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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2005

    Deliciously Eccentric, Comfortably Bizarre

    As an avid reader and an embarrassed fan of the strange and paranormal, it takes alot for me to be even faintly surprised by any ghost story these days. Link's collection of short stories did more than surprise me, they actaully thrilled me, alarmed me and most especially puzzled me. Don't expect your average gothic spooky tales here--even her obligatory ghost story is incredibly bizarre and positively dripping with post-modern conventions. Beyond the shock-and-awe factor, Link's stories resonate with the full range of human dilemas--apathy, cynicism, alienation and disgust--as well as at times presenting remarkably touching moments. I reccomend this one--but only for the adventurous and lovers of the eccentric. Those who prefer more straight forward, predictable pieces might want to steer clear, or at least wait for the paperback.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

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    Recommend

    Magic for Beginners is a collection of short stories full of ism's; mainly magical realism (as the title infers) and surrealism. My favorite was the Stone Animals. This story has touches of Gulliver's Travels and psychological thrills as some of the characters slowly are removed from existence. Another is Grandma's magical purse, The Faery Handbag and what powers does it really hold? The Lull has stories within stories, you go forwards and backwards and travel through time. If you enjoy magical realism and a good story this is a book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2006

    Terribly written

    This book was highly recommended by Time Magazine so I decided to purchase it. What a disappointment! The sentence structure and shallow characters could have been penned by an 8 year old. Save your money.

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