Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions, a book review

A book review written by Lee Sonogan

PDF] Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions by Neil Gaiman

“Neil Gaiman is a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him… His fecundity coupled with the overall quality of his work. Is both wonderful and a little intimidating,” – Stephen King

Polymathic, this particular collection can be as our own myths and fables unpredictably changed into the modern culture for the better. Another way is so diverse apart from sci-fi/fantasy elements, critics of this book might say it is unfair to compare each individual short tale to each other. Regardless, long after the highly successful Sandman series, this particular 1998 release is a guilty pleasure in wholesome concepts and stand out/unique perspectives conjured up by reality.

I personally get the desire to enjoy all of Gaiman’s work, but this book did have flaws. As for a flowing thing in order, it delivers in somewhat long to short plots packed with all sorts of descriptive messages. The style in format is poetic like most of his content although falls flat in less powerful stories that do not resonate to the wide appeal. Still wide or tiny, there is plenty of recommendable stories that I am not going to list due to restricting potential spoilers.

Creepiness inspired by H.P Lovecraft, fictional events relating to writing that I was fond off, the virus story of three pages confessing his concerns of video game use scared me but so true for a creative mind. Simply realistic narratives that are not found in a study or lecture yet but that is not the author’s vision. Empathising on traditional storytelling, the foundation is solid but the dialogue might be a tad too much or too less. If anything, some are seemly incomplete and would be something even greater, remade in some capacity in the same media or video.


PS – Took my time to finish this one, there is a 2006 collection that I am interested in. Then again I have at least 4 other books to consume in its entirety first. Maybe an audiobook listens as his conjunctions of words force you to more than well imagine characters and worlds.

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