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Preview — M Is for Magic by Neil Gaiman
M Is for Magic
Bestselling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that may chill or amuse readers - but always embrace the unexpected. Collection includes:
"The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds,"
"Don't Ask Jack,"
"How to Sell the Ponti Bridge,"
"October in the Chair,"
Some of these stories - "Sunbird", "October in the Chair", and "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" - appear in his excellent short story collection Fragile Things, and apparently others also appear elsewhere, mostly Smoke and Mirrors. Add to that, "The Witch's Headstone" is the precursor to The Graveyard Book. So, M is for Magic is really just a repackaging of old material.
That's been a runni ...more
What I gather from this book (intended for a YA audience) is that Gaiman allows himself to get more experimental with stories than perhaps with his novel. As always, the writing is s ...more
Seriously, I thought these stories were good enough, many of them, the first THREE times they were published. Five times, in at least one case, and possibly two. But there is not a single new story in this collection, folks. I almost titled this review "R is for Ripoff."
So, no original work. Maybe that would be okay if there were a good theme tying these together.
The problem is the anthology's premise: somebody got to Neil Gaiman and said "hey, you should publish an anthology o ...more
Eleven stories, to be exact, in between the fantastic and visionary, bizarre and fascinating.
"The Witch's Headstone": it is a story that also appears in the book "The Graveyard Book". A young man, raised in a graveyard by ghosts, struggling with an adventure that will bring him in contact with the outside world. Enjoyable and exciting.
"Troll Bridge": it is not a story for children and leaves the reader w ...more
My personal favorite would be The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds, a retelling of children's nursery rhymes, but which mainly told of the mystery of who murdered Humpty Dumpty. [Okay, I'll give you just a few seconds here to recite the nursery rhyme to yourself... ;) ] Indeed, the nursery rhyme merely said Humpty Dum ...more
Gaiman read this himself & his voice is great. Unfortunately whoever equalized the sound didn't have old ears or any noise in mind. When Gaiman's voice dropped low, I could ...more
The creativity and genius behind the writing of these stories is what really secured this book right at the top for me. The first story "The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds" was my favorite by far! As a detective tries to solve the murder of Humpty Dumpty, the story goes on to involve many more nursery ...more
I kept reading in hope for a short story that will impress me or that I'll at least care for or like but I don't have the patience anymore. This should seriously be titled M is for Meh instead of M is for Magic because I just don't see the magic.
This is my second attempt at a Gaiman book (my first being Fortunately, the Milk) and I'm still not impressed. I liked none of the stories, all of them bored me to no end and I just don't have it in me to read on in hope of finding ...more
I'll say first of all that I love Gaiman's voice. I could listen to the man all day. I don't really have any other narrators to compare him to, but just the fact that I actually finished this audio book should be a testament to his greatness!
I've read a lot of these stor ...more
My favorite short story in this collection was Chivalry, followed by How to Sell the Ponti Bridge. My least favorite was Sunbird - the one with the Epicurean Club.
I was interested that the first three stories each had a character named Jack. I thought the trend might continue throughout the book, but it didn't.
My favorite part of the ...more
This book's weak point is also its strong point. With so many different stories, of course you will have some gems and then some that feel lacking.I did like quite a few of the stories though.
I didn't like: Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, and How to Sell the Ponti Bridge.
I disliked these for different reasons.
Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds seemed like a good idea for a story, but the story itself just bored me.
How to Talk to Girls at P ...more
4 & 20 Blackbirds, How to Sell the Ponti Bridge & Sunbird reminded me of the kinds of stories that were popular in a creative writing class I took years ago. Kind of gimmicky, humorous, smart & slick. Those stories leave me cold for the same re ...more
A few critiques: almost all of the stories in this anthology are also in "Smoke and Mirrors". I don't know how authors usually go about making collections, but I found it annoying that so many of the stories had already been covered in another book.
I kept waiting for the good one. I think I read 80% of this before I realized I just couldn't take it.
The book is marketed towards "Young Adults" but I would be hard pressed to find anyone that I would consider the target audience. Unecessarily...icky...at times and just mean ...more
As per usual Gaiman kept me happily gobbling each story. While this work says it's for children the stories are the usual well rounded fare that adults like too. Although a few of the stories are rather dark like some of the real versions of Grimm's fairy tails. I really liked the story within a story of “October in the Chair”and the even more chilling “the Price”.
Usually with any collection of short stories you get ...more
Una raccolta priva di omogeneità ma non di fascino, che include il racconto che dà il titolo al libro e che costituisce l'incipit del prossimo romanzo di Gaiman.
E' un libro autunnale, come più persone hanno fatto notare nei commenti, da leggere in poltrona accanto al fuoco scoppiettante, con un plaid e un gatto sulle gambe, sorbendo una cioccolata calda o un te fumante.
Non tutti i racconti appartengono al filone gotico ma tutti possiedono una vena malinconica piuttosto marcata. Gaima ...more
I'm pretty sure I managed to get all the stories in there, though. I love how original his pieces of fiction are. There aren't a lot of short stories that I genuinely like. It's just not a ...more
2,90 -> 3 stelline GR
Per avvicinarmi a Gaiman e capire un po' com'è il suo stile, ho scelto di iniziare da questa raccolta di suoi racconti di vario genere. Ho scelto di leggerla adesso perchè volevo qualcosa di poco impegnativo e scorrevole, ed ero convinta mi avrebbe appassionato non poco, pensando anche al tipo di libri che ha scritto in precedenza.
Purtroppo, mi sono sbagliata. Leggendo l'introduzione scritta dall'autore, inizialmente, ero trepidante di conoscere Neil e di iniziare ad inna
Here’s an overview of the stories:
The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds
Little Jack Horner is hired to solve the mystery behind the death of Humpty Dumpty. - I personally loved this one. Detective stories always suck me in.
The Troll Bridge
Hands down this is my favorite ...more
|What's The Name o...: SOLVED Little known novel full of short stories [s]||5||30||Jan 03, 2014 02:18AM|
|Endicott Mythic F...: M Is for Magic: Stories - Discussion||4||18||May 07, 2012 09:54AM|
|short story: How to Talk to Girls at Parties||1||39||Oct 30, 2008 01:41PM|