Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions
Introduction - PLEASE skip - this is so, so long. It's a short story in and of itself. Though, technically he hid another short story within that: The Wedding Present - Originally written as a wedding present, this marriage slowly but surely sinks to the pits of despair.
Chivalry - A c ...more
Both collections involve Gaiman doing what he does best, that is taking our own myths, fables, an ...more
***** “The Goldfish Pond and Other Stories” by Neil Gaiman
I'm usually not that interested in the whole 'glamour of Hollywood' theme, but this is probably the best commentary on it I've ever read.
Clearly partially autobiographical, this tells the story of a British writer who's flown out to L.A. to talk about converting his bestselling novel into a movie. A shifting cast of film execs gradually morph his story past r ...more
A better review to come.
-Here is my attempt at a better review. Normally I would delete the prereview BS but I like it this time so it stays.-
This is the second short story collection I have read from this author and they have both been thumbs down experiences. I definitely have a love/hate rel ...more
All ratings (including notes). * indicates favourite
The Wedding Present (Yes, I religiously read introductions):4*
In which a picturesque couple are given a quaint wedding present that seems to be a 'retelling' of their coupling; it spins a story of how their marriage could have went wrong. Though this premise may seem outlandish and bizarre, it's terribly relevant and poses ...more
Consider the words of Harry Bailly (he of the Tabard Inn, not George's brother): "And which of yow that bereth hym best of alle / That is to seyn that telleth in this caas / Tales of best sentence and moost solaas / Shal have a soper at oure aller cost." And I'd buy Gaiman a meal or three for this sundry collection of tales pulled together from over the years and published i ...more
I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan. So much so, I cite him as one of the authors that made me want to write. Most of his books are fantastically imaginative, exciting and wonderfully plotted, and a couple of them rank among my all-time favourite books.
As a result, I launched into his collection of short stories with high expectations. I should say, for the record, I like short stories - I apprediate the whole 'bite-sized' concept, that ...more
About half way through this volume of short's I was thinking this would probably be a 4 star, maybe a 3.5 actual. Now that I am at the end, having examined the work as a whole, and considering the power of the last 2 stories, I had to rate this a 5.
I love the way Neil mixed it up. The collection seemed to be a potpourri of short stories, prose, poetry and lyrical verse. I cou ...more
My favorite stories are: The Price (5 stars), Looking for The Girl (4 stars), Snow, Glass and Apples (4 stars)
The Wedding Present: 3 stars
A couple receives a novel as wedding gift. The story keep changing. This was ok, but could have been more interesting.
Chivalry: 3 stars
I would have accepted infinity life for sure.
Nicholas Was...: ...more
This book has been on my TBR for years, so naturally I had very high hopes. To say I am disappointed is a massive understatement... Most stories are boring, sometimes downright bad. Maybe I'm missing something, maybe I'm not. Maybe it's just how old this collection is--I wasn't even born when it was published. (Edit: I was one when it was published.)
That said, I did enjoy Good Omens, so I'm not entirely giving up on Neil Gaiman's work.
List of Stories:
1. The Wedding Present: 2.5 stars ...more
Chilling stories, funny stories, sometimes stories with only a couple of lines, other times quite long short stories, but ALWAYS stories with wit and more than two hidden m ...more
I mean, it's pretty obvious that in a book of short stories, one will not love ALL of them, but I really enjoyed more than half of the stories and the only problem I had with the remaining ones were that they went comple ...more
- the sad workings of Peter's mind in "We Can Get Them For You Wholesale"
- the explanation of those who've spurned "The Sweeper of Dreams"
- the evolution of perceive ...more
I love Gaiman's writing, I truly do. Somehow I felt a lot of the stories in this anthology were a bit disjointed. Some were boring, to be quite honest. As if they were just something thrown together from a discarded pile. A few of the stories were enjoyable so I'm just going to say I had a neutral time reading this.
That being said, I am not giving up on Gaiman just yet. I know he's an author has the potential to make my weirdly wired ...more
Smoke and mirrors got more than 4 stars on this site, and it's an outrageous score. There's simply just no perspective anymore. And I thought IMDB had bad scoring...live and learn, I suppose. One star.
-Suggested Reading Order:
Snow, Glass, Apples
Only the End of the World Again
Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar
We Can Get Them for You Wholesale
Chivalry- an old woman buys the Holy Grail. A full-armored knight comes to seek the Grail. Cute, long-run and dry. The most wonderful thing about this story is that it is quaint and written as gabbish; a ...more
I'm still trying to figure out what it is about Gaiman that makes him so loved by almost everyone. I usually like his ideas but hate the ...more
Definitely worth a read but no more than 3 out of 5 stars for me.
This book has lots of peculiar short stories, many of them are explicit in nature and very much adult. So be warned if you are not into that. I found some stories to be very interesting despite being strange, others were a bit boring, but overall I liked the majority of the stories here. These stories are mixtures of fantasy and horror. What differentiates Neil Gaiman's writing here is that most of these stories have no kind of proper ending or closure so be prepared for that. I f ...more
So this book is how I finally got punished for not doing proper research before starting a book. The universe had decided I had gone on long enough and it was time I was taught a proper lesson.
I learned several things after reading this book:
a) This anthology was weird AF.
b) That 90% stories in it were erotic, disturbing and straight up distasteful.
c) Almost all were intense but made no sense at all.
b) I might not enjoy more Neil Gaiman books in the future so I shouldn't ever try.
I read this ent ...more
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