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Monday, June 08, 2009

Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

by Neil Gaiman

I listened to this collection of short stories and poems read by the author. The introduction told a little about each story and how Gaiman came to write them. That part was interesting.

I didn't care for many of the stories - a few were okay, but none of them really grabbed me. I wish now that I would have stopped listening and gone on to a different book.

9 comments:

Suko said...

It is interesting to hear what writers have to say about the craft of writing (or is it an art?). I have just gotten a copy of On Writing by Stephen King, which I can't wait to delve into (but I must, because I'm in the middle of a book and then set to read another before I get to King). Although maybe I could read fiction and a book about writing simultaneously.

Framed said...

I agree there were some stories I didn't care for, but others I really liked. I do think audio really accentuates things which probably didn't help with this book.

Ruth @ Bookish Ruth said...

Sorry that you didn't enjoy this one. I liked it quite a bit (though there were a few stories I didn't care for). "A Study in Emerald" is my personal favorite -- nice blend of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft.

I hope your next read is more engaging and enjoyable!

Kristen M. said...

This one was hit-or-miss for me as well. I think that it was a collection of stories written for all different purposes so I wonder if some of them worked better in their original published settings (and not all side-by-side with other Gaiman stories).

imbookingit said...

I really wished I'd read rather than listened to this one-- I needed to skim some of the stories and decide if I wanted to come back and read them through.

I think there were some I really liked, although I don't remember at this point. Sigh.

Kailana said...

While I am not a huge fan of short story collections, I still want to read this one. Annoyingly, it is one of the few by him that the library doesn't have! I don't know if I really want to own it, so I guess I am not sure what I am going to do about reading it.

Bookfool said...

Neil Gaiman is hit or miss, for me. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy the stories. In fact, I think I love his voice more than his writing!

Zibilee said...

I haven't read much by Gaiman, only one book, but I am interested in reading other things by him. My kids loved Coraline, and I am pretty excited to read the Graveyard Book. Sorry that none of these stories excited you that much.

J.Danger said...

That is too bad. I am sorry that you did not enjoy him.