The Strange Eccentrics of Kelly Link’s New Novel | A List

Get in Trouble by Kelly Link

1. So, I always wondered why they never created a “Life Size Ken” when they made “Life Size Barbie” a thing, and Kelly Link has answered that question.

2. When you get a divorce, it’s best not to feed the iguanas.

3. “Summer People” make intricate do-it-yourself gifts, but they can’t be trusted with moonshine.

4. If a “Summer Person” gives you a handkerchief, assume that when you open it, it will be a flap tent full of delicate figurines.

5. Don’t meet men in online fantasy games.

6. Don’t meet what you think is a grown women in online fantasy games that could just be posing. AKA catfish.

Kelly Link, Author of Get in Trouble

7. Try not to schedule a dental convention and a superhero convention in the same hotel at the same time.

8. Butter makes a great sculptural tool.

9. You’ll never get over your ex-boyfriend if he’s a demon.

10. It’s best not to funk with ghosts. Especially when they take over inanimate objects. Particularly dolls.

11. Don’t take “Rich Girl” by Hall & Oates literally and ask your daddy to build you a full-functioning pyramid in case this life isn’t as good as the afterlife.

12. If your brother slept with your husband, he’ll probably sleep with the guy who tries to commit suicide in your tub.

13. Kelly Link makes less sense than Neil Gaiman, but her worlds would probably produce better novels if she pushed them that far.

14. Battery-operated boyfriends are boring.

15. Don’t get on any spaceship where a robot controls the scenery around you.

16. Don’t tell ghost stories on said spaceship.

17. You shouldn’t trust banjos on the river, or whittlers on the porch. It’s just, a fact of life.

18. In a Hurricane, you can either bury yourself under a mattress in the tub, or walk outside and find a new pocket world with sunflowers, and shine.

Fabrege Egg,

If you still don’t want to read this book, then you should feel very ashamed at this moment.  In fact, so ashamed, that your palms are clammy, your lip is twitching, and you want to look anywhere, but at this screen.

19. Kelly Link proves in Get in Trouble that fantasy doesn’t have to be full of green science fiction globules and alien heads, and technological wizardry.  Instead, it can be a simple unknowing, a slight twist on the real to become something fantastic, a Faberge egg that moves when touched by the right hands.

6 thoughts on “The Strange Eccentrics of Kelly Link’s New Novel | A List

  1. deborahbrasket says:

    I wasn’t sure with your list if you liked or disliked her book, till the end. It seems you do like it. But I can’t say I want to read it. I like weird, but not weird for weird sake. Is she saying something truthful, that can’t be said any other way? Or are her stories just set pieces, wind-up toys to play with, once, and forget?

    • Cassie says:

      I liked it and I disliked it. It is weird for weird sake at times, but some of the stories are so good that it makes you forget that the last story sucked. There were a few of them (3) that I’m still thinking about and I finished it like….six days ago, maybe? I think it’s a mix of both – truthful and meaningful, with just “experimentation.”

  2. Bea says:

    I just loved the way you presented the review of this book, different and fun. I can see that some of the stories really had you thinking, so interesting. Thanks for the great review! Oh, and my favorite one is #2.

  3. Laurie C says:

    I forgot all about Skipper! I’m intrigued by the sound of this book, and am adding it to the TBR. When I’ll get to it, who knows, but at least I’ll never run out of ideas on what to read next!

    • Cassie says:

      I think that’s the perfect word to describe it, intriguing. I’m not sure it lived up to my expectations in every way, but I still think of it fondly so that says something.


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