In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion... and anything is possible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman's imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders - where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control," and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks.
Explore a new reality, obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible, in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.
©1998 Neil Gaiman (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers
Im a busy Mama, always on the go! Lover of historical fiction and Sci fi horror.
Neil Gaiman's stories are always charming, witty and entertaining. As a narrator he is fantastic!
I'm not big on short stories, and even one of my favorite authors couldn't change that for me. If you're a Gaiman fan and don't mind shorts this would be a great collection. I'll probably stick to the longer stories.
I really like the book Neil himself reads, he knows how to convey his written word
there are several great short tales, I believe the guys in Innsmouth or the werewolf
He acts the voices, he likes being a whiny kid
All of it is great
I had tried to listen to this book several months ago, but the way it is presented, with the background for every tale at the very beginning makes it less enjoyable than being able to flip the page before every story, or, if the introduction was before the short tale
It's no secret I'm a Neil Gaiman fan. Love the man. And his audiobooks are always fantastic and Smoke and Mirrors is no exception. Gaiman's narration is spot on. As always when I listen to him tell a story, it feels like he's letting me in on a secret. You know, telling me a special tale that not many people know. I'd heard many of the stories in this collection in other places; but lots were brand new to me. They also opened up some new insights into Neil Gaiman that I hadn't seen before. This collection highlights Gaiman's unique talent and masterful ability to tell a story.
Really good. I only gave it a 4 because some of the stories weren't as good as a lot of Neil's other stuff, but it was still a good collection. Neil's performance makes it worth it to listen to all of the stories though.
I loved it. been needing some good stories to pass the time since I finished the graveyard book. though I think the last story and the angel one should have switched to finish it off. neil gaiman does it again and leaves me wishing for more.
you won't regret it.
as far as a collection of sorts be Neil Gaiman, I was a little disappointed by this after "Trigger Warning" which I utterly loved. I really liked a few of the stories in here, but some I struggled to get through, and some ended up skipping after a few minutes.
A different short story collection.
He has a nice voice.
Only get this book if you want to hear the author pontificate about writing short stories, the nature of short stories, the structure of short stories...but never actually hear any short stories! He always acts like he's about to tell one, and then goes off on some tangent. We listened for 45 minutes and he told one story in all of that time!
Gaiman is an excellent, hugely imaginative writer, and this, his first compilation of short stories, is a real treat.
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