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Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things

I finished listening to Neil Gaiman's Fragile Things, a collection of short stories, novellas, and poems, on audio. Gaiman narrates it himself. He's always been a good reader but his skill has improved. Now he is among the best readers I've listened to. (Yet another thing to envy him for. :-)

I didn't like everything in the collection - some of his stuff is too slight or too self-referential for my taste. But I liked several of the stories quite a lot.

If I ran the world, books containing scenes in which dogs or cats are tortured/killed would come with a mandatory warning sticker. If you don't like stories with such scenes in them, don't read Gaiman's story "Feeders and Eaters".

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mjlayman
Jan. 28th, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
I reviewed an Asimov's recently with that kind of warning. The entire story was distasteful, but the cat bit put it over the edge.
elainegrey
Jan. 28th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Whatsis name of Salinas who wrote "Of Mice and Men" has been on my "won't read list" since reading his _Red Pony_ as a youngster. It's a horrible death and i'm sure it's an important life lesson learned by the boy of the story, yadda yadda, but cruel and compassionless. Actually, the boy should have learned his father was cruel and compassionless, not life.

Grumble. I must have read this when i was eight....
wordweaverlynn
Jan. 28th, 2007 11:32 pm (UTC)
John Steinbeck.
elainegrey
Jan. 29th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
Aiee, you said that name.
angeyja
Jan. 28th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC)
If I ran the world, books containing scenes in which dogs or cats are tortured/killed would come with a mandatory warning sticker. If you don't like stories with such scenes in them, don't read Gaiman's story "Feeders and Eaters".

I wish they would too. Thanks for the note.
gaiagal
Feb. 11th, 2007 04:44 am (UTC)
Hi there!

I wandered over from the "ample knitter's" yahoo group and decided to read a bit.

The name "Neil Gaiman" seemed familiar and i couldn't quite place why? I googled his works to see if it refreshed the aging memory. Aha! I've read one of his books. "American Gods". I liked it quite a bit. It was one of the monthly reads for our "Well Read Witch" book club back home in Indiana. Maybe i'll branch out and read some of his other works.

Glad i clicked over to see closeups of your sweater. I really like the yarn colors that you chose. Way to go! I've yet to make any adult sized garments, but have the yarn for a vest that my partner has requested. I'll cast on soon!

Happy knitting!

~Suz~
firecat
Feb. 11th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for stopping by! If you liked American Gods, you'll probably like Anansi Boys, which is sort of set in the same universe, although with different characters. Have fun with the vest!
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