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Fragile Things

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All of the signature excellence with which Gaiman has rightly built his widespread fan-base is present to prove that he is equally wonderful with his short game as he is in novel form and to tell stories which will send shivers down the spines of readers of all ages. A re-read of A Study in Emerald proved highly enlightening as I was able to observe and analyse the technique used by Gaiman in creating the story. Strange Little Girls" (2 stars)- Just seemed to be listing different attributes certain women take on.

A series of very short stories was inspired by an album of one of my favorite female indie artists, Tori Amos, who is good friends with Gaiman. This is my second read-through of this book, and it was just as great, and oddly, just as surprising this time around as the last. They all have layers that just work so beautifully together, and you can see them in the way that makes sense to you.It was a kind of 'meh' story, and felt like it was trying hard to be portentous and scary, but wasn't. There are a few others that bring about a smile, although the stories are the real meat of the collection. Occasionally he does lovely things with words and had fabulous ideas, and I hear he's a very nice guy.

In stories such as Feeders and Eaters, we never learn the grisly details of exactly why the man has fallen in on himself, but there is enough horrific background to allow for creativity to connect the last few dots. So in terms of entertainment value (and the ability to keep things fresh and interesting across pieces) this scores very highly. I remember life, and meeting people as people and not just as things to feed on or control, and I remember what it was to feel something, anything, happy or sad or anything. The contents, with a little green ink to the text block fore-edge from Gaiman's signature, are clean throughout. Most of the stories in this book are reprints from other sources: magazines, anthologies, and even CD sleeves.

Certainly not like I was grabbed by American Gods, Neverwhere, or the Preludes and Nocturnes (Sandman) series.

Most of the time the stories, being short, don't really capture the full suspension of belief that's required to become fully absorbed and lost.Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire" – gothic story published in the anthology Gothic! The Problem of Susan– this story was written in response to the character Susan in Narnia and also how children's fiction came to be. Unfortunately, this assortment contained more of the Warthog's Spyhillated Rectum or Seal Poop flavours than the Strawberry Champagne or Saffron and Sabayon Ice Cream types. I like his ability to effortlessly maneuver his readers right into the position we need to be in for maximum effect, and when we get there, he flips everything, so we're left wondering just what happened and how we got where we are when obviously we were just on our way to somewhere else. Yet if you do a true analysis I think you'll notice that the grown up Lucy does go to Narnia in the end.

Por lo que entendí, este relato son fundamentalmente pequeñitas historias acerca de vampiros y otras criaturas. A Study in Emerald' is perhaps one of the most enjoyable stories, a riff on Sherlock Holmes solving a crime for the alien royalty, told in traditional Doyle style. This helps highlight Gaiman’s pervasive idea of the power stories hold while also allowing him to bring the reader into the story at a safe distance before shocking them. He lures the reader with lush, simple sentences, which are easy on the eyes, but commanding none-the-less. There were award-winning stories here, too, such as A Study In Emerald which won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story and Sunbird, which received for its author the Locus Award.For me, by far the most enjoyable was 'Monarch of the Glen,' in which the American Gods's character, Shadow, is visiting Scotland. But I finally whittled it down to five: Harlequin Valentine, a short story based on the Harlequinade pantomime; The Flints of Memory Lane, which gave me the creeps; Other People, because it gave me more of the creeps and some goosebumps, too; Feeders and Eaters, for the sheer weirdness and horror of it, and; The Problem of Susan, which retells, if you will, the story of Susan Pevensie of The Chronicles of Narnia after the series had concluded. Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire – Gaiman makes fun of the kind of reader I was at 14.



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