Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

Short Fictions and Illusions

Paperback - 2005
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In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion... and anything is possible. In this, Gaiman's first book of short stories, his imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders -- a place 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.
Publisher: New York : Avon Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780380789023
Branch Call Number: PB FIC GAI
Characteristics: xi, 365 pages ; 17 cm
Contents: Reading the entrails: a rondel
An introduction
Nicholas was ...
The price
Troll bridge
Don't ask Jack
The goldfish pool and other stories
The white road
Queen of knives
The daughter of owls
Shoggoth's old peculiar
Looking for the girl
Only the end of the world again
Bay wolf
We can get them for you wholesale
One life, furnished in early Moorcock
Cold colors
The sweeper of dreams
Foreign parts
Vampire sestina
The sea change
When we went to see the end of the world by Dawnie Morningside, age 11 1/4
Desert wind
Murder mysteries
Snow, glass, apples
Anansi boys (excerpt)


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Mar 29, 2016

Good, varied collection and fascinating notes from the author. If nothing else, read the first story in the collection (not the one in the introduction, though that's good, too).

soundguy1999 Sep 04, 2011

Good book of short stories.
Some better then others, but most well written.
I would recommend this book for light reading.

angry_skull Aug 28, 2011

Pretty good. Some interesting stories. I like that he also tells how the stories came to him.

Feb 05, 2011

Neil Gaiman is so great.


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