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Hmmm, it’s odd to write a review for this book. The stories ranged from fascinating to, well, boring. It really shows Neil Gaiman’s diverse tastes in short stories. Due to the “strength” of the really good stories, I say the book is a solid 4 stars. I preferred the short story anthologies that gaiman wrote himself.
I bought the paperback version of this book a few months back and debated back and forth on whether I should break my "no physical books in college rule" ( which has the obvious exception of textbooks). Luckily, I found the kindle version. This book is wonderful. Thanks to it being a collection of short stories it make a great bedtime read (for most ages if you are not easily freaked out) be ayes it's easier to stop at the end of a story then at the end of a chapter in a novel. I would recommend this book to everyone who is not put off by the title.
I loved the variety of stories in this collection, each unique and engaging. Neil Gaiman's short introductions for each give a glimpse of his literary tastes and influences which are a boon for his fans. I bought this as a Kindle ebook but will be getting a hard copy for my collection. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good story about fantastical creatures.
This is an entertaining collection of short and not so short stories. I'll admit that a few were a bit silly or too long but some are so outrageously original and fun to read that they make up for the others.
Do you like Neil Gaiman stories? Then you'll probably like stories that Neil likes! These are not all new authors but you can see why Neil chose these stories. A good way to pick up on some new (to you) authors.
A bit of a mixed bag - some stories were entertaining and a good read. Some not so much. However, that is why I buy anthologies - it gives me the chance to get to know some authors I don't yet know and enjoy the ones I know and like. Overall an interesting book to read.
What a fun compendium of fantasy short stories, selected by one of the masters of the genre, Neil Gaiman himself (who also submits a great little tale).
What sets this selection apart from so many others is what it's not: It's NOT dark, gritty, "urban" nor a "paranormal romance". Not that there's anything wrong with those, but it's refreshing to read something not aimed at kids which gets outside those current "hot trends".
Now, I said "not aimed at kids' but certainly Middle-schoolers and even advanced grade school readers will enjoy this collection, and a parent could supply this without a qualm to such.
You have undoubtedly read a couple before, and that's fine as there are many other gems here which have not seen the light of day since first published (I love the Edith Nesbit selection!), others which are recent, and two that are new here.
Now, I did say the tales weren't dark & gritty. But come-on, Neil selected them, so yes, they are sometimes more than a little macabre & weird.
And what's cool is that your purchase will help nonprofit 826DC, which fosters student writing skills. Fell good by buying, feel better while reading!
Some of the stories go nowhere but some are pretty good. It's better than the usual short-story compendium, because (frankly) the selected authors are better. The book is definitely worth the money if this sort of short story is your thing (it's mine).