Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

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By (author) Neil Gaiman


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  • Publisher: AVON BOOKS
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 224mm x 61mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 4 August 2007
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0380789027
  • ISBN 13: 9780380789023
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 29,397

Product description

In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion... and anything is possible. In this, Gaiman's first book of short stories, his imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders -- a place where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control," and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks. Explore a new reality -- obscured by smoke and darkness, yet brilliantly tangible -- in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.

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Customer reviews

By Ana Silva 17 Aug 2014 4

I enjoyed this book a lot because there sure seems to be plenty of variety, something for all tastes.

While some stories seem to be original from scratch to me, for the most part, Gaiman takes us through stories, fables, tales, concepts we all know, and rearranges them in a near brilliant way, managing to create something that sometimes is terrifying, others thought provoking, even disgusting, but always creepy and a pleasure to read. Some stories are only a couple pages long, the shortest is exactly 100 words, not counting the title, so it's pretty amazing to me how engaging the author can be in each and single one of them.

Not so much a fan of the poems, too disperse for my own taste and reading habits, but that's just me. Overall, a fun and thrilling read. I recomend it to all.

Review quote

"[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium."--Stephen King"An exhilarating display of the work of one of our most entertaining storytellers." --"Kirkus Reviews (starred)"A box of bonbons for dark fantasy fans." --"Booklist"Short stories guaranteed to excite the senses and inflame the imagination . . ." --"Book Alert"Poe would love him." --"Booklist"The intriguing world behind these pages is indeed smoke and mirrors, just a step or a word or a story away from our own."--"Publisher's Weekly"Highly imaginative . . . readers will find echoes of H.P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, but the voice is all Gaiman.""Dallas Morning News