Neil Gaiman Book Discussion

Ultimate Houde

UC's Resident Genetic Recombinator
This is a thread for Neil Gaiman's books, everything from his short stories, to his much longer novels.

The three books I really enjoy that Neil wrote are, American Gods, Neverwhere and Good Omens. Though the last one is co written by Terry Pratchett.

Neil seems to be in his best when he writes about a normal character who finds the extra ordinary in the world, and has to learn to live with it. Your basic Joe Campell hero book.

What other books do you guys like that NEil wrote, or what specifically do you like about his books?
 
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Ultimate Houde

UC's Resident Genetic Recombinator
The entire book was well written in my opinion.

The way it mixed in the humor with the seriousness of the situation was great.

And Adam is one of the best characters I've ever read.
 

Ultimate Houde

UC's Resident Genetic Recombinator
The first time I read it took about a week, the second time took much longer as I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything.
 

Joe Kalicki

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I read it when I had a 12 hour security shift at a warehouse during the weekends when I was all alone. I would read a book a day, until I started bringing in my TV and DVD player.
 

Scarecrow

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Good Omens was a great read. I loved the way the Four Horsemen were portrayed - that was my favorite part.

American Gods...I wrote a term paper for it and I find it hard to talk about the book without basically reciting those eight pages. One of my favorites.

The tie-in, Anansi Boys was disappointing, but still good.
 

Ultimate Houde

UC's Resident Genetic Recombinator
The tie-in, Anansi Boys was disappointing, but still good.

I felt Anansi Boys was more of a one person coming in terms with himself, and accepting his other half, while American Gods was more of an epic, one man realizing he needs to save the world.
 

Friday

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Good Omens was a great read. I loved the way the Four Horsemen were portrayed - that was my favorite part.

American Gods...I wrote a term paper for it and I find it hard to talk about the book without basically reciting those eight pages. One of my favorites.

The tie-in, Anansi Boys was disappointing, but still good.

You know, I think I enjoyed Anansi boys a bit more than American Gods. It felt more personal.

God Omens was so damn good I don't have a copy any more. I've lent it out to every person I know and I've got no clue where it is. Guess its time to rebuy!

So has anyone else read any of his Short Fiction collections? Shadows and Glass was excellent, giving alot of diversity in stories. Murder Mysteries is a particular favorite of mine.
 
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Dr.Strangefate

He Sees You When You're Sleeping. He Knows When Yo
Murder Mysteries and Snow Glass Apples are ****ing brilliant short stories...

If you liked American Gods, you should pick up Fragile Things for "The Monarch in the Glen" (which is a sequel Novella).

RANKING HIS MAJOR WORKS-

1. American Gods
2. Neverwhere
3. Anansi Boys
4. Coraline
5. Stardust

The Graveyard Book comes out this fall. I am so excited. Hopefully he reads an excerpt at the NYCC.
 

Zombipanda

My Boom-Boom's mostly gay
Murder Mysteries and Snow Glass Apples are ****ing brilliant short stories...

I agree. The White Road is also quite good. Neil Gaiman excels at short stories. I mean, they're really, REALLY good.

That being said, I'm not really impressed with his novels. I've read Neverwhere and American Gods. Neverwhere was pretty excellent, American Gods was eh (and this coming from someone who loves mythology).

Good Omens had my sides splitting though. so funny.
 

Dr.Strangefate

He Sees You When You're Sleeping. He Knows When Yo
I love american gods, and am currently reading it for the seventh or eighth time, so I disagree with you there...

But if you like his short stories check out: "How to talk to Girls at Parties"
 

Ninja4peace

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How is Neverwhere, anyway? I've completely forgotten this existed.

Neverwhere was actually my first gaiman experience...I caught a few episodes when they aired on TV over here in Britain...I was oh 11 years old..Apparently it was based off an idea he had with Lenny Henry, who's a 'comedian'. Anyway the TV series came first, but Gaiman was annoyed at the amount he cut, so wrote the book.

Apparently there's a few different versions as well, like the american version had more explanation of all the places in london than the British version.

My version of American' Gods is the "authors preffered text" and has a nice little explanation of this at the start.
 
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thee great one

Master of TOG-fu.
I've read Coraline and Stardust, along with his short story books M For Magic and Fragile Things.

I own Good Omens but still haven't started it.


"The Price" I believe it was, was the best short story I ever read.
 

ProjectX2

Don't expect me to take you with me when I go to s
I've read American Gods and Good Omens. American Gods was awesome and Shadow is a beast, while I only found Good Omens mediocre. This was probably because I wasn't in the proper mood whilst reading it, so I didn't find it very humorous.

I want to read Anansi Boys and some of his short stories though. There's a neat short story on his website which is exactly like Fables. There's also another one called A Study in Emerald, which is pretty neat if you know your Holmes...
 

Friday

Well-Known Member
How is Neverwhere, anyway? I've completely forgotten this existed.

The books quite good. I've got the DVD around here somewhere of the mini and haven't gotten around to it yet...

Has anyone ever listened to any of his spoken word CDs? Some of them are him reading his short stories, but I remember one that was an experiment on the effects of alcohol on the creative process that had a brilliant bit about elephant ejaculate.

You know its odd. I was reading Gaiman's novels and listening to his short stories before I ever got back into comics. When I found out he wrote the little guys I just about shat myself.
 
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