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Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
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There are original flights of the imagination in this collection as in "Sunbird" in which an eccentric eater's club meets their match or "A Study in Emerald" which re-imagines Sherlock Holmes and Watson's meeting. One story "The Problem of Susan" is downright tragic as it argues against the act of sanitizing children's literature. In it, Susan from the C.S. Lewis Narnia series is alive as an accomplished elderly professor who is forced by an interviewer to think about her dead siblings who she was never allowed to join in paradise. In a dream sequence, Aslan and the White Witch are depicted as allies who devour the children and then engage in sexual acts.

Unfortunately, the other short stories in this book are all in the set-up with few believable characters, or a story within a story often with little relevance between the two.
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