Smoke and Mirrors
In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion ... and anything is possible. In this, Gaiman's first book of short stories, his imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders -- a place where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages unde...more
Both collections involve Gaiman doing what he does best, that is taking our own myths, fables, an...more
Consider the words of Harry Bailly (he of the Tabard Inn, not George's brother): "And which of yow that bereth hym best of alle / That is to seyn that telleth in this caas / Tales of best sentence and moost solaas / Shal have a soper at oure aller cost." And I'd buy Gaiman a meal or three for this sundry collection of tales pulled together from over the years and published i...more
All ratings (including notes). * indicates favourite
The Wedding Present (Yes, I religiously read introductions):4*
In which a picturesque couple are given a quaint wedding present that seems to be a 'retelling' of their coupling; it spins a story of how their marriage could have went wrong. Though this premise may seem outlandish and bizarre, it's terribly relevant and poses...more
I loved the beauty and melancholy of 'Looking for the Girl', the Lovecraft-esque feel of 'Shoggoth's Old Peculiar' and the delightful wrongness of 'Babycakes'. Actually this last one was my favorite of the whole volume.
I wish I could give 6 stars. There were barely any stories in it which were not absolutely brilliant.
Gems like 'sh...more
- the sad workings of Peter's mind in "We Can Get Them For You Wholesale"
- the explanation of those who've spurned "The Sweeper of Dreams"
- the evolution of perceive...more
I enjoyed the very experimental feel to this book. Some prose, some...more
-Suggested Reading Order:
Snow, Glass, Apples
Only the End of the World Again
Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar
We Can Get Them for You Wholesale
Chivalry- an old woman buys the Holy Grail. A full-armored knight comes to seek the Grail. Cute, long-run and dry. The most wonderful thing about this story is that it is quaint and written as gabbish; a...more
that said, i loved two of the stories. the final story, called "murder mysteries", about raguel, the angel of vengeance, and the murder of an angel. gaiman handles deit...more
C'est à la fois tout, dans tous les sens et à la fois il en émane une unité, une cohérence, de structure, d'idée, qui vous mène là où vous ne le vouliez pas.
Neil Gaiman quoi.
After most of them i...more
Overall, Neil Gaiman wrote a wonderful collection of stories and poems, and they all showed an affinity that the title represents well. There are some stories that I read a few times or...more
Some of my favorite stories were "Murder Mysteries," "Snow, Glass, Apples," "Changes," "We Can Get Them for You Wholesale," and "The Sweeper of Dreams." Not necessarily in that order.
The strengths tended to be amazing creativity and story telling. The...more
Gaiman manages to integrate elements of fantasy into the real-life settings of dirty streets and motel rooms. Ninety-five percent of the time, he does this without being corny. In one story, a woman finds the Holy Grail in a thrift sh...more
It looks as tho SqueakyChu and I share some of the same "favorites" from this compilation;
Chivalry was ironically funny. I luved the final line.
Troll Bridge was a fresh & interesting take on an old well-known tale, as was Snow, Glass, Apples ...I'll never think of those fairy tales the same way again!
I quite liked The White Road; it felt r...more
E' proprio come dice Stephen King: Gaiman è uno scrigno pieno di tesori preziosissimi. Non che avessi dubbi, ma ora ne sono più certo che mai: il racconto è la forma di narrazione ideale per Neil Gaiman. E' nello stretto spazio del racconto che Gaiman riesce ad aprire uno...more
The first half of the book was truly a pleasant surprise. Creative, original, good writing, and interesting stories. The best part was how Gaiman mixed realistic modern life with magic and fantasy. I loved that. His prose had good rhythm, they ran smoothly like a beautiful river.
My favorites are the one about the black cat ("The Price")....more
In a lengthy, unthemed collection of short stories, it is to be expected that the preoccupations of an author will be more obvious than might be the case in any individual novel. Neil Gaiman's first collection is not an exception, and showcases both his talents and shortcomings as a writer.
The main strengths of Gaiman's writing are unusual imagination and the ability to convey that imagination. This is particularly the case with the stories whic...more
Fantasiose reinterpretazioni di miti e favole e spaventose visioni dell'Impossibile, storie oscure, inquietanti, talvolta anche agghiaccianti, ma sempre intelligenti e argute, queste sono le caratteristiche dei 34 racconti, più uno, riuniti in questa straordinaria raccolta.
Con il suo stile semplice, scorrevole è tuttavia potentemente evocativo, Gaiman riesce a rac...more