Monstrous Affections

Monstrous Affections

An Anthology of Beastly Tales

eBook - 2014
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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.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2014
ISBN: 9780763670856
Branch Call Number: EBOOK YA OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Link, Kelly
Grant, Gavin J.

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May 23, 2018

An enjoyable anthology of monster-themed short stories. Overall, the collection leans toward lighthearted and entertaining, but the selections definitely run the gamut from revolting to creepy to unsettling and to, surprisingly, adorable. Most of the protagonists are teenagers, as is the intended audience, but this reader in her 40s also found it refreshingly imaginative and many of the tales to be quite memorable.

May 20, 2017

I was bored by over half the stories in this book. I think anthologies are still worth a try, because if you find one new gem by an author you've never heard before, it's worth it.

AliReads Mar 19, 2015

Pretty much every single story was excellent! Such a rarity in short stories collections. We've even got a NZ story about a taniwha in there!


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