This is a stunning collection of short stories by acclaimed fantasy writer Neil Gaiman. His distinctive genius has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King. With The Sandman Neil Gaiman created one of the most sophisticated, intelligent, and influential graphic novel series of our time. Now after the recent success of his latest novel Anansi Boys, Gaiman has produced Fragile Things, his second collection of short fiction. These stories will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination, and move you to the very depths of your soul. This extraordinary compilation reveals one of the world’s most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.
At the end of the introduction of his book, Neil Gaiman says:
“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. Or they are words on the air, composed of sounds and ideas – abstract, invisible, gone once they’ve been spoken and what could be more frail than that? But some stories, small, simples ones about setting out on adventures or people doing wonders, tales of miracles and monsters, have outlasted all the people who told them, and some of them have outlasted the lands in which they were created.”
The stories in this collection are not fragile. They are strange ones, tales of monsters who are sometimes just human, of nightmares and many different types of horrors. There is nothing frail about fears or adventures. Neil Gaiman’s stories are strong because they sound true and there are very few things stronger than truth.
That is the beauty of his stories: as you read them, you start forgetting that they are just tales born out of his endless imagination. His characters are rich; they all have a past we want to know more about and they are often (if not always) wrapped in mystery. More importantly, they are always interesting in some way or another. Every story seemed to me as if it really happened somewhere, to someone.
Neil Gaiman makes you believe in every word.
“Fragile Things” really is a collection of short fictions AND wonders. If you are looking for something extraordinary in the true sense of the word, you have found it.
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