Smoke and Mirrors, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (9 ratings)


The storytelling genius of Neil Gaiman, bestselling author of The Ocean at the End of the Lane and Stardust, is one dazzling display in the variety of Smoke and Mirror's original and brilliant short pieces. 'A very fine and imaginative writer' The Sunday Times. If you love Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected or Terry Pratchett, Smoke and Mirrors is highly recommended.An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat.

A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family from unimaginable evil.

A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage.

These tales and much more await in this extraordinary book, revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.Includes extra material exclusive to this Headline Review edition.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9780755322831

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Have been leafing through this over the past month. Inventive, but not terribly good. More humor, less horror is needed. 8.15.07

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A very mixed bag.Some of the stories are among the best and most thought provoking short stories that I have come across such as-'The Wedding Present','Chivalry','Troll Bridge','The Daughter of Owls','Shoggoth's Old Peculiar',and 'Murder Mysteries' This last the best of all I think. For the rest most are er interesting but I have to say there are a few that were just too unpleasant for me to take.Oh I read them,but I won't be repeating the experience.

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A collection of short stories and short poetry spanning over twenty years of Neil Gaiman's career. From the first stories he wrote to more recent endeavors this collection has it all. Some of the stories are truly brilliant, i especially like the retelling of the classic folk tales (The Troll under the Bridge and Snow White), others are mediocre or just plain strange, but that was to be expected. Even a mastermind like Gaiman has to have better and worse days.A fan of Gaiman's work shouldn't miss this collection if only for the introduction where he recounts the origin of the different stories, however, I am sure you'll find a couple of stories you'll treasure in this book as well.

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An eclectic collection of short stories, poems and other writings which are, as usual with Gaiman's writing, always interesting and thought provoking. My favourite stories are Chivalry, The Price, Troll Bridge, The Facts in the Case of the Disappearance of Miss Finch, The Daughter of Owls, Shoggoth's Old Peculiar and Mouse.

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This was good summer reading and good counter-reading for studying. I like this maybe more than Fragile Things. I just love how Gaiman writes. And there were some life changing stories.

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