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Fragile Things
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders | Neil Gaiman
A mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night . . . Two teenage boys crash a party and meet the girls of their dreamsand nightmares . . . In a Hugo Awardwinning story, a great detective must solve a most unsettling royal murder in a strangely altered Victorian England . . . These marvelous creations and more showcase the unparalleled invention and storytelling brillianceand the terrifyingly dark and entertaining witof the incomparable Neil Gaiman. By turns delightful, disturbing, and diverting, Fragile Things is a gift of literary enchantment from one of the most original writers of our time.
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erzascarletbookgasm
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This is a collection of stories and poems, from dark, twisty, bizarre, magical, to Twilight-zonish. Some I like, a few are confusing (for me), others unsatisfying because I feel they can be developed into a full length novel. Love Gaiman‘s imagination and writing. My favourites- A Study In Emerald, October In The Chair, Closing Time, The Facts In The Case Of The Departure Of Miss Finch, How To Talk To Girls At Parties.
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Branwen How to talk to girls at parties is my favorite Gaiman short story! 💕📚 6d
TheEllieMo I started reading this one today 6d
Soubhiville Logged 📚 3d
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TheEllieMo
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I hope to read #AShortStory or two this week from this collection by Neil Gaiman.

#GratefulReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 🙌🏼📚❤️ 7d
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TheEllieMo
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My #WeeklyForecast, I should finish Negative Gravity this week, it may be only 160 pages but I‘m taking lots of notes. Sadly not in print anymore so it‘s either fork out a fortune for a second hand copy or take notes from this library copy. I also hope to make some progress with the Neil Gaiman short story collection, and see if Demi Moore‘s memoir is as good as the reviews I‘ve read suggest.

Cinfhen Nice blend of genres 💜👍🏽 1w
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

🍁Hope to finish the tagged book.
🍁Reread Neverwhere. Will read from this illustrated edition as it contains How The Marquis Got His Coat Back, which I‘ve not read and wasn‘t in the original novel.
🍁 Read the other three for #NFNov 🤞

Sace I listened to the audio of Ex Libris and adored it. It's a wonderful book with plenty of humor. 1w
erzascarletbookgasm @Sace I look forward to it then!👍 1w
Cinfhen Love that Mary Beard cover!! Lots of interesting titles and a nice mix of genres 1w
Kalalalatja Looks like a wonderful reading week! I love that edition of Neverwhere 👌 1w
Clwojick 1pt 1w
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#bookreport
✅ Dracula
✅ The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down #NFNov
✅ Cinnamon (impromptu read)
✅ Ten Days In A Madhouse #SerialReader #NFNov

Still reading the tagged book, a collection of short stories.

ChasingOm Your nonfiction choice looks super interesting. 1w
Cinfhen Oooohhh, I‘m interested in 1w
erzascarletbookgasm @chasingom It‘s a gentle reminder to be kinder to ourselves. Some good quotes though I didn‘t resonate with everything. 1w
Clwojick 6pts! 1w
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There were dozens of stones of all sizes in the small meadow. Tall stones, bigger than either of the boys, and small ones, just the right size for sitting on. There were some broken stones. The Runt knew what sort of place this was, but it did not scare him. It was a loved place.
- Neil Gaiman

#cemetery #quotsyoct19 #lizdoesquotsy

tjwill I love that story! 3w
hermyknee @tjwill me, too! ♥️ 3w
tjwill Did you see that William Morrow is publishing a collection of fan favorite stories? I just posted the link to vote on my feed. 3w
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How about that for a title? I enjoyed this fun little story, and my Corpse Bride bookmark was pretty on-point 😬

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IndyHannaJones I love that story. I think it's an awesome format if you are looking for a writing excercise to try to emulate. 2mo
hermyknee @IndyHannaJones yes! It‘s so well-crafted and a great mentor text 2mo
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I was genuinely pleased to read this. Short fiction can be such a mixed bag, but I find that I‘m increasingly obsessed with it, and obviously Neil Gaiman is an absolute master at it

madamereadsalot1 It's probably my favorite collection of short stories by anyone! 2mo
Mandigolightly @madamereadsalot1 for me it‘s probably a toss up between this one and 2mo
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Monarch of the Glen: I haven‘t read American Gods yet, and I feel like I would probably have gotten more out of it if I had, but it was still so solid and moving. Plus I was glad to see the return of Smith and Alice. 4/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Inventing Aladdin: Moving and thought provoking and perfect. I loved this one 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Sunbird: You could really see where this one was going, but it didn‘t take away from how enjoyable the story was 4/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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The Day The Saucers Came: light and funny, reminded me a lot of a child wiggling out of something 3/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really enjoyed “A Study in Emerald” - the first story in Gaiman‘s Fragile Things collection. Such a fun one! I‘d definitely be interested in reading more in this world.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff A Study in Emerald is the first thing I ever read by Gaiman! ❤️ 2mo
hermyknee @chaoticgoodhufflepuff oh that‘s so cool! It‘s a fun one, isn‘t it?! 2mo
Mandigolightly I loved it. The ending was masterful 2mo
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How to talk to girls at parties: vaguely trite but a lot of fun 3/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Pages From a Journal Found in a Shoebox... : lovely story about longing and travel and Americana, I thought 4/5 ⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Goliath: As far as I‘m concerned, this is the perfect short story. I love the narrative style here, love the jarring way the story buffers and starts over, and the bittersweet way it ends

