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Title:
Monstrous affections : an anthology of beastly tales
Author:
Link, Kelly, editor.
Edition:
First edition 2014.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
467 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
An anthology of stories explores the intersection of fear and romance, ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.

Band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.
General Note:
"A Junior Library Guild selection."--Back cover.
Language:
English
Contents:
Moriabe's Children / Paolo Bacigalupi -- Old souls / Cassandra Clare -- Ten rules for being an intergalactic smuggler (the successful kind) / Holly Black -- Quick hill / M.T. Anderson -- The diabolist / Nathan Ballingrud -- This whole demoning thing / Patrick Ness -- Wings in the morning / Sarah Rees Brennan -- Left foot, right / Nalo Hopkinson -- The Mercurials / G. Carl Purcell -- Kitty Capulet and the invention of underwater photography / Dylan Horrocks -- Son of abyss / Nik Houser -- A small wild magic / Kathleen Jennings -- The new boyfriend / Kelly Link -- The woods hide in plain sight / Joshua Lewis -- Mothers, lock up your daughters because they are terrifying / Alice Sola Kim.
Reading Level:
HL 820 Lexile.
ISBN:
9780763664732
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

Fifteen top voices in speculative fiction explore the intersection of fear and love in a haunting, at times hilarious, darkly imaginative volume.

Predatory kraken that sing with -- and for -- their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Here you'll find mercurial forms that burrow into warm fat, spectral boy toys, a Maori force of nature, a landform that claims lives, and an architect of hell on earth. Through these and a few monsters that defy categorization, some of today's top young-adult authors explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.

With monstrous stories by
M. T. Anderson
Paolo Bacigalupi
Nathan Ballingrud
Holly Black
Sarah Rees Brennan
Cassandra Clare
Nalo Hopkinson
Dylan Horrocks
Nik Houser
Alice Sola Kim
Kathleen Jennings
Joshua Lewis
Kelly Link
Patrick Ness
G. Carl Purcell


Author Notes

Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant edited the acclaimed anthology Steampunk! They also started a zine, founded an independent publishing house, own two letterpresses, and edited the fantasy half of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror for five years. Kelly Link is the author of three acclaimed short story collections, and her award-winning stories have appeared in many anthologies. Gavin J. Grant has published numerous articles and short stories. They live in Northampton, Massachusetts, with their daughter, Ursula.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The stories in this anthology focus on both monsters and love for family, for friends, and, of course, for lovers but the heart of each story is the experience of being a teen. From Luke, whose harpy DNA is emerging in Sarah Reese Brennan's Wings in the Morning, to Alaine, a young woman caught between a lecherous stepfather and the kraken who calls to her from the sea in Paolo Bacigalupi's Moriabe's Children, the characters in these stories are struggling with first loves, identity, family problems, friendship, and the death of loved ones. Most of the tales are dark fantasy, though a few, such as Holly Black's Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (the Successful Kind) and Kelly Link's The New Boyfriend, have a more sci-fi focus. Link and Grant clearly spent a lot of time building this collection, which includes a graphic entry, and consequently none of the stories disappoint. Authors such as Cassandra Clare and Patrick Ness along with the monster dripping blood on the cover will draw in readers eager for creepy, atmospheric tales.--Wildsmith, Snow Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Link and Grant (Steampunk!) present an engrossing, morally complex anthology of 15 stories centered on the seemingly antagonistic concepts of monsters and love. Throughout, troubled protagonists meet genuine monsters-some traditional, like vampires, others much less so. Almost invariably, it's understood that other people in the protagonists' lives are far worse than the monsters. In Paolo Bacigalupi's poetic "Moriabe's Children," a teenager fleeing her abusive stepfather finds sisterhood with the kraken that haunt the nearby sea. In Holly Black's bloody but funny "Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind)," a girl stows away on her uncle's spaceship, fights off pirates, and partners with a purported alien killing machine. M.T. Anderson's wistful and beautifully realized tale of WWII on the home front, "Quick Hill," concerns a young man's sacrifice for his community's safety, and Kathleen Jennings's graphic short, "A Small Wild Magic," is a delightful variation on the story of the boy who receives three magical wishes. Additional stories are written by Cassandra Clare, Patrick Ness, and others; all of the entries are strong, and many are splendid. Ages 14-up. Agent: Renee Zuckerbrot, Renee Zuckerbrot Literary Agency. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

Starred Review. Gr 9 Up-Find a dark corner, light a candle, and wrap yourself in a blanket-these are stories that beg to be read in the dark. Between these pages readers will find entries by literary greats as well as new authors. Some of these tales are moving, others terrifying, but they all have one thing in common: monsters. In Paolo Bacigalupi's "Moriabe's Children," a girl hears the kraken that drowned her father calling her to come to them. A disobedient teen discovers that interstellar space pirates are more monstrous than the creatures she's been taught to fear in the amusing "Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler (The Successful Kind)" by Holly Black. In "This Whole Demoning Thing" by Patrick Ness, a young demon discovers how to be true to herself through music. And "Left Foot, Right" by Nalo Hopkinson is an eerily touching story about one girl's crippling grief and the monsters that guide her through to the other side. From vampires to ghosts and from strange creatures made of mercury to half-harpies, these beasts will broaden readers' perspectives. Teens will never think about monsters in the same way again. Long after the last page is turned, these tales will linger in readers' brains, in their closets, under their beds, and in the shadows.- Heather M. Campbell, formerly at Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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