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  1. So, I've read 5 stories (forgot one, but now got the book, and counted) and Adrian has given up on The Wrong Grave. Any one else reading? Overall, I'm enjoying Kelly Link's writing - the narrator asides to the reader work really well for me. I also like the Shaun Tan pictures, even if they aren't always directly relevant! I also wish that I hadn't read the copyright page, as I've realised you can tell which are the earlier stories if you think about it as you read. I wouldn't recommend that you do, think about it that is!
  2. The second story in the collection, and this seems the more accomplished to me. After The Wrong Grave, this would be my second favourite. When the orphan's aunt tries to sell him in the market, a chain of events is set linking the orphan, Onion, and his cousin Halsa in ways that they would never have imagined. Halsa ends up going to work for the Wizards, who live in their desert towers. She learns from the other child slaves how to survive and what to do to keep the wizards happy. But when an invasion happens, why don't the wizards do anything to protect the children and the local villagers? There is a real fable feel to this story, and Beedle the Bard would have been proud to have written it!
  3. I feel that everything in a book should be there for a reason. So, first of all, what is this here for? (each story gets its own Shawn Tan drawing preceding it) It's like some psychiatrist is trying to trick me into revealing my inner-most thoughts by talking about the picture. "What do you see here?" Well, the left tusk has obviously been taken by Lesothon ivory smugglers, and regardless of the injunctions we all know what Andrew Marr has been up to with his 'trunk' and why does it only have one knee and I bet that bird has pood into his hand and is that Hazel's snake at the end of the trunk and I bet I'd look pretty in that dress and that thing at the top of his headdress has to have been drawn by someone at Viz. And then then there's the caption: "Anyone might accidentally dig up the wrong grave." Look love, I dig up the "wrong" grave every now and then just to throw plod off the scent. Are these hypothetical Burkes & Hares illiterate? Last time I wandered through a graveyard there was a pretty useful thing marking each burial plot. It's called a gravestone. Anyway, this story concerns a boyfriend who tries to recover his poems ("Three haikus, a sestina, and two villanelles. Some longer pieces.") from his recently dead girlfriend's coffin. He'd thrown them in there as some grand gesture. As you do. If it was me I would have twittered them first to save myself the bother. I couldn't take it seriously as all I wanted to do when I started reading it was watch Goodfellas again, which is what I did instead of finishing it.
  4. Does it remind anyone else of another fictional hat?? The evil twin, perhaps?
  5. Kelly Link's collection of short stories, suitable for teenage readers, is the discussion of the Canongate Read for October/November 2009. If you wish to add to the discussion - please do so here.
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