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This anthology of short stories, and the occasional story poem, is vintage Neil Gaiman: quirky, sometimes very funny, often dark and disturbing. Most have been published before, but are hard to find elsewhere and cover all of Gaiman's writing life. As Gaiman says in his introduction, "most of the stories in this book are about love in some form or another," but not requited love. The stories in Smoke and Mirrors touch on all of Gaiman's themes: sex, death, dreams, and the end of the world. From "Chivalry," about the Holy Grail and where it finally ended up, to "Troll Bridge," a very adult version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff"; from "Bay Wolf," a story poem that melds Beowulf and Baywatch, with interesting results, to "Murder Mysteries," which is about a murder, but also about angels, God's will, and Evil, these stories leave lasting impressions. Fans of Ray Bradbury's short stories and of Gaiman's other works will enjoy this collection. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Imaginative twists on old legends and frightening glimpses into the impossible combine to form this impressive collection of 30 stories and poems by the author of Neverwhere and co-creator of The Sandman graphic novels. Each entry skirts the edges of a puncture in reality through which something dark and mysterious peeks. Then it moves on and the apparition is hidden away again, but not forgotten. The narratives follow a dream logic: The angel Raguel, the Vengeance of the Lord, can bum a cigarette off a youth in L.A. and tell him the truth behind Lucifer's fall ("Murder Mysteries"), and nonchalant assassins can be found in the Yellow Pages under pest control ("We Can Get Them for You Wholesale"). The bizarre and disturbing essence of the stories is highlighted by their background of absolute normalcy. Their prose is simple yet evocative, and Gaiman's characters are textured with well-defined personalities. Because the characters treat the unreal as ordinary, the eeriness of what unfolds has all the more impact. In "Chivalry," a woman finds the Holy Grail in a secondhand shop, and Galahad must trade something for it that will look just as good on her mantle. Demons take over London in "Cold Colors," because the devil has learned how to network and God can't get "saintware" up and running. The intriguing world behind these pages is indeed smoke and mirrors, just a step or a word or a story away from our own.
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The kind of writing that I have come to expect from Neil Gaiman. Suspenseful to the end. Not quite as far out as some of the other novels I have read but still quite entertainingPublished 6 days ago by David A Myers
I'm a die hard Neil Gaimen fan, I've read everything he's written and enjoyed this as much of the rest of his work.Published 11 days ago by lawalker
Amazing little book! Neil Gaiman is a master storyteller! I actually already own the paperback version of this book but bought digitally because the price was too good to pass up! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Antonio A.
An excellent collection of short stories. I especially enjoyed the times when the author put a new light on old subjects, viewed them from a different angle, or outright reversed... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Adrian E. Fields
I enjoyed this book a lot because there sure seems to be plenty of variety, something for all tastes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ana Silva
Neil Gaiman is a masterful storyteller in any medium. I for one am not prone to liking short story collections, but I will read anything I can get my hands on from Mr. Gaiman.Published 2 months ago by Doug Walker
Loved this selection of fantasy short stories. Funny, creative, and thought-provoking. Neil Gaimen is a genius !Published 3 months ago by RueRue