Have you ever got attracted to fantasy, horror and ironic humor at the same time? Then, my friends, you should definitely check out Neil Gaiman, the master of contemporary fiction. Neil Gaiman was born on 10th November 1960 in a Polish – Jewish family living in Portchester, Hampshire. Neil grew up with the staple reading of great fantasy writers like J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll and Dennis Wheatly which must have sowed the seeds of fiction writing in the mind of this amazing storyteller. R. A. Lafferty guided Neil with the encouraging and advising letter when he sent him the Lafferty pastiche.
This amazing storyteller found one new medium to tell the stories which were developing in his mind through comics. This new-found medium gave him his most famous work Sandman with DC comics along with many other titles. Neil also ventured in writing fiction novels. His debut novel Good Omen is written in collaboration with amazing Terry Pratchett and subsequently gave us some amazing fantasies like Stardust, American Gods, The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
But as my personal liking and the theme of this year’s A to Z challenge, I would like to present you, Fragile Things, a short story collection by Neil Gaiman. “Let me tell you a story. No, Wait, one’s not enough, I’ll begin again… let me tell you stories of the months of the year, of ghosts and heartbreaks, of dead and desire. Of after-hours drinking and unanswered phones, of good deeds and bad days, of trusting wolves and how to talk to girls.” This is what Neil says in the blurb when he introduces us to the 32 stories in this book. As the subjects of these stories and Neil’s style of writing suggest, we are in for the stories which will dazzle all our senses, trigger the hunting of our imagination while we are engrossed in the reading. Come on guys, let’s just right away jump in the fantasy world Neil has created.
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (5 April 2007)
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