Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders

 Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman

Published: 2006



Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman is a collection of his short stories.

I am relatively new to Gaiman, but after gushing over Coraline, I could not wait to dig deeper. His style of writing is deep, charismatic, hypnotic, and leaves you wanting more. This collection of short stories left me all those things, as well as….sometimes confused. Some of the stories, I just did not get. That being said, I enjoyed more of the stories than I disliked.

A few that really stood out for me:

A Study in Emerald………a Sherlock Holmes mystery with a twist. Loved it!

October in the Chair……..a small boy runs away from home and finds a friend in the cemetery.

The Hidden Chamber……..great poem

Closing Time…….a late-night drinking club, where a lot of ghost stories are told

The Problem of Susan……Narnia re-visited.  Probably my favorite of the batch.

My Life……….I found this one simply hilarious

Feeders and Eaters……..two friends meet in a small cafe after many years, and one of them has drastically changed.  Really good!

The Monarch of the Glen…….a novella referencing Gaiman’s American Gods book (which I now have to read).

Bottom line….I am starting to get hooked on Neil Gaiman, but you really have to pay attention!


Favorite Quotes from Fragile Things:

“There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.”

“…it occurs to me that the peculiarity of most things we think of as fragile is how tough they truly are.”

“There are some as are what they are. And there are some as aren’t what they seem to be. And there are some as only seem to be what they seem to be.”  – Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire

“I still dream in the bass clef. All Cows Eat Grass. Good Boys Deserve Favors Always.” – Good Boys Deserve Favors

“There are some of us alive today who remember him. And some of us claim that he was a messiah, and some think that he was just a man with very special powers. But that misses the point. Whatever he was, he changed the world.”  – Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot

Read: February 2017


About the Author:  NEIL GAIMAN is the critically acclaimed and award winning creator of the Sandman series of graphic novels, as well the writer of novels aimed at both adults and children. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in the United States.



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