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A short coming of age story, and two short poems.
The short story is mildly entertaining, though I can't say it has any impact. The poems are forgettable.
The entire work is quite redundant, two out of five.
The piece that I'm confused about the most is in the beginning about Jenny. It takes place in 1963 and other than a mention of Wall doesn't seem to have much connection to the Stardust story. It feels like a tease and I really wish this were going to be a longer story because Jenny, or her family, sound like they could have been very i ...more
This was part of the Neil Gaiman Humble Bundle, only 14 pages, published in 1999 and illustrated by Charles Vess. Most of it is a very short coming of age story about a girl and the significance of magpies; there are also three poems. The third poem is rather neat but the other two (including the one excerpted above) are rather slight.
Ever since I was mesmerized by Instructions, I've been looking forward to reading this other collaboration between Gaiman & Vess. Once again, the crisp art is a perfect complement to Gaiman's restrained, poetic narrative. My only real complaint is that the entire exercise feels a bit rote: it's almost Gaiman-by-the-numbers (which isn't entirely a bad thing).
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She tried to slow her breathing, hoping somehow to make this moment last forever.”