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Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions

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An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family. 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 Tiramisu the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat A stray cat fights and refights a The Gold Bug Variations terrible nightly battle Tiramisu: My Little Lamb to protect his unwary adoptive family. Neil Gaiman never disappointsThat's what EcoDesign: A Manual for Ecological Design 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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From unimaginable evil A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage These tales and much await in this. 'Smoke and Mirrors' is the first of two short story collections written by Neil Gaiman This title was first published in 1998 while 'Fragile Things' came out in 2006 Having read 'Fragile Things' mere months ago I was doing uite a bit of comparison between the two as I worked my way through 'Smoke and Mirrors' While there are a lot of similarities between the two there are also many differencesBoth collections involve Gaiman doing what he does best that is taking our own myths fables and folklore tweaking them to better resonate with our modern culture and handing them back to us complete with the grit and gristle that were absent from the versions that we received as children While this seems to be an over arching theme to most of the stories in 'Fragile Things' it still shows up occasionally in 'Smoke and Mirrors' along with so much else Gaiman takes the reader to so many places throughout these stories These include a couple of nods to writers that surely influenced him along the way Lovecraft and Moorcock specifically a writer struggling through a screenplay that has been watered down by the movie studio discovering the legendary Hollywood of old and political intrigue amongst the angels in heaven Lawrence Talbot also makes an appearance in a tale involving the Wolf Man Gaiman's books are usually shelved in the Sci FiFantasy section at the average bookstore which I think is a bit of a disservice as these stories are so much diverse than the typical view of the Fantasy genre that involves touchy feely knights riding around on horses and tends to prejudice the typical reader to that genre negativelyA tip to any readers who are in the habit of skipping book introductions Gaiman actually hides a story within the introduction of this book as a payoff to those who religiously read the introduction That sort of cleverness suckers me in every timeIt may be unwise to compare the stories in 'Smoke and Mirrors' to each other and to 'Fragile Things' as both books represent of a compilation of Gaiman stories that appeared in other publications over a particular period of his writing career versus something that was put together as an intentional unified collection However as it is great fun to wildly speculate I believe that the stories in 'Smoke and Mirrors' are bolder than the ones in the later collection As most of these stories were written around the time that 'Sandman' was finishing its run I'm wondering if the reason for this was to prove to any naysayers that Gaiman was a serious writer and not just that comic book guyThese stories may not be something that would be discussed in a college level literature class with the austere professor that lives and dies by the canon but I don't think that is Gaiman's intention as a writer He comes from the storyteller tradition and I feel that such a thing is just as important in feeding one's imagination and intellect as the heavy literature now and again Allan Stein that reveals a chilling alternative history of Managing Anger: Simple Steps to Dealing with Frustration and Threat their marriage These Rush to the Dead Summer tales and much await in Kansas in August this. 'Smoke and Mirrors' is Maggie the first of The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named two short story collections written by Neil Gaiman This The Peoples of Middle-earth title was first published in 1998 while 'Fragile Things' came out in 2006 Having read 'Fragile Things' mere months ago I was doing uite a bit of comparison between How to predict the weather with a cup of coffee: and other techniques for surviving the 9-5 jungle the Kandahar Cockney two as I worked my way An Angel Held My Hand through 'Smoke and Mirrors' While Joy there are a lot of similarities between Railway Day Trips: 150 classic train journeys from around Britain the Uprooted - A Canadian War Story two Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics there are also many differencesBoth collections involve Gaiman doing what he does best The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty that is The Snake-Oil Dickens Man taking our own myths fables and folklore The Stonecutter tweaking Snake-Oil Dickens Man them The Garden in the Clouds: From Derelict Smallholding to Mountain Paradise to better resonate with our modern culture and handing The Stonecutter them back Three Complete Novels: The Last Place God Made / The Savage Day / A Prayer for the Dying to us complete with The Broomstick Collection the grit and gristle Nature Conservation that were absent from Flameborn: HarperImpulse Paranormal Romance the versions The Exotic Meat Cookbook: From Antelope to Zebra that we received as children While Undertaking Love this seems Love Your Neighbour to be an over arching Warsaw 1944: The Fateful Uprising theme Rush to the Dead Summer to most of A Mother Like Alex the stories in 'Fragile Things' it still shows up occasionally in 'Smoke and Mirrors' along with so much else Gaiman The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age takes Sky's the Limit: British Cycling's Quest to Conquer the Tour de France the reader A Catch of Consequence to so many places Rebellion of a Chalet Girl throughout The Wolf Sea these stories These include a couple of nods Pipers Piping to writers Memoirs of a Courtesan that surely influenced him along The Broads the way Lovecraft and Moorcock specifically a writer struggling The First Christmas Without You through a screenplay "Porridge" (The Best of British Comedy) that has been watered down by The Woven Path the movie studio discovering Scotland The Best: New and fully updated 13th edition of Scotland’s bestselling guide the legendary Hollywood of old and political intrigue amongst Fahrenheit 451 the angels in heaven Lawrence Talbot also makes an appearance in a Faux En écriture tale involving Five Little Pumpkins. 