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Fragile Things

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There is an old woman in Miami who wakes, confused, from a dream of the wind blowing the wildflowers in a meadow.

Pages from a Journal found in a shoebox left in a greyhound bus somewhere between Tulsa, Oklahoma and Louisville, Kentucky. Internally: very clean and tightly bound; signed by author to title page; no other markings inscriptions or book plates; looks unread; overall in fine condition. Reality, however, is not story-shaped, and the eruptions of the odd into our lives are not story-shaped either.

While it's true that they know their characters and their stories, many of them just don't have the voice or talent for oral storytelling.

In stories such as Feeders and Eaters, we never learn the grisly details of exactly why the man has fallen in on himself, but there is enough horrific background to allow for creativity to connect the last few dots. And every glittering kiss and every touch of flesh is another shard of heart you’ll never see again. Despite my overall disappointment, there were some things I liked, especially the science fictiony "Goliath" (inspired by the Matrix movies) and "How to Talk to Girls at Parties".

It was a kind of 'meh' story, and felt like it was trying hard to be portentous and scary, but wasn't.

As the title implies, he addresses this idea that Susan wasn’t allowed back into Narnia because she had grown too old. Maybe the real world has made me too cynical or jaded, but what is meant to be scary or sinister seems here to be instead pathetic and old. October in the Chair”; "The Hidden Chamber”; "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire”; "The Flints of Memory Lane”; ”Closing Time”; "Going Wodwo”; "Bitter Grounds”; "Other People”; "Keepsakes and Treasures: A Love Story”; "Good Boys Deserve Favors" ; ”The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch”; "Strange Little Girls”; "Harlequin Valentine”; “Locks”; "The Problem of Susan”; “Instructions”; "How Do You Think It Feels? It occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are.

From aliens to ghost and vampires, Sherlock Holmes and even into the Matrix, these stories will delight and frighten, which brought to mind my childhood of hiding beneath the sheets reading Steven King’s short stories far past bedtime. I think Neil Gaiman's own personal ideology causes him to spite the religious message in the Narnia books and that it was rather apparent in his (I thought it was vulgar) portrayal of the witch and lion.

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