Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders Not surprisingly, considering my track record with his work, I really enjoyed this collection of Neil Gaiman’s short fiction. Interestingly, the first (A Study in Emerald) and the last (The Monarch of the Glen) were easily my favorite tales in the volume. The first being a delicious mash-up of the world’s of HP Lovecraft and Sherlock Holmes (with a twist) and the last being a sequel of sorts to American Gods (my favorite Gaiman book? Maybe.) With a solid foundation like that I can say pretty confidently, if you’ve never read any of Gaiman’s work, this is a fine place to start.