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Mandigolightly
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In the End: had a lovely circular feel to it, and reminded me a bit of Good Omens

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Diseasemaker‘s Croup: so-so story-wise but I liked the medical-journal style here

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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ValerieAndBooks
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3

@Reggie have you been tagged yet? Just post a cover you love, each day for 7 days. No explanation needed; use the hashtags 😊

KarenUK The butterfly is beautiful 😍😍😍 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @KarenUK it is ! 🦋 😍 2mo
DebinHawaii Mahalo for the tag! I‘ll start tomorrow. 🤗 2mo
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Mandigolightly
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Feeders and Eaters: Pretty good, in that creepy old lady way, and it had quite a solid ending...but then added something random at the end that didn‘t seem to fit 3/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot: super fresh, great ambiance for such a start-stop style 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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My Life: Eh, I think this is another one that‘s just...meant for a different target demographic. 1/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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How Do You Think It Feels?: this one was likable because it was so unlikable. I enjoyed that contrast 4/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Instructions: it was so-so, but I kind of felt like it wasn‘t saying anything 2/5 ⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Mandigolightly
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The Problem of Susan: The whole reason I picked this book up was to read this story, and it was definitely not what I expected. In the intro, Gaiman talked about wanting to write something that was as problematic as Lewis‘s treatment of Susan and he certainly achieved that. I‘m left not knowing whether I like it or not

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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hermyknee
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A long time ago, I listened to Fragile Things on audio. I was still using CDs at the time, so I‘m talking years, here. I recently purchased the paperback because a certain story, “October in the Chair,” always stuck with me. I know it‘s a precursor to The Graveyard Book, but something about this story just blows me away - in part, its brevity. I am planning to read it with my classes in the coming months 🥰

October in the Chair - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ShelfRighteous The Graveyard Book is one of my absolute favs from Gaiman! If this preceeds it I have to read it asap🤩 3mo
hermyknee @ShelfRighteous I think that “October in the Chair” is the story that led him to writing The Graveyard Book. I‘m pretty sure. It‘s a great short story, anyway. I‘m looking forward to revisiting all the short stories in this collection! 3mo
ShelfRighteous @hermyknee Wow🤩 I have to pick this up soon 3mo
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Locks: By far my favorite of the poems he‘s included here. It captured perfectly the experience of telling stories to your children. 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Harlequin Valentine: Not my favorite, though very descriptive. 2/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Strange Girls: this one wasn‘t my style, but I wanna point out how I absolutely dig that Gaiman doesn‘t describe women in the same boneheaded, anatomically bizarre way that many other male writers. 2/5⭐️ really, with a bonus ⭐️ for the absence of misogyny

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

Clare-Dragonfly That‘s a sadly low hurdle to jump! 3mo
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The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch: Fun and mysterious, and delightfully descriptive 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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This is long, I know, but the whole passage is just so beautiful

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Good Boys Deserve Favors: I enjoyed the meandering tone on this one. 3/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Keepsakes and Treasures: Yikes. Hard to stomach but amazingly written 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Other People: I enjoyed how cathartic and satisfying this one was. 4/5⭐️

(Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Bitter Grounds: I loved this one. The depression, the aimlessness, the why-not of it all, layered in with the supernatural. 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Wildly early for a coffee date with friends, so I‘ll start by having a coffee date with my book

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Going Wodwo: Short, but absolutely relatable. 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

Louise This is a nice collection to have on #audio. 👍 3mo
Mandigolightly @Louise oh I bet it would. I don‘t often go in for audio. Does Gaiman read it himself? 3mo
Louise Yes, he does! He is such a wonderful reader that I‘ve collected quite a few of his books on audio. Often, if I‘m having trouble sleeping, I‘ll invite Neil Gaimen to tell me a bedtime story! 😊 3mo
Mandigolightly @Louise that‘s lovely! He‘s got a real gift for storytelling in general, but especially for oral storytelling, imo. I listen to his telling of A Christmas Carol every year 3mo
Louise Yes, he reads A Christmas Carol so wonderfully! A couple of my favorite audios to listen to are Neverwhere and his story about Sherlock Holmes‘s last case in Trigger Warning. 3mo
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Closing time: a perfect, proper ghost story 5/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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The Flints of Memory Lane: this would be a good one to tell around the campfire 4/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves (etc etc): I think I‘m too philistine for gothic satire, to be honest. 2/5⭐️ for me

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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The Hidden Chamber: lovely story-poem. Very emotive 4/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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October in the Chair: Good story, though I wish there was more resolution. I can definitely see how it became the Graveyard Book. 4/5⭐️

(Fragile Things is a short story collection, and that‘s always weird for review, so I‘m rating each story separately)

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