The first thing you should know about Kelly Link's short story collection Pretty Monsters is that its a new collection of previously published tales. I did not realize that until two very familiar stories came up while reading it. Luckily one of those stories, "Magic for Beginners" is one of her very best.
I happened to adore "The Wizards of Perfil" as well as "The Constable of Abal" which made me want to hang all sorts of ribbons off my clothes in the hopes of collecting ghosts.
A few fell flat for me though. "Pretty Monsters" tried far too hard and "The Surfer" just didn't go far enough for my liking.
"The Specialist's Hat" shared a lot with the creepy cool "Coraline" by Neil Gaiman - in a great way of course.
I give this one a 7. Kelly Link's imagination is unparalleled.