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Transplanted to Miami, FL, from Iowa City, IA. Trying to find a balance between reading, knitting, playing mom taxi, and enjoying the sun and sand in Miami.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Kelly Link's Stranger Things Happen

Stranger Things Happen  is a short story collection by Kelly Link, one of the author's off of my list.
The stories in this book are all over the place. Many involve loss of a loved one. Some are sad, some are scary, and some are funny.

I hesitate to even describe what any of these stories are about. They all feel like a dream. There isn't necessarily a linear narrative to any of them. But, they all make sense. I feel like I really need to read them all again, and pick up all the pieces I missed on my initial reading.

My favorite stories were "Flying Lessons", "Travels with the Snow Queen", and "The Girl Detective." But there isn't one story in the volume that I wouldn't' read again.

"The Specialists Hat" was the creepiest story in the book, although "Survivors Ball , or, The Donner Party" was a close second.

I would recommend this book and look forward to reading more of Kelly Link's work.

I'm going to give Stranger Things Happen by Kelly Link, 4 Stars.


As a final note, it has been a long time since I have read so many short stories. I find I really am enjoying them and I am fascinated how the authors are able to create such a complete picture in such a small package. If you haven't read a short story in awhile, pick up Stranger Things Happen, The Bloody Chamber, or Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman (which I haven't read, but it's on my list and everything else I have read of his is brilliant).