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Fragile Things por Neil Gaiman
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Fragile Things (edição 2007)

por Neil Gaiman

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A collection of more than twenty-five short fictional works follows a theme of the intersections between life and death, perception and reality, and darkness and light.
Título:Fragile Things
Autores:Neil Gaiman
Informação:Headline Review (2007), Paperback, 448 pages
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Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders por Neil Gaiman

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    American Gods {original} por Neil Gaiman (moonstormer)
    moonstormer: Fragile Things contains a short story with the same character as is in American Gods. Both are highly recommended.
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    The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories por Susanna Clarke (Larkken)
    Larkken: The short stories contained in each anthology have a similar feel, and both, to some degree, play with traditional fairy tale themes. Clarke's novel benefits from reading her debut novel, as her collection is placed in the same world.
  3. 30
    The Graveyard Book por Neil Gaiman (PghDragonMan)
  4. 20
    Beowulf por Beowulf poet (moonstormer)
    moonstormer: the short story in Fragile Things - Monarch of the Glen - is very related to Beowulf and could be seen as an interesting commentary.
  5. 10
    A Pack of Lies por Geraldine McCaughrean (fyrefly98)
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    The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm por Ellen Datlow (veracity)
  7. 21
    We Never Talk About My Brother por Peter S. Beagle (MyriadBooks)
    MyriadBooks: For, "Ah. My story. Are you certain you wish to hear it? It is long, unlikely, and remarkably unedifying -- shameful, even, to come from a minister's lips. Blasphemous, too, properly regarded."
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    The Last Battle por C. S. Lewis (sturlington)
    sturlington: One of Gaiman's stories speculates on what Susan did after the events in The Last Battle.
  9. 32
    Something Wicked This Way Comes por Ray Bradbury (PghDragonMan)
    PghDragonMan: Not all circuses are for your amusement. Choose wisely which one to attend.
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    The Fate of Mice por Susan Palwick (MyriadBooks)
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    Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances por Neil Gaiman (LAKobow)
    LAKobow: Another short story collection by Neil Gaiman.
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    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell por Susanna Clarke (PghDragonMan)
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Some excellent shorts. My favorites was shadows. ( )
  cdaley | Nov 2, 2023 |
Nicely eerie stories. At this point when I see a Gaiman story collection, I figure I must have read it already, but in fact he's written more stories than I can ever read. I find that comforting. ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman is a magical walk inside the mind of the author. A book of short stories of which some are wonderfully light and airy while others are dark and brooding. Some are easy to follow along others following the story line can be a bit of a challenge.
I listened to the audio version of the book and the reader was none other than the author himself. He is quite a good reader and I enjoyed listening to his characters. My hot take here is Mr. Gaiman's American voice/accent is...not good.
All of the stories are fairly quick with the last being a visit to a familiar character (Shadow) who finds himself in another interesting predicament.
I am torn between liking it and really liking it, I give it 3.5 stars due to some of the confusion and difficulty following a few of the stories, but there are quite a few absolute gems in here. The man is a treasure...
I would recommend this to any fan of Gaiman and fantasy and or fiction readers anywhere. ( )
  Schneider | Jun 23, 2023 |
  freixas | Mar 31, 2023 |
I tend to prefer my supernatural fiction "vintage", by which I understand that it should be written before 1950 and/or in the style of the classic ghost, gothic or horror story. Nevertheless, I do enjoy the occasional foray into the "New Weird". In December 2014 I had read and enjoyed China Mieville's [b:Looking for Jake and Other Stories|10755520|Looking for Jake and Other Stories|China Miéville|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1327942096s/10755520.jpg|895195] and, more recently, his other short story collection [b:Three Moments of an Explosion|24044142|Three Moments of an Explosion|China Miéville|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1426654001s/24044142.jpg|43365539]. Over Christmas 2015 I had opted for another anthology of short fiction: Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things. I am revisiting my review, now that the collection has been reprinted in the wake of the movie "How to talk to girls at parties"

I can't say I know Miéville and Gaiman well enough to compare them but, if forced to do so, I'd say Mieville strikes me as grittier and more politically committed, his style owing as much to noir and thriller genres as to the tradition of supernatural fiction. On the other hand, Gaiman seems more fascinated by the world of faerie, folk tale and myth; by the sometimes subtle, sometimes shocking intrusion of the weird into everyday life. Another recurrent inspiration in this collection appears to be the act of "writing" and "creating" itself. Not only is the anthology preceded by an introduction in which Gaiman explains the genesis of each of the pieces, but some of the stories themselves are either *about* writing, writers and storytellers, or else reinterpret known literary works. For instance, in the opening story - "A Study in Emerald" - the worlds of Conan Doyle and Lovecraft combine as Sherlock Holmes is placed in an alternative 19th Century ruled by "Old One" Queen Victoria. It's the sort of divertissement which shouldn't work but ultimately does. "The Problem of Susan" presents a more disturbing and abstruse reinterpretation of characters from the Chronicles of Narnia. "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire" veers between parody and pastiche and features an author living in a typical candle-lit Gothic world of crumbling castles and stormy nights who is suffering from a particularly acute case of writer's block. A critic described this tale as "facetious nonsense" (which it probably is), but it is hilarious - after all, parody has always been an element of the Gothic tradition.

A highlight of the collection is "October in the Chair", in which, at a story-telling reunion between the months of the year, October relates the tale of a bullied boy who befriends a ghost. A prototype for [b:The Graveyard Book|2213661|The Graveyard Book|Neil Gaiman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1303859949s/2213661.jpg|2219449] , it is touching and unsettling at the same time.

In other tales we meet child zombies, haunted playrooms, beautiful aliens and magical instruments. There is a return of "Shadow" from [b:American Gods|4407|American Gods (American Gods, #1)|Neil Gaiman|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1258417001s/4407.jpg|1970226] in the novella "Monarch of the Glen", where the protagonist finds himself pitted against a Grendel-like monster of old. In this story there is also a cameo appearance by the repulsive "Mr Smith and Mr Alice", who also get their own story - "Keepsakes and Treasures" is violent, quite revolting but strangely fascinating.

With such a varied anthology there will be entries which do not work for you. In my case, I didn't particularly like the poetry and there were stories which lost me because they seemed to lack an internal logic. Gaiman points out that supernatural tales are rarely "story-shaped", so others may actually relish the feeling of being "bewildered" by a seemingly illogical tale. I don't.

If Goodreads would allow me, I'd give this collection 3.5 stars. Instead, I'll opt for 4. I'll also make a mental note to venture into "New Weird" more often - possibly starting with some of Gaiman's and Mieville's full-length novels. ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Feb 21, 2023 |
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