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- Editor: Headline Review; Edición: 1 (5 de abril de 2007)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0755334159
- ISBN-13: 978-0755334155
- Valoración media de los clientes: 2 opiniones de clientes
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº45.017 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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'Gaiman has a deft touch for suprise and inventiveness, and there are inspired moments' -- Publishers Weekly 20060717 'Gaiman again proves himself a perverse romantic, heir not only to Poe and Baudelaire but to the breathless Pre-Raphelites... He wears his pop cred in boldface, and street-smart hipness saturates these eerie epiphanies... The collection also boasts lush prose...and a winning faith in the enchantment of stories. Expect the unexpected. Then savor the luscious chills.' -- Kirkus Reviews 20070715
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Neil Gaiman's extraordinary Fragile Things, from the bestselling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and American Gods, reveals one of the world's most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers, and harnesses the Gothic power of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber to the storytelling genius of Stephen King. 'The collections also boasts lush prose . . . and a winning faith in the enchantment of stories' Kirkus Reviews
The distinctive genius of Neil Gaiman has been championed by writers as diverse as Norman Mailer and Stephen King. With THE SANDMAN Neil Gaiman created one of the most sophisticated, intelligent and influential graphic novel series of our time. Now Gaiman has produced FRAGILE THINGS, his second collection of short fiction. These stories will dazzle your senses, haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul.
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A Study in Emerald
The Fairy Reel
October in the Chair
The Hidden Chamber
Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire
The Flints of Memory Lane
Keepsakes and Treasures
Good Boys Deserve Favors
The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch
Strange Little Girls
The Problem of Susan
How Do You Think It Feels?
Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot
Feeders and Eaters
In the End
Pages from a Journal Found in a Shoebox Left in a Greyhound Bus Somewhere Between Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Louisville, Kentucky
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
The Day the Saucers Came
The Monarch of the Glen
Most of these I listened to from the audio version, narrated by Gaiman himself. I think that endeared me to some of the stories even more than if I’d read them myself. Gaiman is a great voice actor and he really drew me into his stories. I’ll review my favorites below:
<b>A Study in Emerald</b> was a nice throwback to a Sherlock Holmes story. Lestrade seems omniscient at times and I enjoyed hearing him tell of how he came to his conclusions.
<b>October in the Chair</b> was wondrous to me and lovely. It baffles me how Gaiman comes up with some of the ideas for his stories. Who else would have thought to have the months sitting around talking and sharing stories? It’s really quite beautiful in its elegance. An excerpt from the story: <i>October was in the chair, so it was chilly that evening, and the leaves were red and orange and tumbled from the trees that circled the grove. The twelve of them sat around a campfire…. “Your turn in the chair next time,” said October. “I know,” said November. “I like your stories. Mine are always too dark.” “I don’t think so,” said October. “It’s just that your nights are longer. And you aren’t as warm.”</i>
<b>Bitter Ground</b> was an interesting story of a wanderer of sorts who has decided to give up his life. He stumbles upon a new life to lead, taking the place of a fellow that seems to have disappeared. He winds up in New Orleans where he meets some strange people.
<b>Other People</b> was really odd. I had no real idea where it was going, nor did I really like it, until the very end. Then it seemed brilliant. <i>“Time is fluid here,” said the Demon.</i>
<b>Keepsakes and Treasures</b> had me intrigued, more for the narrator in the story than anything else. He seems almost amoral, but he drew me in just the same. He’s basically a thug for hire for Mr. Alice, a rich-beyond-belief man with a taste for the extravagant. Mr. Alice, and indeed the narrator, I believe, show up in a couple stories in the anthology, which made me smile.
<b>Harlequin Valentine</b> was odd and fun. On Valentine’s Day, Harlequin gives his heart to a woman, literally. It seems he’s normally a trickster, who loves to play pranks on people, but once he’s given his heart away, playing tricks lacks the thrill that it used to hold for him. I love the twist that the story takes when Harlequin’s desire guesses who he is and decides what to do with the heart.
<b>The Problem of Susan</b> was a fun story as it is a tangent off the Chronicles of Narnia. We come upon Susan in her later years where she is dreaming of fantastical places.
<b>Goliath</b> was a lot of fun. It’s an expansion on the "Matrix" type of world. Interesting how a lifetime can fly by in 20 minutes.
I love <b>The Day The Saucers Came</b>. It’s really a short little poem, but very fun, and made even better by the way Gaiman read it (in the audio version).
<b>Sunbird</b> was a little odd at first. It’s a story about the Epicurean Club, who’s goal it is to taste everything edible on the planet. They’ve come to the conclusion they’ve tried everything and there’s nothing else to try. Then, it's suggested they try the Suntown Sunbird. The rest of the story follows them traveling to Suntown to track down and eat the Sunbird….and what happens to them when they do.
<b>The Monarch of the Glen</b> is an offshoot of the <b>American Gods</b> novel. It was an interesting story and really makes me want to pick up American Gods to learn more.
Only one of the stories that I have read so far had explicit sexual content; it was integral to the plot.
I read this book right after reading one by Patricia Bear. Had I read Gaiman's book following one by a mediocre writer, I probably would have given Gaiman 4 stars.
I especially recommend 'A study in Emerald', 'Forbidden Brides', 'Vampire Tarot', and 'The day the saucer's came' as the best stories, as well as 'the monarch of the glen' for those who have read 'American Gods', also by Neil Gaiman. Happy reading!