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Fragile Things

Fragile Things

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In summation, here is my newspaper book review title for this: "Gaiman's Fragile Things Is Strong Stuff". Gaiman seems to admire science fiction, horror, and fantasy, but his attempts to emulate them failed to engage me. Gaiman just has such a special way of putting words on paper, it’s like he’s drawing in my mind instead of writing a story and I absolutely love that about his writing style. This is worth reading if you’re already a big fan of his, but if you’re looking for really a decent collection of short stories I can think of much better places to look.

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. It seems wrong and somewhat sad that my favorite Gaiman book is not one of his many heralded novels, but a collection of short stories. Doesn't let me get too comfortable in Neil's work, because there's such a huge range of it that you never know which way he'll go next. They all have layers that just work so beautifully together, and you can see them in the way that makes sense to you.The book also included, at the very last part, a novella published two years after American Gods came out, entitled Monarch of the Glen. Cover: black laminated card with colour image of a couple to front and spine, colour photo image of author to rear, and yellow and white lettering to all faces; very bright and clean; no creasing to spine; no visible signs of shelf wear. A mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night, taking one of the spectators along with it. I like how human professor Hastings is when she talks about tragedy and how is clashes with Brenda's insistence in believing that the author has moral authority in the world he created.

Unfortunately, I picked up The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making in the middle of reading this collection, and it threw Gaiman's shortcomings and my reactions into sharp relief. And paying homage is tricky too--it can't be merely a lesser or different version of the original concept. Some stories gave me the chills, sure, but at the same time, I felt a wave of sorrow and a feeling of understanding, empathy. The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch – inspired by a painting by Frank Frazetta of a savage woman flanked by tigers.Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders is a collection of short stories and poetry by English author Neil Gaiman. His method of doing so envisions a very different view of the Lion and White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia, one that won’t soon be forgotten. Esta historia es mucho más inocente que las demás del libro, y creo que se fundamenta un poco en la noción de karma. It is always fascinating for me to experience the author beyond the romanticized perception of an author, and here you can see Gaiman as the human being, writing stories in hotels rooms, airports, or in his living room as his children run about. The poem Locks is another place where Gaiman stresses the beauty of childhood innocence in stories, and the function of storytelling being passed through generations.



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