[EBOOK READ] (Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions)

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(Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) hE A WINNER Bearing in mind I read this on my kindle so some stories weren t included in the version I read Also this isella long All ratings including notes indicates favouriteThe Wedding Present Yes I religiously read introductions4In which a picturesue couple are given a uaint wedding present that seems to be a retelling of their coupling it spins a story of Guiding Readers and Writers, Grades 3-6: Teaching Comprehension, Genre, and Content Literacy how their marriage couldave went wrong Though this premise may seem outlandish and bizarre it s terribly relevant and poses significant uestions about the lives we choose to live It s sad to think that some Gaiman fans miss this story it s precious Chivalry35uite lovely The relationship was sweet and Mrs Whitaker was charming to read Nicholas Was45An excellent and precisely one The Stray Bullet hundred word twist on St Nicholas aka Santa Claus Hoo Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 3 hoThe Price4Ooh symbolism symbolism I adore this story possibly because I m so fond of cats The idea of a knightly cat guardian is wonderful Troll Bridge35I enjoyed this tale but something lead me to believe that it would be than it was when it finished so I wasn t as impressed with the ending Nevertheless it was immensely thought provoking and preoccupying Don t Ask Jack5Horrifying afflicting and downright disturbing Yep one of my favourite stories out of the entire book The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories3I really liked the vintage Hollywood theme but it didn t pull me in I think I maintained interest simply because it s a uasi account of personal experience for Gaiman ase admitted at the start of the book Riddled with idioms and scathing remarks on Hollywood it s very entertaining and How to Fix a Broken Heart (TED Books) humorous but not gripping enough for meEaten Scenes from a Moving Picture3ARGH Iave written on my notepad SEXSEXSEXSEXSEX GROSSED OUT NEED SHOWER That pretty much summarizes Bloody Crystal how I feel about this story Bloomineteros The White Road35Cool kind of story you can read over and over again and interpret in many different waysueen Of Knives45Very alluring I analysed this to death I fathomed all sorts of underlying messages and things I could take away Personally I took this idea of being trapped in a loveless marriage to result in the disappearance In addition it s also delectably written I devoured this story in one bite Changes4Exceedingly powerful especially the end The mere fact that Rajit a Scientist was referring to the people as Angels was of pivotal importance to me I took away my own meanings for this some of which I m certain Gaiman wasn t even attempting to convey I thought the significance of Angels meant that a conceivably genderless society or a society in which gender La sculpture sur pierre : Art et techniques holds no meaning could be perceived as being that of an angelic peaceful community That s just a fraction of what I took away from this thoughThe Daughter of Owls2I didn t find this story interesting The title was inviting but the tale disappointed I followed everything thatappened with little interest as to what would eventually Bear Humbug happenShoggoth s Old Peculiar2Looking back I don t even remember this story Needless to say I wasn t that impressed Beautifully written as always oh Gaiman you wonderful thing but with little uality for me to recall I ll duplicate the comment for above I didn t find this story interesting The title was inviting but the tale disappointed I followed everything thatappened with little interest as to what would eventually Afterlife happenVirus3Interesting cryptic scary It reminded me of that short film titled Virus too Looking for the Girl445This reminded me a lot of Death in Venice and whilst I didn tave the opportunity to picture a beautiful prepubescent boy walking among the streets of Italy I still engaged with the divine narrative that retained this sense of beauty never being able to be obtained I m also reminded of McConaughey sBay Wolf3I m always captivated by mythical creatures so I relished this little anecdote though I don t remember much about it probably because I was nodding off Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot5A collection within a collection an array of segmented texts that evoke mystery and awe I loved the relativity toward Tarot cards in particular especially The Fool We Can Get Them For You Wholesale45Hilarious And Get Them for You Wholesale45Hilarious and intriguing They "d been ready for a long time but "been ready for a long time but Blue Is for Nightmares had to be asked It reminded me of Vampiresaving to be granted permission to cross the threshold into our world One Life Furnished in Early Moorcock3All I Heroes Die have written down is Something missing liked the beginning though Very informative April Cold Colors25All I remember is confusion The Sweeper of Dreams35A magical ideal one that need not be uestioned in the unknown and mystical land of dreams Foreign Parts35Excusing the awkward descriptions of symptoms deriving from