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Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions | [Neil Gaiman]

Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions

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.
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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

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    Tina sutherlin, OR, United States 07-15-13
    Tina sutherlin, OR, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2008

    Im a busy Mama, always on the go! Lover of historical fiction and Sci fi horror.

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    "Love Neil Gaiman!"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    melrailey Georgia, United States 06-18-13
    melrailey Georgia, United States 06-18-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Short Stories from a Master"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    CrazyKaida 07-29-14
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    What would have made Smoke and Mirrors better?

    A table of contents! I would like to know specifically what is included in this audiobook.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Neil Gaiman? Why or why not?

    Yes, I like his writing style.


    What about Neil Gaiman’s performance did you like?

    He speaks clearly and with feeling.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Smoke and Mirrors?

    I would only add a table of contents to the file so that I could skip to different parts of the audio. Ten hours is a lot of content. If I wanted to skip to my favorite parts, it would be very difficult.


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    William SAINT ALBANS, WV, United States 03-10-14
    William SAINT ALBANS, WV, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this title to other listeners without hesitation if it weren't for the oddness I encountered.


    Any additional comments?

    It seemed to me at some point during my listen through that the introductions to each of the stories just played at once. I'm not certain if this was an issue with my player or an issue with the recording. If I get time; I'll download it again and have a listen but not now.

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    MICHELLE BURBANK, CA, United States 08-28-13
    MICHELLE BURBANK, CA, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Just awful...not anything like the other Gaiman books I've read. Didn't even finish listening...very disjointed and annoying.


    What does Neil Gaiman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gaiman's reading is excellent but this collection of short stories is just terrible.


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