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Smoke and Mirrors | [Neil Gaiman]

Smoke and Mirrors

This definitive collection of Neil Gaiman's short fiction will haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul. An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat. A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family from unimaginable evil. A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage. These tales and much more await in this extraordinary book, revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.
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This definitive collection of Neil Gaiman's short fiction will haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul. An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat. A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family from unimaginable evil. A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage. These tales and much more await in this extraordinary book, revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.

©1998 Neil Gaiman (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Alan Parker 04-09-15
    Alan Parker 04-09-15
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    "Too dark!"

    The stories are too dark for my tastes. Good narration, first section a waste of time - just talking about how the stories came about.

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  • Landgirl
    Reay, Caithness, UK
    4/30/15
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    "A Gallery on An Other World"

    This collection of short stories offers a great opportunity to hear a writer's voice developing. The downside is that the stories can become same-y, and, inevitably, some stories resonate more with a listener. His Murder Mysteries story seems to me to be an absolute marvel--both the story and his reading. I had the same feeling of amazement as a child with a bedtime story, especially with this one but with many of the others as well. His performance of the stories is compelling.

    There is much more to Gaiman's stories than things that go bump in the night although he does such stories deftly. Neil Gaiman offers us a perspective on the world that is honest and ironic, slightly cynical but deeply affectionate. Through his stories you meet a gallery of characters some familar--others perhaps that person you saw on the bus last week or that lady on the train. Through his story telling we are transported to someplace almost like here and we come back from the visit just a little bit wiser or kinder or grateful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    4/24/15
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    "wonderful collection"

    I really enjoyed listening to this on my drives to and from work. He really creates believable worlds and characters

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  • MR
    poole, United Kingdom
    12/28/13
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    "some truely memorable stories but some forgetable"
    What made the experience of listening to Smoke and Mirrors the most enjoyable?

    The wedding, the angle story and snow, glass, apples where very memorable and fantastic tales. Many of the others where good short tales like the American tourist who stopped in a pub, and the werewolf. But several where quite frogetable.


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

    Yes this is my 3rd Neil Gaiman book and his tales are intriguing i say it like that as his story and interesting don't feel like the right words to describe his style.


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favourite?

    Don't think i can pick 1 from about all the tales


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    As short stories some of them i did.


    Any additional comments?

    Neil Gaiman reading his own book he is able to emphasise the important parts. any body listening to this be prepared for some dark tales

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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