Since I didn’t get this as a birthday present, I went out yesterday and bought myself a copy. Last night I read the first story, A Study in Emerald, which is a wonderful mashup of Arthur Conan Doyle and H.P. Lovecraft. It won a 2003 Hugo Short Story award, and I can see why.
The book has only one story that I have already read, as far as I can see; the follow-on tale from American Gods – Monarch of the Glen – so my worries that I bought a collection of stories I already have in Smoke and Mirrors has been allayed.