Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
by Neil Gaiman
Review by Drew Bittner
William Morrow Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 0060515228
Date: 26 September, 2006 List Price $26.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
The collection leads off with Hugo Winner "A Study in Emerald", wherein the writer (a military man recently returned from Afghanistan) forges a remarkable friendship with London's only consulting detective. Their adventure sets them against a dangerous terrorist and his accomplice, who conspire to kill the inhuman "royals" who rule mankind; this follows the rising of the Great Old Ones centuries past and the subsequent subjugation of the human race. Those readers familiar with either Sherlock Holmes or the Cthulu mythos will appreciate the craft that went into this particular tale.
Other entries include his sequel to American Gods, the adventures of Shadow in northern Scotland and his encounter with some of Gaiman's most nefarious characters. "Monarch of the Glen" is one of the book's foremost highlights and a treasure for fans of the aforementioned novel.
Among the other pieces included:
Readers who have never sampled Gaiman's prodigious body of work could easily begin here; his short fiction is highly accessible and makes for wonderful readings aloud. If nothing else, it should inspire readers to continue into his novels and other story collections, as he continues to be one of the best fantasy writers working today.