9780060934705

Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions

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    9780060934705

  • ISBN10:

    0060934700

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-05-31
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications
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Summary

Now available in paperback is the definitive collection of short stories that reveals one of the world's most gifted fantasy writers at the peak of his form.

Author Biography

Neil Gaiman is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the novels American Gods, Stardust, and Neverwhere. He is also the author of the Sandman series of graphic novels and coauthor of the novel Good Omens with Terry Pratchett. Among the many awards he has won are the World Fantasy Award and the Bram Stoker Award. Originally from England, Gaiman now lives in America. Visit him at www.neilgaiman.com.

Table of Contents

Reading the Entrails: A Rondel ix
An Introduction 1(32)
Chivalry
33(15)
Nicholas Was...
48(1)
The Price
49(8)
Troll Bridge
57(12)
Don't Ask Jack
69(3)
The Goldfish Pool and Other Stories
72(36)
The White Road
108(12)
Queen of Knives
120(10)
Changes
130(11)
The Daughter of Owls
141(3)
Shoggoth's Old Peculiar
144(12)
Virus
156(3)
Looking for the Girl
159(12)
Only the End of the World Again
171(19)
Bay Wolf
190(8)
We Can Get Them for You Wholesale
198(11)
One Life, Furnished in Early Moorcock
209(15)
Cold Colors
224(12)
The Sweeper of Dreams
236(2)
Foreign Parts
238(17)
Vampire Sestina
255(2)
Mouse
257(10)
The Sea Change
267(4)
When We Went to See the End of the World
271(7)
Dawnie Morningside
Desert Wind
278(3)
Tastings
281(9)
Babycakes
290(2)
Murder Mysteries
292(33)
Snow, Glass, Apples
325

Excerpts

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
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