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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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Publisher's Summary

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 07-15-13
    Tina 07-15-13 Member Since 2014

    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.

    6 of 6 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

    Mel

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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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    Amazon Customer Near Mexico City 12-10-14
    Amazon Customer Near Mexico City 12-10-14
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    "almost perfect"
    What made the experience of listening to Smoke and Mirrors the most enjoyable?

    I really like the book Neil himself reads, he knows how to convey his written word


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    there are several great short tales, I believe the guys in Innsmouth or the werewolf


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

    He acts the voices, he likes being a whiny kid


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    All of it is great


    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Aimz SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 04-20-15
    Aimz SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 04-20-15 Member Since 2006

    Audible rawks! My taste is beyond eclectic and Audible always has plenty to choose from, no matter what mood I'm in!

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    "still excellent ..."

    ... on the third read. Thought i had this in my library but it wasn't with the rest of my Gaiman collection so bought it again and gave a full re-listen. Content isn't quite as dovetailed as his later short story collections, but it's good to hear the variety of styles he accomplishes in these stories: not all horror or fey fancy.

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    Mary J. Forbes Madison, MS, US 04-20-15
    Mary J. Forbes Madison, MS, US 04-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Well done. Possibly important."

    Gaiman tells stories as is his talent. Here he touches upon core beliefs and challenges you to explore your own.

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    04-01-15
    04-01-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Gaiman gallore!"

    As with all storytellers, not all the produce from Mr Gaiman resonates well with me. some of this stuff though resonates deeply indeed. Even if I may not be able-to or for that matter want-to reflect on, and recognize the reason.
    Being a collection of short stories we get almost the full width of Gaiman's portfolio squeezed into this volume. With the author also as the narrator I feel that we get the full Gaiman experience in this audio production. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacob Todd Lee 03-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth it."

    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.

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    Gabrielle 02-25-15
    Gabrielle 02-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    love listening to Gaiman tell his own story. excellent. would definitely recommend to any one.

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    Joshua F. Parsons Incirlik AB, Turkey 02-17-15
    Joshua F. Parsons Incirlik AB, Turkey 02-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Entertaining creepy short stories"

    Neil Gaiman short stories are great, his narration entertaining. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because I've already heard his "fragile things" anthology which I feel is the pinnacle of story telling. I loved "murder mysteries" and "snow glass apples" but felt the rest of this anthology was just not quite on par with fragile things. Still a treat to read or listen to though.

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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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