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Author: Neil Gaiman Narrator: Neil Gaiman Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2007 ISBN: 9780061571251
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A mysterious circus terrifies an audience for one extraordinary performance before disappearing into the night, taking one of the spectators along with it . . . In a novella set two years after the events of American Gods, Shadow pays a visit to an ancient Scottish mansion, and finds himself trapped in a game of murder and monsters . . . In a Hugo Award-winning short story set in a strangely altered Victorian England, the great detective Sherlock Holmes must solve a most unsettling royal murder . . . Two teenage boys crash a party and meet the girls of their dreams—and nightmares . . . In a Locus Award-winning tale, the members of an exclusive epicurean club lament that they've eaten everything that can be eaten, with the exception of a legendary, rare, and exceedingly dangerous Egyptian bird . . . Such marvelous creations and more—including a short story set in the world of The Matrix, and others set in the worlds of gothic fiction and children's fiction—can be found in this extraordinary collection, which showcases Gaiman's storytelling brilliance as well as his terrifyingly entertaining dark sense of humor. By turns delightful, disturbing, and diverting, Fragile Things is a gift of literary enchantment from one of the most unique writers of our time.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Gaiman writes in different registers: comedy, satire, pastiche, deadpan, lyrical or whimsical, but almost invariably dark. It all depends on whichever sooty, fantastic spirit drops down the chimney of his Minneapolis writing room on any given day.”

    Washington Post on Fragile Things

  • “Words, when they’re as well-chosen and deftly arranged as those in this book, can perform miracles of strength, staying with their audience long after the breath and ink that gave them birth have vanished.”

    Seattle Times on Fragile Things

  • “Confirms Gaiman’s reputation as an ingenious teller of sinister tales, whose whimsical and fine writing, at its best, equals…Edgar Allan Poe.”

    Observer (London) on Fragile Things

  • “Those with a taste for inventive idiosyncrasy will find themselves amply rewarded.”

    San Francisco Chronicle on Fragile Things

  • “Noteworthy selections in this undeniably exceptional collection include the Hugo Award–winning ‘A Study in Emerald,’ which deftly blends Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s late-nineteenth-century England with gruesome Lovecraftian horror…Gaiman is a true master.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review, on Fragile Things

  • Winner of the 2004 Hugo Award Best Short Story
  • Winner of the 2004 Locus Award for Best Novelette

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tristan | 4/13/2011

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this twist on Sherlock Holmes. Being a huge Lovecraft fan, it was a pleasure to see an alternate history where the Elder Beings are characters in the Royal household and Gaiman's ability to tell a tale as only he can and utilize Doyle's style is impeccable. I totally love this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James | 4/10/2011

    " A great combination of Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraft plus a lot of other neat little homages. Awesome short story. I could listen to Neil read books all day. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 4/7/2011

    " Read this story in the Shadows Over Baker Street collection. It was undoubtedly the best story in the whole volume, and turns the traditional Sherlock Holmes story formula on its ear in a delightful way, while also incorporating Lovecraftian myth. Awesome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tony | 2/9/2011

    " Not only is this my favorite Dream Mythos story, but it is also my favorite Sherlock Holmes story.


  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Libby | 11/25/2010

    " A great twist on Sherlock Holmes with a brillant reading by the author. It was like wrapping myself in a warm wool blanket on a cold foggy night - highly enjoyable "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 11/6/2010

    " Detectives in Victorian England search for a killer of royalty (a different breed--with green blood). This was an audio book read by Neil Gaiman, who is a delightful reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 10/17/2010

    " Sherlock Holmes mystery with a dash of Cthulhu and a twist of lime- I mean plot.

    Listened to Neil Gaiman's narration (audiobook) of this short story. Always delightful to hear the author's words in his own voice. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvie | 6/4/2010

    " a good one for a long train ride. i like listening to gaiman read his own works. one reason is that i did a scottish accent but also there is no need to question the interpretation, he knows how it's supposed to be read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal | 4/8/2010

    " A thoroughly enjoyable short story told by "a friend" of Holmes. Gaiman perfectly captures the elite observational skills of the detective and manages to throw in several surprises despite the shortness of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zoe | 10/18/2009

    " Interesting take on Sherlock Holmes....almost surreal. "

About the Author

Neil Gaiman is the author of several #1 New York Times bestsellers, including Norse Mythogy, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, and Anansi Boys, and others, as well as the Sandman series of graphic novels. His fiction has received Newbery, Carnegie, Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. His novel American Gods aired as a TV series in 2017. Originally from England, he lives in the United States, where he is a professor at Bard College.