I don’t often read short stories. I find that they either weren’t long enough to really say anything interesting or that just when they start to get interesting, they end and leave me unfulfilled.
But Neil Gaiman is easily my favorite currently-living writer(and a good argument could be made that he’s my favorite writer, period), and his story collections are starting to make a noticeable gap in my appreciation for his canon.
So. Fragile Things.
It’s good, of course. It’s Neil Gaiman. But it’s also hard to talk about: Fragile Things is a collection of different stories written at different times across Gaiman’s career. So some are excellent and others are merely good. Some of my favorites include "A Study in Emerald", "October in the Chair", "How Do You Think It Feels", "Goliath", and "Sunbird". There’s also "Monarch of the Glen", a novella starring Shadow from the American Gods universe. I like Shadow, so I was particularly happy to get this story.
That’s a pretty limited list, though. There’s many other stories that are all good and worth reading.
Also, as a special gift, Fragile Things includes some free poetry. I don’t really appreciate most poetry, but I’m particularly fond of "Instructions". There are some other good ones in there as well.
So, as much as I can summarize an already-summarized review of a collection of different (if fragile) things, I suppose I should say this:
If you’re up for some fantasy-ish short stories, this is a great place to find some. And if you just want to read some more Gaiman, then there’s no reason to pass this one by.