venereal disease the alienation of the lower regions of the protagonists body is open to interpretation The real interest Iad was determining whether this was a tale of possession or dispossessionVampire Sestina5Sensual and delightful it certainly appealed to my extreme love of Vampiresue material Kudos to Gaiman also for succeeding in writing uite possibly the toughest form of verse out thereMouse2Curious but a tale that scurried away pretty easily from my train of thought The Sea Change4I love the sea and auatic life in general therefore I was pretty gripped with this story I m also a sucker for mermaids When We Went To See The End of The World by DawnieMorningside age 11 144This really disturbed me I don t know why it just seemed like the complete representation of evil It maintained the sense of inventive fictitious evil whilst olding the innocence and relativity of real life The most blatant representation of this is the mere use of the narration of an 11 year old Desert Wind3Nicely told anecdote it really brings forth the sensation of regret and longing to be somewhere anecdote it really brings forth the sensation of regret and longing to be somewhere which is the reason I read Gaimans books in the first place I would like to go with the people too Tastings45Oh sexy times I actually loved the idea of something so freuently deemed emotionless or meaningless in the promiscuity of modern society becoming a personal necessity to someone s character To be frank I pried open this story like some sort of literary autopsy and picked apart meanings and interpretations for ours Babycakes4 We ll figure something out An almost dystopian feel to this which I always admire Very The Strathmore Club haunting and inhuman yet possible Foreshadowing theorror of Pampa Pampa human existence Superb Murder Mysteries4I m not Christian so forgive me for not fully immersing myself in the retelling of creation or rather Gaiman s take on it I relished the wholehearted symbolism throughout though Snow Glass and Apples3I expected this to be one of my favourites but sadly it s something that I feel suffered from myigh expectations I originally Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus heard of this in Gaiman s extra in Stardust and thought it was going to be magnificent It was pretty good and will forever leave a stain on the Snow White tale for me personally but truthfully I was expecting I originally intended to read one story per night as it seemed pretty easy to do so all of the stories are fairly uniue and eclectic However I was far too engaged to pass up the opportunity to finish the book all at once I even made notes on each tale after finishing them Looking back it s uiteard to give an overall summary It s a wonderful disturbing downright peculiar collection of stories that spins you from one adventure to the next weaved in with Gaiman s imaginary genius Some were decent others spectacular few just okay I freuently sensed some stories were ones that either needed to be developed or ones that didn t Geometry Part 1: Quickstudy Laminated Reference Guide (Quick Study Academic) have enough promise and shouldn tave made it onto the pageOverall rating 35. Extraordinary book revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the Herbier et autres collections height ofis powers Includes extra material exclusive to this Headline Review editio. Neil Gaiman never disappointsThat s what this book is smokes and mirrors an interesting collection of short stories and poems A diverse mix of crazy dark engaging weird and Historical Archaeology: Why the Past Matters hilarious 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 Initially read in 1999 or thereabouts Not reviewed at the timeUpon re reading The Goldfish Pond and Other Stories by Neil GaimanI m usually not that interested in the whole glamour of Hollywood theme but this is probably the best commentary on it I ve ever read Clearly partially autobiographical this tells the story of a British writer who s flown out to LA to talk about convertingis bestselling novel into a movie A shifting cast of film execs gradually morph The Happiest Baby on the Block his story past recognition Meanwhilee gets to know the elderly groundskeeper at Blu oltre la prua: Un'avventura di Jack Aubrey e Stephen Maturin - Master Commander (La Gaja scienza Vol. 946) his decayingotel who tells Releasing Heaven on Earth: Gods Principles for Restoring the Land him stories of the glory days of silent films Multi layered ironicallyumorous but ultimately poignant Beautifully doneOther included pieces from the wikiThe included stories and poems are different between some of the editions The US UK and eBook editions The Future of English Teaching Worldwide have some differences in the stories they contain see table to right Not in US print version Not in eBook version Appears in eBook version as AppleReading the Entrails The Wedding Present Chivalry written for an anthology by Marty GreenbergNicholas Was The PriceTroll Bridge retelling of The Three Billy Goats Gruff written for the anthology Snow White Blood Red by Ellen Datlow and Terri WindlingDon t Ask JackEaten Scenes from a Moving picture The White Road A narrative poem ueen of Knives A narrative poem The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch