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

Listener Opinions

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

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

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