Fragile Things

Fragile Things

Short Fictions and Wonders

eBook - 2009
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A collection of more than twenty-five short fictional works follows a theme of the intersections between life and death, perception and reality, and darkness and light.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2009
ISBN: 9780061804168
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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mvkramer Dec 08, 2016

Whimsical and horrifying by turns. A great collection of shorts. My favorite is "A Study in Emerald" - Sherlock Holmes meets H.P. Lovecraft with a twist!

JCLAmyF Nov 20, 2014

Neil Gaiman's work is always a treat. This book is full of short stories (and a few poems) that show the wide range of Gaiman's imagination and skill. There are stories with just a hint of magic, creepy stories with ghosts, stories about the dangers of magic... but they all revolve around a human heart and therefore are the best sort of fantasy.

Because this book showcases so many stories from Gaiman, there is some variation in quality, but it struck me as a great way to get the full scope of this author. Even the stories here that seemed the weakest were still worth the read for the imagination and daring the show in composition and subject.

hania4987 Feb 02, 2014

"There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.”

If I had to use one word to describe this collection of short stories, it would have to be provocative. I love short stories and these are absolutely wonderful in creating a sinister atmosphere and memorable characters. It evokes stories from Edgar Allen Poe/ Ray Bradbury / The Twilight Zone

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MCinnamon
Jul 28, 2013

A wonderful varied collection. Enjoyed each story and was captivated by his style of writing.

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Mysticara7
Apr 16, 2011

Usually I'm bored by short story books that are all by a single author, and I'm usually annoyed by the extreme character ticks than Neil Gaiman gives the characters in his novels. But this book of short stories by Neil Gaiman works. The styles of the stories vary significantly and characters are never around long enough for their ticks to get annoying. The only problem is that Neil Gaiman comes off as arrogant in the introduction.

JCLKathleenB Nov 01, 2010

"Instructions" is a wonderful poem, being instructions for those who find themselves in a fairytale. Neil Gaiman is one of my all-time favorite authors.

miss_b Aug 12, 2009

Hands down my favourite story in this collection is October in the Chair.

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ofperilousseas
Apr 25, 2015

ofperilousseas thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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davidharvie
Dec 14, 2008

davidharvie thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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davidharvie
Dec 14, 2008

"And if I could," my father wrote to me,

huge as a bear himself, when I was younger,

"I would dower you with experience, without experience."

and I, in my turn, would pass that on to you.

But we make our own mistakes. We sleep unwisely.

- Locks

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davidharvie
Dec 14, 2008

"Know that diamonds and roses

are as uncomfortable when they tumble from

one's lips as toads and frogs:

colder, too, and sharper, and they cut."

From the poem "Instructions".

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davidharvie
Dec 14, 2008

We owe it do each other to tell stories, as people simply. This collection of short stories and poems does just that.

For note is "Instructions", a poem of instructions about what to do if you find yourself in a fairy tale.

"Locks" is retelling of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" as Neil Gaiman would recite to his own daughter.

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mvkramer Dec 08, 2016

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This being Neil Gaiman, many stories have imagery and scenes that are creepy, violent, or disconcerting.

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