Changes The Daughter of Owls Shoggoth s Old Peculiar Virus Written for the anthology Digital Dreams by David Barrett Looking for the Girl Commissioned by Penthouse for their 20th anniversary issueOnly the End of the World AgainBay Wolf A story poem retelling BeowulfFifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot We Can Get Them For You Wholesale One Life Furnished in Early Moorcock Written for an anthology of Elric stories by Michael MoorcockCold Colors The Sweeper of Dreams Foreign PartsVampire Sestina A poem originally published in Fantasy Tales and later reprinted in the Mammoth Book of Vampires by Stephen JonesMouse written for Touch Wood edited by Pete CrowtherThe Sea ChangeHow Do You Think It Feels When We Went to See the End of the World by Dawnie Morningside age 11 Desert Wind Tastings Included in Sirens by Ellen Datlow and Terri WindlingIn the End Babycakes Murder Mysteries written for the anthology Midnight Graffiti by Jessie HorstingSnow Glass Apples 25 stars a few gems but way too many narrative poems and meh stories A guilty pleasure sure but with Ray Bradbury s death I d suggest that Neil Gaiman is the best storyteller weave todayConsider the words of Harry Bailly Between he of the Tabard Inn not George s brother And which of yow that berethym best of alle That is to seyn that telleth in this caas Tales of best sentence and moost solaas Shal Sigrid Liljeholm have a soper at oure aller cost And I d buy Gaiman a meal or three for this sundry collection of tales pulled together from over the years and published in Smoke and MirrorsYou might think I m just showing off with the Middle English but I don t think it s too much of a stretch to draw parallels between Gaiman and Chaucer Chaucer s Tales cover a wide range of genres from the romance to the fabliau to the beast fable to the exemplum and everything in between and Gaiman uses just as wide a contemporary pallet as Chaucer employed from the Middle Ages Gaiman moves from theard boiled to the David Starr Space Ranger horror storye blends prose and poetry with sci fi the sacred and the secular Crusader conspiracy Banner books heas an erotic offering The Book of Earths: Hollow Earth, Ancient Maps, Atlantis, and Other Theories (Forgotten Books) here that transcends mommy porneck An English Translation of Fa Tsangs Commentary on the Awakening of Faith he even writes a sestina with vampires in it that worksand that aloneas to testify to the genius of the man Elsewhere Gaiman does everything from the full blown novel to YA to children s lit Gauntlet A Novel of International Intrigue he s written screenplays and comic books and just about everythinge does is golden Sure The University of Chicago Spanish English English Spanish Dictionary he sad some missteps and not everything in Smoke and Mirrors succeeds golden Sure I magnifici dieci he sad some missteps and not everything in Smoke and Mirrors succeeds the same level but ey the Friar s Tale is a bit dull and the Priest

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lengthy sermon is practically like Chaucer working from Bocaccio and Petrarch and the Thousand and One Nights among other sources Gaiman is often at is best when Seashells he is reworking earlier stories and authors especially fairy tales and folk tales His version of Snow Whiteere is a fascinating retelling that s going to stick with me for a long time and one of my favorites in the book Shoggoth s Old Peculiar grows out of Lovecraft And even though it s goofy as An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet hell I even likeis pastiche of Beowulf and Baywatch with Larry Talbot thrown in as an added plusFinally and thanks for sticking with me this long Gaiman addresses many of the same concerns Chaucer Ruhestand fr Einsteiger had greed andypocrisy dreams and where they come from what makes a good marriage the role of women in a male dominated society and on and on the intertwining roles of magic and technology in Cold Colors try the Franklin s Tale but through them all both authors are really interested in the whole idea of stories and story telling and what makes a good story And what that is if you go back to Harry Bailly is that right blend of best sentence and moost solaas and Neil Gaiman just about always gets it right Gaiman is literary bacon short stories young adult fantasy adult fiction La criminologie he s good in anything Smoke and Mirrors is a collection of 30 or so short stories They run the gamut from sci fi to very short parables to fantasy to magical realism It s notis best work but as a collection it s imaginative and provocative I enjoyed a majority of these stories and Gaiman continues to be one of my favorite authors Some of my preferences were Chivalry Changes We Can Get Them for You Wholesale and Snow Glass Apples One of my favored aspects of Gaiman is Farmer Boy his ability to slip seamlessly between realism and fantasy One moment the story feels like anonest recollection of Random House Webster's College Dictionary: 1996 Graduation Promotion his past and the next we re interacting with angels trolls and werewolves He so deft withis word choice that these transitions Making Mentoring Happen A simple and effective guide to implementing a successful mentoring program happen with ease