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Чупливи неща (American Gods #1.5 included)

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A stunning collection of short stories by the acclaimed fantasy writer. The distinctive genius of Neil Gaiman has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King. With THE SANDMAN Neil Gaiman created one of the most sophisticated, intelligent and influential graphic novel series of our time. Now after the recent success of his latest novel ANANSI BO ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published 2007 by Бард (first published January 1st 2006)
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s.penkevich
Jan 30, 2012 s.penkevich rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Young and old and inbetween
Recommended to s.penkevich by: practically everyone
’We owe it to each other to tell stories’
For years I’ve heard the name Neil Gaiman passed about, weighted with heavy praise, and have always promised myself to read him. Earlier this fall, after hearing him speak on NPR, I sat down with a copy of Coraline, and hungrily read it in one sitting. Despite the novel being intended for an audience much greener than I, I couldn’t help but be hypnotized by the charismatic voice and magical delivery and I renewed my promise to return to this author as soo
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Whitaker
The two stars was a compromise. This book is a mixed bag of short stories and poems. In the Harry Potter books, there is a kind of sweet called Bertie Potts Every Flavour Jelly Beans. Sometimes you get something yummy like Raspberry Cream Chocolate or Honey Lemon Lime with a hint of Ginger or Vodka Tonic with Mentholated Cigarette Chaser. Other times you get Snot or Cat's Vomit. This book was like that. Unfortunately, this assortment contained more of the Warthog's Spyhillated Rectum or Seal Poo ...more
Jason Koivu
It seems wrong and somewhat sad that my favorite Gaiman book is not one of his many heralded novels, but a collection of short stories. Mind you, Fragile Things is a great collection of short stories!

Some of the content herein is much more "adult" than a good deal of his other work, which can tend towards the childlike and fanciful. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the fantastical stuff with its focus on the magic of youth and mystery of the unknown. But I think I prefer his short story work because
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Monique
I love Neil Gaiman. He is brilliant, imaginative, and abso-friggin-lutely weird, and I love him for it. And this book of short stories and prose, Fragile Things , is by far my most favorite compendium of his.

Fragile Things is a collection of oddities, retellings, poetry, spin-offs, and queer creations of Neil Gaiman's colorful imagination. Some of the stories have been published elsewhere, like Sunbird and October In The Chair , which were included in his M Is For Magic compilation, and s
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Jonathan

Stories, Neil Gaiman informs in the introduction, are fragile things made up of 26 letters (more if you want to use phonetic symbols), ink and paper. They are illusions created by things that cannot last, but the best stories survive and transform. The stories within this volume are perhaps some of those best stories.

This collection contained many of Gaiman's most famous short stories. I want to write three quick reviews of some of the short stories. Including one which I previously read online
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Kerfe
I have not read Neil Gaiman's novels but I've heard good things about them. This collection is obviously not a good place to start reading his work. First off, the intro was irritating. The self-satisfied aren't-I-wonderful? name dropping tone was kind of overbearing, and probably put me in an extra-critical mood.

The short story is unforgiving; you don't have time for slow bits, or parts that sound like you've read them already somewhere before. And paying homage is tricky too--it can't be mere
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Becky
This is my second read-through of this book, and it was just as great, and oddly, just as surprising this time around as the last.

I don't know why it is, but I just have this image in my mind of Neil Gaiman as a proper author. I don't mean 'proper' to mean that he is officially an author (though he is), or that he does it correctly (though he does), but 'proper' in terms of vocabulary and ideas being more on the... non-vulgar side of things. I have this picture in my head, despite reading his b
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Helen
Neil Gaiman is amazing and this collection is proof. There are some stories in here that are so good, that I wanted to immediately go back and read them again as soon as I finished. For example:

"A Study in Emerald"
"October in the Chair"
"Other People"
"Bitter Grounds"
"Keepsakes and Treasures"
"Harlequin Valentine"
"Sunbird" and
"Monarch of the Glen."

