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Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
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Jan 19, 2009

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Recommended to Sandi by: Beyond Reality February Fantasy BOM
Read in January, 2009

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 the poetry throughout the collection was very good too. The stories were kind of hit or miss. Right now, I really can't remember any except "How to Talk to Girls at Parties" which is about a socially inept young man from a boys' school who gets dragged to a party by his best friend and they end up at the wrong party. Let's just say that he learns to talk to girls, but they're the wrong kind of girls.

All in all, I think "Fragile Things" is a good choice if you don't really have the attention span to devote to a novel at a given time and you just want some light reading that can be read in short spurts.
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