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Neil Gaiman

I am in love with the author Neil Gaiman. Unabashedly in love.

My love is not in a crazy obsessed “fan girl” sort of way (I have no plans to stalk him at Science Fiction conventions). My love is more a deep awe and respect for him as a writer and his incredible creative mind.

He is my favorite fantasy/science fiction/horror writer. His work transcends genre and I am not sure where he neatly fits. His writing is like HP Lovecraft, Clive Barker, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, J.R.R. Tolkien and Douglas Adams were locked in a room together until they created something wonderful.

I have read many of his works, some of my favorites being:

  • Trigger Warning (2015) – a collection of his short stories
  • American Gods (2002) 
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013)
  • Neverwhere (2009)

I have also read some of the Sandman series of graphic (illustrated) novels.

Most of Gaiman’s novels, I have listened to on audiobook.  I remember several of them (if not all) being narrated by Neil Gaiman himself – my favorite type of audiobook to listen to: where the author reads their own work. Neil Gaiman has a delightful British accent and the timbre of his voice is nearly hypnotic as he shares his tales.

Before I started on a path, a couple years ago, of primarily reading/listening to nonfiction books, I only read or listened to fiction.

My favorite genre of fiction is Science Fiction and I love when it mixes with Fantasy (like a Tolkien or Fairy Tale flavor) or Horror (like an H.P. Lovecraft flavor).

I am currently listening to my first nonfiction book of Neil GaimanThe View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (2016). It is an excellent collection of his essays and speeches and narrated of course by Neil himself.

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Neil Gaiman is a kindred spirit of mine related to his love of public libraries and bookstores. He shares in The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (2016), wonderful stories of summers in the library as a child. He also pleads and lobbies for the protection/preservation of public libraries in the UK (where it sounds like they are in danger). He discusses how important libraries are in creating and fostering a literate society; and that reading fiction as children develops their creativity.

I am only 5 essays into the book but I am also enjoying the stories behind the development of some of his greatest works to include American Gods (2002). He also discusses his evolution as a writer and the sources of his inspiration.

Neil Gaiman is a huge fan of Ray Bradbury and in the preface/instruction to his book Trigger Warning (2015) he shares how Ray Bradbury inspires him and how he got to meet his childhood hero. I have read several of Ray Bradbury’s novels (including the mandatory Fahrenheit 451 required in my high school) but now I have a longing to return as an adult and an experienced reader to the science fiction classic and revisit them.

Thinking about taking a break from nonfiction, self-improvement books for a while and lose myself in worlds created by brilliant authors.

So what are YOU reading these days and what authors have you fallen hopeless in love with? 

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15 thoughts on “Neil Gaiman”

  1. My first exposure to Gaiman was “Odd and the Frost Giants.” I only read that a year ago, but then bought it for at least one grandkid last year for Christmas, as well as another of his kids’ titles. Sorry I don’t remember whose.

    I haven’t been reading a lot lately — no titles to offer right now!

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  2. I am hopelessly in love with “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” and the classics right now but I have been in love with NG too. He can be a brilliant writer. Trying to remember the one I gave five stars to. It was almost like a fairy tale but so much more. I can look it up on goodreads. Are you over there, T? If so, we should connect! Stardust! That’s what it’s called. Oh I just loved that one. He is really a terrific writer. 💜💜💜

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    1. My friend Michele tried to connect me with Goodreads years ago and I think I have an account, I will let you know, as a reader (and audiobook listener) I should get more active on Goodreads. I am gooding to look into The Tenant of Wildfire Hall at my library!

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  3. My favorite Fantasy author is definitely Brandon Sanderson, with Patrick Rothfuss as a close second.

    I actually checked out Neil Gaiman’s “Interworld” from the library on Audiobook and have heard nothing but good things from other authors and friends about his work. I was familiar with his Sandman graphic novel but haven’t read any of his books yet. I’m looking forward to listening to it.

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