Sunday, January 07, 2007

Book Two: Gaiman's Fragile Things

2. Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman. Speculative Fiction, 1-7, p. 355

Book two: Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman. I am on the pace that I want to maintain for the year – a minimum of 100 pages a day. I still have The New Yorker to complete. I will be starting Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart and Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy's Guide by Joseph Epstein – it is part of the Eminent Lives series.

Fragile Things, which contains short stories, poetry and other oddities by Gaiman, is an uneven work. The true Gaiman fan – and there are many – will enjoy it without reservation. Those unfamiliar with Gaiman would be best served by reading the book over a period of a month or six weeks.

Gaiman’s an imaginative writer, often humorous and wildly inventive. Notable works in this collection include A Study in Emerald, Sherlock Holmes meets H.P. Lovecraft; The Monarch of the Glen, a novella featuring Shadow from his American Gods tales; and How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a clever tale about otherworldly tourists.

Gaiman offers up equal parts fantasy, horror and science fiction with a dash of humor.

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