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Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions

An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family Gaiman is literary bacon short stories young adult fantasy adult fiction he s good in anything Smoke and Mirrors is a collection of 30 or so short stories They run the gamut from sci fi to very short parables to fantasy to magical realism It s not his best work but as a collection it s imaginative and provocative I enjoyed a majority of these stories and Gaiman continues to be one of my favorite authors Some of my preferences were Chivalry Changes We Can Get Them for You Wholesale and Snow Glass Apples One of my favored aspects of Gaiman is his ability to slip seamlessly between realism and fantasy One moment the story feels like an honest recollection of his past and the next we re interacting with angels trolls and werewolves He so deft with his word choice that these transitions happen with ease A good example of this is The Price where Gaiman story about stray cats turns from reality to supernatural in an instant This ability also really stood out to me in a different book The Ocean at the End of the Lane I can t help but admire his mind It s the little things like referring to crabs and fish as filled with things with too many legs and other things with no legs at all In this collection Gaiman is daring taking on explicit sex politics pornography and even sex change Of course this book was originally published in 1998 when navigating these waters were a little less turbulent than today The book includes an Introduction which gives a short description of the inspiration or background of each story I found myself flipping back and forth to this section after each story For example in the particularly sexually graphic story Tastings Gaiman admits that the story took him four years to write largely because he was embarrassed by it I always appreciate short story collections where the author reveals a bit of their motivation inspiration or background of the storiesOne note on Changes it s a creative story idea about the cure for cancer having the side effect of gender change which society turns into recreational use It s laid out almost as author notes for a novel And it could be a fascinating controversial and complex novel But why include it in this form Why not write it Weird and I found it wasteful and disappointingAn aptly titled collection of stories where Gaiman does indeed use sleight of word and a bit of magic to make the unbelievable feel just about real

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Extraordinary book revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers Includes extra material exclusive to this Headline Review editio Apparently I am not a fan of his short stories they are bad I gave his other short story collection book three stars and that was being kind This one is getting two because I am all out of kindnessA 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 lovehate relationship with his work The gray area in between is not a friend of mineWHAT I LIKED Maybe two storiesWHAT I DIDN T LIKE Everything elseI can t decide which description matches my feelings towards it OPTION A The publisher said give me anything you have and the author decided to present him with the crumpled paper balls of failed ideasOROPTION B The author feels that all of his ideas are shareworthy and has not a care in the world regarding what readers might think of themOROPTION C I am all out of sugarcoating today as well as shits to give so here is my true feelings about a read that without a doubt disappointed meORA little of option A a little of option B and all of option C DING DING DINGWE HAVE A WINNER জামশেদ মুস্তফির হাড় kind This one is getting two because I am all out of Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin kindnessA 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 lovehate relationship with his work The gray area in between is not a friend of mineWHAT I LIKED Maybe two storiesWHAT I DIDN T LIKE Everything elseI can t decide which description matches my feelings towards it OPTION A The publisher said give me anything you have and the author decided to present him with the crumpled paper balls of failed ideasOROPTION B The author feels that all of his ideas are shareworthy and has not a care in the world regarding what readers might think of themOROPTION C I am all out of sugarcoating today as well as shits to give so here is my true feelings about a read that without a doubt disappointed meORA little of option A a little of option B and all of option C DING DING DINGWE HAVE A WINNER

