Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions by Neil GaimanIt was first published in the United States in , and in the United Kingdom in Many of the stories in this book are reprints from other sources, such as magazines, anthologies , and collections including ten stories and poems from Gaiman's earlier small press miscellany Angels and Visitations. The included stories and poems are different between some of the editions; the US, UK, and eBook editions have some differences in the stories they contain see table to right :. Ellen Datlow Ellen Datlow is an American science fiction and horror editor and anthologist. Datlow was the fiction editor of Omni magazine and Omni Online from through , edited the ten associated Omni anthologies, she co-edited the Year's Best Fantasy and Horror series from to , followed by the team of Gavin Grant and Kelly Link until the series end She now edits The Best Horror of the Year published by Night Shade Books.
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Also in the introduction a short paragraph per story, that tells us how each of them came to be, whether they were ordered for a particular publication or came to life out of nothing, or how and where they were published if ever — most of all he talks about what inspired them and it gives an amazing insight into the mind of the author — provided that he is speaking the truth of course. Smoke and mirrors remember? There are 34 short stories altogether — they can either be one page long or several. In different formats: most in prose, some in verse, one sestina. I read the book over a one month period, savouring one or two a day depending on my mood I skipped the poems as they are not really my cup of tea, though and some were better than the others or course, but quite a few were simply outstanding, about ten of them.
Because Neil Gaiman does most of his writing for comic books and graphic novels, the scope and richness of his talent have thus far been overlooked by the average reader.
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But one thing I did was read a lot, mainly because our library in Roselle was awesome. It was a riff off the Snow White story, and yet so simple, so elegant. It was the introduction. It offered fascinating insight into how he created each story—sort of like reading linear notes. And what was extra cool was that he actually put a story in the introduction. It was like a bonus buy-one-get-one-free. I found myself flipping to the introduction a lot as I read through Smoke and Mirrors.
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