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The Bellinghman
Date: 2008-04-17 23:22
Subject: #252 Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things
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Neil Gaiman: Fragile Things

Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Headline Review (25 Sep 2006)
ISBN-10: 0755334124
ISBN-13: 978-0755334124
Category(ies): Fantasy

This is another collection of short stories and poems by one of the best short story writers in the English language. It's Neil Gaiman: what more could you want?
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Megabitch
User: megabitch
Date: 2008-04-17 22:25 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
what more could you want?

A thicker book. More pages. More stories. ;)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-04-17 22:33 (UTC)
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Well, it's a signed copy, if that helps.
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User: furrfu
Date: 2008-04-17 22:37 (UTC)
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This book is great. Indeed typically Neil Gaiman, but still, when reading, a surprise at just how good he is.
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Kimberley Verburg: manaia
User: sierra_le_oli
Date: 2008-04-18 08:38 (UTC)
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what more could you want?

A novel. :-) Generally, I love Gaiman's work, but his short stories usually aren't my thing. And his poetry leaves me completely cold.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-04-18 09:14 (UTC)
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No pleasing some people, is there?

More seriously, I love the short stories. They're tiny polished gems of writing.

I love short stories as an art form. The problem is that, per page, they take much more effort than a novel does, so most writers go for the long form. Gaiman is, even among short story writers, really very good.

But I can appreciate that not everyone loves the same things. For example, musicals usually leave me cold (with the exception of 'Once More With Feeling', which actually has a valid reason for everyone to keep bursting out in song).
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Kimberley Verburg: manaia
User: sierra_le_oli
Date: 2008-04-18 14:47 (UTC)
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Keyword:manaia
:-D

I'll probably persevere with Gaiman's short stories, maybe it'll click one day.

I do love short stories in general, though for some reason I haven't really read any since Susanna Clarke's fabulous collection came out. But Starlight 3 made me take it out of the library the other day and showed me the error of my ways.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-04-18 15:24 (UTC)
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It may just be that what you (maybe unconsciously) want out of a short story and what Gaiman provides a bit different. For me, I find that whereas I consider a mixed short story collection good if I like 50% of the stories, with Gaiman, it's approaching 100%. You might also like 50% of the mixed collection, but a mostly different 50%.
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Kimberley Verburg: manaia
User: sierra_le_oli
Date: 2008-04-18 15:41 (UTC)
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Keyword:manaia
That might be it. A good point to ponder.
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Nicholas: earthsea
User: nwhyte
Date: 2008-04-18 09:14 (UTC)
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This was the book that converted my wife to Neil Gaiman!
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-04-18 15:20 (UTC)
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I hadn't realised that Neil was formerly a diplomat's wife.

I'll get my coat.
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kit
User: mizkit
Date: 2008-04-18 15:39 (UTC)
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*laughs out loud*
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