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Smoke and Mirrors In The Deft Hands Of Neil Gaiman, Magic Is No Mere Illusion And Anything Is Possible In This, Gaiman S First Book Of Short Stories, His Imagination And Supreme Artistry Transform A Mundane World Into A Place Of Terrible Wonders A Place Where An Old Woman Can Purchase The Holy Grail At A Thrift Store, Where Assassins Advertise Their Services In The Yellow Pages Under Pest Control, And Where A Frightened Young Boy Must Barter For His Life With A Mean Spirited Troll Living Beneath A Bridge By The Railroad Tracks Explore A New Reality Obscured By Smoke And Darkness, Yet Brilliantly Tangible In This Extraordinary Collection Of Short Works By A Master Prestidigitator It Will Dazzle Your Senses, Touch Your Heart, And Haunt Your Dreams.


10 thoughts on “Smoke and Mirrors

  1. says:

    I keep saying, oneNeil Gaiman book and I ll figure out what the big deal is Spoiler, I haven t yet Though, I did enjoy some of these stories indicated by a There s farthat weren t enjoyable.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 I keep saying, oneNeil Gaiman book and I ll figure out what the big deal is Spoiler, I haven t yet Though, I did enjoy some of these stories indicated by a There s farthat weren t enjoyable.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 cute story about an elderly lady snapping up the Holy Grail at a bargain at the thrift shop Later republished in M is for Magic Nicholas Was A 100 word s...


  2. 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 quite a bit of comparison between the two as I worked my way through Smoke and Mirrors While there are a lot of similarities between the two, there are also many differences.Both collections involve Gaiman doing what he does best, that is taking our own myths, fables, an 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 quite a bit of comparison between the two as I worked my way through Smoke and Mirrors While there are a lot of similarities between the two, there are also many differences.Both collections involve Gaiman doing what he does best, that is taking our own myths, fables, and folklore, tweaking them to better resonate with our modern culture, and handing them back to us complete with the grit and gristle that were absent from the versions that we received as children While this seems to be an over arching theme to most of the stories in Fragile Things , it still shows up occasionally in S...


  3. says:

    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 SM is thi 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...


  4. says:

    Initially read in 1999 or thereabouts Not reviewed at the time.Upon 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 L.A to talk about converting his bestselling novel into a movie A shifting cast of film execs gradually morph his story past r Initially read in 1999 or thereabouts Not revie...


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    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 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 posesBearing 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 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 significant questions about the lives we choose to live It s sad to think that some Gaiman fans miss this story it s precious Chivalry 3.5Quite lovely The relationship was sweet and Mrs Whitaker was charming to read Nicholas Was 4.5An excellent and precisely one hundred word twist on St Nicholas, aka Santa Claus Ho ho ho.The Price 4Ooh symbolism, symbolism I adore this story, possibly because I m so fond of cats The idea of a knightly cat guardian is wonderful Troll Bridge 3.5I enjoyed thi...


  6. says:

    A little disappointing, though with some flourishes of fabulousness.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 A little disappointing, though with some flourishes of fabulousness.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 tim...


  7. says:

    Drops of water fell like diamonds from the Angel Lucifer s perfect fingers From the short story, Murder Mysteries 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 Drops of water f...


  8. says:

    A guilty pleasure, sure, but with Ray Bradbury s death, I d suggest that Neil Gaiman is the best storyteller we have today.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 A guilty pleasure, sure, but with Ray Bradbury s death, I d suggest that Neil Gaiman is the best storyteller we have today.Consider the words of Harry Bailly he of the Tabard Inn, not George s brother And wh...


  9. says:

    a wonderful collection of the madness that is neil gaiman.


  10. says:

    I hate saying this, but I m only giving this one 3 stars 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 u...


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