Author: Neil Gaiman
Morality Rating: R
Readability Rating: 4 stars
Buy it: Amazon
A collection of short stories related to the paranormal realm by master fantasy-horror author, Neil Gaiman.
Fragile Things is a short story collection by Neil Gaiman. Most of the stories in the book are focused around paranormal events and ghost stories. I enjoyed the somewhat spooky nature of all these stories, although NG does get a little sexually graphic for my tastes.
Plot: Each of the stories had a well-developed plot, I thought. I don’t particularly care for short stories, but I thought these had enough information in them to make them feel rich. I wanted them all to be full stories, though. What I didn’t like about some of these stories was the odd sexual twist too them. I could have done without that. However, I appreciated the almost O. Henry-like plot twists in some of the stories.
Setting: The setting for each story varied. Some were modern stories and some were set in the past. Each of the settings was appropriate to the subject of the story.
Writing Style: I think the writing style of these stories is intelligent without sounding too wordy. I think NG is capable of painting a universe in impressionist style without painting every detail with a magnifying glass.
Short stories are not my favorite kind of literature to read, mostly because they are so short. I hate to devote the 30 minutes to an hour reading the story only to have it end so abruptly.
That being said, if you like paranormal short stories you would probably enjoy this collection. The stories are original and there is even some poetry thrown in there.
I think the best thing I like about Fragile Things is the introductions written about each story in the beginning of the book. I like to know how stories were created and what inspired the idea, so I thought the inclusion of the background stories was really interesting.