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1st Jan '14 12:05:13 PM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:196:Excuse me m'am, do we know each other?]]

->''Not that she would believe him. Not that you should believe this story. Promise me that you won’t believe a word.''

Nine stories by Kelly Link which [[IncrediblyLamePun link]] speculative fiction (mainly horror, but there is also more than a pinch of fantasy) with PostModernism but are still not overdone stylistically and nice to read. Stock elements of fantasy and horror are introduced and arranged in accordance with the pattern of MagicalRealism rather than in a way it is usually done in horror genre, which makes all stories positively SCARY in a non-typical way. In the stories there appear zombies, ghosts, shapeshifters and talking animals, but also supermarkets and soap operas, which results in the effect similar to that in the fiction of Creator/PhilipKDick (and allows the author to comment on reality from time to time). The first story begins with the reference to [[Creator/CSLewis Lewis]]'s ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' series. And all this is done in non-parodist way. In short: yummy. (That is, if you don't care about not knowing what caused what and why even after reading the whole book. It is even hard to tell if all the stories take place in the same universe.)

!!Includes the following stories...
[[index]]
* The Faery Handbag - about the handbag through which one can enter another world.
* The Hortlak - about two guys living in the supermarket visited by zombies.
* The Cannon - about the Cannon, whatever it is (if you've read the story, you know what I mean).
* Stone Animals - about the house haunted by stone rabbits. No, really.
* Catskin - about the adventures of the witch's children and the same witch's cats.
* Some Zombie Contingency Plans - about the man obsessed by the said plans. Better than it sounds.
* The Great Divorce - about the man who married a dead woman.
* Magic for Beginners - about a TV series slowly absorbing reality.
* Lull - about the people who got trapped in time.

!!...and the following tropes:
[[index]]
* ActionGirl: Fox.
* CatsAreMagic: to the degree that they are [[spoiler:not really cats]].
* CatsAreMean: if [[spoiler:there are cats]], that is.
* CoolOldLady: Zofia.
* CorpseLand: near the Supermarket.
* DaylightHorror: in most stories.
* DeadToBeginWith: Lavvie, when she and Alan meet.
* DistressedDude: Prince Wing to Fox.
* DivorceRequiresDeath: averted with Alan and Lavvie.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: especially supermarkets.
* EvilOrphan: three children of the witch (but they are also subject to OrphansOrdeal).
* HandbagOfHurt: done in a very non-classical way.
* HairRaisingHare: stone rabbits.
* ILoveTheDead: only it is not FOR the said dead's body but rather in spite of its absence.
* {{Lunacy}}: that of Tilly makes her a CreepyChild.
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld: even the dead children want it.
* HauntedHouse: there are no ghosts, but this is the exact word used.
* LoveTriangle: a couple of them.
* TheMall: the District Garment and the Supermarket.
* MarriedToTheJob: Henry. Not that he likes it.
* MeanwhileInTheFuture: a very complicated example in the last story.
* {{Metafiction}}: more than once.
* TheMultiverse: it's hard to tell if there is only one.
* NarniaTime: in the Baldeziwurlekistan.
* NestedStory: Lull
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The Great Divorce
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: type O.
* PetTheDog: Charley does this (to literal dogs), but it has not the usual effect, as everyone knows that she will have to [[ShootTheDog shoot them]] later.
* PocketDimension: Zofia's handbag contains at least two of them.
* PostModernism.
* {{Revenge}}: for the death of the witch.
* RuleOfScary: especially the first formula, but sometimes also the second one.
* SurrealHorror: most of the time.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Jake.
* TrappedInTVLand: Jeremy Mars.
* WildTeenParty (and a APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy): this is where Soap discusses his zombie contingency plan with Carly.

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[[quoteright:196:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/2dames_8459.png]]
[[caption-width-right:196:Excuse me m'am, do we know each other?]]

->''Not that she would believe him. Not that you should believe this story. Promise me that you won’t believe a word.''

Nine stories by Kelly Link which [[IncrediblyLamePun link]] speculative fiction (mainly horror, but there is also more than a pinch of fantasy) with PostModernism but are still not overdone stylistically and nice to read. Stock elements of fantasy and horror are introduced and arranged in accordance with the pattern of MagicalRealism rather than in a way it is usually done in horror genre, which makes all stories positively SCARY in a non-typical way. In the stories there appear zombies, ghosts, shapeshifters and talking animals, but also supermarkets and soap operas, which results in the effect similar to that in the fiction of Creator/PhilipKDick (and allows the author to comment on reality from time to time). The first story begins with the reference to [[Creator/CSLewis Lewis]]'s ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' series. And all this is done in non-parodist way. In short: yummy. (That is, if you don't care about not knowing what caused what and why even after reading the whole book. It is even hard to tell if all the stories take place in the same universe.)