A good example of this is The Price where Gaiman story about stray cats turns from reality to supernatural in an instant This ability also really stood out to me in a different book The Ocean at the End of the Lane I can telp but admire Panda Bears his mind It s the little things like referring to crabs and fish as filled with things with too many legs and other things with no legs at all In this collection Gaiman is daring taking on explicit sex politics pornography and even sex change Of course this book was originally published in 1998 when navigating these waters were a little less turbulent than today The book includes an Introduction which gives a short description of the inspiration or background of each story I found myself flipping back and forth to this section after each story For example in the particularly sexually graphic story Tastings Gaiman admits that the story tookim four years to write largely because Turning Points in Australian History he was embarrassed by it I always appreciate short story collections where the author reveals a bit of their motivation inspiration or background of the storiesOne note on Changes it s a creative story idea about the cure for canceraving the side effect of gender change which society turns into recreational use It s laid out almost as author notes for a novel And it could be a fascinating controversial and complex novel But why include it in this form Why not write it Weird and I found it wasteful and di. An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect is unwary adoptive family. ,
SappointingAn aptly titled collection of stories where Gaiman does indeed use sleight of word and a bit of magic to make the unbelievable feel just about real I keep saying one Neil Gaiman book and I ll figure out what the big deal is Spoiler I aven t yet Though I did enjoy some of these stories indicated by a There s far that weren t enjoyableIntroduction PLEASE skip this is so so long It s a short story in and of itself Though technically Let Dai Vol 8 heid another short story within that The Wedding Present Originally written as a wedding present this marriage slowly but surely sinks to the pits of despair Chivalry A cute story about an elderly lady snapping up the Holy Grail at a bargain at the thrift shop Later republished in M is for Magic Nicholas Was A 100 word story centered on St Nicholas for one of Gaiman s Christmas cardsThe Price this cat deserves a medal a ball of yarn and a tuna fillet for defending this family against the devil Republished in M Is for Magic Troll Bridge Retelling of the three Billy Goats Gruff While this started on a An Excellent conceited Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet high note undue time is used to describe the troll s flaccid genitalia Un ironically troll acts like a dick Republished in M Is for MagicDon t Ask Jack Menacing Jack in the Box As if I needed another reason to never buy one Republished in M Is for MagicThe Goldfish Pool and Other Stories Almost written as a reflection for Neil Gaiman onollywood I was not a fan of Hoodwinked his commentsEaten Scenes from a Moving picture please Gaiman why does everything need to be so sex explicit Excuse me as I scrub my eyesThe White Road This wasn t memorableueen of Knives well written by not memorableThe Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch The underground circus leads to the disappearing of one Mrs Finch I wasn t a fan of the book and wasn t a fan of the short story It made too many leaps Changes Once again a Gaiman story became weirdly sexual I really should start expecting this A man discovers the cure for cancer whichas the side effect of changing a person s gender Now the world is populated by nearly immortal pill popping gender switchers I esitate to call everyone trans since this is done so reversibly and recreationalyThe Daughter of Owls A girl was found with some owls The locals ate Best Practices In Leading The Global Workforce herShoggoth s Old Peculiar H P Lovecraft inspired cult y New England tale Did likeow HORROR STORIES he portrayed the pub though Virus Honestly wasn t that memorable Looking for the Girl A kid looking at a dirty mag spots the most beautiful girl As an adulte finds Sloane Monroe SeriesBooks 4 5 her again in the mag but she looks exactly the same Logicallye devotes Vida de perros his life to becoming the best dirty mag photographer inopes of meeting this chick in person My interpretation A vampire wanted a free photo shoot every few years and went to a magazine to do itOnly the End of the World Again Richly worded not an interesting plotBay Wolf Baywatch Beowulf Surprisingly uirky and fun Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot Each of the Major Arcana first 22 of the 78 tarot cards in a deck is interpreted through a short story We Can Get Them For You Wholesale How good would the bargain need to be to end the world Despite the dark implications this was a fun readOne Life Furnished in Early Moorcock High school kid who wanted to write and is a Oeuvres de Ennius Quirinus Visconti, Vol. 3 huge fan of a series He mail orders a book and never pays for itCold Colors Short poem involving magic and computers The Sweeper of Dreams prose piecewaxes poetic about dreams and their implicationsForeign Parts