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I’m currently listening to this book on audible which is narrated by the author Neil Gaiman. Just the introduction by him had me, especially when he reads a super short story in the intro about shadows. WOW! I was watering my garden as I listened & it was daylight but the way he read it was just so brilliant, it scared me & I actually looked behind me. Have a listen & you’ll get exactly what I mean. It just gets better from there. I wish I could give it 10 stars! Neil Gaiman = Brilliance!
I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman's work, but I really don't think short stories are amongst his many strengths. Few of the stories captivated me at all, and it was normally an obligation to finish. I've read other short story collections, were the author has been able to capture me in a few short pages, and left me wondering about the protagonist, and my brief glimpse into their world for some time after. Unfortunately this never happened in fragile things. There was a few interesting concepts in the book, like the most beautiful boy in the world, but they were few and far between. And all of the stories had a generally dystopian vibe to them, that was never really delved into, everyone just seemed a but down and trying to run away from unexplained sadness. I wouldn't read this unless you want to be able to say you have read everything of Neil's. Instead I would read literally anything else by him, as everything else I have read is easily 5 stars.
I've thoroughly enjoyed some of Neil Gaiman's books which led me to Fragile Things. Sadly I couldn't have enjoyed this less - I found myself wanting to put it down for good after each and every page - I forced myself to keep reading hoping it was going to improve but it only got worse for me - just random, pointless nonsense (sorry - but true for me). It does have lot's of good reviews and I can't understand why - Emperor's New Clothes syndrome? The author mentioned that some of these stories were boxed in the loft for years - some things deserve to stay hidden away...
A selection of short musings, snippets and dark imaginings. I wouldn't really call them stories, because they are a rag tag bunch of ideas, not fully plotted or executed. I found them interesting, but strangely unsatisfying, and a bit annoying! If you are a big fan of Neil Gaiman's work you'll enjoy getting a glimpse into how his mind works, but otherwise, I'd advise the more general reader to go for one of his full length books, where the characters are well drawn, and which I found much more satisfying.
It's a good book but not my favourite from Neil Gaiman. I thought the stories were really random and some of them didn't make much sense to me personally. I found some of them were really hard to follow.
Really interesting, often funny, sometimes heartbreaking tales. Neil Gaiman has such a talent for storytelling. I enjoyed every single short story in this book and would recommend to anyone who enjoys short stories no matter the genre because there is a bit of everything in there.