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Summary È Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions 100 Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À Neil Gaiman Characters Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions 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. Neil Gaiman never disappointsThat s what this book is smokes and mirrors an interesting collection of short stories and poems A diverse mix of crazy dark engaging weird and hilarious

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Summary È Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions 100 Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À Neil Gaiman Characters Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions 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 bridg. Initially read in 1999 or thereabouts Not reviewed at the timeUpon re reading The Goldfish Pond and Other Stories by Neil GaimanI m usually not that interested in the whole glamour of Hollywood theme but this is probably the best commentary on it I ve ever read Clearly partially autobiographical this tells the story of a British writer who s flown out to LA to talk about converting his bestselling novel into a movie A shifting cast of film execs gradually morph his story past recognition Meanwhile he gets to know the elderly groundskeeper at his decaying hotel who tells him stories of the glory days of silent films Multi layered ironically humorous but ultimately poignant Beautifully doneOther included pieces from the wikiThe included stories and poems are different between some of the editions The US UK and eBook editions have some differences in the stories they contain see table to right Not in US print version Not in eBook version Appears in eBook version as AppleReading the Entrails The Wedding Present Chivalry written for an anthology by Marty GreenbergNicholas Was The PriceTroll Bridge retelling of The Three Billy Goats Gruff written for the anthology Snow White Blood Red by Ellen Datlow and Terri WindlingDon t Ask JackEaten Scenes from a Moving picture The White Road A narrative poem ueen of Knives A narrative poem The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch Changes The Daughter of Owls Shoggoth s Old Peculiar Virus Written for the anthology Digital Dreams by David Barrett Looking for the Girl Commissioned by Penthouse for their 20th anniversary issueOnly the End of the World AgainBay Wolf A story poem retelling BeowulfFifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot We Can Get Them For You Wholesale One Life Furnished in Early Moorcock Written for an anthology of Elric stories by Michael MoorcockCold Colors The Sweeper of Dreams Foreign PartsVampire Sestina A poem originally published in Fantasy Tales and later reprinted in the Mammoth Book of Vampires by Stephen JonesMouse written for Touch Wood edited by Pete CrowtherThe Sea ChangeHow Do You Think It Feels When We Went to See the End of the World by Dawnie Morningside age 11 Desert Wind Tastings Included in Sirens by Ellen Datlow and Terri WindlingIn the End Babycakes Murder Mysteries written for the anthology Midnight Graffiti by Jessie HorstingSnow Glass Apples

