M is for Magic
Got this book for Christmas and had no idea it was full of short stories until i opened it about two months later, i fell in love with "The Case of the Four and Twenty Blackbirds" "Troll Bridge" "The Price" and "Instrucitions" now i usually love every book i pick up but to my amazment my boyfriend actually enjoyed this book as well maybe it was because they were is very type of stories "short" or he actually enjoyed the writting but whatever it was he didn't give it back until he had read all of them. I recomend this to those who enjoy reading but don't like to read alot since these are short stories.
(from the back of the book and I'm using @ signs for bullets, because
that's the best thing I can find and for some reason, I can't make a
bulleted list. It's weird): Master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a
breathtaking collection of tales for younger readers that may chill or
amuse, but that always embrace the unexpected:
@ Humpty Dumpty's sister hires a private detective to investigate her brother's death.
@ A teenage boy who has trouble talking to girls finds himself at a rather unusual party.
@ A boy raised in a graveyard makes a discovery, and confronts the much more troubling world of the living.
Have you ever read a book where it's so good and so realistic that even
though it's fantasy, you wonder, "Did this really happen?" No? Guess
you're going book shopping then, huh?
a certain story in this book, that's called, "The Price," where the
main character is an adult male author and the way it's written, that
little voice in the back of your head whispers, "This sounds like it
really happened, this sounds real," despite the fact that the logical
little voice in your head is saying much more loudly, "There's no way
this really happened."
I loved about the book was that even though that particular story was
serious, there were others that had funny moments. And the author can
turn a phrase like no one else. There's one part where he's describing
a character, whose brothers call him the Runt. He writes "The Runt
was a thin ten-year-old, small, with a runny nose and a blank
expression. If you were to try to pick him out of a group of boys,
you'd be wrong. He'd be the other one. Over at the side. The one your
eye slipped over."
I loved that, but I'm not even sure why. It just made me laugh. And, okay, I'm easily amused at times, but still. It was funny.
Well, this is no surprise, but I loved it. I loved that these weren't
stories written for kids, even though it's an ages ten and up book.
Instead, they're stories he thought younger readers would like. I've
actually read some of them in other books. Like I said, Neil Gaiman is
one of my favourite authors and a large chunk of my favourite books are
by him. M Is For Magic is no exception. Ask me if I think you should
read it. "Should we read this, Laina?" (I'm putting words in your mouths here.) "Well? Should we?"
people, you should read this. You should read this as soon as it's
humanly possible to do so, and then go and tell your best friend about
it, it's that good.
*Reprinted from http://lainahastoomuchsparetime.blogspot.com/ with author's permission.