As a fan of the supernatural, the scary and the fantastic I always keep an eye out for new books by Niel Gaiman. His Ocean at the end of the lane is a recent favorite, for example. I picked this anthology at an airport bookshop not long ago and have had a hard time putting it down once I started reading. I don't often read short stories (I prefer looong stories usually told over 10 volumes or so) but I liked this one. It is quite satisfying to get the solutions to a story just within a few pages. This book includes tales of varying length, but also a few poems, which I found refreshing. The themes are extremely varying, from horror to sci-fi, from ghost stories to new takes on old fairy tales. One of my favorites was Orange, a story told via only the answers to an investigators questions. You don't even get to know the questions! Another one was the Sleeper and the spindle, a new take on two classic fairy tales, that gives a more interesting and empowering side to what Disney made into kind of lame princesses.