2008: 58. Smoke and Mirrors


“I do  not know what manner of thing she is.  None of us do.   She killed her mother in the birthing, but that’s never enough to account for it.”

First lines of “Snow, Glass, Apples.”

Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman

Smoke and Mirrors is a collection of short stories and poems by Neil Gaiman, of Sandman and American Gods fame.  Most of the stories fall on the horror/fantasy axis, and most are fabulous.  The best is his “Snow, Glass, Apples” which will forever change the way you think about Snow White, but other great ones include “Murder Mysteries” (which was later turned into a graphic novel, too) which deals with the world before the fall, “Chivalry” a funny modern search for the Grail, and “We Can Get Them For You Wholesale” where a man gets the ultimate bargain.  The stories are brief, some are super creepy, but altogether they make for a great read.  Very enjoyable.

Date/Place Completed: 4/13/08; D.C.

Categories:  Fiction

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