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And paying homage is tricky too--it can't be merely a lesser or different version of the original concept. Mission of browsing a Gaiman body of work accomplished, and self-flagellation accomplished for the week. This extraordinary book reveals one of the world’s most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers. The introduction itself is just as enjoyable as the rest of the stories; the readers get a glimpse into the author’s creative process as he describes some behind the scenes tidbits of each story.

Also, Gaiman is so brilliant and creative but he's also sometimes gruesome and occasionally really off-putting.This technique is most uniquely present in October in the Chair, which earned the 2003 Locus award for Best Short Story, where the 12 months, each personified in a comical fashion, are seated around a campfire and listen to October tell a chilling tale about a young runaway and his nighttime engagements with the ghost of a dead boy. A few of the stories can be shrugged off as well, but do not be discouraged as there is an abundance of juicy tales.

Some of the content herein is much more "adult" than a good deal of his other work, which can tend towards the childlike and fanciful.It very nearly got a full 5-stars, but I honestly have a hard time giving that rating to a collection of short stories. Harlequin Valentine' was one of the few I rather enjoyed, an unexpected metamorphosis coming to a stalking puppet.

The poetry and other short miscellanies within this book were interesting, and some of them actually made sense (unlike poetry in general which usually comes off to me as fluff). Other Locus Award winners included in this collection are "Sunbird" (2006 short story), "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire" (2005 short story), "A Study in Emerald" (2004 novelette, and also winner of the 2004 Hugo Award for Best Short Story), "Closing Time" (2004 short story), and "October in the Chair" (2003 short story).There are some stories in here that are so good, that I wanted to immediately go back and read them again as soon as I finished. This is apparent in The Problem of Susan when Greta says that her interest in children’s fiction is because ’they seemed the books that were most important to me.

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