Monstrous Affections

Monstrous Affections

An Anthology of Beastly Tales

Book - 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.

With monstrous stories by
M. T. Anderson
Paolo Bacigalupi
Nathan Ballingrud
Holly Black
Sarah Rees Brennan
Cassandra Clare
Nalo Hopkinson
Dylan Horrocks
Nik Houser
Alice Sola Kim
Kathleen Jennings
Joshua Lewis
Kelly Link
Patrick Ness
G. Carl Purcell
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780763664732
Branch Call Number: YA MON
Characteristics: 467 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Grant, Gavin J.
Link, Kelly

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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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