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Not up to Mr Gaiman's normal 5 star standard
on 18 June 2017
I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman's work, but I really don't think short stories are amongst his many strengths. Few of the stories captivated me at all, and it was normally an obligation to finish. I've read other short story collections, were the author has been able to capture me in a few short pages, and left me wondering about the protagonist, and my brief glimpse into their world for some time after. Unfortunately this never happened in fragile things. There was a few interesting concepts in the book, like the most beautiful boy in the world, but they were few and far between. And all of the stories had a generally dystopian vibe to them, that was never really delved into, everyone just seemed a but down and trying to run away from unexplained sadness. I wouldn't read this unless you want to be able to say you have read everything of Neil's. Instead I would read literally anything else by him, as everything else I have read is easily 5 stars.