That's what I've been having.
I misjudged my reading schedule this week because I expected Magic for Beginners to be a quick read, because it's short stories.
I was wrong, it's very complex. I'm still collecting my thoughts.
Thoughts collected. Thanks Richard. I agree with some of the comments in your review. 'The Faery Handbag' was the most traditional inclusion and possibly the most enjoyable (although not necessarily the best). Other entries were more or less, well, difficult. I liked 'Some Zombie Contingency Plans' very much. But man, this stuff is hard. Post-modern isn't the word.
One of the characters requests a story in 'Lull' that should be 'about good and evil and true love, and it should also be funny. No talking animals. Not too much fooling around with the narrative structure. The ending should be happy but still realistic, believable, you know, and there shouldn't be a moral although we should be able to think back later and have some sort of revelation."
I couldn't tell if it was excess trust in the readership or a desire for obscurity that pushes her away from this goal.