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Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
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Feb 19, 2009

it was ok

This collection of short works, some not quite complete, is maybe a must read for real Gaiman fans who read everything he does (4 stars for them), but not really for anyone else (only 1 star for the general audience). And I say that as one of those fans. I really like what Gaiman does, both in traditional and graphic novel form, but Smoke and Mirrors is not representative of his best work. Basically, it is a collection of things he never bothered to give a final polish to. Much of S&M is things that were just workbook exercises, not intended for publication. Some fun ideas, and entertaining for the fan (or for those who want to study how he develops ideas), but others should try American Gods, Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, Good Omens (with T.Pratchett!), or even Coraline or his Sandman graphic novels. It does, however, contain a few real gems for fans. [warning: different editions of the S&M varied the collection slightly, so referring to specific stories may be confusing when discussing the book]
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Anji I completely agree with your review,was quite disappointed to be honest.


message 2: by Amy (new) - rated it 3 stars

Amy N. I agree too. Some were fun and worth the read. Others... not so much. Definitely a read for Gaiman fans. I'm not sure others would enjoy it.


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