Fragile Things (2006) Neil Gaiman — he of American Gods and Sandman fame — is a bit of a showman. You can tell because in Fragile Things ,… 2006-09-26 Fiction Short Stories William Morrow
Book Review

Fragile Things (2006)

PUTTING WORDS IN THEIR MOUTHS Gaiman's characters reveal the author's love of storytelling in his new collection
PUTTING WORDS IN THEIR MOUTHS Gaiman's characters reveal the author's love of storytelling in his new collection
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Sep 26, 2006; Writer: Neil Gaiman; Genres: Fiction, Short Stories; Publisher: William Morrow

Neil Gaiman — he of American Gods and Sandman fame — is a bit of a showman. You can tell because in Fragile Things, his second story collection, he can't resist using many of the pieces as stages themselves, having deftly drawn characters tell strange, or sweet, or eerie, or heartfelt stories to others (as when, for example, October thrills the other months of the year with a perfectly October story). Of course, there are some that don't share that nesting-doll logic (like the wonderfully peculiar Sherlock Holmes remix ''A Study in Emerald''), but it becomes clear that, perhaps, Gaiman relishes the sacred act of telling stories even more than he does writing them.

Originally posted Sep 22, 2006 Published in issue #899 Sep 29, 2006 Order article reprints