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Angels and Visitations: A Miscellany Hardcover – 1993

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Dreamhaven Books; 1st edition (1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963094424
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963094421
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on May 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Some years ago I bought an anthology called Midnight Graffiti, now out of print (deservedly, unlike the book we are discussing). Although the authors were well-known, the general level of the stories was a) just average; b) bad; c) very bad; d) unspeakable, and so forth. The only story that stood out was "Murder Mysteries," by Neil Gaiman. This melancholy and powerful story stuck to my mind, and I could never forget it. So, I bought this book because it had this story in it (and so to get rid of Midnight Graffiti without qualms). This book is a treasure trove. Gaiman is a rarity, as fantasy authors go. He is satisfying in general, but he is simply superb when writing about absolutely ordinary people and their relationship with magic (mostly, their refusal to let magic into their lives), as in Chivalry, Vampire Sestina, Troll Bridge, the abovementioned Murder Mysteries and one about a veneral disease whose title has escaped me. (Just the title, I remember the story perfectly well.)
For those who did not get this great book, you can still enjoy Mr. Gaiman's unique talent in Smoke and Mirrors; it does not have the illustrations and essays, but it brings a lot of new stories. And unlike this one, it is in print.
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As the title says, a miscellany. There are many great stories in here: "Chivalry" gives us an imperturbable old woman who buys the Holy Grail at a thrift shop; "Looking For The Girl" explores obsession and the power of photography; "Troll-Bridge" is a sad update of the classic fairy tale; "We Can Get Them For You Wholesale" suggests what it might be like if assassins advertised in the yellow pages. There are even two mysteries, one about a murder in heaven and the other a hard-boiled (pun intended - you'll understand when you read the story) detective story that takes place in Nurseryland.
Then there's poetry. I'm the kind of person for whom poetry doesn't often do a whole lot, with few exceptions. I thought "Cold Colours" was fabulous, though you really should hear Neil read it himself on his CD, "Warning: Contains Language."
The nonfiction and book introductions (the ones he wrote for other people's books, not the ones he wrote for his own work here), however, are strictly for completists. Some of it is mildly entertaining, but what's the point of reading an introduction to Mary Gentle's 'Scholars and Soldiers' when few of us (at least in the U.S., sadly) will ever have a chance to read the actual book?
That said, I'd still recommend the collection overall. My grade of 7 comes from averaging out the good stuff with the filler, so it still comes out on top. Oh, there are some nice pictures, too..
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By A Customer on November 29, 1997
Format: Hardcover
Every word is brilliant, and improved by buying the audio CD, because if you listen to Neil reading it, you'll want to die in his arms. I have sound files of Babycakes and Nicholas Was on my computer just for when I need a Neil fix. It's the greatest in the world.
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Absolutely brilliant! This is a book that takes the cake. Any one of these stories is worth the price of the book. And the poems range from cynical boring to disturbed interesting. Roald Dahl and Twilight Zone fans are sure to love all the points-of-view twists in the storylines. Gaiman's genius in interweaving stories within stories makes the reader want to tear the book apart in frustration. I WANT TO KNOW HOW THAT ENDED. The story may be done but there is just enough in the story itself that you will wonder what finally happened to him/her/it. Not a boring piece, well maybe one. Even the one page art pieces are great. Definitely an experience. Must read at least once. Once you do read it, lend it to someone. Even the most stoic individual will appreciate at least one of the stories. Last advice: Read the introduction to the individual pieces before reading the piece itself. After that read each piece at least TWICE more
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The only reason why I didn't give this amazing book a 10 was because some of the stories didn't make sense of me. The better stories in the book, though, deserve more then a 10, such as: We Can Get Them For You Wholesale and Babycakes. Gaiman writes with a caliber that I have never found any other author to have. As in Mouse, he can take a simple subject and turn it into a very interesting story. There is a good story for any reading level, from children to English majors. It's the kind of book that you will want to share with all of your family and friends, because you can hit any of their interests. I'd recommend this book to anyone.
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I have a serious fondness for the written word, and where Neil Gaiman is concerned, it is not a fondness, it is a love. His works from Sandman to Eternals is awesome, but this particular book has held a fascination in it's difficulty to obtain in first print and the stories and poems it contains. Babycakes is one that come to mind as being truly disturbing, but that makes you think. He makes me wonder where we're headed. I would buy this book in any printing you can find, and by all means, if you run across a first print for a fair price, find me, I'm interested. :)
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