Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions

Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions Review

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 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 bridge 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 dreams.

Title:Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions
Edition Language:English

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  • Miranda Reads

    I keep saying, "one more Neil Gaiman book and I'll figure out what the big deal is..." Spoiler, I haven't yet. Though, I did enjoy some of these stories (indicated by a *). There's far more that weren...

  • Matt

    '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' me...

  • Jc

    This collection of short works, some not quite complete, is maybe a must read for real Gaiman fans who read everything he does (4 stars for them), but not really for anyone else (only 1 star for the g...

  • Althea Ann

    Initially read in 1999 or thereabouts. Not reviewed at the time.Upon re-reading:***** “The Goldfish Pond and Other Stories” by Neil GaimanI'm usually not that interested in the whole 'glamour of H...

  • Amanda NEVER MANDY

    Apparently I am not a fan of his short stories, they are bad. I gave his other short story collection book three stars and that was being kind. This one is getting two because I am all out of kindness...

  • Abbie | ab_reads

    2.5 stars, a few gems but way too many narrative poems and meh stories. ...

  • April

    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,...

  • Manisha

    As much as I adore Gaiman’s writing style, it seemed like none of these short stories were chosen thoughtfully. I enjoyed this book a though, so it gets a 3.5 from me. RTC...

  • Lucy Banks

    A little disappointing, though with some flourishes of fabulousness.I'm a huge Neil Gaiman fan. So much so, I cite him as one of the authors that made me want to write. Most of his books are fantastic...

  • Petergiaquinta

    A guilty pleasure, sure, but with Ray Bradbury's death, I'd suggest that Neil Gaiman is the best storyteller we have today.Consider the words of Harry Bailly (he of the Tabard Inn, not George's brothe...