Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions (Mass Market)
In the deft hands of Neil Gaiman, magic is no mere illusion... and anything is possible. In this, Gaiman's first book of short stories, his imagination and supreme artistry transform a mundane world into a place of terrible wonders -- a place where an old woman can purchase the Holy Grail at a thrift store, where assassins advertise their services in the Yellow Pages under "Pest Control," and where a frightened young boy must barter for his life with a mean-spirited troll living beneath a bridge by the railroad tracks. Explore a new reality -- obscured by smoke and darkness, yet brilliantly tangible -- in this extraordinary collection of short works by a master prestidigitator. It will dazzle your senses, touch your heart, and haunt your dreams.
About the Author
Neil Gaiman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including Norse Mythology, Neverwhere, and The Graveyard Book. Among his numerous literary awards are the Newbery and Carnegie medals, and the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and Will Eisner awards. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
“He is a treasure-house of story, and we are lucky to have him.”
— Stephen King
“I read [SMOKE AND MIRRORS] while adjectives like glorious, magical and weird-but-fascinating leapt through my head, then gave up, outclassed . . . [Gaiman’s] artful ruminations stretch from dreamlike folktales to darkly futuristic science fiction . . . a fine introduction to his varied work.”
— Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Readers will find echoes of H.P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury and Stephen King, but the voice is all Gaiman . . . highly imaginative.”
— Dallas Morning News
“Superb . . . haunting in a disturbing way and often witty and perversely humorous at the same time.”
— Richmond Times-Dispatch
“An exhilarating display of the work of one of our most entertaining storytellers.”
— Kirkus Reviews (starred)