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Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
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Aug 17, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: library-book

Gaiman's talent astounds me, and while not every story in this collection grabbed me, it started out magnificently and was steadily impressive, though pretty consistently depressing and dark in tone. The story of the troll and the bridge was a highlight. And the story of the woman who bought the Holy Grail at a thrift store ("Chivalry"). Also "Murder Mysteries," which is the story of a murder in Heaven that I once heard in the first days of the internet as a story read, though I think they excised the framework for the story in that version because I think if I'd heard about a blowjob in those days I'd have either been confused or had a meltdown. Som of the stories are blatantly erotic (insert penis into vagina), while others are written from the point of view of (mostly) innocent children. The final story is a twisting of Snow White into a vampire tale. Good stuff.

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