Smoke and Mirrors
14 journalers for this copy...
Bravo bravissimo! Another fantastic book by Mr Gaiman. Alternatively sick and sexy, but always surreal. I just loved the last two stories - a heavenly whodunnit and Snow White as you have never thought of her before! More more more!
Journal Entry 2
at on Friday, September 10, 2004
Released 16 yrs ago (9/10/2004 UTC) at
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On one of the comfy chairs downstairs
Damn. Bounced back to me!
Journal Entry 4
at on Saturday, October 02, 2004
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sorry forgot to log in before book arrived
Brilliant set of short stories
Journal Entry 8
for a trade in to a fellow bookcrosser, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Thursday, March 10, 2005
Released 15 yrs ago (3/10/2005 UTC) at for a trade in to a fellow bookcrosser, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases
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posted to wafi
Sent to me by Shimmy-crazy. Thanks, I look forward to reading it!
Wow! I found all of these stories brilliant each in their own way. The diversity of the stories really shows what a great writer Gaiman is, I don't think I really had a favourite story, I found quite a few of them equally amazing. I really enjoyed reading this and was a bit gutted when I finished.
Journal Entry 11
on Thursday, October 26, 2006
Arrived yesterday. Thanks wafi!
Journal Entry 12
on Monday, January 07, 2008
It took me a lot of time to read this book; it seems I can read Gaiman only in winter...
Gaiman is great in working with well know characters (Snow White, Santa Claus, Galaad, Lucifer) and describing them from a completely new point of view.
I liked more "Chivalry", "Murder Mysteries", "Nicholas Was ..." and "Snow, Glass, Apples".
I think I'll have a book-ray for it.
Update: book-ray started in the italian forum
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Smoke (and Mirrors) arrived!
Gaiman is great! Very charming: airy like smoke, clear like mirror...
The book is ready for next reader
I really love Mr. Gaiman for all stories he gives us with this book...
So lovely - and so bitter - the intro one, a sort-of "Dorian Grey": this is my favourite.
I loved "Chivalry" too, and "Shoggoth's Old Peculiar" (dear, old Lovecraft!), amused with "We Can Get Them For You Wholesale" and "When We Went to See the End of the World".
Thanks to Banshee!
My first thought was: "wow!", but maybe I should express myself in a few more words. ^_-
It's difficult to give a single opinion for all those stories.
Some of them would not be my cup of tea, but others... others would strike me.
Their atmosphere would linger in my mind, not letting me go. That is the magic of Gaiman's work: it creates an atmosphere, even in a few sentences, that remains, even when you cannot remember the exact story plot anymore.
Certain images are stuck in my mind - Santa Claus' punishment, the Jack in the box waiting, some of the 15 Painted Cards From a Vampire Tarot, the Seeper of Dreams, the atmosphere in Cold Colours, the Vampire Sestina, and the introduction, when he talks about smoke & mirrors.
It's a great book, so thank you for the Ray.
A really interesting story collection!
Thanks a lot for this bookring :)
I fell in love with Gaiman's storytelling when I first read his Sandman comics by DC. Almost every single page he writes seems to turn by magic into visual poetry. "Smoke an mirrors" is an amazing collection of dreams, or nightmares if you like, written in a very elegant, powerful, evocative, magical way.Even though I dare confess I found a couple of stories quite boring - as if the Author was not fully into them -, pages like "In the End" alone make the book absolutely worth reading. The majority of stories in this collection is beautiful, like those echoing my beloved Lovecraft's world or "The Price", the most enchanting praise of the black cat I have ever read, or "Babycakes".
I have already bought my copy of this book as I consider it as a "must have", not only for all Gaiman appreciators but for all lovers of true art.
Thanks for sharing. The book is now leaving to Nereia. Enjoy!
My english in not very good and this make me an unsure reader. I love Gaiman and this is my first Gaiman's book that I read in original language. His writing style is amazing and gives you a clear image of situations, characters, descriptions, places and emotions. It's a really great book.
The book is now leaving to etnagigante, thanks for the ray.
Reading Gaiman is always astounding. I had read his novels and was ready to dive in his short stories, full of magic in real life, British mystery, night shadows or simply Hollywood stuff. The first thing you'll aprecieate is the intoduction, for it's a very short story itself and not a simple list of the story the book is formed of. Reading this stories allows you to be careful of bridges, old tea cup o cats because of what they could mean.
A real pleasure for mind.
Mailed yesterday to Tilly
Journal Entry 28
Cesena, Emilia Romagna Italy on Friday, December 17, 2010
Brilliant and funny and witty and charming... I loved almost every tale!
Since I am the last of the ray I've put this book in a virtual box :
and it was chosen by MartinaViola. I'll send it soon!
Journal Entry 29
-- via posta o passaggio a mano --, Emilia Romagna Italy on Saturday, December 18, 2010
Released 9 yrs ago (12/18/2010 UTC) at -- via posta o passaggio a mano --, Emilia Romagna Italy
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sent to Martina!
Journal Entry 30
Latina, Lazio Italy on Sunday, February 06, 2011
the book arrived yesterday!!!
yuppi! I'm so happy it didn't get lost! :)