Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters

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Book - 2008
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A collection of nine short stories for young adults.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2008
ISBN: 9780670010905
0670010901
Branch Call Number: TEEN
Characteristics: 389 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Tan, Shaun - Illustrator

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advega718
May 26, 2015

I really wanted to enjoy all of these stories, but many were just dull . If the entire collection held up to the beauty that "The Wrong Grave" and "Wizards of Perfil" are...eating it up would have been a no brainer.

lib_apart Dec 01, 2014

Link collects her short stories in this volume; some of them reprints from previous anthologies. Her writing style is straightforward and fantastical, somewhat dark, but better suited for younger audiences. Her stories combine things like ghosts, monsters, ufos, dead girls, camp stories, gods and goddesses, wizards and fairy handbags, all to an indescribable effect.

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prolix
May 30, 2013

This is a creepy, funny, clever collection of stories that will appeal to adults and teens. Recommended for fans of Neil Gaiman.

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c_anderson
Jul 03, 2012

Creepy and marvellous.

These stories are dark but funny. This was very enjoyable but won't appeal to all teens. It's complicated and post-modern with stories within stories within stories. There's a lot of metafiction, where the reader is made aware they are reading.

Creative and interesting but few of the stories have satisfying endings.

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lisabo
Aug 14, 2009

Amazingly inventive,and wonderfully stylish, Pretty Monsters is a short story collection not to be missed.

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pbinkley
Jan 24, 2010

"I need you to steal three books," Fox says. "From a library in a place called Iowa."

"I know Iowa," Jeremy says. "I mean, I've never been there, but it's a real place. I could go there."

"I'm going to tell you the books you need to steal," Fox says. "Author, title, and the jewelly festival number--"

"Dewey decimal," Jeremy says. "It's actually called the Dewey decimal number in real libraries."

"Real," Fox says, sounding amused.

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