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Smoke and mirrors : short fictions and illusions /

by Gaiman, Neil [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York : Avon Books, [1998]Edition: 1st ed.Description: viii, 339 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780061450167; 0061450162.Subject(s): Short stories | Horror fiction | Short stories | Horror fiction | Short stories | Horror fiction | Short stories
Contents:
Reading the entrails: a rondel -- An introduction -- Chivalry -- Nicholas was ... -- The price -- Troll bridge -- Don't ask Jack -- The goldfish pool and other stories -- The white road -- Queen of knives -- Changes -- The daughter of owls -- Shoggoth's old peculiar -- Virus -- Looking for the girl -- Only the end of the world again -- Bay wolf -- We can get them for you wholesale -- One life, furnished in early Moorcock -- Cold colors -- The sweeper of dreams -- Foreign parts -- Vampire sestina -- Mouse -- The sea change -- When we went to see the end of the world by Dawnie Morningside, age 11 1/4 -- Desert wind -- Tastings -- Babycakes -- Murder mysteries -- Snow, glass, apples.
Summary: A collection of fantasy stories and poems. In Chivalry, a woman discovers the Holy Grail in a secondhand shop, in Murder Mysteries, an angel visiting Los Angeles provides the inside story on Lucifer's revolt against God, and there are revisionist stories on Snow White and Santa Claus.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>The astonishing and impressive first collection of short stories from New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman</p> <p>An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat in a second-hand store . . .</p> <p>A stray cat fights and refights a nightly battle to protect his adoptive family from an unimagiable evil . . .</p> <p>A young couple receives a wedding gift that will reveal a chilling alternate history of their marriage . . .</p> <p>Beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks, a frightened little boy bargains for his life with a most persistent troll . . .</p> <p>Such miraculous inventions and more await within Neil Gaiman's first collection of short fiction, a gift of wonder and delight from one of the most unique literary artists of our day. In his capable hands, magic is no mere illusion, but a powerful means to reveal the nature of our humanity obscured in the smoke of our fears and anxieties . . . and reflected in the funhouse mirrors of our dreams.</p>

Reading the entrails: a rondel -- An introduction -- Chivalry -- Nicholas was ... -- The price -- Troll bridge -- Don't ask Jack -- The goldfish pool and other stories -- The white road -- Queen of knives -- Changes -- The daughter of owls -- Shoggoth's old peculiar -- Virus -- Looking for the girl -- Only the end of the world again -- Bay wolf -- We can get them for you wholesale -- One life, furnished in early Moorcock -- Cold colors -- The sweeper of dreams -- Foreign parts -- Vampire sestina -- Mouse -- The sea change -- When we went to see the end of the world by Dawnie Morningside, age 11 1/4 -- Desert wind -- Tastings -- Babycakes -- Murder mysteries -- Snow, glass, apples.

A collection of fantasy stories and poems. In Chivalry, a woman discovers the Holy Grail in a secondhand shop, in Murder Mysteries, an angel visiting Los Angeles provides the inside story on Lucifer's revolt against God, and there are revisionist stories on Snow White and Santa Claus.

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<opt> <anon I1="BLANK" I2="BLANK">Smoke and Mirrors Short Fictions and Illusions Chapter One Nicholas Was... older than sin, and his beard could grow no whiter. He wanted to die. The dwarfish natives of the Arctic caverns did not speak his language, but conversed in their own, twittering tongue, conducted incomprehensible rituals, when they were not actually working in the factories. Once every year they forced him, sobbing and protesting, into Endless Night. During the journey he would stand near every child in the world, leave one of the dwarves' invisible gifts by its bedside. The children slept, frozen into time. He envied Prometheus and Loki, Sisyphus and Judas. His punishment was harsher. Ho. Ho. Ho. Smoke and Mirrors Short Fictions and Illusions . Copyright © by Neil Gaiman. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold. Excerpted from Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions by Neil Gaiman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.</anon> </opt>

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