I think I’m the beginner when it comes to Kelly Link. This is her first book I’ve read and it’s left me very conflicted. First off I want to say, the woman can write, I mean really write. I loved her writing and Magic For Beginners is worth reading. What caused me to pause were the actual stories themselves, I didn’t really like them. Which is a very weird thing to admit, kind of like a Kelly Link story. She zooms off on some pretty crazy tangents and because she’s such a great writer I followed her, but often I found the weirdness she served up to be kind of predictable. I was wowed more by how she wrote, than the actual story she was telling. Still I’m not giving up on Kelly Link. I’m eager to read more of her books, Stranger Things Happen, Pretty Monsters, and the newest, Get in Trouble. Maybe then I won’t be such a beginner.