The rest of the stories all have something interesting to say as well, and each is written in Gaiman's unique style. I even liked some of the poems i
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Stephen
6.0 stars. On my list of All Time Favorite books. Chilling, funny, scary, sad, imaginitive, original, disturbing AND ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!!!!
Erica
Wow, I am crabby.
I'm in a punching kittens/kicking puppies place right now, have been for awhile.
I think this current state of being is blocking my ability to find enjoyment in things I typically find delightful.
This book of collected Gaiman stories, for example.
I pressed "Play", he started reading, I went, "Ahhhhhhh. Bliss," and then I got bored.
I made it all the way to the last disc and then kind of fast-forwarded to the end, skipping giant parts, leaving huge swaths of un-listened-to prose be
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Carol.
Mar 21, 2012 Carol. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Gaimanites
Unfortunately, I picked up The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making in the middle of reading this collection, and it threw Gaiman's shortcomings and my reactions into sharp relief. Gaiman's clever, no doubt. But this is a mostly almost-horror collection of short story ideas rendered in a not particularly clever way, and I often had the feeling I was reading bits and pieces of autobiography tucked into larger tales. Luckily, a pleasant side effect was a coveted spot on R ...more
Chris
4.5 stars, really.

What a delightful collection of Gaiman's short stories! I was very impressed, liking this even better than I expected. It very nearly got a full 5-stars, but I honestly have a hard time giving that rating to a collection of short stories. They have to really 'wow' me for that. Most of the time the stories, being short, don't really capture the full suspension of belief that's required to become fully absorbed and lost. The more lost I get, the more big stars it'll get.

That said
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Sandi
Jan 19, 2009 Sandi rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sandi by: Beyond Reality February Fantasy BOM
Shelves: 2009, fantasy
I finished "Fragile Things" by Neil Gaiman while I was waiting for the anesthesiologist at UCLA Medical Center. Two days later, while visiting me in the hospital, my daughter announced that she "stole" the book from me. So, I don't have it to refer back to while doing this review.

For me, the highlight of this collection of short stories and poems was the novella "Monarch of the Glen" that featured Shadow from "American Gods" re-interpreting the Beowulf legend. It was extremely good. I thought t
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Florencia
“You can't do this to me, Neil. The boy went inside the farmhouse and... AND? What the hell, May? For god's sake, what kind of answer is that? Leave the Month finish the story, you dumb freak.”

That's how much I liked this book. It made me a bit violent. I found myself speaking to the characters (talking alone to some pages, from a sane person's point of view). I didn't like all the short stories, for example, “How do you think it feels?”, “Keepsakes and Treasures”, “The problem with Susan”–(view
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Becky
I really enjoyed this collection of stories. I listened to the audiobook version read by the author himself, which I think added quite a bit to the experience. It's been my experience that authors who read their own stories as audiobooks are generally not the best. While it's true that they know their characters and their stories, many of them just don't have the voice or talent for oral storytelling. That's not to say that the author isn't a storyteller - obviously they are, often they just sho ...more
Jean
Three stars for this one because I really liked some of the stories, I really disliked others, and while the prose is well-written, I just don't think Gaiman is a poet.

I'd rather not dwell on the negatives, so briefly, here are the stories I didn't like: "Other People" and "The Problem of Susan." "Other People" is a sickening description of one man's hell--literally hell, as in the afterlife. Of course, a description of hell should be sickening and disturbing, but that doesn't mean I have to lik
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Maria
Uneven collection of prose & poetry; a couple of the short stories were excellent, The rest was a bit of a muddle, with no satisfying resolutions, and that surprised me. I know this author has a great following and I ordinarily love "weird" as much as the next person, but perhaps I simply don't "get" him. Disappointing.
Carla Stafford
Neil Gaiman's pen is more like a knotted, gnarled wand between his bent, magical fingers. Fragile Things is a collection of bizarre, intricate, yet sometimes strangely touching short stories and poems by Neil Gaiman. Not overly cryptic in the way that modern short stories seem to be. Although there was one, Diseasemaker's Croup that seemed intentionally and humorously nonsensical. Is it weird that the Introduction was my favorite part? No matter, I embrace my ravishing weirdness, his too, of cou ...more
Kendra
I have such a strange relationship with Neil Gaiman's writing, because I dislike the majority of it, but the few things that resonate well with me resonate so completely and so memorably that I don't ever forget them. There were three stories and one poem that I actually quite liked, but other than that this particular collection really didn't work for me, mostly because I feel as if Gaiman is particularly weak in crafting distinctive narrators (especially when writing in first person) which is ...more
Benjamin Quigley
I am reading this book with my sister while she is home from college on break. Many of the stories and poems in this volume are spooky and/or funny, but I would like to review two stories and one poem that really grabbed me.

