In short, this is another great installment from Neil Gaiman. Some of the stories blew me over (A Study In Emerald) and others were forgettable. But the entire time, I was lost in the world of Neil Gaiman's imagination (which has no competition). This story collection is worth picking up just for the American Gods story featuring Shadow.
Such a lovely and provocitive collection read by the Author as he sets them out as he sees them in his mind. I love The world's and people Gaimam introduces us too and the ones he helps us revisit.
Wonderful stories, with just the right mix of darkness and light. Gaiman's voice makes them all the more enchanting.
50ish retired public radio news broadcaster, female, rancher. I love good writing from historical fiction and interesting, off beat mysteries to history of religions and interesting biography coupled with excellent voicing. I have no use for poorly delivered reading. I'll suffer though so-so writing if the content is engaging, but if the narrator is bad, I'll buy the book and read it myself.
If you are a die hard Neil Gaimon fan, these stories and poems flesh out this amazing writers oeuvre. I wouldn't tell anyone to start here. These pieces, for the most part, read like studies for his larger works. If you enjoyed American Gods, don't miss the final story here.
Struggled with what seemed like disjointed narration, story structure, character development, and finally realized I had not been listening fro. chapter nine.
again, I'm in the empty, emotional vacuum that always follows the completion of a Neil Gaiman book. it's a place where, as the glitter and dust settle back down and slowly dissolve in the soil beneath your shoes, you realize just how painfully ordinary life is, once more.
I want to live inside of Fragile Things. these stories burrow into your bones; wriggling and moaning only to come out in your dreams in blues and grays that frighten and enlighten you. to have the privilege to hear them read by the master himself...well...it's a gift. his stories and his narration are a gift. please have a listen.
I am a fan, so I had a positive bias going into this book. I was not disappointed. The mixture of stories, snippets and poems was eclectic and entertaining. They all shone with Mr. Gaimans rich descriptions, and were easy to visualize. The only retraction is the authors tendency to drop into a 'singsong' cadence occasionally.