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Summary È Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions 100 Download ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook À Neil Gaiman Characters Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions E 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 dream. Bearing in mind I read this on my kindle so some stories weren t included in the version I read Also this is hella long All ratings including notes indicates favouriteThe Wedding Present Yes I religiously read introductions4In which a picturesue couple are given a uaint wedding present that seems to be a retelling of their coupling it spins a story of how their marriage could have went wrong Though this premise may seem outlandish and bizarre it s terribly relevant and poses significant uestions about the lives we choose to live It s sad to think that some Gaiman fans miss this story it s precious Chivalry35uite lovely The relationship was sweet and Mrs Whitaker was charming to read Nicholas Was45An excellent and precisely one hundred word twist on St Nicholas aka Santa Claus Ho ho hoThe Price4Ooh symbolism symbolism I adore this story possibly because I m so fond of cats The idea of a knightly cat guardian is wonderful Troll Bridge35I enjoyed this tale but something lead me to believe that it would be than it was when it finished so I wasn t as impressed with the ending Nevertheless it was immensely thought provoking and preoccupying Don t Ask Jack5Horrifying afflicting and downright disturbing Yep one of my favourite stories out of the entire book The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories3I really liked the vintage Hollywood theme but it didn t pull me in I think I maintained interest simply because it s a uasi account of personal experience for Gaiman as he admitted at the start of the book Riddled with idioms and scathing remarks on Hollywood it s very entertaining and humorous but not gripping enough for meEaten Scenes from a Moving Picture3ARGH I have written on my notepad SEXSEXSEXSEXSEX GROSSED OUT NEED SHOWER That pretty much summarizes how I feel about this story Bloomin heteros The White Road35Cool kind of story you can read over and over again and interpret in many different waysueen Of Knives45Very alluring I analysed this to death I fathomed all sorts of underlying messages and things I could take away Personally I took this idea of being trapped in a loveless marriage to result in the disappearance In addition it s also delectably written I devoured this story in one bite Changes4Exceedingly powerful especially the end The mere fact that Rajit a Scientist was referring to the people as Angels was of pivotal importance to me I took away my own meanings for this some of which I m certain Gaiman wasn t even attempting to convey I thought the significance of Angels meant that a conceivably genderless society or a society in which gender holds no meaning could be perceived as being that of an angelic peaceful community That s just a fraction of what I took away from this thoughThe Daughter of Owls2I didn t find this story interesting The title was inviting but the tale disappointed I followed everything that happened with little interest as to what would eventually happenShoggoth s Old Peculiar2Looking back I don t even remember this story Needless to say I wasn t that impressed Beautifully written as always oh Gaiman you wonderful thing but with little uality for me to recall I ll duplicate the comment for above I didn t find this story interesting The title was inviting but the tale disappointed I followed everything that happened with little interest as to what would eventually happenVirus3Interesting cryptic scary It reminded me of that short film titled Virus too Looking for the Girl445This reminded me a lot of Death in Venice and whilst I didn t have the opportunity to picture a beautiful prepubescent boy walking among the streets of Italy I still engaged with the divine narrative that retained this sense of beauty never being able to be obtained I m also reminded of McConaughey sBay Wolf3I m always captivated by mythical creatures so I relished this little anecdote though I don t remember much about it probably because I was nodding off Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot5A collection within a collection an array of segmented texts that evoke mystery and awe I loved the relativity toward Tarot cards in particular especially The Fool We Can Get Them for You Wholesale45Hilarious and ambiguously intriguing They d been ready for a long time but they had to be asked It reminded me of Vampires having to be granted permission to cross the threshold into our world One Life Furnished in Early Moorcock3All I have written down is Something missing liked the beginning though Very informative April Cold Colors25All I remember is confusion The Sweeper of Dreams35A magical ideal one that need not be uestioned in the unknown and mystical land of dreams Foreign Parts35Excusing the awkward descriptions of symptoms deriving from venereal disease the alienation of the lower regions of the protagonists body is open to interpretation The real interest I had was determining whether this was a tale of possession or dispossessionVampire Sestina5Sensual and delightful it certainly appealed to my extreme love of Vampiresue material Kudos to Gaiman also for succeeding in writing uite possibly the toughest form of verse out thereMouse2Curious but a tale that scurried away pretty easily from my train of thought The Sea Change4I love the sea and auatic life in general therefore I was pretty gripped with this story I m also a sucker for mermaids When We Went To See The End of The World by DawnieMorningside age 11 144This really disturbed me I don t know why it just seemed like the complete representation of evil It maintained the sense of inventive fictitious evil whilst holding the innocence and relativity of real life The most blatant representation of this is the mere use of the narration of an 11 year old Desert Wind3Nicely told anecdote it really brings forth the sensation of regret and longing to be somewhere else which is the reason I read Gaimans books in the first place I would like to go with the people too Tastings45Oh sexy times I actually loved the idea of something so freuently deemed emotionless or meaningless in the promiscuity of modern society becoming a personal necessity to someone s character To be frank I pried open this story like some sort of literary autopsy and picked apart meanings and interpretations for hours Babycakes4 We ll figure something out An almost dystopian feel to this which I always admire Very haunting and inhuman yet possible Foreshadowing the horror of human existence Superb Murder Mysteries4I m not Christian so forgive me for not fully immersing myself in the retelling of creation or rather Gaiman s take on it I relished the wholehearted symbolism throughout though Snow Glass and Apples3I expected this to be one of my favourites but sadly it s something that I feel suffered from my high expectations I originally heard of this in Gaiman s extra in Stardust and thought it was going to be magnificent It was pretty good and will forever leave a stain on the Snow White tale for me personally but truthfully I was expecting I originally intended to read one story per night as it seemed pretty easy to do so all of the stories are fairly uniue and eclectic However I was far too engaged to pass up the opportunity to finish the book all at once I even made notes on each tale after finishing them Looking back it s uite hard to give an overall summary It s a wonderful disturbing downright peculiar collection of stories that spins you from one adventure to the next weaved in with Gaiman s imaginary genius Some were decent others spectacular few just okay I freuently sensed some stories were ones that either needed to be developed or ones that didn t have enough promise and shouldn t have made it onto the pageOverall rating 35

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 365
  • Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions
  • Neil Gaiman
  • English
  • 14 August 2018
  • 9780380789023