Smoke and Mirrors


As you might know by now I love Neil Gaiman. He’s probably my favorite author currently. This book has been sitting on my shelf since last Christmas. I’m not sure why. I wanted to read it, but I never quite felt in the mood for it. I wanted to clear out some of the older unread books on my shelf so I reached for this one. I find it difficult to review short story collections since they are often a mixed bag of “love it” and “leave it.” At least all these were by the same author so it makes it a little easier.

So, did I like it? Yes, of course. It’s Neil Gaiman. But, I didn’t love it. Some of the stories were amazing and others were just good. “Just good” is still praise in my book though. I was kind of surprised how many of the stories involved horror and sexual themes. I didn’t mind this, but I wasn’t expecting it so maybe other people will want to shy away from it? I loved the creepiness and the sex was well handled and not over done. I really liked how (at least in my edition) Gaiman wrote a little bit about each story in the introduction. My favorite story in the collection? Chivalry.

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