Like most people, I suppose, when I see Neil Gaiman's name on a book, I have high expectations. And I'm rarely disappointed. Neil's latest is subtitled "Short Fictions and Disturbances." I'm not sure why "disturbances." Maybe putting poetry on the book cover keeps certain readers away. Then again, several of the pieces herein don't easily fall into either category of short fiction or poetry. I read this book in segments, with long breaks in between, and looking back on it now (it's been a month since I finished it), I don't have clear memories of many of the pieces within. The best story is the lengthy (compared to the rest) final story, "Black Dog," featuring Shadow from American Gods, and is one of several short fiction sequels Gaiman has written set in Shadow's world. Others that I really enjoyed include "'The Truth is a Cave in Black Mountains...'" (another longer story); "My Last Landlady" (one of the aforementioned poems, a nice, dark, horrific one); "Orange" (written solely as responses to an "investigator's" questionnaire, which develops the story slowly and mysteriously); "The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury" (a meditation on memory); and "'And Weep Like Alexander'" (funny). Many of the other pieces are less memorable - at least to me, looking back through the table of contents now. I know I came to a complete stop for several weeks when I got to "Nothing O'Clock," Gaiman's Doctor Who story. I'm not a fan and don't follow the series, so wasn't particularly interested in reading this one. In his introduction, Gaiman apologizes for this collection not being "the same sort of thing all the way through." On the contrary, I found this one of the strengths of the collection, its variety.