!!Includes the following stories...
[[index]]
* The Faery Handbag - about the handbag through which one can enter another world.
* The Hortlak - about two guys living in the supermarket visited by zombies.
* The Cannon - about the Cannon, whatever it is (if you've read the story, you know what I mean).
* Stone Animals - about the house haunted by stone rabbits. No, really.
* Catskin - about the adventures of the witch's children and the same witch's cats.
* Some Zombie Contingency Plans - about the man obsessed by the said plans. Better than it sounds.
* The Great Divorce - about the man who married a dead woman.
* Magic for Beginners - about a TV series slowly absorbing reality.
* Lull - about the people who got trapped in time.

!!...and the following tropes:
[[index]]
* ActionGirl: Fox.
* CatsAreMagic: to the degree that they are [[spoiler:not really cats]].
* CatsAreMean: if [[spoiler:there are cats]], that is.
* CoolOldLady: Zofia.
* CorpseLand: near the Supermarket.
* DaylightHorror: in most stories.
* DeadToBeginWith: Lavvie, when she and Alan meet.
* DistressedDude: Prince Wing to Fox.
* DivorceRequiresDeath: averted with Alan and Lavvie.
* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: especially supermarkets.
* EvilOrphan: three children of the witch (but they are also subject to OrphansOrdeal).
* HandbagOfHurt: done in a very non-classical way.
* HairRaisingHare: stone rabbits.
* ILoveTheDead: only it is not FOR the said dead's body but rather in spite of its absence.
* {{Lunacy}}: that of Tilly makes her a CreepyChild.
* ImGoingToDisneyWorld: even the dead children want it.
* HauntedHouse: there are no ghosts, but this is the exact word used.
* LoveTriangle: a couple of them.
* TheMall: the District Garment and the Supermarket.
* MarriedToTheJob: Henry. Not that he likes it.
* MeanwhileInTheFuture: a very complicated example in the last story.
* {{Metafiction}}: more than once.
* TheMultiverse: it's hard to tell if there is only one.
* NarniaTime: in the Baldeziwurlekistan.
* NestedStory: Lull
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The Great Divorce
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: type O.
* PetTheDog: Charley does this (to literal dogs), but it has not the usual effect, as everyone knows that she will have to [[ShootTheDog shoot them]] later.
* PocketDimension: Zofia's handbag contains at least two of them.
* PostModernism.
* {{Revenge}}: for the death of the witch.
* RuleOfScary: especially the first formula, but sometimes also the second one.
* SurrealHorror: most of the time.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: Jake.
* TrappedInTVLand: Jeremy Mars.
* WildTeenParty (and a APartyAlsoKnownAsAnOrgy): this is where Soap discusses his zombie contingency plan with Carly.
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27th Nov '13 5:33:49 PM TrustBen
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* NestedStory: Lull
28th Mar '13 9:43:38 AM MacronNotes
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* TheLibraryOfBabel: it's even called The Free People's WorldTree Library.
24th Jan '13 9:56:54 PM Korodzik
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Nine stories by Kelly Link which [[IncrediblyLamePun link]] speculative fiction (mainly horror, but there is also more than a pinch of fantasy) with PostModernism but are still not overdone stylistically and nice to read. Stock elements of fantasy and horror are introduced and arranged in accordance with the pattern of MagicalRealism rather than in a way it is usually done in horror genre, which makes all stories positively SCARY in a non-typical way. In the stories there appear zombies, ghosts, shapeshifters and talking animals, but also supermarkets and soap operas, which results in the effect similar to that in the fiction of PhilipKDick (and allows the author to comment on reality from time to time). The first story begins with the reference to [[Creator/CSLewis Lewis]]'s ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' series. And all this is done in non-parodist way. In short: yummy. (That is, if you don't care about not knowing what caused what and why even after reading the whole book. It is even hard to tell if all the stories take place in the same universe.)

