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Smoke & Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions

Gaiman, Neil

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ISBN 10: 0380973642 / ISBN 13: 9780380973644
Published by Avon Books, New York, NY, 1998
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Title: Smoke & Mirrors: Short Fictions and ...

Publisher: Avon Books, New York, NY

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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The creator of the popular Sandman series of graphic novels follows his best-selling debut solo novel, Neverwhere, with a collection of fantastic tales, several of them brand-new, of strange inventions, miraculous encounters, and bizarre discoveries. 30,000 first printing.

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This anthology of short stories, and the occasional story poem, is vintage Neil Gaiman: quirky, sometimes very funny, often dark and disturbing. Most have been published before, but are hard to find elsewhere and cover all of Gaiman's writing life. As Gaiman says in his introduction, "most of the stories in this book are about love in some form or another," but not requited love. The stories in Smoke and Mirrors touch on all of Gaiman's themes: sex, death, dreams, and the end of the world. From "Chivalry," about the Holy Grail and where it finally ended up, to "Troll Bridge," a very adult version of "The Three Billy Goats Gruff"; from "Bay Wolf," a story poem that melds Beowulf and Baywatch, with interesting results, to "Murder Mysteries," which is about a murder, but also about angels, God's will, and Evil, these stories leave lasting impressions. Fans of Ray Bradbury's short stories and of Gaiman's other works will enjoy this collection. --Nona Vero

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