Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil GaimanFragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman

Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

byNeil Gaiman

Paperback | October 2, 2007

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“A prodigiously imaginative collection.”

New York Times Book Review, Editor’s Choice


“Dazzling tales from a master of the fantastic.”
Washington Post Book World


Fragile Things is a sterling collection of exceptional tales from Neil Gaiman, multiple award-winning (the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Newberry, and Eisner Awards, to name just a few), #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Graveyard Book, Anansi Boys, Coraline, and the groundbreaking Sandman graphic novel series. A uniquely imaginative creator of wonders whose unique storytelling genius has been acclaimed by a host of literary luminaries from Norman Mailer to Stephen King, Gaiman’s astonishing powers are on glorious displays in Fragile Things. Enter and be amazed!

Neil Gaiman is the #1New York Timesbestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
Title:Fragile Things: Short Fictions and WondersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.94 inPublished:October 2, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0061252026

ISBN - 13:9780061252020

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Really love Gaiman’s shorter works. I think Smoke and Mirrors is a better collection, but this is still great
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Somewhat disappointed Being a HUGE fan of Gaiman's comic books and novels, I find that most of the stories in this book with the exception of the American Gods novella felt a little under underwhelming so by the end of the story I was either thinking..."wait, what?" or "that's it?". I just felt that they were either too weird or incomplete. I just recommend you try it out at the library first before going out and paying money for it.
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Short stories are the best way to discover a new author This collection does not disappoint. Great way to get into Gaiman if you have wondered about his writing.
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing!!! Gaiman has a way with words that is both utterly terrifying and incredible! He crafts these amazing stories in such a short amount of time, it's honestly mind blowing to read. Definitely one of my favourite collections ever. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hits & Misses I really wanted to love this book. I love short story collections, and I really enjoy everything else I have read by Neil Gaiman. However, I do have conflicted feelings about these "short fictions and wonders". Some stuff in here is pure gold. I particularly enjoyed 'A Study in Emerald', 'October in the Chair', and 'The Monarch of the Glen', and I found the poetry to be delightful. Most stories had interesting parts, but there were a few that I just found too disturbing, or too abstract to get into. I don't think fans of Neil Gaiman will find it a waste of time, but I also do not feel like this is a must read.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Gaiman Short Story Collection This is my favourite of Gaiman's short story collections. The stories flow very well together, and there was not a one that I disliked. There's some really fun ones in here, including a take on Sherlock Holmes that I loved. A very good place to start if you have not yet ventured into Neil Gaiman's short stories.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neil Gaiman is a great author, he is like a cross between PG Wodehouse and Douglas Adams but with better characterisation. The book ranges from witty to laugh out loud humour. The poetry could be cut with no great loss, but otherwise a series of stunning short stories, varying from mild horror, to fantasy with a twist. If you are a fan of Gaiman you'll love it. If you are not a fan of Gaiman, if you like short stories at a slight angle to reality, with good use of language, and unexpected twists then you should get this. Naturally as in any collection of short stories, when some end you are often left wanting more, but they are fragile gems to be savoured.
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Classic Classic Gaiman. Dark and twisted, fun, quirky, and interesting. Smoke and Mirrors is still my favorite of the two anthologies he has come out with so far.
Date published: 2010-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fascinating collection Gaiman's short stories are simply great. His capacity for darkness and wonder are displayed here to their full capacity. I particularily liked "Dark Grounds". It blends Vodoun culture with American, and illustrates modern culture's ability to dampen souls.
Date published: 2009-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Neil Gaiman weaves his magic again In his 2nd collection, Gaiman creates more spell-binding stories to add to his repertoire of classic tales. All of the stories contained here are sheer gems of beauty and perfection. Some are so haunting that they don't leave the mind for days. The ones in particular are "The Problem of Susan" where he offers an alternative to what happens to Susan Pevensie, the one shut out of Narnia. It's genious lies in the haunting sadness of being the one left behind and what it takes to move on. The other tale that struck me was the one about the Gargoyle protecting the man's heart. I think when we have been faced with such a bitter heart-break, we all want to or wish to have our own Gargoyle to help us along. I recommend getting this book because he is a genius in creating perfect and haunting worlds that never fully leave the reader.
Date published: 2008-04-04

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