Book: How To Sell Ponti Bridge (Coraline & Other Stories) Review

“What’s the biggest scam you’ve ever pulled?”

Author: Neil Gaiman

Genre: Surreal, Horror, Age: Children’s+

Released: 5th October 2009 (UK Version)

At an intergalactic rogues club, a group of scammers sit together and talk about the oldest scam of all time: selling landmarks. This scam is so old, it’s tired and small-world. However, one of them has a biggest story to tell about Ponti Bridge.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Set on a prosperous planet, Ponti Bridge is a magnificent bridge made by jewels. The scammer tries to sell it piece by piece to various jewelers and gets his rogue fortune made.

Although it’s all very witty, and Gaiman creates an vivid and interesting setting, I thought the whole story was too rogue-ish, and too suave. There’s a lack of charm about it, even though it’s dripping in gloss.

The lead character is a smarmy man called Stoat, who is intent on showing off, and taking the quick way out of everything.  His antics drag out the story, and the ending where he doesn’t tell the reader what happened, are self-congratulating.

Overall, the sci-fi setting helped save this ultimately smarmy story.

Rated – 2/5 Rogue club with sci-fi setting.

*Covers made by me, for illustrative purposes only.

See other stories in this anthology!

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