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@Read Kindle ⚸ M Is for Magic × Stories to delight, enchant, and surprise youBestselling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that may chill or amuse readers but always embrace the unexpected Collection includes The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Troll Bridge, Don t Ask Jack, How to Sell the Ponti Bridge, October in the Chair, Chivalry, The Price, How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Sunbird, The Witch s Headstone, Instructions The Kenneth Anderson Omnibus enchant Chinas New Dawn and surprise youBestselling author and master storyteller Neil Gaiman here presents a breathtaking collection of tales that may chill or amuse readers but always embrace the unexpected Collection includes The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds روز هزار ساعت دارد Troll Bridge Judge Dredd Don t Ask Jack Lo Zingarelli How to Sell the Ponti Bridge Bordeaux Legends October in the Chair Human Trial II Chivalry World Directory Business Information Web Sites The Price Swimming with Sharks How to Talk to Girls at Parties Im Fine and Neither Are You Sunbird The Rampa Story The Witch s Headstone BENAAMI Instructions Such a great and fun read, captivating, innovativegreat style and imagination. Oh Good Lord, do not buy this one for your kidsDespite the cutesy title, this is soooooo not appropriate for anyone under preteens There are no rainbows and there are no unicornsand because it s Gaiman, it s weirdly sexual though, not hardcore, at least YOU have been warned Additional warning Several of these stories appear elsewhere I get that short stories are often published on their own before becoming part of anthology, but what I m referring to is that the short stories are alr Oh Good Lord, do not buy this one for your kidsDespite the cutesy title, this is soooooo not appropriate for anyone under preteens There are no rainbows and there are no unicornsand because it s Gaiman, it s weirdly sexual though, not hardcore, at least YOU have been warned Additional warning Several of these stories appear elsewhere I get that short stories are often published on their own before becoming part of anthology, but what I m referring to is that the short stories are already in a short story book OR they are fully published as their own book by Gaiman A smidge frustrating.Introduction Extremely long Please skip.The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds Detective story set in a storybook land Starring all sorts of classic fairy tale characters as they try to figure out what happened to Humpty Dumpty A bit of a gritty seedy remake Interesting, but not captivating.Troll Bridge THIS DOES NOT COUNT this is republished from Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions Undue time is used to describe the troll s flaccid genitalia Un ironically, the troll acts like a dick Don t Ask Jack THIS DOES NOT COUNT this is republished from Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions Includes a menacing Jack in the Box passed down through the generations As if I needed another reason to never buy one How to Sell the Ponti Bridge Extremely long winded con the Ponti Bridge is sold and the main characters make off like bandits Started to lose interest halfway through.October in the Chair Highly fanciful meeting of the twelve months Started off interesting but soon faded This either should ve been a novel or cut.Chivalry THIS DOES NOT COUNT republished from Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions Despite that, this was fun An old lady buys the Holy Grail at a resale shop A knight comes looking for it and findsthan he bargained forThe Price THIS DOES NOT COUNT republished from Smoke and Mirrors Short Fiction and Illusions Still enjoyed the story one brave cat defends his family from the Devil himself This one was good, but not fleshed out Should have been a full story.How to Talk to Girls at Parties Unexpectedly sexual the dirty thoughts of a pubescent boybut other than that it was a little fun to see what was happening to the oblivious narrator In his efforts to chat up girls, he mistakenly wanders into an alien party and has no idea that she plans to do dirty things to him.Sunbird What should you eat if you already ate everything At first I felt sympathy for the main characters but quickly I realized that they were all terrible people to begin withThe Witch s Headstone THIS DOES NOT COUNT This is a chapter from The Graveyard Book this feels weird to read a section from another book Yes, the book was published after the short story collection was outbut it s only a year difference so I m working on the assumption that Gaiman knew he was going to publish a whole other book and still put a chapter of it in this one.Instructions