Neil Gaiman FRAGILE THINGS Book Review

I am a huge fan of short story collections. Stephen King's Everything's Eventual, Nightmares & Dreamscapes, and Graveyard Shift are some of my favorite books ever. And so is this, Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman.
Neil Gaiman is responsible for Coraline, Mirrormask, the excellent Sandman comics and heaps more. He writes for both children and adults, and this collection perfectly showcases his versatility.
All together there are 31 stories, ranging from just a single page, to 58 pages. 31 stories, from fantastic fables to poems to horror tales, all with a somehow macabre overtone.

A Study in Emerald - A wonderful collision between the worlds of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft, which won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 2004.

Other People - At just three and a half pages, this is a powerful and somehow terrifying description of one man's personal hell, where he is physically tortured with over 200 unique implements, before the real torture begins..

Feeders And Eaters - A creepy tale based on one of Neil's nightmares, about a hungry woman who craves fresh meat.

Others include a fictional disease study titled Diseasemaker's Croupe, and a tale about a group of epicureans who's mission to taste every living thing on earth leads them to a rare and dangerous bird.
There is an amazing assortment here, spanning horror to fantasy to humor, and definitely something for everybody. Every Neil Gaiman fan should own or at least read this book. And even if you're not a fan, it is a great introduction to the author's work.

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