Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders (2020)

Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders Neil Gaiman Fragile Things Short Fictions Wonders an alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereLet me tell you a story No wait one s not enough I ll begin again Let me tell you stories of the months of the year of ghosts and heartbreak of dr
  • Title: Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders
  • Author: Neil Gaiman
  • ISBN: 9780755334148
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders Neil Gaiman an alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereLet me tell you a story No, wait, one s not enough.I ll begin again Let me tell you stories of the months of the year, of ghosts and heartbreak, of dread and desire Let me tell you of after hours drinking and unanswered phones, of good deeds and bad days, of breaking down and making up, of dead men walking and missing fatan alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereLet me tell you a story No, wait, one s not enough.I ll begin again Let me tell you stories of the months of the year, of ghosts and heartbreak, of dread and desire Let me tell you of after hours drinking and unanswered phones, of good deeds and bad days, of breaking down and making up, of dead men walking and missing fathers, of little French ladies in Miami, of trusting wolves and how to talk to girls.There are stories within stories, whispered in ears in the quiet of the night, shouted above the roar of the day, and played out between lovers and enemies, strangers and friends But all, all are fragile things made up using just 26 letters arranged and rearranged again and again to form tales and imaginings which, if you let them, will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul.The following stories are contained in this collection 1 An introduction where Gaiman details some background on each of the stories, and includes a short short story The Mapmaker 2 A Study in Emerald3 The Fairy Reel poem 4 October in the Chair5 The Hidden Chamber6 Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire7 The Flints of Memory Lane8 Closing Time9 Going Wodwo poem 10 Bitter Grounds11 Other People12 Keepsakes and Treasures13 Good Boys Deserve Favors14 The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch15 Strange Little Girls16 Harlequin Valentine17 Locks18 The Problem of Susan19 Instructions20 How Do You Think It Feels 21 My Life22 Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot23 Feeders and Eaters24 Diseasemaker s Croup25 In the End26 Goliath27 Pages from a Journal Found in a Shoebox Left in a Greyhound Bus Somewhere Between Tulsa, Oklahoma and Louisville, Kentucky28 How to Talk to Girls at Parties29 The Day the Saucers Came30 Sunbird31 Inventing Aladdin32 The Monarch of the Glen
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  1. Whitaker

    The two stars was a compromise This book is a mixed bag of short stories and poems In the Harry Potter books, there is a kind of sweet called Bertie Potts Every Flavour Jelly Beans Sometimes you get something yummy like Raspberry Cream Chocolate or Honey Lemon Lime with a hint of Ginger or Vodka Tonic with Mentholated Cigarette Chaser Other times you get Snot or Cat s Vomit This book was like that Unfortunately, this assortment contained of the Warthog s Spyhillated Rectum or Seal Poop flavours [...]

  2. s.p

    We owe it to each other to tell stories For years I ve heard the name Neil Gaiman passed about, weighted with heavy praise, and have always promised myself to read him Earlier this fall, after hearing him speak on NPR, I sat down with a copy of Coraline, and hungrily read it in one sitting Despite the novel being intended for an audience much greener than I, I couldn t help but be hypnotized by the charismatic voice and magical delivery and I renewed my promise to return to this author as soon a [...]

  3. Monique

    I love Neil Gaiman He is brilliant, imaginative, and abso friggin lutely weird, and I love him for it And this book of short stories and prose, Fragile Things, is by far my most favorite compendium of his Fragile Things is a collection of oddities, retellings, poetry, spin offs, and queer creations of Neil Gaiman s colorful imagination Some of the stories have been published elsewhere, like Sunbird and October In The Chair, which were included in his M Is For Magic compilation, and some were pub [...]

  4. Jason Koivu

    It seems wrong and somewhat sad that my favorite Gaiman book is not one of his many heralded novels, but a collection of short stories Mind you, Fragile Things is a great collection of short stories Some of the content herein is much adult than a good deal of his other work, which can tend towards the childlike and fanciful Don t get me wrong, I enjoy the fantastical stuff with its focus on the magic of youth and mystery of the unknown But I think I prefer his short story work because it seems [...]

  5. Florencia

    You can t do this to me, Neil The boy went inside the farmhouse and AND What the hell, May For god s sake, what kind of answer is that Leave the Month finish the story, you That s how much I liked this book It made me a bit violent I found myself speaking to the characters talking alone to some pages, from a sane person s point of view I didn t like all the short stories, for example, How do you think it feels , Keepsakes and Treasures , The problem with Susan view spoiler it s an unsettling sto [...]

  6. Jonathan Terrington

    Stories, Neil Gaiman informs in the introduction, are fragile things made up of 26 letters if you want to use phonetic symbols , ink and paper They are illusions created by things that cannot last, but the best stories survive and transform The stories within this volume are perhaps some of those best stories.This collection contained many of Gaiman s most famous short stories I want to write three quick reviews of some of the short stories Including one which I previously read online and revie [...]

