Fragile Things: Short Fictions And Wonders

Mass Market Paperback | February 9, 2010

byNeil Gaiman

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“A prodigiously imaginative collection.”<_o3a_p>

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Dazzling tales from a master of the fantastic.”
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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!<_o3a_p>

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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), ...

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A mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night . . . Two teenage boys crash a party and meet the girls of their dreams—and nightmares . . . In a Hugo Award–winning story, a great detective must solve a most unsettling royal murder in a strangely altered Victorian England ....

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.

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Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.8 inPublished:February 9, 2010Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060515236

ISBN - 13:9780060515232

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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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