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Fragile Things

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I found myself speaking to the characters (talking alone to some pages, from a sane person's point of view). However, for me, his writing is very uneven, and feels like it would benefit from longer incubation, and perhaps closer affinity with whatever genre he prefers. And paying homage is tricky too--it can't be merely a lesser or different version of the original concept. Recounting the strange is like telling one's dreams: one can communicate the events of a dream but not the emotional content, the way that a dream can color one's entire day.

Other People' is a short-short I'm sure I've read before, perhaps in a mythology book; the idea feels like a chance to explore the concept of pain and hell more than anything else. I don't mean 'proper' to mean that he is officially an author (though he is), or that he does it correctly (though he does), but 'proper' in terms of vocabulary and ideas being more on the. Bitter Grounds' is a traveler looking for another life, and finds one as an anthropologist who studies zombies. Stories, like people and butterflies and songbirds' eggs and human hearts and dreams, are also fragile things, made up of nothing stronger or more lasting than twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks.They are all so random and based upon chance encounters, and that’s what drives them forward: I just didn’t know what to expect from story to story. As the reader reaches the conclusion they will notice, if they are versed in Holmes lore a bit, an alternate reality that goes beyond the sci-fi elements. Strange Little Girls" (2 stars)- Just seemed to be listing different attributes certain women take on. So when I wanted a change of pace, I took Fragile Things off my shelf, intending to knock it back so I could get to Trigger Warning.

Of course, Neil Gaiman could read a Chinese take-out menu and I'll fall all over myself gushing about how brilliantly he read it. The Flints of Memory Lane' is a germ of an idea that would benefit from grafting into a larger tale.

In summation, here is my newspaper book review title for this: "Gaiman's Fragile Things Is Strong Stuff". Most of the stories in this book are reprints from other sources: magazines, anthologies, and even CD sleeves. Nos cuenta una historia dentro de una historia, sin dar mucho contexto ni explicación, y con un final abierto que sólo te hace suponer lo peor, que algo horrible ocurrió, pero no lo sabes.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the fantastical stuff with its focus on the magic of youth and mystery of the unknown. Such marvelous creations and more—including a short story set in the world of The Matrix, and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children's fiction—can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman's storytelling brilliance as well as his terrifyingly entertaining dark sense of humor. He seems to be always eager to tell a story and this is probably the closest thing to climbing up on his knee and hearing him recite one of his magical tales. I like the first paragraph and the phrase, "In every way that counted, I was dead"--a fantastic opening line.Sometimes the cake won't rise, no matter what you do, and every now and again the cake tastes better than you ever could have dreamed it would. The sheer diversity of narrative techniques and styles and literary devices within this volume is dazzling and marvellous. 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.



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