Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions

By Neil Gaiman

In the deft arms of Neil Gaiman, magic isn't any mere phantasm . . . and something is feasible. In Smoke and Mirrors, Gaiman's mind's eye and ultimate artistry remodel a secular international right into a position of bad wonders—where an outdated lady can buy the Holy Grail at a thrift shop, the place assassins put it on the market their providers within the phone book lower than "Pest Control," and the place a fearful younger boy needs to barter for his lifestyles with a mean-spirited troll dwelling underneath a bridge by way of the railroad tracks. discover a brand new fact, obscured by way of smoke and darkness but brilliantly tangible, during this outstanding selection of brief works by means of a grasp prestidigitator. it is going to dazzle your senses, contact your middle, and hang-out your dreams.

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