Free Stuff!

To celebrate her second collection of stories, Kelly Link is giving away (most) of her first collection, Magic for Beginners, as a digital download.

I will not lie to you: most fiction that could be classed as interstitial makes me merely tired. But Link pulls off some very cool things, especially in the famous title story. And it’s free!

[Seen at GalleyCat.]

About JE

James Enge is the author of the World-Fantasy-Award-nominated novel Blood of Ambrose (Pyr, April 2009). His latest book is The Wide World's End. His short fiction has appeared in Swords and Dark Magic (Harper Collins, 2010), Black Gate, the Stabby-Award-winning anthology Blackguards and elsewhere.
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7 Responses to Free Stuff!

  1. Anonymous says:

    I must confess, “Magic for Beginners” is one of the stories in F&SF that I didn’t finish. (There’s one every third issue or so.)

    –Jeff Stehman

    • JE says:

      I totally understand this, and can’t really articulate why I tipped the other way on the story. That’s kind of what interests me about her writing, though: I like it but I’m not sure why.

  2. peadarog says:

    Hey thanks! I like Kelly Link a lot AND I have an ebook reader…

  3. bluetyson says:

    I like that, ‘makes me merely tired’.

    Or you could quote the Boss, ‘It’s just tired and bored with itself.’ 😉

    • JE says:

      “I like that, ‘makes me merely tired’.”


      “Or you could quote the Boss, ‘It’s just tired and bored with itself.’ ;-)”

      Could be. I see interstitial (and interstitialists) as about the only ones who aren’t tired of interstitial, but maybe I’m misreading that.

      The whole theory seems to me to be flawed: Is this event fantastic (in the technical sense) or isn’t it? I prefer fiction that clearly does something as opposed to fiction that does not clearly do anything.

      On the other hand, the relationship between theory and practice is a rocky one (especially in fiction). Though interstitial fiction in the abstract repels me, I find myself liking some interstitial stories.

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