February 11th, 2010

coraline, buttons, koumpounophobia, neil gaiman

Book #5: Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders - Neil Gaiman

Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I really loved this gathering of short stories and other bits. Some of the longer stories are "A Study in Emerald," a retelling of the Sherlock Holmes tale "A Study in Scarlett" but set in a Lovecraftian world; "How to Talk to Girls at Parties," a narrative of a teenage boy so distracted by trying to make conversation with them that he doesn't notice how utterly unlike him they are; and "The Monarch of the Glen," a novella-length sequel to American Gods starring Shadow in Scotland.

I really enjoyed this collection, and having it read by the author is a fantastic experience when that author is Neil Gaiman. Some of these are very short, but of course, having a poetic license to kill, he can put so much meaning into a sentence that it really doesn't need to be any longer.

If you enjoy anything that the author has done, please, do yourself a favor and give this a go. The variety will refresh in your mind how diverse, skilled, and artful he is and make you hunger for more of his delights, new and old.

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