2009: 48. Fragile Things

“It is the immensity, I believe.  The hugeness of things below.  The darkness of dreams.”

~ First line of “A Study in Emerald”

Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman

This is a short story collection, and like all of Gaiman’s short story collections, it is extremely entertaining.  While some of the stories are little genre formulaic, he has enough totally unexpected ideas that practically each story has something that catches you totally off guard, and certain tales just blow your mind.  The first (and I think best) story, “A Study in Emerald” merges Sherlock Holmes with H.P. Lovecraft’s Cluthlu stories to fabulous effect.  Others touch on such varied topics as the anthropomorphized months of the year meeting to exchange tales, two teenagers stumbling in on a party that is being thrown by beautiful aliens, and the problem of Susan from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Fans of Gaiman and genre fiction will love this book.

Date/Place Completed:  April 2009; D.C.

Categories: Fiction, Library Book

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