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Fragile Things

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Certainly not like I was grabbed by American Gods, Neverwhere, or the Preludes and Nocturnes (Sandman) series. The importance of storytelling is also a major theme in The Invention of Aladdin, where stories can be a tool in protecting ones own life.

Some stories gave me the chills, sure, but at the same time, I felt a wave of sorrow and a feeling of understanding, empathy. All of the signature excellence with which Gaiman has rightly built his widespread fan-base is present to prove that he is equally wonderful with his short game as he is in novel form and to tell stories which will send shivers down the spines of readers of all ages. But this one certainly did the trick and belongs in the Gaiman canon with those other heavy hitters. The most staggering twist is contained in the very short yet very disturbing Other People, which I would label one of the ‘must reads’ of this collection.

Here's what I think: Gaiman is successful because he is popular and slightly pushes boundaries in a currently fashionable, ie. Inside somewhere maybe I was screaming and weeping and howling like an animal, but that was another person deep inside, another person who had no access to the lips and face and mouth and head, so on the surface I just shrugged and smile and kept moving. I liked some elements of it, for instance the technical aspect of the writing and the hint that the woman being interviewed was Susan.

Fragile Things is an excellent collection of short stories (including an American Gods story) and poetry. That alone could have made for a great story, but Gaiman takes it one step further, introducing strange dreams that portray Aslan and the White Witch as conspirators and lovers rather than enemies.

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. The introduction itself is just as enjoyable as the rest of the stories; the readers get a glimpse into the author’s creative process as he describes some behind the scenes tidbits of each story. A Locus Award winning collection of short stories and poetry that includes the Sherlock Holmes pastiche "A Study In Emerald". The Flints of Memory Lane" (4 stars)- Just a short story about a young man remembering the time he came across something evil.

She keeps herself to herself and smiles rarely, as if the weight of memory keeps her from finding joy. This is my second read-through of this book, and it was just as great, and oddly, just as surprising this time around as the last. I especially enjoyed Gaiman’s way of affecting a sense of a ‘story within a story’ where he puts near equal emphasis in the context in which the story is told as in the actual tale much like Henry James does in The Turn of the Screw, or Nikolai Gogol does to exemplify the oral tradition of storytelling. A pesar de su escasa extensión, creo que ha sido una de mis historias favoritas, porque creo que retrata de alguna forma "las vueltas de la vida".

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In a recent NPR interview with Gaiman, he stated that his enjoyment in writing children’s fiction stems from a belief that it is the most influential. 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. A man can walk into a diner and bump into a man he hasn’t seen for ten years who has a very dark and twisted tale to share. Creo que me faltó contexto en este relato (esa opinión la sustento, en parte, en que el autor explica que esta historia fue creada para un album homónimo). I like his ability to effortlessly maneuver his readers right into the position we need to be in for maximum effect, and when we get there, he flips everything, so we're left wondering just what happened and how we got where we are when obviously we were just on our way to somewhere else.The books featured on this site are aimed primarily at readers aged 13 or above and therefore you must be 13 years or over to sign up to our newsletter. Este relato se parece un poco al primero, en el sentido que el autor toma un clásico, como son las Crónicas de Narnia, a partir del cual narra una historia.

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