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The marvelous creations found in Fragile Things showcase the unparalleled invention and storytelling brilliance—as well as the terrifyingly dark and entertaining sense of humor—of the incomparable Neil Gaiman. By turns delightful, disturbing, and diverting, Fragile Things is a gift of literary enchantment from one of the most original writers of our time.

In Selections from Fragile Things, Volume 6 you will find the following story, sure to thrill and amaze.

The Monarch of the Glen An American Gods Novella
Once bodyguard for an old god, Shadow may have gotten into more than he’s bargained for when he assumes a job for the dastardly Mr. Alice and his minion Smith deep in the Scottish Highlands “where the bones of the Earth show through.” Fans of American Gods cannot miss this continuation of Shadow’s encounters with the strange and the supernatural.

Published: HarperCollins on Feb 3, 2009
ISBN: 9780061848759
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A delightfully eerie set of short stories. Many read like ghost stories, told by a protagonist who blurs the lines of real/unreal and makes the reader wonder about it's veracity. When Neil Gaiman does horror, he does it different than many horror writers. It creeps up on you slowly, you don't realize it for what it is initially, until something reminds you of the story you just read and your hair stands on end.read more
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A collection of short stories, a follow up to Smoke and Mirrors, by acclaimed Fantasy author Neil Gaiman. I won’t go through each story, just the ones that I particularly enjoyed. The first was A Study in Emerald that matches Sherlock Holmes with Cthulhu myths. Everything is twisted around in this excellent detective story. How to talk to Girls at Parties was a fun look at what happens when two human teenagers stumble into a party filled with women not quite of this world. Teenage angst with a sci fi twist. The Problem of Susan is a tale I had often wondered about myself and it was interesting to read Gaiman’s take on what happened to Susan after the events of The Last Battle. She isn’t taken by Aslan as she is too into fashion and make-up. Harlequin Valentine was another dark and fun tale looking at love and is included in a Lisa Snellings-Clark book inspired by her artwork. The final tale is a novella which catches up with Shadow after American Gods finishes. American Gods is my favourite Gaiman book and it was a lot of fun catching up with him again. A strange tale, but one that will stick in my mind for some time to come. There were a couple of stories I had read before in other collections, but for the most part they were all new to me. I read Smoke and Mirrors about 8 years ago and I don’t remember enjoying it as much as this set. There were a couple I didn’t take to, but overall a fun and freaky read. Everything you would expect from Gaiman.read more
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I'm a slathering Neil Gaiman fangirl, so my opinion on this book is suspect. Nevertheless, this collection finally let me read all the stories Neil has been alluding to on his blog this past year. And I am a very happy fangirl."A Study in Emerald" is by far my favorite from this collection. Neil so perfectly captures how Mr Sherlock Holmes would deal with cyclopian horrors that oozed their way out of a Lovecraft story.read more
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A delightfully eerie set of short stories. Many read like ghost stories, told by a protagonist who blurs the lines of real/unreal and makes the reader wonder about it's veracity. When Neil Gaiman does horror, he does it different than many horror writers. It creeps up on you slowly, you don't realize it for what it is initially, until something reminds you of the story you just read and your hair stands on end.
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A collection of short stories, a follow up to Smoke and Mirrors, by acclaimed Fantasy author Neil Gaiman. I won’t go through each story, just the ones that I particularly enjoyed. The first was A Study in Emerald that matches Sherlock Holmes with Cthulhu myths. Everything is twisted around in this excellent detective story. How to talk to Girls at Parties was a fun look at what happens when two human teenagers stumble into a party filled with women not quite of this world. Teenage angst with a sci fi twist. The Problem of Susan is a tale I had often wondered about myself and it was interesting to read Gaiman’s take on what happened to Susan after the events of The Last Battle. She isn’t taken by Aslan as she is too into fashion and make-up. Harlequin Valentine was another dark and fun tale looking at love and is included in a Lisa Snellings-Clark book inspired by her artwork. The final tale is a novella which catches up with Shadow after American Gods finishes. American Gods is my favourite Gaiman book and it was a lot of fun catching up with him again. A strange tale, but one that will stick in my mind for some time to come. There were a couple of stories I had read before in other collections, but for the most part they were all new to me. I read Smoke and Mirrors about 8 years ago and I don’t remember enjoying it as much as this set. There were a couple I didn’t take to, but overall a fun and freaky read. Everything you would expect from Gaiman.
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I'm a slathering Neil Gaiman fangirl, so my opinion on this book is suspect. Nevertheless, this collection finally let me read all the stories Neil has been alluding to on his blog this past year. And I am a very happy fangirl."A Study in Emerald" is by far my favorite from this collection. Neil so perfectly captures how Mr Sherlock Holmes would deal with cyclopian horrors that oozed their way out of a Lovecraft story.
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An excellent collection of stories and poetry. Neil Gaiman impresses me as an author, because I never really know what kind of a story he's going to turn out next -- and yet, every story is clearly a Neil Gaiman story.
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A great collection. With such a good mix of ghost stories, sci fi, mthyology & horror, each story is a distinct, vivid & many are just great. The Sunbird, Closing time, instructions, and the Monach of the Glen were probably my favourites, while some were a bit to unpleasant for enjoyment (eg Other People), but even so, nearly all had a spark or an idea that made them an interesting read. What an imagination and what skill. I'm so envious of the talent!
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This collection of short stories and other shorter works gives readers a taste of Gaiman throughout the years. I also enjoyed the introductory text explaining each story's origins. It's that added value, the ephemera of the pieces, if you will, that give you a real glimpse of what Gaiman's life and writing process is really like. I saw him on tour for this book, and his readings of his poetry were worthy of any award-winning poet. Gaiman's flexibility as an author is evident in the wide variety in this book. Enjoy it!
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