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Fragile Things arrived today! Amazon is prompt. it also came with Only Revolutions by Mark Z. Danielewsky.

i'm not going to be able to read it until i finish the books i'm currently reading (Swann's Way and After The Quake) but i wanted to start this discussion anyway!


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Fragile Things AND Only Revolutions?

*is jealous of Cobalt's amazon order*

That's fast for Amazon, isn't it? I thought it hit stores on Tuesday?


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Amazon IS fast! last time, i got Anansi Boys (and Shalimar and Clown) a week before the actual release date!


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so now that people have had proper time to read the book, are we going to ask which is their favorite and least favorite story? I've got 3 more to read, but I'm curious.
 
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My favourite is the Problem of Susan, partly because that was the one thing that's alway irriated me about the Chronicles of Narnia too. My least favourite is probably the Sunbird, I felt that even from the start it was too obvious where the story was going.
 
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What a coincidence, that's exactly what I would say so far. None of the stories impressed me more than The Problem of Susan and for some reason Sunbird didn't do it for me.

But I didn't finish the book yet.
 
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I know it's kind of pathetic to reply to your own post, but I just finished Fragile Things and I have some things to add.

My favorite/least favorites remain the same. But reading the introduction (if I ever read introductions, it's always after I finish the book) and found out why I like Sunbird less than the others. In his own words, this was a sort of attempt on his part to do a Laferty short story. I guess I would not like Laferty as much as Neil were I to read him. Or maybe I would, and to each author his own style. Gaiman's stories work best when they don't try to be someone else's.

I find it cute how he kind of appologizes in the introduction for the sex parts in How Do You Think It Feels?...

I agree with Cloverheart about some of these stories giving the impression that they are unfinished or incomplete (post in a different thread). But if you read them altogether they seem like a continuous stream that makes each of them better than on its own.
 
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I'm also inclined to agree with Cloverheart, particularly as I read the book in relatively small chunks. Then again, I did that with Smoke and Mirrors and I love nearly everythimg in that. I've not read any Lafferty, but I agree the Sunbird seems...stilted is probably the word I would use.
 
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I kept wanting to MST Sunbird as I read it. "Stilted" fits as a description. Like he was trying too hard to make it go a certain way.

I enjoyed The Problem of Susan. Like Waspfearer, I never liked Susan's noninclusion in The Final Battle. C. S. Lewis just wrote her off as shallow, like he needed to sacrifice someone for instructional purposes.

PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD

Gaiman made a good point, that someone had to identify the bodies after the wreck. I'd like to think that Susan finally went "further up and further in," and reunited with the rest of her family.

The Witch/Lion slash was just wrong, IMO, although it was well-written.

END SPOILERS

I also really enjoyed the Shadow novella. We finally get the guy's real name!


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Madame Blue, you might want to check the American Gods forums, there's lengthy discussions about Shadow. There's a thread called 'Shadow's real name' or something like that where that question was extensively researche dby posters (as well as discussion on loads of other things).

I hated the novella, though. Hated. I thought it had no point, it didn't made me know anything about Shadow's character, I didn't see any evolution in him from American Gods... I don't know. I might read it again once I finish re-reading American Gods (which I'm enjoying much more I thought I would, btw).


 
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Thanks Cloverheart, I'll look for the thread.

I just enjoyed the novella as a story. Yes, some parts were obvious, but it was brain candy for me.


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are there any differences between the us edition and the uk?


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Yes. The US edition has 3 (?) extra stories that were orginally in the
UK (but not the US) version of Smoke and Mirrors. Hope this helps. Smile
 
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so if i have the u.s edition of "Smoke and Mirrors" i should get the u.s edition of "Fragile things" as well right?


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Yes, that's right. Smile
 
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Um, er, please don't flame me, I am a newbie, a raw newbie.

But I wanted to share that Fragile Things is in NYT Book Review tomorrow,NYTBR 11/5/06 link

with a neato-keen illustration by Yuko Shimizu.


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Thanks for the link Weeble, and welcome to the board. I'm relatively new here myself, but I think you only get flamed in Flame Wars. Welcome parties and miscellaneous conversations tend to be held in World's End, though there's a lot of posters game-playing at the moment.
 
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quote:
Originally posted by Weeble:
Um, er, please don't flame me, I am a newbie, a raw newbie.


Mmm... raw... I mean, yeah, welcome to the boards! Please, feel free to step inside my mouth visit the World's End, where a lot of the action takes place.

*prepares Tabasco sauce, sharpens teeth*


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quote:
Originally posted by Weeble:
Um, er, please don't flame me, I am a newbie, a raw newbie.


Mmm... raw... I mean, yeah, welcome to the boards! Please, feel free to step inside my mouth visit the World's End, where a lot of the action takes place.

*prepares Tabasco sauce, sharpens teeth*



Eeeentersting. Only about 5 of the current gameplayers step outside of WE proper.

*takes notes*


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So that means you're quite alone out here... *grins* Are you afraid of big, bad wolves?


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