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Completely Random

I love this completely random post thing going around today. So here's my contribution.

Neil Gaiman's amazing Sherlock Holmes short story The Case of Death and Honey I am, as always, in awe of his command of the short story form. But it is his use of the language "but he seemed huger than ever, his fingers swollen into white suet sausages" that brings me back again and again to read his work.

Every author who attempts a Sherlock Holmes story puts their own twist on the basic frame of it, there's a Watson, a Mycroft, disguises, bees, etc. But it is the emotional investigation into the main character's own motivations that sold me on this story, a real revelation of a stock character, pushed well beyond the tropes we expect when we see "Sherlock Holmes."  I highly recommend reading this work if you are a Holmes, Gaiman fan or are ready to become one.

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I like Neil Gaiman's work for younger readers better than his adult works. I loved Fortunately, the Milk, and The Graveyard Book, but I couldn't make it through Ocean at the End of the Lane or Anansi's Boys. I wonder if his short stories might work better for me. I'll have to check it out, thanks for the rec!

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I have never read anything by Gaiman, so maybe I'll give this one a shot!

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