  7. Ana Rînceanu

    The Mapmaker originally written for American Gods, this short story is a cautionary tale about disregarding the needs of others while chasing ones desires and chasing immortality by keeping records a.k.a that map 3 stars A Study in Emerald review show 1321098517 3 stars The Fairy Reel a short lyric poem about the foolishness of not risking your heart 3 stars October in the Chair runaway boy finds a ghost 4 stars The Hidden Chamber gothic poem about Bluebeard 3 stars Forbidden Brides of the Facel [...]

  8. Kerfe

    I have not read Neil Gaiman s novels but I ve heard good things about them This collection is obviously not a good place to start reading his work First off, the intro was irritating The self satisfied aren t I wonderful name dropping tone was kind of overbearing, and probably put me in an extra critical mood The short story is unforgiving you don t have time for slow bits, or parts that sound like you ve read them already somewhere before And paying homage is tricky too it can t be merely a les [...]

  9. Nariman

    I really want to see what s inside Neil Gaiman head It must be a very strange place , a place where I doubt would want to be These stories are creepy, horrifying , disturbing, shocking and freaked me out , and I loved them , if it wouldn t for a story or two which were way creepy for my liking like the one with the man who likes young girls , this particular story was very disturbing to me I would ve gave this collection five stars.

  10. Randy

    Collection of Gaiman s short stories and poem, including the following Introduction 3 5 story notes and anecdotes includes short story The Mapmaker also 3 5 A Study in Emerald 5 5 Sherlock Cthulhu The Fairy Reel 3 5 poem October in the Chair 3 5 test run for Gaiman s Graveyard Book The Hidden Chamber 3 5 poem Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire 3 5 one of Gaiman s earliest tales, reworked for an anthology The Flints of Memory Lane 3 5 short, a [...]

  11. Becky

    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 don t know why it is, but I just have this image in my mind of Neil Gaiman as a proper author 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 on the non vulgar side of things I have this picture in my head, despite reading his books and stories [...]

  12. Erica

    Wow, I am crabby.I m in a punching kittens kicking puppies place right now, have been for awhile.I think this current state of being is blocking my ability to find enjoyment in things I typically find delightful.This book of collected Gaiman stories, for example.I pressed Play , he started reading, I went, Ahhhhhhh Bliss, and then I got bored.I made it all the way to the last disc and then kind of fast forwarded to the end, skipping giant parts, leaving huge swaths of un listened to prose behind [...]

  13. Carol.

    Unfortunately, I picked up The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making in the middle of reading this collection, and it threw Gaiman s shortcomings and my reactions into sharp relief Gaiman s clever, no doubt But this is a mostly almost horror collection of short story ideas rendered in a not particularly clever way, and I often had the feeling I was reading bits and pieces of autobiography tucked into larger tales Luckily, a pleasant side effect was a coveted spot on Rich [...]

  14. Helen

    Neil Gaiman is amazing and this collection is proof There are some stories in here that are so good, that I wanted to immediately go back and read them again as soon as I finished For example A Study in Emerald October in the Chair Other People Bitter Grounds Keepsakes and Treasures Harlequin Valentine Sunbird and Monarch of the Glen The rest of the stories all have something interesting to say as well, and each is written in Gaiman s unique style I even liked some of the poems included, though [...]

  15. Sandi

    I finished Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman while I was waiting for the anesthesiologist at UCLA Medical Center Two days later, while visiting me in the hospital, my daughter announced that she stole the book from me So, I don t have it to refer back to while doing this review For me, the highlight of this collection of short stories and poems was the novella Monarch of the Glen that featured Shadow from American Gods re interpreting the Beowulf legend It was extremely good I thought the poetry thr [...]

  16. Stephen

    6.0 stars On my list of All Time Favorite books Chilling, funny, scary, sad, imaginitive, original, disturbing AND ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT

  17. Obsidian

    Please note that I gave this 3.5 stars I rounded it up to 4 stars on.So all in all definitely a mixed bag I am sad to say I have loved everything else that I have read of Neil Gaiman s though I did only find Good Omens to be okay good and have no intention of re reading it I have already read Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane twice this year A Study in Emerald 5 stars a Sherlock Holmes story that is not a Sherlock Holmes story I know that makes no sense, but you will get that when yo [...]

  18. Robert

    As with previous collections of short pieces by Gaiman, I found this extremely variable in quality Anything referred to as poetry is execrable, as are all the stories that are extremely short and fail to follow any normal narrative structure On the other hand, the pieces that follow some kind of conventional method are all at least OK and in some cases delightful Stand out entries are A Study in Emerald and How to Talk to Girls at Parties.