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From unimaginable evil A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage These tales and much await in this Initially read in 1999 or thereabouts Not reviewed at the timeUpon re reading The Goldfish Pond and Other Stories by Neil GaimanI 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 LA to talk about converting his bestselling novel into a movie A shifting cast of film execs gradually morph his story past recognition Meanwhile he gets to know the elderly groundskeeper at his decaying hotel who tells him stories of the glory days of silent films Multi layered ironically humorous but ultimately poignant Beautifully doneOther included pieces from the wikiThe included stories and poems are different between some of the editions The US UK and eBook editions have some differences in the stories they contain see table to right Not in US print version Not in eBook version Appears in eBook version as AppleReading the Entrails The Wedding Present Chivalry written for an anthology by Marty GreenbergNicholas Was The PriceTroll Bridge retelling of The Three Billy Goats Gruff written for the anthology Snow White Blood Red by Ellen Datlow and Terri WindlingDon t Ask JackEaten Scenes from a Moving picture The White Road A narrative poem ueen of Knives A narrative poem The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch Changes The Daughter of Owls Shoggoth s Old Peculiar Virus Written for the anthology Digital Dreams by David Barrett Looking for the Girl Commissioned by Penthouse for their 20th anniversary issueOnly the End of the World AgainBay Wolf A story poem retelling BeowulfFifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot We Can Get Them For You Wholesale One Life Furnished in Early Moorcock Written for an anthology of Elric stories by Michael MoorcockCold Colors The Sweeper of Dreams Foreign PartsVampire Sestina A poem originally published in Fantasy Tales and later reprinted in the Mammoth Book of Vampires by Stephen JonesMouse written for Touch Wood edited by Pete CrowtherThe Sea ChangeHow Do You Think It Feels When We Went to See the End of the World by Dawnie Morningside age 11 Desert Wind Tastings Included in Sirens by Ellen Datlow and Terri WindlingIn the End Babycakes Murder Mysteries written for the anthology Midnight Graffiti by Jessie HorstingSnow Glass Apples Reiki A Comprehensive Guide know the elderly groundskeeper at his decaying hotel who tells him stories of the glory days of silent films Multi layered ironically humorous but ultimately poignant Beautifully doneOther included pieces from the wikiThe included stories and poems are different between some of the editions The US UK and eBook editions have some differences in the stories they contain see table to right Not in US print version Not in eBook version Appears in eBook version as AppleReading the Entrails The Wedding Present Chivalry written for an anthology by Marty GreenbergNicholas Was The PriceTroll Bridge retelling of The Three Billy Goats Gruff written for the anthology Snow White Blood Red by Ellen Datlow and Terri WindlingDon t Ask JackEaten Scenes from a Moving picture The White Road A narrative poem ueen of Knives A narrative poem The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch Changes The Daughter of Owls Shoggoth s Old Peculiar Virus Written for the anthology Digital Dreams by David Barrett Looking for the Girl Commissioned by Penthouse for their 20th anniversary issueOnly the End of the World AgainBay Wolf A story poem retelling BeowulfFifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot We Can Get Them For You Wholesale One Life Furnished in Early Moorcock Written for an anthology of Elric stories by Michael MoorcockCold Colors The Sweeper of Dreams Foreign PartsVampire Sestina A poem originally published in Fantasy Tales and later reprinted in the Mammoth Book of Vampires by Stephen JonesMouse written for Touch Wood edited by Pete CrowtherThe Sea ChangeHow Do You Think It Feels When We Went to See the End of the World by Dawnie Morningside age 11 Desert Wind Tastings Included in Sirens by Ellen Datlow and Terri WindlingIn the End Babycakes Murder Mysteries written for the anthology Midnight Graffiti by Jessie HorstingSnow Glass Apples

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  • Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions
  • Neil Gaiman
  • English
  • 15 July 2018
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10 thoughts on “Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions

  1. says:

    Gaiman is literary bacon short stories young adult fantasy adult fiction he’s good in anything “Smoke and Mirrors” is a collection of 30 or so short stories They run the gamut from sci fi to very short parables to fantasy to magical realism It’s not his best work but as a collection it’s imaginative and provocative I enjoyed a majority of these stories and Gaiman continues to be one of my favorite authors Some of my p

  2. says:

    Neil Gaiman never disappointsThat's what this book is smokes and mirrors an interesting collection of short stories and poems A diverse mix of crazy dark engaging weird and hilarious

  3. says:

    I keep saying one Neil Gaiman book and I'll figure out what the big deal is Spoiler I haven't yet Though I did e

  4. says:

    'Smoke and Mirrors' is the first of two short story collections written by Neil Gaiman This title was first published in 1998 while 'Fragile Things' came out in 2006 Having read 'Fragile Things' mere months ago I was doing uite a bit of comparison between the two as I worked my way through 'Smoke and Mirrors' While there are a lot o

  5. says:

    This collection of short works some not uite 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

  6. says:

    Initially read in 1999 or thereabouts Not reviewed at the timeUpon re reading “The Goldfish Pond and Other Stories” by Neil GaimanI'm usually not that interested in the whole 'glamour of Hollywood' theme but this is p

  7. says:

    Apparently I am not a fan of his short stories they are bad I gave his other short story collection book three stars and that was being kind This one is getting two because I am all out of kindnessA 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 st

  8. says:

    25 stars a few gems but way too many narrative poems and meh stories

  9. says:

    Bearing in mind I read this on my kindle so some stories weren't included in the version I read Also this is hella long All ratings including notes indicates favouriteThe Wedding Present Yes I religiously read introductions4In which a picturesue couple are given a uaint wedding present that seems to be a 'retelling' of th

  10. says:

    A guilty ple

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