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M is for Magic [Paperback]

Neil Gaiman
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3 Mar 2008
In this collection of wonderful stories, which range between fantasy, humour, science fiction and a sprinkling of horror, the reader will relish the range and skill of Neil Gaiman's writing. Be prepared to laugh at the detective story about Humpty Dumpty's demise, spooked by the sinister jack-in -the-box who haunts the lives of the children who own it, and intrigued by the boy who is raised by ghosts in a graveyard in this collection of bite-sized narrative pleasures.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747595682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747595687
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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#39;[Gaiman] is, simply put, a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him in any medium. #39; Stephen King

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Neil Gaiman is British and lives in the USA. He is the author of many highly acclaimed novels for adults and children and he has a cult following for his work in the graphic novel arena. Neil also writes screenplays and two of his own works are now films, Stardust and Coraline. His writing has many fans, including Philip Pullman who said of Coraline: 'Rise to your feet and applaud: Coraline is the real thing.'

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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 20 Aug 2007
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
M IS FOR MAGIC is a collection of eleven short stories. This book was geared for elementary/middle school but I thought that I couldn't read many of the stories aloud in my classroom because some of the themes are pretty adult.

I liked many of the stories, especially THE WITCH'S HEADSTONE. This was a story about a real boy who was living in a graveyard and being raised by ghosts. He decides to do a very kind thing for a ghost who didn't get a gravestone and the story follows the adventure that goes with that decision.

I also enjoyed THE CASE OF FOUR AND TWENTY BLACKBIRDS. It was a detective story set with nursery rhyme characters. The detective needs to solve the mystery of who killed Humpty Dumpty. It is told with attitude and is very funny.

There are also stories that are scary or just plain creepy. The story about the jack-in-the-box just gave me chills. So if you want to read some good, strange stories that only take about an hour to read, check this book out.

Reviewed by: Marta Morrison
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not many new stories 21 Oct 2007
Format:Hardcover
Most of these short stories are found in Neil Gaiman's other anthologies: 'Smoke and Mirrors' and 'Fragile Things', so expect nothing new except for the first and last story, if you already have these 2 books. If you haven't, then this is probably a good way begin. Whilst the stries themselves are exceptional, for this book itself, if it wasnt for the addition of 2 new stories, I may have given it 3 stars, as you are better off sticking to the other anothologies.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars M is for Marvellous! 9 Nov 2009
Format:Paperback
This collection of Neil Gaiman's short stories is aimed at his younger fans. Featuring a few stories gleaned from his adult collections Fragile Things and Smoke and Mirrors as well as a few not previously collected,it's a great introduction to Gaiman's writing and would suit any young fantasy reader (and older).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A few things should be considered before purchasing this book. Firstly, this collection of short stories is aimed at the early teen market. Secondly, it is by Neil Gaiman, and author not afraid to branch out and try new things, and lastly it is very short... Even shorter than the 249 pages would have you believe, as the print is quite large and spaced out.

With that in mind, the content varies. Some of the stories are fantastic, some are average and some are a bit poor. Saying that however, hardcore Gaiman fans will find something to entertain.

A warning to parents who are planning on buying this book for their kids! Some of the stories contain drinking, and mild sexual references. Nothing too shocking, but something you may wish to avoid if your child is very young.

All-in-all though, this book was a decent purchase, but I wish there was more of the Neil Gaiman magic that pours out of the pages of his better novels like Coroline, and Neverwhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 16 May 2012
By alismum
Format:Paperback
Was very disappointed by the content as many of the stories had previously appeared in "Smoke and Mirrors" and this was not made clear in the product description. Would not have bought it if I had known.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars M is for Magic - is magic indeed 7 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
M is for Magic Neil Gaiman is a modern-day 'Brothers Grimm' - he has perfected the art of writing fairy tales for our time and for all age groups. I unconditionally recommend that you read everything he has ever written - you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Another anthology of short-stories, this one by an author I highly regard despite having read only one of his books (have another one to read so…): Neil Gaiman. I’m quite fond of this author because he wrote several Doctor Who episodes, some of them amazing. And even though I didn’t read the book, I saw the movie, I can tell this is an amazing (yet creepy) story: Coraline!

This book has some wicked stories; some good, some bad, some weird and some quite interesting an idea to explore even further. But, that was only it. This is one of those books that you read once, you might remember one or two stories from it, and then forget. This is unfortunate, really, because I had high expectations regarding this book.

The very best about this book was Neil Gaiman’s introduction. Now, I don’t normally quote books on my reviews (I don’t know why) but in this case I have to share with you one of the most beautiful things about stories I’ve ever read:

“Stories you read when you’re the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you’ll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.”

If I have to choose just one short-story in this book that touched, that was October in the Chair. It was a hauntingly beautiful short-story about not being accepted by those we care about and how we can find some sort of happiness in the strangest of places and people… dead or alive.

The Price also touched me slightly. The story of an adopted cat that battles an invisible threat to protect his family. This one made me tear up a bit, I’ll be honest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PARENTS BEWARE THIS IS NOT FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN! 12 May 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for my 10 year old daughter as she loved 'Coraline'. However, the second story about the troll contributed more to her education than I would have liked although we passed it off as a huge giggle. I have suggested she save this book for later as she may end up having to read it to a classroom assistant at school and would die of embarassment! So parents beware... this particular story contains some very adult themes which may not be suitable for younger readers with advanced reading abilities!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not for under 14s
great book but a bit dark and sweary for kids under...14 or so. Love Gaiman though. Put it this way, if your kids giggle when you say "Gaiman" because they heard "Gay... Read more
Published 2 months ago by NatalieBrian
5.0 out of 5 stars Well received-reading it in the dark!
This was a gift for my nephew. I haven't read it myself but have enjoyed other Neil Gaiman books.
My brother told me that nephew was glued to it and was reading it in the dark... Read more
Published 8 months ago by peepo
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
as many have mention,it includes stories from other neil gaiman books,
but i would definitely encourage his fans to buy it as an interesting anthology to have with you when... Read more
Published 11 months ago by vaso k
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR CHILDREN!!
This is a wonderful collection of beautifully written, but disturbing, short stories.

It lulls you into a false sense of security with a nursery rhyme/ Sam Spade spoof... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Izzy
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright
I quite like Neil Gaiman but I wasn't struck by his short stories. There were a couple that I liked but the rest I just read because I'd bought the book.
Published 13 months ago by Feeling_charmed
3.0 out of 5 stars good stuff, but read it before
Gaiman's stories are as great as ever, but it is repackaging of stories that appeared in Smoke and Mirrors, The Graveyard Book (which was published after this admittedly, but buy... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Neil Gaiman
I've always been a Neil Gaiman fan and this book was filled with great short stories I can get through quickly (when your waiting on dinner cooking or in the bath). Read more
Published 16 months ago by Miss C. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Gaiman is the best
I loved this book! I would recommend it to anyone who loves great short stories of the fantastic. Neil Gaiman is a great writer and I never tire of his made-up worlds. Read more
Published 21 months ago by M. Leonor Calaça
3.0 out of 5 stars Great book but too adult.
This is a childrens book, suposedly, but the content is too crude for children. In Coraline that was suitable but in this, not so much. Read more
Published on 31 May 2012 by JKorwin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stories, but you may have read them already...
Having enjoyed Smoke and Mirrors some years previously, I thought I'd pick up some more short stories by Mr Gaiman, while I was browsing at a book store. Read more
Published on 9 April 2011 by JulieGirl
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