of Link’s collections, I find myself impatiently awaiting a fifth.

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