Magic for Beginners

Author: Kelly Link
Published: 2005
Language: English
Wordcount: 67,018 / 186 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 7,853
Added to site: 2008.10.04 22227
License: by-nc-sa

Link's engaging and funny second collection -- call it kitchen-sink magical realism -- riffs on haunted convenience MFB PBstores, husbands and wives, rabbits, zombies, weekly apocalyptic poker parties, witches, superheroes, marriage, and cannons -- and includes several new stories. Link is an original voice: no one else writes quite like this.

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all night long. Zombie churches with AA meetings for zombies, down in the basements, every Thursday night."

"Yeah?" Batu said. "Zombie bars too? Where they serve zombies Zombies?"

Eric said, "My friend Dave went down once, when we were in high school, on a dare. He used to tell us all kinds of stories."

"You ever go?" Batu said, pointing with his empty shovel at the narrow, crumbly path that went down into the Chasm.

"I never went to college. I've never even been to Canada," Eric said. "Not even when I was in high school, to buy beer."

All night the zombies came out of the Chasm, holding handfuls of snow. They carried the snow across the road, and into the parking lot, and left it there. Batu was back in the closet, sending off faxes, and Eric was glad about this, that Batu couldn't see what the zombies were up to.

Zombies came into the store, tracking in salt and melting snow. Eric hated mopping up after the zombies.

He sat on the counter, facing the road, ho


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Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****

What a marvelous book, but what a shame that the title story was left out of this version. However, the remaining stories are enough to make anyone fall in love with Kelly Link\'s magical realism.
The Hortlak and Stone Animals are masterpieces, guaranteed to live in your head long after you\'ve finished reading.

Shelby Davis

Simply fantastic. Kelly Link has quite simply put the narrative gun to my head and pulled the trigger. Magic Realism can be a perniciously amorphous genre, and it feels at times that Link is playing with the net down, but every time she comes back with a wicked serve that proves she knows what she's doing in stories that manage to be both highly evocative and highly structured. (Note: the etext is missing both the title story and "The Faery Handbag," which is why, having enjoyed my free ebook, I'm off to purchase a hardcopy.)
4.5 stars

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