Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions
In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion . . . and anything is possible. 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... show more
In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion . . . and anything is possible. 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.
Publish date: January 29th 2008
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 339
Edition language: English
I have always wanted to like Neil Gaiman's more than I really managed, but some of these short stories genuinely made a believer out of me. And some of them...didn't. The problem with anthologies is how much of a mixed bag they often are. There were stories in here I would absolutely have given fo...
I'm a Neil Gaiman fanboy. I've loved all of his novels and a great deal of his short fiction, but this collection was marred with either lackluster outings or poems I couldn't enjoy because I personally don't understand what makes them poems. The latter is my own fault, and I do not hold it against ...
I just recently discovered Neil Gaiman a few months ago. The first book I experienced of his was The Graveyard Book, and I listened to the audiobook where he’s the reader. I was hooked after that. I wanted to get my hands on anything the man had written. My experience with him has been pretty positi...
Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman I'm not the greatest fan of short stories but Neil Gaiman is one of the few writers whose shorts I'm interested in. Feel free to make your own jokes. As with any collection, enjoyment varies: I'm not a big fan of the prose poems and I skipped through a couple of sto...
Part of my Neil Gaiman backlist catch up for The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Smoke and Mirrors is a collection of short fiction and poetry. From poetry to sci-fi stories to a short passage written for a Christmas card he sent out one year, these are short works that Gaiman has usually published el...