  19. Chris

    4.5 stars, really.What a delightful collection of Gaiman s short stories I was very impressed, liking this even better than I expected It very nearly got a full 5 stars, but I honestly have a hard time giving that rating to a collection of short stories They have to really wow me for that Most of the time the stories, being short, don t really capture the full suspension of belief that s required to become fully absorbed and lost The lost I get, the big stars it ll get.That said, this is still [...]

  20. Becky

    I really enjoyed this collection of stories I listened to the audiobook version read by the author himself, which I think added quite a bit to the experience It s been my experience that authors who read their own stories as audiobooks are generally not the best While it s true that they know their characters and their stories, many of them just don t have the voice or talent for oral storytelling That s not to say that the author isn t a storyteller obviously they are, often they just shouldn t [...]

  21. A. Dawes

    3.5 all up I ve always found Gaiman inconsistent, perhaps because of his prolific publication, or the numerous genre he manages to cover Some works here I absolutely adored such as Monarch of the Glen , others I thought didn t deserve to be in the collection at all I d still recommend it though as when Gaiman is on song, he is fabulous 3 The Mapmaker from the American Gods world, this story warns about a lack of sympathy for others desires and selfishly pursuing your own Good but not great 4.5 A [...]

  22. K

    I have such a strange relationship with Neil Gaiman s writing, because I dislike the majority of it, but the few things that resonate well with me resonate so completely and so memorably that I don t ever forget them There were three stories and one poem that I actually quite liked, but other than that this particular collection really didn t work for me, mostly because I feel as if Gaiman is particularly weak in crafting distinctive narrators especially when writing in first person which is fin [...]

  23. Maria

    Me Neil Gaiman short stories perfect fit Yay I didn t like American Gods, but I love The Graveyard Book Now, I am trying another Gaiman book to tip him in my favor I hope Ha Thanks for the reco, friend

  24. Jeraviz

    Algunos relatos merecen mucho la pena, como la continuaci n de American Gods o el primer borrador de The Graveyard Book Otros te los puedes saltar tranquilamente La verdadera joya es la introducci n en la que Gaiman va explicando cada relato y muestra un poco su forma de trabajar.

  25. Ben Babcock

    I first read Fragile Things back in my first year of university, after which I promptly lent it to a friend, who gave it back to me three or four years later as can sometimes happen when I lend out books I ve been meaning to re read it for a while so I can write a review Then Neil Gaiman s newest collection, Trigger Warning came out So when I bought that, I also picked up his first collection, Smoke and Mirrors I thought I could read all three anthologies in publication order and enjoy the progr [...]

  26. Jean

    Three stars for this one because I really liked some of the stories, I really disliked others, and while the prose is well written, I just don t think Gaiman is a poet.I d rather not dwell on the negatives, so briefly, here are the stories I didn t like Other People and The Problem of Susan Other People is a sickening description of one man s hell literally hell, as in the afterlife Of course, a description of hell should be sickening and disturbing, but that doesn t mean I have to like reading [...]

  27. Maria

    Uneven collection of prose poetry a couple of the short stories were excellent, The rest was a bit of a muddle, with no satisfying resolutions, and that surprised me I know this author has a great following and I ordinarily love weird as much as the next person, but perhaps I simply don t get him Disappointing.

  28. Sarah

    Some fun stories and poems in here Many were brilliant and I m always impressed by the diversity in his pieces However, a few were rather forgettable I preferred Gaiman s Smoke and Mirrors to this collection, although this is still worth picking up.

  29. Carla Stafford

    Neil Gaiman s pen is like a knotted, gnarled wand between his bent, magical fingers Fragile Things is a collection of bizarre, intricate, yet sometimes strangely touching short stories and poems by Neil Gaiman Not overly cryptic in the way that modern short stories seem to be Although there was one, Diseasemaker s Croup that seemed intentionally and humorously nonsensical Is it weird that the Introduction was my favorite part No matter, I embrace my ravishing weirdness, his too, of course As ma [...]

  30. İdris Alp

    Di er neilgaiman kitaplar na nazaran bence ok ama ok iyi de ildi inde d ll yk lerde var, ama iirleri cidden m kemmeldi.Size tavsiyem bence b t n gaiman kitaplar n okuduktan sonra bunu okuyun imdi teker teker hikayelere ka puan verdi imi s yleyece im Z mr t Dosya 3 Peri Dans 5 Koltu a Ekim Oturdu unda 5 Gizli Oda 4 Vah i Arzular n Gecesinin Gizli Evindeki Y z Olmayan K lelerin Yasak Gelinleri 4 Uslu ocuklar d l Hak Eder 3 An lar Denizinde Yolculuk 4 Kapan Saati 5 Vah etin a r s 4 Ac Kahve 4 tekil [...]

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