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Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions (P.S.)


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Nicholas Was...

older than sin, and his beard could grow no whiter. He wanted to die.

The dwarfish natives of the Arctic caverns did not speak his language, but conversed in their own, twittering tongue, conducted incomprehensible rituals, when they were not actually working in the factories.

Once every year they forced him, sobbing and protesting, into Endless Night. During the journey he would stand near every child in the world, leave one of the dwarves' invisible gifts by its bedside. The children slept, frozen into time.

He envied Prometheus and Loki, Sisyphus and Judas. His punishment was harsher.




Copyright © 2001 by Neil Gaiman

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Gaiman, Neil
Harper Perennial
by Neil Gaiman
Short Stories (single author)
General Fiction
Fantasy fiction
Horror fiction
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
February 2008
Grade Level:
8.04x5.28x.88 in. .61 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780061450167 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

If you've only read The Sandman, you're cheating yourself, but if you haven't read Gaiman at all, it's simply a crime. Smoke and Mirrors is his first — and, I think, best — short story collection, with not a bad story in the lot. The best are the charming grail story "Chivalry," the short and creepy "Babycakes," and the harrowing ode to cats "The Price," but "Only the End of the World Again" and "Snow, Glass, Apples" shine brightly as well.

"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 , "[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium."
"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.
"Synopsis" by , In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion . . . and anything is possible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman's imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders—where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control," and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks. Explore a new reality, obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible, in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.
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