Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Weird and Increasingly Weirder

Fragile Things:  Short Fictions and Wonders by Neil Gaiman

Short Stories/Poetry Collection

I am not a huge Gaiman fan so this fact is probably skewing my review.  I have only liked one of his books (The Graveyard Book) and even that one was a stretch for me.  This work was odd and unsettling--pretty much like all Gaiman's work.  Only a few of these have been published previously.

It is a very unusual gathering of 30 poems and stories.  I felt like I had bought a $1 bag at a yard sale.....or perhaps delved into Gaiman's recycling bin on his computer.  Of all the stories, the only really interesting part was the descriptions of how each story and poem came to be.  I did like the Sherlock Holmes story, though.  It was very Doyle-ish!  I also really liked the story of the circus gone wrong.  That one reminded me of the Cirque Du Freak series--very creepy and weird.  Which made me think--did I actually like the stories themselves or only their resemblance to these other favorite books?

If you like Gaiman, you'll probably like this.  If you don't know him, don't start with this one!  You'll be scared off for good.

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