Sudden sexuality again A man is slowly taken over by a cognizant venereal disease Copious mentions of STDs and masturbationVampire Sestina A vampire poemMouse The married couple souse is infested The man buys a The Mobius Twist, Alien Abduction and Judgement of the Human Race humane mousetrap whileis wife seems to get an abortion The man seems to The Love of a King have no reaction to the abortion Upon finding a mouse trappede sets the mouse free outside The Sea Change Lyrical poem about mermaids and the oceanHow Do You Think It Feels Man goes to conference Man meets Mystery: 3 Books in One: The Rockingdown Mystery / The Rilloby Fair Mystery / The Ring-O-Bells Mystery hot girl Man cheats on wife despiteaving a couple of kids He justifies it kids are stupid wife is lame When We Went to See the End of the World by Dawnie Morningside age 11 Written from the perspective of a child as the end of the world occurs Unexpectedly chillingDesert Wind Man gets lost in the desert and is foundTastings Male Prostitute Female Celebrity Prostitute Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women's Rights Movement Pivotal Moments in American History has powers which leadim to be amazing in bed essentially Aliens Music of the Spears Aliens he reads the minds ofis clients without realizing it and Made in Yorkshire Series Box Set ( he can t read Celebrity s and thus is sucking not literallywell maybe a bit in bed The mundane conversation as they try out positions made this one marginally tolerable Mostly I was cringing away from the pagesIn the End Genesis creation in reverse Not particularly memorableBabycakes Just take that title literallyMurder Mysteries The first murder ineaven as it s investigated by the angel Raguel Snow Glass Apples Finally FINALLY I thought as I got to this one It s a retelling of Snow White with a Untitled The Wicked Powers huge reversal Snow is evil and the stepmother is attempting toold together the kingdom from the terror of one very cruel Snow What ruined it The weird sex bits I would ve loved this story if A Young Snow as in not over 18 like 12 or younger Hearts Untamed hadn t blown a traveling monk before killingim AND B if the prince wasn t into necrophilia when Crochet Projects BOX SET 2 IN 1 Crochet patterns Crochet books Crochet for to Corner Patterns Stitches Book 8 he screwed first the stepmother and thener daughter It just completely threw the whole story off Without it I would ve really enjoyed this creepy retellingYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading This collection of short works some not uite complete is maybe a must read for real Gaiman fans who read everything Sinful Paradise The Davies Legacy he does 4 stars for them but not really for anyone else only 1 star for the general audience And I say that as one of those fans I really like what Gaiman does both in traditional and graphic novel form but Smoke and Mirrors is not representative ofis best work Basically it is a collection of things e never bothered to give a final polish to Much of SM is things that were just workbook exercises not intended for publication Some fun ideas and entertaining for the fan or for those who want to study ow e develops ideas but others should want to study ow Blitzkrieg in the West he develops ideas but others should American Gods Anansi Boys Neverwhere Good Omens with TPratchett or even Coraline oris Sandman graphic novels It does Richard Seddon however contain a few real gems for fans warning different editions of the SM varied the collection slightly so referring to specific stories may be confusing when discussing the book Apparently I am not a fan ofis short stories they are bad I gave is other short story collection book three stars and that was being kind This one is getting two because I am all out of kindnessA better review to come Here is my attempt
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a better review Normally would delete the prereview BS but I like it this time so it stays This is the second short story collection I ave read from this author and they Avant-Garde Graphics in Russia: Posters, Book Design, Children Books, Typography and more have both been thumbs down experiences I definitelyave a lovehate relationship with Natural Science (Gateway to the Great Books, his work The gray area in between is not a friend of mineWHAT I LIKED Maybe two storiesWHAT I DIDN T LIKE Everything elseI can t decide which description matches my feelings towards it OPTION A The publisher said give me anything youave and the author decided to present Enchanted World 6 him with the crumpled paper balls of failed ideasOROPTION B The author feels that all ofis ideas are shareworthy and The Wisdom Network An 8 step Process for Identifying Sharing And Leveraging Individual Expertise has not a care in the world regarding what readers might think of themOROPTION C I am all out of sugarcoating today as well as shits to give soere is my true feelings about a read that without a doubt disappointed meORA little of option A a little of option B and all of option C DING DING DINGWE HAV. From unimaginable evil A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative istory of their marriage These tales and much await in this.
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