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4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of scary stories BUT ....., 15 Feb 2010
This review is from: Coraline and Other Stories: The Bloomsbury Phantastics (Paperback)
BEWARE - if you own M is for Magic - Do NOT waste your money on this book - the stories are EXACTLY the same, in exactly the same order - but with the Coraline story at the start.
Having said that, apart from 'The Witches Headstone' which is a chapter from 'The Graveyard Book' book, Gaiman's other books, 'Fragile Things' and 'Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fiction and Illusions' also contain (From Fragile) October In The Chair;Instructions;How To Talk To Girls At Parties; Sunbird; (From Smoke & Mirrors) Chilvary;The Price;Troll Bridge; Don't Ask Jack.
The quality of the stories is not up for debate, Gaiman tells a good tale, often retelling a tale you know, without it being obvious.
The sad bit is that publishers duplicate so many stories across different books and leave the reader feeling slightly cheated - which with Gaiman's writing we should not. I like the slightly scary edge to the stories, they remind me of my childhood ghost stories I read and enjoyed. If your child has an imagination and zest for reading do not deprive them of the opportunity to be a little scared, later in life they will be able to laugh whilst others tremble.
Only 4 stars because of the duplicated stories I already have in the other Gaiman books.
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Initial post: 17 Mar 2010 09:16:39 GMT
How many stories does this book contain? Are there more in addition to those you mention? I already own Smoke and Mirrors, but as I want this as a gift for a teenager (was looking for Coraline itself until I saw this version) I don't mind some duplication - particularly the story about the holy grail (Chivalry?) and the one about the cat (can't remember the name) from 'Smoke and Mirrors' would be welcome. Troll bridge is good too.
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