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Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
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Nov 05, 2007

it was ok
Read in January, 2007

i love love love neil gaiman, don't get me wrong. but this collection of short stories was just a little bit too... well, neil being neil. maybe the problem was that i tried reading them all at once, in order, from cover to cover. but they seemed to get progressively more infuriating as i went along, because none of them really have any sort of story arc or conclusion of any sort. they're all just stuff that happens to an insteresting character. mostly stuff which is rather obscure and veiled in mystery. really, by the time i got 3/4 of the way through (i haven't yet been able to finish) i was screaming for a climax of any sort. i think in a few months, i'll go back and start again, but this time limit myself to one story at a time between other, more traditionally plotted books.

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Tricia I agree with you regarding the lack of true climax in the majority of these stories. However, I also see that as part of the package with the short story form; too little room to produce a lot of drama. Overall, I enjoyed most of the stories (I read them over various sittings, not one swoop), but do often wonder how Gaiman can sleep at night--he's got a seriously twisted sense of things that sometimes creeps me out. Leaves me wondering, "How'd he think of that?" Hopefully when you reach for it again, you'll find them more appealing and satisfying knowing they mostly lack riveting denouement.

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