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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders (Audio Book)




Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
Neil Gaiman
Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (September 26, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0061142379
The astute among you will note that I have, in fact, already reviewed Fragile Things some time ago. However, thanks to Todd’s immense generosity, I got to listen to the book on audio, read by the Gaiman himself. So I thought I’d share a few thoughts about it.
First of all, Gaiman is a fantastic reader and storyteller. Indeed, his skill as a storyteller really comes to the fore when he reads his own work, and does a lot to enhance some of the stories in the book that I didn’t find quite as compelling the first time around. The "Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot” for example, I found a lot more compelling and memorable this time around, and found a lot more humor in “Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire “, and actually have a more solid memory now of “How Do You Think It Feels?” Granted, some of this may just be an effect of re-experiencing the stories, but I think some of it is that Gaiman’s writing style lends itself very well to storytelling, and hearing him read it just makes them that much more memorable.
Second, this collection contains “Goliath”, Gaimain’s Matrix-based short story. Honestly, just finding out about and getting this story made the effort worth it. While the story makes no sense in the context of the later Matrix films, it is, in fact, way more interesting than said films. Not that that’s much of a stretch, but there you go.
Otherwise, not much new to say about it. I still enjoy most of the stories, but not all of them. If I were to recommend this collection to someone, I’d honestly say the audio format is the better way to experience it. But reading it is okay too.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Goliath

So I’ve been listening to Fragile Things on Audio, courtesy of Murpheyslaw, and discovered that it has some extra stuff on it that wasn’t in the actual book. Including a reading of “Goliath”, Gaiman’s story set in the Matrix-verse.

 

It’s awesome.

 

I’ll grant you, in the context of even the first movie, it doesn’t completely make sense, and in the context of the later movies (if I must admit they existed), it’s ridiculous, but given all that…

 

It’s AWESOME.

 

Seriously. I wish someone had taken some of the ideas in this and run with in for Matrix-sequels. They certainly couldn’t have done worse than what we got…