Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions by Neil GaimanAlso in the introduction a short paragraph per story, that tells us how each of them came to be, whether they were ordered for a particular publication or came to life out of nothing, or how and where they were published if ever — most of all he talks about what inspired them and it gives an amazing insight into the mind of the author — provided that he is speaking the truth of course. Smoke and mirrors remember? There are 34 short stories altogether — they can either be one page long or several. In different formats: most in prose, some in verse, one sestina. I read the book over a one month period, savouring one or two a day depending on my mood I skipped the poems as they are not really my cup of tea, though and some were better than the others or course, but quite a few were simply outstanding, about ten of them. Like The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories which follows a screenplay writer whose script was picked up by a Hollywood Studio , on his visit to LA and his surreal meetings with studio executives who kept changing his story — this is the funniest story in the book and perhaps the least Fantastic — I definitely can see that happening in LA! Or for example, Chivalry , the opening story where an old English lady finds the Holy Grail in a Charity Shop oh , the allure of the British charity shops, one in every corner , you can find all sorts of treasures -and all sorts of trash too which she immediately recognised for what it is and nonchalantly buys it because it would look really nice in the mantelpiece.
Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions
The latter is my own fault, black depression. It's a retelling of Snow White with a huge reversal. Since then Belinda had been suffering from frequent attacks of bleak, and I do not hold it against the author. And what gaimn extra cool was that he actually put a story in the introduction.A tip to any readers who are in the habit of skipping book introductions: Gaiman actually hides a story within the introduction of this book as a payoff to those who religiously read the introduction. Queen Of Knives: 4. Very haunting and inhuman - yet possible? Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Some of the samplings that I really enjoyed were Jun 17, Laura rated it did not like it Shelves: read-in Basically. Definitely worth a read but no more than 3 out of 5 stars for me.
Literature Book Review Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman 1
In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion. In Smoke and Mirrors , Gaiman's imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders—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. With proper assistance, you might have left off at seven. Writing is flying in dreams. When you remember.
The information below is included in your interlibrary loan request. Miraculous inventions and unforgettable characters inhabit these pages: an elderly widow who finds the Holy Grail in a second-hand store Then there were stories that became my new favorites. Mouse: 2 stars Poor Mouse.
But one thing I did was read a lot, mainly because our library in Roselle was awesome. More humor, less horror is needed. I would like to go with the people too. Later republished in M is for Magic.