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e-Book Magic for Beginners epub download

Author: Shelley Jackson,Kelly Link
ISBN: 1931520151
Pages: 272 pages
Publisher: Small Beer Press (July 1, 2005)
Language: English
Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
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Rating: 4.5
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e-Book Magic for Beginners epub download

by Shelley Jackson,Kelly Link

Magic for Beginners book. I love it and her too much, and there's nothing I can say that doesn't sound shoddy and trite and silly.

Magic for Beginners book.

Her stories have been published in A Public Space, One Story, McSweeney's, and Conjunctions, as well as translated into Japanese, German, Czech, Korean, French, and Greek. She lives with her family in Northampton, MA, although she can often be found driving across the country. Sci-fi & Fantasy Fiction.

Shelley Jackson has written and illustrated several books for children, including The Old Woman and the Wave (DK Children, 1998) and Sophia, the Alchemist's Dog (Atheneum/Richard Jackson Books, 2002). Shelley's books for adults include The Melancholy of Anatomy ( Anchor Books, 2002) and Half Life ( HarperCollins, 2006).

While some of her fiction falls more clearly within genre categories, many of her stories might be described as slipstream or magic realism: a combination of science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, and realism. Among other honors, she has won a Hugo award, three Nebula awards, and a World Fantasy Award for her fiction, and she was one of the recipients of the 2018 MacArthur "Genius" Grant.

Stories from Magic for Beginners have been published in McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, Conjunctions, The Dark, and One Story.

Best of the Decade: Salon, The Onion, The Village Voice, HTML Giant. Stories from Magic for Beginners have been published in McSweeney’s Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales, Conjunctions, The Dark, and One Story. Stone Animals was selected for The Best American Short Stories: 2005.

Illustrated by Shelley Jackson. Her short stories have won three Nebula, a Hugo, and a World Fantasy Award

Illustrated by Shelley Jackson. 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?

Praise for Magic for Beginners A sorceress to be reckoned with.

Category: Contemporary Fantasy. Praise for Magic for Beginners A sorceress to be reckoned with. Lev Grossman, Time She is unique and should be declared a.

Stone Animals" was selected for The Best American Short Stories: 2005. The Faery Handbag" received the Nebula, Locus, and Hugo Awards and was a finalist for the British Science Fiction Association and World Fantasy Awards.

The girl, Charley, was the moon. Every night, she drove past the All-Night in her long, noisy, green Chevy, a dog hanging out the passenger window. It wasn’t ever the same dog, although they all had. the same blissful expression. They were doomed, but they didn’t know it. B?z buradan çok hosland?k. We like it here very much. Batu went on and on about this. They didn’t work retail anymore.

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.

Boy howdy, this is a killer collection of short stories. The first story, "The Faery Handbag" is about an entire world inside a handbag. That's what this book feels like--a whole magical world that you get sucked into and can't get out of, not that you'd want to.

My favorites include "The Hortlak." Although I have no idea what a Hortlak is (the word is only mentioned in the title) it's about a 24-hour convenience store, animal euthanasia, pajama pants, and zombies. According to google translate, "hortlak" is Turkish for "ghost," "ghoul," or "spook," so that's fitting. It's about embracing the unusual, which sometimes makes more sense than the mundane. For example, the convenience store will only sell you what you want, and you only pay what you want. How would the world change if things operated that way?

"Some Zombie Contingency Plans" is one that didn't capture me right away, but I read twice. That's something. It's about practical things (having a zombie contingency plan) versus impractical things (modern art), sex, identity, and, of course, zombies. Who are zombies? Are you a zombie? Am I zombie? Are we all zombies?

"Magic for Beginners" is about being obsessed with a TV show. We've all been there. We relate our lives and our dramas to the characters on the screen that they become real and we become fictional. We become the TV show, dramatizing our own existence.
I am most reminded of the New Wave in science fiction. Stories that only just meet the criteria to be in the genre, and are self consciously 'literate'. That said, the stories are well written,. That said, not my cup of tea. Tom out
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.
I loved 'Pretty Monsters' so I bought this without checking it out thoroughly first. MISTAKE. I'm guessing it was because 'Pretty Monsters' was a YA collection and this one is adult (possibly?), but the new stories in this one were... well, I won't outright say they're bad, but there are some I deeply regret reading. I'll go quickly story-by story, rate and explain.
'The Faery Handbag' had been in Pretty Monsters as well - I love this one.
'The Hortlak' was deeply confusing, but had its moments.
'The Cannon' was purely weird, and not in a good way. I found myself coming out of the pleasant haze of being swept along by her writing style more and more while reading it, and ended saying 'What the hell was that?' I felt like I wasted my time. Maybe somebody else could get something out of it, but I definitely didn't.
'Stone Animals' was unsettling, a pretty decent horror story, but I think 'The Specialist's Hat' and 'Monster' were both better examples of her horror.
'Catskins'. Oh boy. I am really trying to be open-minded about this, but put frankly this story made me want to puke. It was DISGUSTING all the way through - characters, descriptions, content, things that were said - I literally have it taped together in my collection so I don't actually glance at it and make myself sick again. I can't recommend it, but maybe... someone would enjoy it...? I think I'd better just move on. But in case you couldn't guess, that story alone docked a star from this review.
'Some Zombie Contingency Plans' - weird and plotless. I think that after Catskins I'd lost a great deal of my tolerance for the plotless, rambling nature of Kelly Link's writing, and I might have enjoyed this one more if I hadn't been so shaken before reading it. (God, I'm making myself sound like a fragile old maid. But Catskins was REALLY gross). It's sort of like 'The Hortlak' - it's strange, but it has its moments.
'The Great Divorce' - Ugh. I don't even have much to say about this one but 'ugh'. It was unpleasant but not as gross as Catskins, and doesn't have any redeeming moments I can recall... and upon checking my collection, I find that I apparently taped that one together as well. Yep, I guess that's past-me recommending to give this one a pass.
'Magic For Beginners' - I felt like weeping with relief when I reached this one. I loved it in Pretty Monsters and despite being seriously disturbed by some of KL's writing I still love it. It's got a bit more plot and drive than most of her stories in here, some beautiful ideas and turns of phrase - my favorite out of the collection, out of almost all her writing.
'Lull' - and we plunge back into WTF depths. Seriously, I just - don't know what to do with this story. So much goes on, technically, but it's all a story within a story being told in fast-paced rambling style, and I never managed to connect with any of the characters that showed up - I got bored, frankly. It might appeal to people in a different place than me, though.