Friday, January 30, 2015

M is for Magic by Neil Gaiman

M is for Magic is a selection of short stories written by master storyteller, Neil Gaiman. Each (with the exception of one) was previously published in other works. If you’re not familiar with Gaiman’s style of writing, this is a fun place to start. If you know and love Gaiman’s work, this is a must-read collection.

One of my favorite stories in this anthology was “Troll Bridge,” which had a somewhat surprising and stirring depth to it. All of the works in M is for Magic are beautiful, but “Troll Bridge” always stands out in my mind. Other stories include, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” and, “The Case of Four and Twenty Blackbirds.”

This book is nothing short of a roller coaster. As you may have picked up from the titles, some of the stories are moving while others are silly, some can be taken at face value while others make you stop and think. There are a few, sporadic illustrations in the book that really add to its quality and subtly emphasize the overarching dark feeling that seems to be tied to Gaiman’s moniker.

If you like this book, check out The Graveyard Book—which is an expansion of one of the short stories in M is for Magic—or delve deeper into his unique style of writing with Neverwhere. These and more great titles can be found at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

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