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Editorial Reviews

Gaiman loves short stories for offering "tiny windows into other worlds" and for letting readers "make it to the far side of the universe and still be back in time for dinner." This production also offers windows into Gaiman's writing history - from one story penned in 1984 to another that shows its development from a work in progress. Though the collection is thematically diverse, it's unified by Gaiman's masterful ability as a storyteller. Talented at creating voices to express his sometimes dark sense of humor, Gaiman has terrific pacing and savors the words he speaks, qualities that concentrate his listeners' attention on his unique prose. His affection for all of his characters results in a magical production.

Publisher's Summary

Here are stories to delight, enchant, and surprise you.

Best-selling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that will chill or amuse readers and that always embrace the unexpected. Included are:

  • "The Case of the Four and 20 Blackbirds"
  • "Troll Bridge"
  • "Don't Ask Jack"
  • "How to Sell the Ponti Bridge"
  • "October in the Chair"
  • "Chivalry"
  • "The Price"
  • "How to Talk to Girls at Parties"
  • "Sunbird"
  • "The Witch's Headstone"
  • "Instructions"
  • ©2007 Neil Gaiman (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

    Critic Reviews

    "Science fiction and fantasy fans will find much to delight them in this wealth of finely crafted stories." ( Children's Literature)

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    great for all ages

    this collection of short stories is wonderful for all ages; I liked most of the stories very much, and I really do like the reading by Mr. Gaiman; he really makes the stories come alive; I can imagine him telling them to his children the same way; really a nice little romp in fantasy; not too dreadful, and some very funny; great fun; not really what I think of as a children's book.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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    • Lois
    • Parlin, NJ, USA
    • 09-29-07

    A Very Nice Grouping

    Lots of wonderful stories and poems. Compiled for children but a very good listen at any age.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    It's only OK

    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The stories and narration by Niel Gaiman are, as always, beyond fantastic, but you would be better off buying "Fragile Things" which contains all the good short stories from M is for Magic and more.

    Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Mr. Gaiman's short stories, especially October in the Chair. I find them all delightful.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    creepy and satisfying

    Kids stories for grownups. I liked everyone of the stories which where both creepy and original at the same time...Maybe too spooky for younger children

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    A delight

    You just can't do better than Gaiman. Delightful, witty stories, good narration, just plain fun!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    • Euryleia
    • Buena Park, CA United States
    • 12-06-07

    not for children

    I found this collection of short stories very 'hit or miss'- I either really liked the story or really didn't, and not being a fan of Jazz music I really wasn't impressed with the Jazz interludes that separated every story (I wish they'd have been sectioned as 'chapters' so that I could just click past them). Neil Gaiman does his usual great job of narrating- except in the first selection where he tries to put on a fake accent (think film noir detective) and fails miserably. Most of the stories have some adult content (language or situations) but nothing too graphic. While Gaiman claims that collections such as Bradbury's "R is for Rocket" were inspirations for his "M is for Magic" this series is not written for the same age range as Bradbury's. That said, as I am a big fan of Neil Gaiman, I'm glad I purchased this audiobook and will undoubtedly listen to some of the selections over and over (I especially enjoyed "Chivalry" and "The Price").

    8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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    magically entertaining as Neil Gaiman delivers

    I love Neil Gaiman adventures and these mini adventures are very magical, short and yet funny and charming. loved it.

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    great book

    i'm a big fan of neil gaiman and this book doesn't disappoint

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    • Erika
    • Colton, NY, USA
    • 01-12-09

    a great bunch of short stories

    i especially like the one about the guardian cat, and the one about the angels and the murder. neil gaiman has a fantastic and lush vision.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful