Fragile Things

Fragile Things

[short Fictions and Wonders]

Audiobook CD - 2006
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A collection of more than twenty-five short fictional works follows a theme of the intersections between life and death, perception and reality, and darkness and light.
Publisher: [New York] : Harper Audio, [2006], ℗2006
ISBN: 9780061142376
0061142379
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gai
Characteristics: 9 audio discs (10 hr., 30 min. ) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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njschrank
Apr 24, 2016

I can't actually speak to any of the stories, because there's a problem in the formatting of this title. The chapters are numbered for the first several hours and seem to be arbitrarily split into 3 minute sections; it's not clear where the introduction ends and where any of the stories begin or end. Is it a 10 minute introduction that I can live through or a 1 hour and 11 minute slog that is only slightly preferable to death?

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MeaninglessBark
Mar 06, 2012

A really great collection read by the author. Not everything in it is memorable, but Mr. Gaiman has such an excellent reading style he could probably read a cookbook and it would be nice to listen to. Oddly enough one of the more memorable parts of this audiobook is his reading of the introduction. Introductions to collections such as this can be about as enjoyable as a grocery shopping list ("I wrote this, then that, then Joe McJoejoe said 'Hey, write this!' so I did. After that I wrote...") but Mr. Gaiman reads his introduction as if he's chit-chatting with the listener and recollecting it from a few notes. (A few notes written in dark brown shiny ink on a slightly musty sheet of parchment, of course.)

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dharvie
May 26, 2009

One of the best poems in this book is called "Instructions" and provides advice if you every find yourself lost in a fairy tale. Another poem not to be missed is called "Locks", a re-telling of the Goldilocks fable, which reminds us of the human need to tell each other stories.

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dharvie
May 29, 2009

"We owe it to ourselves to tell stories, as people simply, not as father and daughter. I tell it to you for the hundredth time." - a quotation from the poem "Locks".

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dharvie
May 26, 2009

“Know that diamonds and roses are as uncomfortable when they tumble from one's lips as toads and frogs: colder, too, and sharper, and they cut.”

- a quotation for the poem "Instructions"

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