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Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
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Dec 13, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, horror, short-stories
Read from March 15 to 18, 2010

Most people who know me and have had serius literature-conversations with me understand that I greatly dislike short-stories, bordering almost on hate. I know that's a harsh, outlandish thing to say because there are nearly as many short-stories as there are novels, I can imagine, yet I say it as firmly as anything else because, on the whole, 99% of all short-stories I have read I have disliked. Intensely.

Why, you might ask? It's simple. Short-stories can't ever contain as much as a novel does. Why are most of the most complex and in-depth books so large? Look at works such as The Count of Monte Cristo, Bleak House,The Stand, and many others, all of these well past 1,000 pages, depending on the version of the book you buy. I absolutely love each of these books, and they contain some of the most intriguing and thought-out plots you could ever create. Could a short-story do even half of what each of thee did? Could it get the same point across? Could it make you care for each of the characters, grow so attached to the setting and to the mood on a whole? No...not at all. There's a reason why books are normally so much better than the movie, and that's because the movie can't fit it all. There's a reason why I think novels are so much greater than short-stories...

I'm not going to be an idiot and say that all short-stories are pieces of wasted talent, because I do like some. Writers such as
D.H. Lawrence, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, and a few others do a fine job at it. Who else does? Neil Gaiman. Which brings me, finally, to the point of this collection.

I have always loved Neil Gaiman. He's a fantastic writer, and has remained since I was a child and first read Coraline, to now when I'm enjoying his adult works, such as Anansi Boys. His short-stories are no different. He writes them with enough skill, with enough care and detail that it can make fifty pages seem like hundreds, in a good way. He's one of the few writers of short-stories that I can truelly say I love, and I would recommend Fragile Things to anyone who does or doesn't like short-stories. So far, I have read nothing by this man that I did not like.

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Reading Progress

03/15/2010 page 1
03/15/2010 page 1
0.25% "I found this at the bookstore today while in the fantasy section and it looked wonderful. I love short stories and Neil Gaiman. Excited. :)"
03/16/2010 page 12
3.03% "I love Neil Gaiman, AND short stories...so this is kind of destined to be amazing."
03/17/2010 page 50
12.63% "Wow, Neil Gaiman is utter genius!"
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there is another short fiction & poetry collection by Gaiman, "Smoke and Mirrors". I personally enjoyed it, but I like more his novels.

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