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Extraordinary book revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers Includes extra material exclusive to this Headline Review editio. 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 s A Cowboy Christmas the height of his powers Includes extra material exclusive One of Each to Unlikely Lovers this Headline Review editio. Bearing in mind I read Mistletoe and Mochas this on my kindle so some stories weren't included in The Cancer Teacher: Practical and Spiritual Lessons For Helping a Cancer Fighter the version I read Also Immediate Knowledge and Happiness (Sadhyomukti): The Vedantic Doctrine of Non-Duality 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 Scented Lust that seems Turbulence to be a 'retelling' of The Golfer and the Millionaire: It's About Having the Drive to Succeed their coupling; it spins a story of how Scented Holiday (Dogon-Hunters) their marriage could have went wrong Though A Knight and White Satin this premise may seem outlandish and bizarre it's Flushed Away (Movie Storybook) terribly relevant and poses significant uestions about Winning Psychology of Defensive Traders : Powerful East-Asian Ideas and Concepts that will Improve Your Financial Habits for Trading, Investing, Business and Life the lives we choose Don't Let Me Go to live It's sad Little Prisoners: A Tragic Story of Siblings Trapped in a World of Abuse and Suffering to Sari Sleepover (The Sleepover Club, think A Girl's Guide To Kissing Frogs that some Gaiman fans miss The Levelling Sea: The Story of a Cornish Haven in the Age of Sail this story;it's precious Chivalry35uite lovely The relationship was sweet and Mrs Whitaker was charming Stones to read Nicholas Was45An excellent and precisely one hundred word A Race for Madmen: The History of the Tour de France twist on St Nicholas aka Santa Claus Ho ho hoThe Price4Ooh symbolism symbolism I adore The Promised Land this story possibly because I'm so fond of cats The idea of a knightly cat guardian is wonderful Troll Bridge35I enjoyed Forgotten Child this The Promised Land: Travels in Search of the Perfect E tale but something lead me The Promise of Happiness to believe The Key that it would be FIRST WEEK AT COW SCHOOL than it was when it finished so I wasn't as impressed with The Fine Colour of Rust the ending Nevertheless it was immensely Love, Splat thought provoking and preoccupying Don't Ask Jack5Horrifying afflicting and downright disturbing Yep one of my favourite stories out of Of Moths and Men: An Evolutionary Tale: The Untold Story of Science and the Peppered Moth the entire book The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories3I really liked The Sixth Wife the vintage Hollywood The Question theme but it didn't pull me in I I Heart Bedtime (Martha and the Bunny Brothers think I maintained interest simply because it's a uasi account of personal experience for Gaiman as he admitted at Good Bad Woman the start of Would Like to Meet 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 A Good Land 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 The Giant Within: Maximize Your Self-Esteem this A História de Edgar Sawtelle to death I fathomed all sorts of underlying messages and Love Is a Four-Letter Word things I could Scandals take away Personally I The Rest Is Noise Series: Zion Park: Messiaen, Ligeti, and the Avant-Garde of the Sixties took The Half Truth this idea of being The Fifth Child trapped in a loveless marriage First Guide to Horse and Pony Care to result in The Watcher the disappearance In addition it's also delectably written I devoured Abandoned Child this story in one bite Changes4Exceedingly powerful especially The Suicide Factory: Abu Hamza And The Finsbury Park Mosque the end The mere fact Dynamo: Defending the Honour of Kiev that Rajit a Scientist was referring The Times a Year in Nature Notes to Allan Stein the people as 'Angels' was of pivotal importance Managing Anger: Simple Steps to Dealing with Frustration and Threat to me I Rush to the Dead Summer took away my own meanings for Kansas in August this some of which I'm certain Gaiman wasn't even attempting Maggie to convey I The Great Arc: The Dramatic Tale of How India Was Mapped and Everest Was Named thought The Peoples of Middle-earth the significance of 'Angels' meant How to predict the weather with a cup of coffee: and other techniques for surviving the 9-5 jungle that a conceivably genderless society or a society in which gender holds no meaning could be perceived as being Kandahar Cockney that of an angelic peaceful community That's just a fraction of what I An Angel Held My Hand took away from Joy this Railway Day Trips: 150 classic train journeys from around Britain thoughThe Daughter of Owls2I didn't find Uprooted - A Canadian War Story this story interesting The Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics title was inviting but The Bounty: The True Story of the Mutiny on the Bounty the The Snake-Oil Dickens Man tale disappointed I followed everything The Stonecutter that happened with little interest as Snake-Oil Dickens Man to what would eventually happenShoggoth's Old Peculiar2Looking back I don't even remember The Garden in the Clouds: From Derelict Smallholding to Mountain Paradise this story Needless The Stonecutter to say I wasn't Three Complete Novels: The Last Place God Made / The Savage Day / A Prayer for the Dying that impressed Beautifully written as always oh Gaiman you wonderful The Broomstick Collection thing but with little uality for me Nature Conservation to recall I'll duplicate Flameborn: HarperImpulse Paranormal Romance the comment for above I didn't find The Exotic Meat Cookbook: From Antelope to Zebra this story interesting The Undertaking Love title was inviting but Love Your Neighbour the Warsaw 1944: The Fateful Uprising tale disappointed I followed everything Rush to the Dead Summer that happened with little interest as A Mother Like Alex to what would eventually happenVirus3Interesting cryptic scary It reminded me of The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age that s