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Extraordinary book revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers Includes extra material exclusive to this Headline Review editio Apparently I am not a fan of his short stories they are bad I gave his other short story collection book three stars and that was being kind This one is getting two because I am all out of kindnessA better review to come Here is my attempt at a better review Normally I would delete the prereview BS but I like it this time so it stays This is the second short story collection I have read from this author and they have both been thumbs down experiences I definitely have a lovehate relationship with his work The gray area in between is not a friend of mineWHAT I LIKED Maybe two storiesWHAT I DIDN T LIKE Everything elseI can t decide which description matches my feelings towards it OPTION A The publisher said give me anything you have and the author decided to present him with the crumpled paper balls of failed ideasOROPTION B The author feels that all of his ideas are shareworthy and has not a care in the world regarding what readers might think of themOROPTION C I am all out of sugarcoating today as well as shits to give so here is my true feelings about a read that without a doubt disappointed meORA little of option A a little of option B and all of option C DING DING DINGWE HAVE A WINNER Off-side is getting two because I am all out of kindnessA better review to come Here Esclava Medieval: La Sumisión retorcida en Placer por un Matrimonio de Conveniencia (Novela Romántica y Erótica en Español: Fantasía nº 1) (Spanish Edition) is my attempt at a better review Normally I would delete the prereview BS but I like Enséñame más it this time so Wonder (The Books of Marvella, it stays This Chicago Billionaires - Contemporary Romance Series Boxed Set is the second short story collection I have read from this author and they have both been thumbs down experiences I definitely have a lovehate relationship with his work The gray area The Valhalla Prophecy (Nina Wilde & Eddie Chase in between The Tunnel is not a friend of mineWHAT I LIKED Maybe two storiesWHAT I DIDN T LIKE Everything elseI can t decide which description matches my feelings towards Secretos del Cosmos it OPTION A The publisher said give me anything you have and the author decided to present him with the crumpled paper balls of failed The Secret Treasons ideasOROPTION B The author feels that all of his مريض الوهم ideas are shareworthy and has not a care The Hypochondriacs Guide To Life And Death in the world regarding what readers might think of themOROPTION C I am all out of sugarcoating today as well as shits to give so here ¡Arde Troya! (Las aventuras de Ogú, Mampato y Rena, is my true feelings about a read that without a doubt disappointed meORA little of option A a little of option B and all of option C DING DING DINGWE HAVE A WINNER

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Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions

An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family Gaiman is literary bacon short stories young adult fantasy adult fiction he s good in anything Smoke and Mirrors is a collection of 30 or so short stories They run the gamut from sci fi to very short parables to fantasy to magical realism It s not his best work but as a collection it s imaginative and provocative I enjoyed a majority of these stories and Gaiman continues to be one of my favorite authors Some of my preferences were Chivalry Changes We Can Get Them for You Wholesale and Snow Glass Apples One of my favored aspects of Gaiman is his ability to slip seamlessly between realism and fantasy One moment the story feels like an honest recollection of his past and the next we re interacting with angels trolls and werewolves He so deft with his word choice that these transitions happen with ease A good example of this is The Price where Gaiman story about stray cats turns from reality to supernatural in an instant This ability also really stood out to me in a different book The Ocean at the End of the Lane I can t help but admire his mind It s the little things like referring to crabs and fish as filled with things with too many legs and other things with no legs at all In this collection Gaiman is daring taking on explicit sex politics pornography and even sex change Of course this book was originally published in 1998 when navigating these waters were a little less turbulent than today The book includes an Introduction which gives a short description of the inspiration or background of each story I found myself flipping back and forth to this section after each story For example in the particularly sexually graphic story Tastings Gaiman admits that the story took him four years to write largely because he was embarrassed by it I always appreciate short story collections where the author reveals a bit of their motivation inspiration or background of the storiesOne note on Changes it s a creative story idea about the cure for cancer having the side effect of gender change which society turns into recreational use It s laid out almost as author notes for a novel And it could be a fascinating controversial and complex novel But why include it in this form Why not write it Weird and I found it wasteful and disappointingAn aptly titled collection of stories where Gaiman does indeed use sleight of word and a bit of magic to make the unbelievable feel just about real

