Always worth it to have tried, even if you fail, even if you fall like a meteor forever. Better to have flamed in the darkness, to have inspired others, to have lived, than to have sat in the darkness, cursing the people who borrowed, but did not return, your candle.
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions & Disturbances is a collection of short stories by the master storyteller Neil Gaiman published in 2015. The book consisted of 24 short stories and poems of various themes and backgrounds. This is the third collection of short fiction from Gaiman following Smoke & Mirrors and Fragile Things.
I will try to describe the stories that were remarkable enough to me, in three to five words:
- “The Thing About Cassandra” – Made-up girlfriend
- “Orange” – Alien abduction. Family.
- “A Calendar Of Tales” – Year-round Stories
- “The Case Of Death And Honey” – Sherlock Holmes’ eastern adventure.
- “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury” – Sad Fan-boy memoir.
- “Click-Clack The Rattlebag” – Novel/Movie-Worthy.
- “Nothing O’Clock” – Doctor Who. Bow ties.
- “Diamonds And Pearls: A Fairy Tale” – Good > Bad. Diamonds > Frogs .
- “The Sleeper And The Spindle” – Snow White saves the day.
- “Black Dog” – Shadow Moon. Murder.
This would have to be the first book I’ve read that’s made of short stories instead of a full length novel. I was delighted (as expected!) with this book and each story kept me wanting for more. I was particularly thrilled with the Doctor Who bit entitled “Nothing O’clock” as I used to watch the series a few years back. I also liked “Black Dog” which is an American Gods story with Shadow Moon in it.
On the downside, I wasn’t quite impressed with the poems. It felt weird reading them but what the hell, it’s Neil Gaiman so I can move on from that! I’d give it a 3 out of 5 stars rating. This could be because I’d still prefer a novel over short stories collection on any day but I’d recommend it to anyone travelling abroad with long hours of flight ahead for it will surely keep you entertained and can while away the hours.