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Kelly Link; Gavin J Grant

Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales

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Fifteen top voices in speculative YA fiction explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection in this collection of haunting, at times hilarious, and darkly imaginative stories.

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Fifteen top voices in speculative YA fiction explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection in this collection of haunting, at times hilarious, and darkly imaginative stories.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

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Publisher
Candlewick Press
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
480
Author
Kelly Link; Gavin J Grant
Title
Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales
ISBN-13
9780763664732
Publication Date
September, 2014
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.25 x 6.75 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10
0763664731

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As with any anthology,...

As with any anthology, it's hard to get an even quality of writing. For this anthology, tone differs widely from story to story, from laugh out loud funny to legitimately creepy. You might not like every story, but there are bound to be one or two that appeal.

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Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy MONSTROUS AFFECTIONS: AN ANTHOLOGY OF BEASTLY TALES was a mixed bag for me with some stories being pretty entertaining and spooky while others fell flat or just outright confused me. Each story involved a twist on a classic monster or monsters who inhabit the world living alongside humans. My favorite was "Wings in the Morning" by Sarah Rees Brennan which was a story about harpies and fairies. I really enjoyed the world building and the humor involved in learning about being a harpy. Holly Black's "Ten Rules for Being an Intergalactic Smuggler" was cute and I liked how the story was told with each 'chapter' being one of the ten rules for being an intergalactic smuggler. It was definitely sci-fi and was a story about growing up and forging your own path in life. Some of the other stories were too bizarre, preachy, or confusing. There were a lot of messages pushed like abortion and suicide that after reading one story about a heavy topic in an anthology I get hit with yet another heavy one right away. Luckily there were enough light stories that didn't make me want to go watch 'My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic' to feel happiness again. MONSTROUS AFFECTIONS is an interesting compilation of fairy tales with unique takes on classic monsters and tales. While some of them I couldn't get into due to their topics or morbidity there were some that were entertaining and very creatively written stories.

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I liked some of the stories but not all of them.

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