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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>In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion . . . and anything is possible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman's imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders--where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control," and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks. Explore a new reality, obscured by smoke and darkness yet brilliantly tangible, in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your 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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