Short Story Review: “The Goldfish Pond and Other Stories” by Neil Gaiman

3 of 5 stars.

Los Angeles is a city of stories, from the stories that make it into cinematic form to the stories of the people that arrived there pinning their hopes and livelihoods on being discovered in one capacity or another. This tale is an accumulation of these stories as a British writer is lured to LA under the guise of adapting his own work into a movie script, but he spends more time interacting with writers, agents, producers and directors at all levels playing a social game that he doesn’t understand.

As the writer’s core story is stripped of everything recognizable one small change at a time, he acquires contradictory tales from Hollywood’s storied past as passersby reveal tales of the places and peoples around them. The inanity of the entertainment industry receives subtly mocking treatment.

This tale appears in Street Magicks edited by Paula Guran. I received this new anthology from Netgalley. The short story was originally published in David Copperfield’s Beyond Imagination [1996]. I’ve previously reviewed Gaiman’s “The Sea Change” which is a narrative poem as told by a fisherman and Signal to Noise which is a brilliant, artistic graphic novel. Both are recommended and exhibit Gaiman’s propensity to explore an array of styles.
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2 responses to “Short Story Review: “The Goldfish Pond and Other Stories” by Neil Gaiman

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