Willy Wonka of it
Firstly, this thing starts off with a half an hour intro where Neil Gaiman gives background on every story to come. Not only does this get very boring after a while because you have no idea what stories he's talking about (not having heard them yet), but you also end up forgetting about the intro/explanation by the time you DO get to the stories. Not a great way to start.
The stories themselves are what seem to be a mixture of poetry, short stories and longer short stories. It can sometimes be very confusing when you shift to a new story, especially toward the middle where there seems to be paragraph-long stories back to back (are they connected? I have no idea).
There are some real gems in here, but the overall feeling is that they get lost in the shuffle. I realize it's a collection/compilation, so that's the best place to just dump every thing, but many of these stories were better left untold IMO.
Good group of stories by Gaiman. A very fun novella that picks up at the end of American Gods. To be fair, there were a few stories that I found myself getting rather bored with and easily distracted while listening to them. All told, if you like Gaiman you'll enjoy this book.
Yes. It is written and read by Neil Gaiman.
his melodious voice
I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. There is a book of his that I won't read.
Title says it all. He should have kept these stories under wraps. I prefer to remember how much I enjoyed American Gods, the Graveyard, Stardust.
The breadth of Gaiman's imagination and writing talent are staggering. A couple of bothersome things were the extremely long introduction that I was forced to listen to in the audio edition. I wasn't very interested in the background of the stories, especially such lengthy explanations. The collection of stories was so varied - I ended up wishing I could give the book to my young grandson, but while some of the stories would have been perfect for him, many were totally inappropriate. These are vary small criticisms indeed compared to the generosity of the author's spirit and his love of writing. Please keep giving us more and more, Mr. Gaiman. I'm a total fan!
Brilliant work! I have listened several times and hear something new each time. Not just scraps of dialog I missed, or a scene in a story, though there are those things that are new. I develop an ever more complex understanding of the story, as if getting the frame set up in the first listen. Then with each subsequent hearing, adding color and texture to the story.
There are too many characters to choose...
I enjoy listening to him describe what he as a writer experienced during the creation of a particular story
No and Yes. I had to listen to the whole audio a couple times--the introduction, where the author explains where a story came from was longer than I wanted to listen to, so I skipped the 2nd half of it and went to the first story. All well and good...but...I don't know I was disenchanted and listened to some other audio for a few days. I came back to where I'd left off in Fragile Things and was captivated and wanted to know where he'd gotten the idea for this story and didn't it bother his wife the way he wrote that story...I went back to the beginning of the introduction and started all over.
Excellent, out of left-field thoughts connected to traditional folk stories wound up with whimsy and a chill of creepiness...so cool and engaging.
Modern-day Poe with a more laid-back attitude.
I have read and enjoyed many books by this author. He had delighted, rattled, and challenged me. This is the first anthology of short stories. I wish someone had warned me that this is like a field of flowers. .. with landmines. Got halfway through. Will be returning it. I feel fouled and damaged. It's like being assaulted by a trusted friend. I will never trust this author with my mind again.