Absolutely loved this kid’s book. This is the type of story my mother would have told me as a child. They were those moments when she just started saying a random story that went into the most imaginative of places. Of course, Gaiman’s imagination is a little better than my mom’s or mine, so this book was just a trip to read. The premise that a dad goes on this huge adventure while out getting milk for his children is just so cheeky and fun. The story is witty and clever. I laughed out loud a few times and the art by Chris Riddle was AMAZING. If you are going to read this book, please grab the copy with the Chris Riddle art in it.
Coraline is a great children’s book. The main theme that being brave is when you are scared but still do it is a fantastic message to kids. I would have loved to have read this when I was like 11-12 years old and right before my first day of middle school. I can see why this is a favorite of so many readers. I’ll have to rewatch the movie sometime.
The Things About Cassandra,
The Truth Is A Cave in the Black Mountains,
The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury,
Click-Clack the Rattlebag,
The Sleeper and the Spindle,
I was really looking forward to reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and finally jumping into this iconic book in 2018 was one of my goals. Luckily a friend of mine wanted to read it and so I did a buddy read that made me open the book. My first impression when starting this book is that it was typical Gaiman, throwing me into a story without really explaining anything. I like that about his writing, I like to figure things out while I’m reading. The character Richard Mayhew gets sucked into the world of London Below and now people in Above London can no longer see him. He then goes down to London Below to help his new friend Door and to fix people being able to not see him.
I liked the setting and imagery of this novel quite a bit. Each portion of the book visiting new places was the highlight of the novel. I think because this was first envisioned as a television show that the emphasis on the visual makes sense. I’d love to see an updated version of Neverwhere now. The characters were good but the only one that really has any growth is Richard. I related to Richard with his choice that he had to make between what is expected and forging his own path but I can’t say I ever liked him as a character. The other characters had cool moments that I really liked but nothing that changed me or made me feel much emotion.
I think I was hoping for more plot in this novel. If you took away all the cool places that are visited in Underground London, you have a very simplistic story. There was one point where I was really surprised but it turned out to be a trick by Gaiman to make me think something that wasn’t true. I would have liked the book more if that trick was actually true. I just would have liked more complexity around the halfway or three-quarters mark. Regardles, I did enjoy the book. I can tell it was one of Gaiman’s first novels but I’m glad to have finally read it.
13/25 Possible Score
2 – Plot
2 – Characters
4 – World Building
3 – Writing Style
2 – Heart & Mind Aspect
I’ll make this review short and sweet. I think that this book is for two people. The first person is someone that has never read a Norse Mythology book before. I was one of these individuals. This is a great introduction to Thor, Odin, Loki, and the rest of Norse Mythology. The other person that this mythology is geared towards are people that know a ton about Norse Mythology and want to compare Gaiman’s versions to other writer’s versions. If you already know a passing amount about Norse Mythology, I think there are better reference books out there for you to dive deeper in the myths.
I thought this collection of Norse stories was just an alright read. Nothing really made me excited. I appreciated Gaiman’s craft in making these stories highly accessible to a layman like myself but in the end I just wasn’t excited about any of these stories. It is nice to have a background understanding more about Norse Mythology but I’m not sure if this actually is going to make some fantasy books I read dealing with Norse Mythology that much better.
If you want to read a short story like collection talking about how Loki tricked the other gods or how Thor wants to bash his hammer in everything, check this out. If you want more background and context to some fantasy stories, like American Gods, that has some Norse Mythology players in it, this is a quick read to get you caught up. If you want to be entertained, I’d recommend reading some Thor comic books instead.
This short fiction collection by Neil Gaiman was fantastic. Like most collections there are some hits and misses but I felt like there were a lot more hits in this one than misses. I did status updates as I went along so that I could say what I liked or disliked about each short story. There are Hugo and Locus award winners in this collection along with an American Gods novella. Most of the shorts have a horror or supernatural fantasy element to them. I think that Gaiman’s ideas are either good or bad with me and don’t usually fall in the middle. This collection of short fiction is about the same. I really didn’t get most of the poetry but I’m not much of a poetry reader as it is.
There are a lot of dark short stories in this collection so be aware that this isn’t Gaiman writing kid stuff. I will definitely check out his Smoke and Mirrors and Trigger Warning collections too. I am going to list all the shorts and stuff below with my rating of each one. I recommend everything rated 4 and above.
October in the Chair
The Day the Saucers Came
The Hidden Chamber
Keepsakes and Treasures
The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss French
How Do You Think It Feels!?
Feeders and Eaters
The Monarch of the Glen – the American Gods novella
A Study in Emerald
Fifteen Painted Cards from a Vampire Tarot
Journal in the Shoebox…
Good Boys Deserve Favors
In the End
How to Talk to Girls at Parties
A Fairy Reel
Strange Little Girls
The Problem of Susan