THIS DOES NOT COUNT This is previously published kids book, Instructions Sigh Maybe I ll enjoy another set of short stories by him somedayYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading This book is in peril of falling into a forgotten realm, a status that stems from misguided marketing The title, M is for Magic, suggests a collection of stories for children, yet the book is categorized for young adults, and the content from the crotch sniffing troll whose penis hung from the bush of gonk hair between his legs to the months of the year sitting fireside to enjoy a bottle of 1902 Ch teau Lafitte caters to adults M is for Magic includes ten short stories and one poem It This book is in peril of falling into a forgotten realm, a status that stems from misguided marketing The title, M is for Magic, suggests a collection of stories for children, yet the book is categorized for young adults, and the content from the crotch sniffing troll whose penis hung from the bush of gonk hair between his legs to the months of the year sitting fireside to enjoy a bottle of 1902 Ch teau Lafitte caters to adults M is for Magic includes ten short stories and one poem It offers pizazz, in the story of Humpty Dumpty s sister hiring a private detective to investigate her brother s untimely death humor, in the sci fi telling of an awkward youth attempting to talk to alien girls at a party and imaginative fantasy entertainment in one of itsenjoyable stories, Sunbird, which follows five voracious eaters on their quest to consume the rare Suntown Sunbird A really uneven collection of stories but, as Neil Gaimen says in his eloquent introduction, There s another good thing about a book of short stories you don t have to like them all If there s one you don t enjoy, well, there will be another one along soonWell, there s the Suntown Sunbird, said Zebediah T Crawcrustle And he grinned his crookedy grin at them, with his teeth ragged but sharp I ve never heard of it, said Jackie Newhouse You re making it up Unicorns are imaginary, said Virginia Boote, but, gosh, that unicorn flank tartare was tasty A little bit horsey, a little bit goatish, and all the better for the capers and raw quail eggs M is for the many things I always hope to get out of reading a Neil Gaiman book Then the usual happensSome of these stories Sunbird , October in the Chair , and How to Talk to Girls at Parties appear in his excellent short story collection Fragile Things, and apparently others also appear elsewhere, mostly Smoke and Mirrors Add to that, The Witch s Headstone is the precursor to The Graveyard Book So, M is for Magic is really just a repackaging of old material That s been a runni M is for the many things I always hope to get out of reading a Neil Gaiman book Then the usual happensSome of these stories Sunbird , October in the Chair , and How to Talk to Girls at Parties appear in his excellent short story collection Fragile Things, and apparently others also appear elsewhere, mostly Smoke and Mirrors Add to that, The Witch s Headstone is the precursor to The Graveyard Book So, M is for Magic is really just a repackaging of old material That s been a running theme in my Gaiman reading experience He relies on source material too much His stories are magical, even fantastical, but his ideas are old and used Fairytales and mythology make up the subject matter of a good deal of the Gaiman canon Much of it is straight up taken from preexisting sources with a modern day sensibility and scant, if any, new invention slapped on it in order to call it his own It s genius Fantasy is the IT genre these days and the people like their entertainment to come with some familiarity, thus the man has hit upon a winning formula Few writers can claim the kind of unbridled popular success Neil Gaiman has achieved, so it could be argued that few if any could do better work within the realms of writing he inhabits But I digress Back to M is for Magic Whereas Fragile Things had decidedly adult content, this one gets noracy than the suggestion of teens having a time good at a house party in How to Talk to Girls at Parties The rest is mostly stuff such as a crime noir version of nursery rhymes, a troll under the bridge story, foodies in search of the ultimate meal, and a take on the quest for the Holy Grail in which an ordinary housewife finds the Grail at a thrift store and won t give it up to Sir Galahad because it looks nice on her mantel I could totally see one of the Pythons in drag playing the woman I m not sure exactly what the appropriate reading age would be for these stories I m a childless middle aged man, what the hell do I know they re not for tiny tots, but they could probably be read by nearly all other age levels, even old farts, and enjoyed in some way, shape or form