[DWJ] Monthly Read-Along

Kyra Jucovy arykiy at gmail.com
Thu Nov 7 03:54:09 EST 2013


> Of course, there are things to be said for leaving the audience wanting more
- Kelly Link has made an artform of ending her > stories just as they get
good.

Actually, Katta, that's an interesting comment (in part because I've just
been rereading some Kelly Link recently).  I remember when I first
encountered Kelly Link - it was someone reading "The Specialist's Hat" out
loud at a storyreading, and then the same person read "Flying Lessons"
later at another storyreading, and one reason why I instantly loved the
stories the very first time I heard them was this sense that they had
something stylistically in common with DWJ.  I wasn't at all surprised to
later learn that Link was a DWJ fan.  But it seems quite clear to me that
Link's short stories are far superior to DWJ's - although who knows how
Link would do at novels.  I wonder what it is that makes the sense of
elements left hanging so intriguing and powerful in a Link story when I
find it frustrating and irritating in a DWJ story.  I'm still not quite
sure why I find Link's work so effective.

---Kyra


On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 1:31 PM, Katarina Hjärpe
<katarina.hjarpe at gmail.com>wrote:

> "A Plague of Peacocks" is one of my favourite DWJ short stories, because
> not only is it funny but it's the right *shape*. A lot of her short stories
> feel like ideas for novels that never got made, but this one feels just
> right the length it is.
>
> Of course, there are things to be said for leaving the audience wanting
> more - Kelly Link has made an artform of ending her stories just as they
> get good.
>
> Katta
>
>
> On Thu, Nov 7, 2013 at 6:27 AM, <estairm at yahoo.com> wrote:
>
> >
> >
> > Kylie wrote:
> >
> >
> > This month we are discussing Fire and Hemlock, "Warlock at the Wheel" and
> > "The Plague of Peacocks".
> > ------
> >
> >
> > These stories are just so much FUN.  I giggle out loud at "Warlock at the
> > Wheel" every time I read it.  And "The Plague of Peacocks" is very
> > satisfying -- though scary when picturing the hero as he grows up....
> >
> > Esther
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