"October in the Chair"
This story, dedicated to Ray Bradbury, smacks of that author's rich and subtle style. I love the story-in-a-story format, the inclusion of supernatural concept-beings such as the months (who remind me of the Endless, of course), and the even-handedly tra
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Velvetink
Whenever a writer takes questions at a reading, an audience member inevitably asks, "Where do you get your ideas?" In the case of Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman's latest collection of short fiction and poetry, the question may be fair - ideas are very much on display - but his best work is driven by character and by the central question of popular fiction: What happens next? In other words, Neil Gaiman tells stories.

The half-dozen readers in America who still believe that genre means something migh
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Michael Benavidez
Note: I did not read the final story, The Monarch of the Glen, seeing as how it takes place two years after American Gods. I have yet to read American Gods, so I will come back to this story once I've read it.


This book is fantastic, it is amazing. Each story is different from the last, in style, in content, in any way possible. It's kind of like reading an anthology of different authors, and yet at the same time it all has that lovable sense that comes with Gaiman's writing.
There is no set gen
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Hoàng Nguyễn
Điều mình thích ở tuyển tập này là có rất, rất, rất nhiều truyện ngắn tuyệt vời không chỉ cho mình thú vui đích thực trong việc đọc sách, mà đồng thời còn khuyến khích mình cầm bút lên viết nữa: viết bất cứ cái gì, viết về mọi thứ, viết hết tất cả những thứ mình có thể nghĩ ra trong đầu. Bởi vì mình hiểu rằng nếu ý tưởng mà không được thể hiện ra một dạng vật chất hữu hình nào đó thì nó sẽ mau chóng tan biến, mong manh như nó vốn dĩ đã vậy.

Và điều khiến mình khó chịu chính là song hành với những
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Christie
This is one of the hardest books to review that I've come across. A few of these stories are really good, examples being October in the Chair and Sunbird. However, there are several that are just not very well thought out, and several that disturbed me enough to make me wonder if I want to read any more of Gaiman's work. If you believe that God is evil, then you will love The Problem of Susan. If you don't, then this story will seriously make you nauseous--it's one of the most truly perverted th ...more
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Petergiaquinta
I gave a big five stars to Gaiman's earlier collection, Smoke and Mirrors, but this is a weaker compilation, I'm afraid. Fragile Things starts and finishes strong, but in between it's hit and miss, and some of what misses just didn't need to be published again.

Fragile Things opens with "A Study in Emerald," a brilliant mash-up of Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft, if you can wrap your head around that peculiar concept. Picture Sherlock Holmes versus Professor Moriarty in a bizarro Victorian
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Sarah Keliher
It's pretty much heresy to say this in the SF community, but I don't really like Neil Gaiman. He's a perfectly competent re-worker of myth, but there's just not that much in his stuff for me. There are other writers who really know how to craft an old story so that it sings in a living voice, and for me, he's just not one of them. There's no there there, as the lady said. It's like watching a mediocre episode of Star Trek NG. Some tepid drama, a little moralizing, some fancy sets, and you're don ...more
Kristen Boers
Apr 24, 2008 Kristen Boers rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who ever wanted to be seen as gothic and mysterious, just once in their lives.
I owe Neil Gaiman a huge debt.
Not only for his exceptional contribution to literature, and the arts in general, over the last few years.
But for this reason: Reading "Fragile Things" has confirmed one of my greatest fears.

I don't like short story compilations.

It all started with Alice Munroe's "Hateship Loveship Friendship Courtship" or whatever it's called. I could not get through that book no matter how hard I tried. And I tried. Ever since then I have blamed my dislike of story compliations of
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Amanda
3.5 stars overall. Short story collections are always hard to rate. For example, I loved, and would give a full five stars to, several of the stories ("A Study in Emerald", "Closing Time", "Good Boys Deserve Favors", "Goliath", "How to Talk to Girls at Parties", "Sunbird", "Inventing Aladdin", "The Monarch of the Glen."), but the rest I could take or leave, and a few I disliked altogether, especially in the first half of the book. I wanted to like "The Problem of Susan," seeing as it addresses t ...more
Blake Charlton
3.5 stars. several of the stories are five star classic gaiman get-you-high-on-the-weirdness types. a study in emerald and bitter grounds were fantastic, and The Monarch of the Glen will delight any American God's fans. Diseasemaker's Croup is more or less what it feels like to study for the US Medical Licensing exam as a second year medical student. But the rest of the stories were varied and some disjointed; methadone for your gaiman addiction. i'd recommend the anthology to gaiman fans especi ...more
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She only looked away for a moment, and the mask slipped, and you fell. All your tomorrows start here.”
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