Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions – Neil Gaiman

A collection of short stories and poems by, of course, Neil Gaiman. A few really good stories, a few that left me indifferent, and most, entertaining. The introduction to the book is lengthy with a section devoted to the genesis of each story and poem. I suggest that rather than read the introduction from start to end, read up to the point where the individual stories are described. Then, after having read the story or poem, go back to the introduction and read about that story. Of course, you don’t have to do that, but I like how it gives insight into Gaiman’s creative process, and reading the intro all at once deprives you of context.

There is a short biography and a brief interview at the end of the edition I read, though nothing in any depth. There is also a list of Gaiman’s works at the end, at least up to the time this was printed.

If you like short stories and story poems, it is well worth reading.

(Finished 9/3/13)