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Nine stories by Kelly Link which [[IncrediblyLamePun link]] speculative fiction (mainly horror, but there is also more than a pinch of fantasy) with PostModernism but are still not overdone stylistically and nice to read. Stock elements of fantasy and horror are introduced and arranged in accordance with the pattern of MagicalRealism rather than in a way it is usually done in horror genre, which makes all stories positively SCARY in a non-typical way. In the stories there appear zombies, ghosts, shapeshifters and talking animals, but also supermarkets and soap operas, which results in the effect similar to that in the fiction of PhilipKDick Creator/PhilipKDick (and allows the author to comment on reality from time to time). The first story begins with the reference to [[Creator/CSLewis Lewis]]'s ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' series. And all this is done in non-parodist way. In short: yummy. (That is, if you don't care about not knowing what caused what and why even after reading the whole book. It is even hard to tell if all the stories take place in the same universe.)
7th Jun '12 7:24:33 AM FELH2
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Nine stories by Kelly Link which [[IncrediblyLamePun link]] speculative fiction (mainly horror, but there is also more than a pinch of fantasy) with PostModernism but are still not overdone stylistically and nice to read. Stock elements of fantasy and horror are introduced and arranged in accordance with the pattern of MagicalRealism rather than in a way it is usually done in horror genre, which makes all stories positively SCARY in a non-typical way. In the stories there appear zombies, ghosts, shapeshifters and talking animals, but also supermarkets and soap operas, which results in the effect similar to that in the fiction of PhilipKDick (and allows the author to comment on reality from time to time). The first story begins with the reference to [[CSLewis Lewis]]'s ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' series. And all this is done in non-parodist way. In short: yummy. (That is, if you don't care about not knowing what caused what and why even after reading the whole book. It is even hard to tell if all the stories take place in the same universe.)

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Nine stories by Kelly Link which [[IncrediblyLamePun link]] speculative fiction (mainly horror, but there is also more than a pinch of fantasy) with PostModernism but are still not overdone stylistically and nice to read. Stock elements of fantasy and horror are introduced and arranged in accordance with the pattern of MagicalRealism rather than in a way it is usually done in horror genre, which makes all stories positively SCARY in a non-typical way. In the stories there appear zombies, ghosts, shapeshifters and talking animals, but also supermarkets and soap operas, which results in the effect similar to that in the fiction of PhilipKDick (and allows the author to comment on reality from time to time). The first story begins with the reference to [[CSLewis [[Creator/CSLewis Lewis]]'s ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' series. And all this is done in non-parodist way. In short: yummy. (That is, if you don't care about not knowing what caused what and why even after reading the whole book. It is even hard to tell if all the stories take place in the same universe.)
25th Mar '12 4:13:30 PM GreenTeaAddict
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Nine stories by Kelly Link which [[IncrediblyLamePun link]] speculative fiction (mainly horror, but there is also more than a pinch of fantasy) with PostModernism but are still not overdone stylistically and nice to read. Stock elements of fantasy and horror are introduced and arranged in accordance with the pattern of MagicalRealism rather than in a way it is usually done in horror genre, which makes all stories positively SCARY in a non-typical way. In the stories there appear zombies, ghosts, shapeshifters and talking animals, but also supermarkets and soap operas, which results in the effect similar to that in the fiction of PhilipKDick (and allows the author to comment reality from time to time). The first story begins with the reference to [[CSLewis Lewis]]'s ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' series. And all this is done in non-parodist way. In short: yummy. (That is, if you don't care for not knowing what caused what and why even after reading the whole book. It is even hard to tell if all the stories take place in the same universe.)

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Nine stories by Kelly Link which [[IncrediblyLamePun link]] speculative fiction (mainly horror, but there is also more than a pinch of fantasy) with PostModernism but are still not overdone stylistically and nice to read. Stock elements of fantasy and horror are introduced and arranged in accordance with the pattern of MagicalRealism rather than in a way it is usually done in horror genre, which makes all stories positively SCARY in a non-typical way. In the stories there appear zombies, ghosts, shapeshifters and talking animals, but also supermarkets and soap operas, which results in the effect similar to that in the fiction of PhilipKDick (and allows the author to comment on reality from time to time). The first story begins with the reference to [[CSLewis Lewis]]'s ''[[ChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]'' series. And all this is done in non-parodist way. In short: yummy. (That is, if you don't care for about not knowing what caused what and why even after reading the whole book. It is even hard to tell if all the stories take place in the same universe.)
17th Feb '12 9:51:52 AM aquaorbis
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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: The Great Divorce
31st Oct '11 11:51:45 AM GreenTeaAddict
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* PetTheDog: Charley does this (to literal dogs), but it has not the usual effect, as everyone * knows that she will have to [[ShootTheDog shoot them]] later.

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* PetTheDog: Charley does this (to literal dogs), but it has not the usual effect, as everyone * knows that she will have to [[ShootTheDog shoot them]] later.
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