“Short fictions and illusions” is what labelled under the title; true to this phrase, you can expect twists that isn’t for the faint hearted.
What is this book about?
It is a collection of short stores which Neil Gaiman never got to publish before this. Unlike his other books, this one has a combination of heart warming, innocence, to downright creepiness all stuffed into a single package to keep readers entertained and shivering in their seat if your imagination is vivid.
Of the stories included are –
– A wedding letter that writes itself and portrays an ugly reality as compared to the perfect marriage the couple had.
– An old lady who purchased the Holy Grail in a thrift shop and visited by a Knight riding a white horse.
– Assassins advertising their services under ‘pest control’
What I think of this book …
Well, for starters, this is definitely not one for the faint hearted for there are a few gory and explicit stories about werewolf eating humans and the witch who was burned in a kiln. Of course there are some light hearted ones like the old lady who bought the holy grail and the knight who politely asked for it but the darker ones jumps all the way to the other end of the spectrum.
This book isn’t all about dark, twisted tales, there also is a mystery short set in the time before the universe was created and how an Angel investigated the murder of another Angel. What fascinates me most is not the story itself but the perspective the author took in each of the stories he penned.
Then again, he’s not one of the best sellers for nothing.