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scatterbrain said in January 8th, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Not his best, but well-worth reading–or you can listen in a nice podcast at Clonepod.org where I found it first.

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Rusty said in January 8th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Thanks for pointing the podcast – I didn’t know about it.

I agree that it isn’t one of his best, but still an interesting story none-the-less.

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Carl V. said in January 11th, 2009 at 10:18 pm

The first time I read this, when Fragile Things was released, I wasn’t impressed. A close friend had the same feelings about it and we were both surprised at the awards it was up for. Then one day he called and said he had heard the story on audio and had a complete opinion shift on it. Later on I purchased the audio collection for myself and when I heard Neil read the story I liked it much, much better than I had before. Hearing him read it and putting everything in the light of the way he meant for it to be read honestly made a big difference. I agree with you both, it isn’t one of his best as he has some amazing ones out there, but I’ve often felt that even a mediocre Gaiman short story is far better than many other author’s good short stories. He really has a way with the medium.

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Rusty said in January 12th, 2009 at 11:00 am

Thanks Carl,

I find it fascinating how listening to an audio version of a short story can make such a big difference – but it is true, and I have experienced that effect myself. I haven’t heard Neil Gaiman read this story, but I would like to give it a try. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Carl V. said in January 12th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

Not sure if you’ve had the pleasure of listening to Neil read any of his stories, but if you haven’t it is an activity that I highly recommend. He is a natural reader and can make any story he tells sound wonderful. He engages you as a listener in such an amazing way. I think he just won an earphones award or something like that from Audiophile for his reading of his newest novel, The Graveyard Book. It is well deserved as it is a lovely experience listening to him read it.