REVIEW Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions

From unimaginable evil A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage These tales and much await in this Smoke and Mirrors is the first of two short story collections written by Neil Gaiman This title was first published in 1998 while Fragile Things came out in 2006 Having read Fragile Things mere months ago I was doing uite a bit of comparison between the two as I worked my way through Smoke and Mirrors While there are a lot of similarities between the two there are also many differencesBoth collections involve Gaiman doing what he does best that is taking our own myths fables and folklore tweaking them to better resonate with our modern culture and handing them back to us complete with the grit and gristle that were absent from the versions that we received as children While this seems to be an over arching theme to most of the stories in Fragile Things it still shows up occasionally in Smoke and Mirrors along with so much else Gaiman takes the reader to so many places throughout these stories These include a couple of nods to writers that surely influenced him along the way Lovecraft and Moorcock specifically a writer struggling through a screenplay that has been watered down by the movie studio discovering the legendary Hollywood of old and political intrigue amongst the angels in heaven Lawrence Talbot also makes an appearance in a tale involving the Wolf Man Gaiman s books are usually shelved in the Sci FiFantasy section at the average bookstore which I think is a bit of a disservice as these stories are so much diverse than the typical view of the Fantasy genre that involves touchy feely knights riding around on horses and tends to prejudice the typical reader to that genre negativelyA tip to any readers who are in the habit of skipping book introductions Gaiman actually hides a story within the introduction of this book as a payoff to those who religiously read the introduction That sort of cleverness suckers me in every timeIt may be unwise to compare the stories in Smoke and Mirrors to each other and to Fragile Things as both books represent of a compilation of Gaiman stories that appeared in other publications over a particular period of his writing career versus something that was put together as an intentional unified collection However as it is great fun to wildly speculate I believe that the stories in Smoke and Mirrors are bolder than the ones in the later collection As most of these stories were written around the time that Sandman was finishing its run I m wondering if the reason for this was to prove to any naysayers that Gaiman was a serious writer and not just that comic book guyThese stories may not be something that would be discussed in a college level literature class with the austere professor that lives and dies by the canon but I don t think that is Gaiman s intention as a writer He comes from the storyteller tradition and I feel that such a thing is just as important in feeding one s imagination and intellect as the heavy literature now and again


10 thoughts on “Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions

  1. says:

    Gaiman is literary bacon short stories young adult fantasy adult fiction he’s good in anything “Smoke and Mirrors” is a collection of 30 or so short stories They run the gamut from sci fi to very short parables to fantasy to magical realism It’s not his best work but as a collection it’s imaginative and provocative I enjoyed a majo

  2. says:

    Neil Gaiman never disappointsThat's what this book is smokes and mirrors an interesting collection of short stories and poems A diverse mix of crazy dark engaging weird and hilarious

  3. says:

    I keep saying one Neil Gaiman book

  4. says:

    'Smoke and Mirrors' is the first of two short story collections written by Neil Gaiman This title was first published in 1998 while 'Fragile Things' came out in 2006 Having read 'Fragile Things' mere months ago I

  5. says:

    This collection of short works some not uite complete is maybe a must read for real Gaiman fans who read everything he does 4 stars for them

  6. says:

    Initially read in 1999 or thereabouts Not reviewed at the timeUpon re reading “The Goldfish Pond and Other St

  7. says:

    Apparently I am not a fan of his short stories they are bad I gave his other short story collection book three stars and that was being kind Th

  8. says:

    25 stars a few gems but way too many narrative poems and meh stories

  9. says:

    Bearing in mind I read this on my kindle so some stories weren't included in the version I read Also this is hella long All ratings including notes indicates favouriteThe Wedding Present Yes I religiously read introductions4In which a picturesue couple are given a uaint wedding present that seems to be a 'retell

  10. says:

    A guilty pleasure sure but with Ray Bradbury's death I'd suggest that Neil Gaiman is the best storyteller we have todayConsider the words of Harry Bailly he of the Tabard Inn not George's brother And which of yow that ber

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