Title: Smoke and Mirrors
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publication Date: 1998
Publishing House: Avon Books
I picked up Smoke and Mirrors at a used book store back in August of 2018 and I actually read a good bit of it in September of that year but stopped before finishing all the stories. Since I have more time on my hands I decide to finish the stories and reread a few of the others.
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.
I enjoyed reading this book but the stories are can be disturbing and sometimes embarrassing to read. Upon rereading some of them I remembered why I had set the book aside the first time.
Chivalry This is a fun take on the wisdom that comes with age mixed with a bit of the stories from the King Arthur stories.
Nicholas Was… I find this to be an excellent piece of flash fiction.
The Price Cats. Cats do care and they protect us from the things in the darkness.
Babycakes: It was a bit too A Modest Proposal for me and disturbing to read – which is the point of the story as short as it is. I do have to applaud Gaiman for his writing though, in less than two pages he had me cringing as I read.
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