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Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions

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Publisher Comments:

In Neil Gaiman's richly imagined fiction, anything is possible. And the proof is in the telling in this extraordinary collection of short stories. Discover within these pages miraculous inventions and curious characters: an elderly widow who finds the Holy Grail tucked beneath an old fur coat in a thrift store, a terrified boy who barters for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks, a young couple who receives a wedding gift that gradually reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage. Smoke and Mirrors will dazzle your senses, touch your heart — and haunt your dreams.

Review:

"[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium." Stephen King

Review:

"A whopping collection....[T]he volume's numerous successes put an engaging spin on even more-than-twice-told tales....[A]n exhilarating display of the work of one of our most entertaining storytellers." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

Review:

"Poe would love him....A box of bonbons for dark fantasy fans, and a strong successor to Neverwhere." Booklist

Review:

"Imaginative twists on old legends and frightening glimpses into the impossible combine to form this impressive collection....The intriguing world behind these pages is indeed smoke and mirrors, just a step or a word or a story away from our own." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Short stories guaranteed to excite the senses and inflame the imagination..." Book Alert

Review:

"Highly imaginative...readers will find echoes of H.P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, but the voice is all Gaiman." Dallas Morning News

Review:

"Gaiman's incantatory storytelling ignites both the bitter and the sweet and its smoke twists and seeps into dark corners, wafts into the light and amusing, even wends poignantly into the heart: nothing he writes should be missed." HorrorOnline.com

Review:

"Gaiman is a star. He constructs stories like some demented cook might make a wedding cake, building layer upon layer, including all kinds of sweet and sour in the mix." Clive Barker

Synopsis:

Now available in paperback is the definitive collection of short stories that reveals one of the world's most gifted fantasy writers at the peak of his form.

About the Author

Neil Gaiman wrote the award-winning graphic novel series The Sandman, and with Terry Pratchett, the award-winning novel Good Omens. His first book for children, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, illustrated by Dave McKean, hasn't yet won any awards, but was one of Newsweek's Best Children's Books of 1997. Angels & Visitations, a small-press story collection, was nominated for a World Fantasy Award and won the International Horror Critics Guild Award for Best Collection, despite not having any horror in it. Well, hardly any.

Born in England, he now makes his home in America, in a big dark house of uncertain location where he grows exotic pumpkins and accumulates computers and cats. He is currently at work turning his first novel Neverwhere into a film for Jim Henson films.

Table of Contents

Reading the Entrails: A Rondel
An Introduction 1
Chivalry 33
Nicholas Was... 48
The Price 49
Troll Bridge 57
Don't Ask Jack 69
The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories 72
The White Road 108
Queen of Knives 120
Changes 130
The Daughter of Owls 141
Shoggoth's Old Peculiar 144
Virus 156
Looking for the Girl 159
Only the End of the World Again 171
Bay Wolf 190
We Can Get Them for You Wholesale 198
One Life, Furnished in Early Moorcock 209
Cold Colors 224
The Sweeper of Dreams 236
Foreign Parts 238
Vampire Sestina 255
Mouse 257
The Sea Change 267
When We Went to See the End of the World 271
Desert Wind 278
Tastings 281
Babycakes 290
Murder Mysteries 292
Snow, Glass, Apples 325

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ebrookman, July 17, 2008 (view all comments by ebrookman)
Great book! A myriad of stories that span his career as a writer. Especially read "Looking For The Girl" and "Changes", my favorites. "The Sea Change" is a well-crafted story also. Good for a lazy afternoon. Pick this book up!!!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060934705
Subtitle:
Short Fictions and Illusions
Author:
Gaiman, Neil
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Horror fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
June 19, 2001
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
5-5/16 X 8

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Product details 352 pages Perennial - English 9780060934705 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium."
"Review" by , "A whopping collection....[T]he volume's numerous successes put an engaging spin on even more-than-twice-told tales....[A]n exhilarating display of the work of one of our most entertaining storytellers."
"Review" by , "Poe would love him....A box of bonbons for dark fantasy fans, and a strong successor to Neverwhere."
"Review" by , "Imaginative twists on old legends and frightening glimpses into the impossible combine to form this impressive collection....The intriguing world behind these pages is indeed smoke and mirrors, just a step or a word or a story away from our own."
"Review" by , "Short stories guaranteed to excite the senses and inflame the imagination..."
"Review" by , "Highly imaginative...readers will find echoes of H.P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, but the voice is all Gaiman."
"Review" by , "Gaiman's incantatory storytelling ignites both the bitter and the sweet and its smoke twists and seeps into dark corners, wafts into the light and amusing, even wends poignantly into the heart: nothing he writes should be missed."
"Review" by , "Gaiman is a star. He constructs stories like some demented cook might make a wedding cake, building layer upon layer, including all kinds of sweet and sour in the mix."
"Synopsis" by , Now available in paperback is the definitive collection of short stories that reveals one of the world's most gifted fantasy writers at the peak of his form.
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