Unnatural Creatures

Editor: Neil Gaiman Type: Fiction, short stories Published: 2013 I read it: August 2017 Neil Gaiman is all over the place. He releases a constant stream of his own books while at the same time having shows or movies made of his books and writing piles and piles of blurbs to go on the backs of…

American Gods

Author: Neil Gaiman Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2001 I read it: February 2016 It’s difficult to discuss Neil Gaiman without the spectre of American Gods looming over the conversation. He has a lot of other intriguing titles, but this one gets the designation of quintessential Gaiman, the magnum opus. Is it? Yes, it pretty much…

The Absolute Sandman, Volume One

Author: Neil Gaiman Artists: Sam Kieth, Michael Dringenberg, Dave McKean, others Type: Fiction, comic Collects issues: 1-20 Published: 2006 (this collection), 1988-1990 (original issues) I read it: March 2015 The Sandman comics hover over the Gaiman universe like a mysterious deity. I’m trying to chip away at the author somewhat methodically, because he’s one of…

The Graveyard Book

Author: Neil Gaiman Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2007 I read it: October 2014 Neil Gaiman stories fit into fall just as well as the pumpkin beer and apple crisp I’m enjoying. Whether it’s the playful creepiness of Coraline or the spastic underworld of Neverwhere, there are always more creatively dark corners to explore. The Graveyard…

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Author: Neil Gaiman Type: Fiction, novel Published: 2013 I read it: July 2014 It’s summertime and you’re seven, and you live in rural England decades ago. A series of events draws you toward the center of things unimaginable, things an adult would never believe even if you told them. It is a world small yet…

Neverwhere

Author: Neil Gaiman Type: Fiction, novel Published: 1996 I read it: November 2013 This one is right there in between “I liked it” and “I really liked it.” I feel I have to go with the more conservative assessment since the book just didn’t quite pin me down as much as it could have. Don’t get me…

Smoke and Mirrors

Author: Neil Gaiman Type: Fiction, short stories Full title: Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions Published: 1998 I read it: March 2013 This book had haunted my shelves under the Borrowed & Unread category for a few years, so I finally gave in to its haunting tales. It was not unlike Fragile Things in its array…