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A Walking Tour of the Shambles (original 2002; edition 2002)

by Neil Gaiman

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Title:A Walking Tour of the Shambles
Authors:Neil Gaiman
Info:American Fantasy (2002), Paperback, 57 pages
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This is a walking tour of a fictional area in Chicago. Unfortunately, I just found it boring. There were a few nice illustrations. Was it meant to be funny? I’m not sure. I just didn’t find it interesting at all. ( )
  LibraryCin | Nov 19, 2016 |
A walking tour of a VERY strange, disturbing, and more than slightly dangerous neighborhood near downtown Chicago. Cover by Gahan Wilson of the two authors on tour in the district. Should one be lucky (or unlucky) enough to find The Shambles (not mentioned in any other guidebook or map), this slim volume is an invaluable guide to various shops and sights of special interest, and common (often fatal) errors to avoid on your tour. ( )
  BruceCoulson | Apr 24, 2014 |
This book, (if you can find it, or The Shambles themselves, in fact; good luck to you and try to remember to avoid the crocodile) is absolutely hilarious, creepy, morbid and reminiscent of edward gorey and charles addams. All good characteristics of a fascinating read, and very sound advice. Should you actually attempt to find the Shambles, this guide is highly recommended. I've added some of my favorite quotes below:

"In general, distrust anyone you may meet whose teeth are sharper than your own (10)."

"Pay special attention to the sundials that line the walk as you leave; know that they will be paying special attention to you (24)." ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0961035269, Perfect Paperback)

Gene Wolfe and Neil Gaiman invite you to tour the Shambles, that historic old Chicago neighborhood which miraculously survived the Great Fire of 1871. (''Ya can't burn Hell.'' as one local politician laughingly remarked.) Uniquely Chicago, the Shambles offers an array of delights for the intrepid sightseer: Cereal House with its Terribly Strange Bed (be sure to fill out the ''next of kin'' form if you stay the night: a quaint touch adding to the fun of an overnight visit); the House of Clocks boasts a collection of 20,000 time pieces -- make sure you arrive on the hour, for an unforgettable moment; the historic H.H. Holmes' House with the bars on his children's windows still intact; Saunders Park, a soothing respite from the city streets (if one is careful), with its gardens, statuary, ornamental lake and the infamous Petting Zoo (a favorite with children, but it's best not to bring your own); plus many more intriguing sights . . .

In the finest tradition of Charles Addams and Edward Gorey, our trustworthy guides Gene Wolfe and Neil Gaiman reveal the secrets of the Shambles, finding the best places to eat, (and where not to accept food under any circumstances), where to begin your walking tour, and when to run.

The Shambles has been called a place of dark magic and deadly menace. Many will insist there is no such place. Most pray it does not exist. Certainly, a spot not to be missed by any avid sightseer.

Come along . . . walk lively, now. The inhabitants of the Shambles are dying to meet you.

This lovely edition of A Walking Tour of the Shambles sports a cover by Gahan Wilson, America's reigning King of Whimsical Terrors, plus interior illustrations of Shambles' locales by Randy Broecker and Earl Geier, two daring Chicagoans.

Third Printing: 2009

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