Thursday, May 17, 2007

Fragile Things (thoughts)

I read Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman as the first part of my Once Upon the Time challenge. I've read most of Neil Gaiman's adult books: Neverwhere, American Gods, Anasi Boys, Smoke and Mirrors, Stardust, and Good Omens. In fact, except for American Gods, I own all of those books! So, I went into Fragile Things expecting to love it.

And I did. Fragile Things is his second short story collection, and it contains a huge variety of styles. However, all of the stories showcase Gaiman's ability to instantly create a convincing world. Since he's a fantasy writer, his stories usually take place in at least a slightly alternate reality, so I'm sure he's had plenty of practice. Still, it's incredible to watch.

I highly recommend Neil Gaiman to everyone: I feel that he transcends genre-writing. He basically writes fairy-tales for adults; it's always good to feed our inner child. :)

Favorite Passages

I was head-over-heels in love, and so, I liked to think, was she. Our affair continued when we returned to England: fizzy, funny, utterly delightful. It was love, I knew, and it tasted like champagne in my mind. (196)

It's a way of talking about lust without talking about lust, he told them.
It is a way of talking about sex, and fear of sex, and death, and fear of death, and what else is there to talk about? (216)


litlove said...

I've just bought Smoke and Mirrors, so I'm delighted to know you enjoyed this collection!

danielle said...

I really enjoyed Stardust. I want to read more of Gaiman's work eventually!