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Stranger Things Happen: Stories [Paperback]

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Item description for Stranger Things Happen: Stories by Kelly Link...

Collects eleven short stories incorporating ghosts, aliens, and the living dead, including the stories "Survivor's Ball, or, The Donner Party" and "Louise's Ghost".

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Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2001
Publisher   Small Beer Press
ISBN  1931520003  
ISBN13  9781931520003  

Availability  16 units.
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More About Kelly Link

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kelly Link is the author of the collections "Get in Trouble, Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, "and" Pretty Monsters." She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of "The Year s Best Fantasy and Horror "and, for young adults, "Monstrous Affections." She is the co-founder of Small Beer Press. Her short stories have been published in "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, "and" Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards." She has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Link was born in Miami, Florida. She currently lives with her husband and daughter in Northampton, Massachusetts."

Kelly Link currently resides in Northampton, in the state of Massachusetts.

Kelly Link has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions

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1Books > Subjects > Horror Fiction > General
2Books > Subjects > Horror Fiction > United States
3Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > General > Contemporary
4Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > Short Stories > General
5Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Science Fiction > General

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Free SF Reader  Jan 25, 2008
This is not really my thing it appears, and as such, this is a 3 average for me, pretty much. What is cool though is the Creative Commons release, as the chance I would have seen it otherwise is zero. That being said, there are a few worthwhile stories here, but a lot of light and fluffy and very missable, and way too long when they get to part 18 of doing the same thing.

Stranger Things Happen : Carnation Lily Lily Rose - Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen : Water Off a Black Dog's Back - Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen : The Specialist's Hat - Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen : Flying Lessons - Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen : Travels with the Snow Queen - Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen : Vanishing Act - Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen : Survivor's Ball or The Donner Party - Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen : Shoe and Marriage - Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen : Most of My Friends Are Two-Thirds Water - Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen : Louise's Ghost - Kelly Link
Stranger Things Happen : The Girl Detective - Kelly Link

Dead man story.

3.5 out of 5

Evil parents and pooches.

3 out of 5

Noisy munching millinery.

3.5 out of 5

Instructions not very useful.

2.5 out of 5

The geese should complain.

3 out of 5

Insubstantial Ping-Pongers.

2.5 out of 5

Just the leftover people for dinner, I think.

3.5 out of 5

Unrelated pairs in quadruple.

2.5 out of 5

Blonde, smooth and scary.

3 out of 5

Less one Louise.

3 out of 5

Better than reminding you of the mother-in-law, I suppose.

2.5 out of 5

2 out of 5
Travels with the Snow Queen  Jan 23, 2008
Some great friends (thank you Greg and Ian) made me a gift of this book in the belief that Kelly Link's playful and haunting fantasies would help see me through the down days of a major operation.

Because of the medications, it took me longer than I expected to bounce back but I did enjoy reading some of Kelly's tales of unlikely coincidences and returns from the grave. She must have been through a similar trauma herself to know what it feels like to have everyone peering st you from the land of the living while you're feeling absolutely elsewhere. Her story "Flying Lessons" begins with a piece of advice about going to hell. Make sure you die first! And as Joss Whedon knew so well, when he wrote Season Six of Buffy, sometimes the dead don't want to come back! They have attained a sense finally of belonging that their fractured family relationships and strained romantic affairs never delivered to them when they were here.

In Kelly Link's world, the membrane between heaven and earth is very permeable. In "The Girl Detective" it's right there at the back of your closet, "behind all those racks of clothes that you don't wear any more." On both sides of the grave vocabulary is eliminated to a very few words, which helps to give her fiction that Isak Dinesen edge of having been translated from somewhere absolutely cold and otherworldly. And the second person gives you the feeling of being talked to directly, like an old crone in a fairy tale speaking to you in a gingerbread house, with something of the direct address of one accustomed to "Bolivian Marching Powder" (BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY). I have heard that Link is the warmest of the new writers who are taking over American fiction from the frontier, but her writing emanates the sort of chill you get from looking at dry ice in a Michael Jackson video of the 1980s.

Fan favorites include, "Louise's Ghost," whose "mouth stays open as though he's eating air," and the troubling and melancholy "Vanishing Act," sort of a modernday retelling of the famous JM Barrie play "Mary Rose." Well, it used to be famous, a long time ago.
A modern take on classic stories  Aug 10, 2007
(Mostly) a collection of classic fairy tales seen through the eyes of a modern person, neurotically and critically at that. Haunting, inspiring and funny.
reading this book was like wacking my own life into pieces with a hammer.  Jul 6, 2007
my life's course was set. i was going to be the next chekhov, or maybe the next john cheever. then i read this book, and the dream was over. kelly link is very very talented, and her talent made me see the light. i really have no talent. next to her stories, mine are merely vomit on unfortunate pages. i might as well get one of those sturdy, all-purpose brushes and go off into a future of scrubbing public toliets for a living. this woman has shown me that i am no writer. why did i ever read this book! why??????????????
"Mastery of a very particular kind"   Apr 9, 2007
In his liner notes to a 2005 CD titled "Back in New York," jazz enthusiast Peter Straub (yes, that Peter Straub), briefly touches on the concept of mastery, stating "What is represented here is mastery of a very particular kind. As a rule, mastery of any kind demands both a rich talent and an utter dedication to its development; in improvised music, only a few obtain mastery of this kind." Although Straub was referring to the great tenor saxaphonist Scott Hamilton with those words, he probably could be persuaded that they also apply to fantasist Kelly Link (heck, he's already dubbed her "the most impressive writer of her generation") , who, for the last decade, has demonstrated an unparalleled mastery of the short story form in every sense of that word. In retrospect, to say she has mastered the form is perhaps an understatement: not only has she tamed this particular beast, she's taught it a few new tricks. Her talent and dedication shine through in each and every tale.

Link's collections are treasure troves of creative storytelling, each volume a celebration of the power of the imagination, each story a unique, glittering gem worthy of careful and repeated inspection. Combining fantastic concepts with familiar elements of the real world, Link's works reveal there are myriad ways of interpreting and portraying "reality". You'll rarely encounter a writer as warm, adventurous, eclectic and sharp witted as Link. Fearless, there is no place she won't go; empathic, she effortlessly conveys to her audience the nuances of her characters' pain, bewilderment, joy and understanding.

Stranger Things Happen contains stories about dead men, newlyweds, twins, thieves, princesses, strange cousins, cannibals, marriage, unrequited love, ghosts, and girl detectives. Magic for Beginners sports stories featuring handbags, zombies, cannons, a haunted house, felines, contingency plans, divorce, a television show, and peacocks. Link writes about each of these topics with equal aplomb and inventiveness. She's aware of the numerous levels of story, of tales within tales, of the many paths she can choose in telling her stories-amazingly, she always picks what seems to be the most entertaining road to travel.

Her titles alone are arresting. Stranger Things Happen (featuring stories written between 1995-2000) contains, among others, "The Specialist's Hat," "Flying Lessons," "Travels with the Snow Queen," "Shoe and Marriage," "Most of My Friends are Two Thirds Water," and "The Girl Detective." Magic for Beginners (with stories written between 2002-2004) boasts the title story, "Catskin," "Some Zombie Contingency Plans," and "The Great Divorce." The titles fulfill their strange promise in surprising ways.

Simply put, these collections are delightful, the stories perfect for engaging your intellect and sense of whimsy and purging yourself of the mundane. Check them out, and learn for yourself that, when it comes to spinning edgy tall tales, the unconventional Link is in a class by herself.

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