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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

Gr 8 Up-Welcome to a world where monsters coexist with humans. Werewolves, aliens, and robots share space with a monster that makes tea, a vampire who feeds to see people's memories, and krakens who bond with a human. This book is an interesting twist on the age-old idea of monsters, highlighting the monstrous side of humans and the human-ish side of monsters. Narrators Amy Rubinate and Nick Podehl do an excellent job of bringing these stories to life. Some are fairly fast-paced, while others are a bit slower, and the narrators effortlessly navigate between the different narrative rhythms while drawing in listeners. Contributing authors include Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Cassandra Clare, and Nalo Hopkinson. The prose is delightful, and the editing is masterfully done with smooth transitions between stories. All the characters and plots are well developed for short stories. Listeners interested in monsters, adventure, and romance will have a hard time getting this book out of their mind. Recommended for most libraries.-Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.