Give me your thoughts on Neil Gaiman.
He is brilliant
@Lindsay I’m thinking about going on to him after the next book or two on my list. Is he thrillerish? Supernatural/paranormal? Sci fi? Like what exactly are his books like?
@Abbey all of the above.
If you want to ease into him read neverwhere it’s where I started. American Gods is amazing but more intense.
Anansi Boys is pretty great too
Graveyard Book! ?
The only one of his I’ve not got into was American Gods, love all his others, especially Stardust.
He wrote Stardust? Never read the book. LOVE the movie though. I may have to change my opinion about him…not that I hated him, I just didn’t enjoy the only book of his that I read.
@Abbey Genre-wise, he has said that bookshops never know where to put his books, and the best solution he has seen is when they just have a ‘Neil Gaiman’ section! 😀
I love him!
Terrific author ,love his books .Anansi Boys is one of my favorites.
i highly recommend his books !
He’s good; I’ve read most of his books. My fave is probably the graveyard book. Sometimes I get annoyed bc some of his characters don’t seem to care enough, like Shadow and Fat Charlie.
Really love his writing and imagination. The Ocean at the End of Lane and The Graveyard Book are two of my favorites by him.
I’ve read everything he has that I can get my hands on. I love listening to his audiobooks. His stories have depth and humor and, so far, have never failed to engage me. I highly recommend American Gods or Good Omens.
Love his writing, love his voice on his audio books.
Love love love. Genius. ❤️
I adore him. His stories are so imaginative. I feel like anything I read from him is so original and never contrived. He’s one of my favorite authors.
@April I adore him as well but I CANNOT get into American Gods.
@Bethany same! That’s the only one of his I’ve not liked and stopped reading!
@Zoe I’ve tried 3 times now!
It’s been so long since I read it but I seem to remember having a hard time getting into it at first.
@April I’ll try again soon, lol.
I’ve only read The Graveyard Book which I found really, really dull. On the other hand his book Good Omens with Terry Pratchett is one of my favourites.
He is a favorite of mine. @April pretty much just said exactly what I was going to say. I adore him.
Love his books. Stardust, American Gods, The Graveyard Book. So good.
his Sandman graphic novel series is great
He’s pure, unadulterated greatness.
Writes beautifully – he’s a brilliant storyteller. The Graveyard Book is terrific for anyone 10 & up. The Ocean at the End of the Lane can be read on different levels–found it surprisingly profound. American Gods, Anansi Boys; Coraline..
I love him. Good Omens, of course, but also Anansi Boys and Neverwhere are two of my faves.
He is a god!!
I have only read the ocean at the end of the lane by him and was disappointed. But I have also bought American gods and Neverwhere so will be giving his work another try
I love Norse mythology but I could never complete American gods. It bored me halfway through the story
I did not like the Ocean at the End of the Lane, but I have really enjoyed other books by him. My daughter and I read The Graveyard Book together and enjoyed it.
Read American Gods…you either love him or totally don’t get him I think…few are neutral I suspect ?
He is hit or miss for me personally.
I HATED American Gods. Bored and annoyed with parts of the writing and story. I love his short story collections. I think The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a great place to start because it is short and really engaging!
Ocean at the End of the Lane is one of my favorite books ever
?? He’s a great writer and an even better human being from all accounts.
He’s a genius—in print but also as a narrator of his own work. His voice is just so perfect.
He is on my short list of favorite authors.
He’s pretty great. He does modern day mythology better than just anyone out there right now. Start with Neverwhere or The Graveyard Book – they’re short, fun, and give a great representation of his work.
If you like those, then you know it’s worth trying out his longer work (like American Gods) or his more experimental stuff (like Stardust).
I love him and all of his books
Love his books.
Amazing writer. Ocean at the End of the Lane is my favorite. I also love Graveyard Book. But he has so many good ones out there. Also, audiobooks of his that he narrates are especially awesome.
Ive only read Stardust and was underwhelmed. Norse Mythology the audiobook was great, but not exactly his invention. Want to give American Gods or Neverwhere a shot
@Hannah I’d go for Neverwhere personally. AG is good (imo) but loooong lol
Clever and interesting.
a different kind of urban fantasy, I ‘discovered’ him a couple of months ago, read American Gods, followed with Norse Mythology (not a novel, but a recount of all Norse gods and their stories), then The Ocean at the end of the lane (which is both fantasy and a reflection of childhood from an adult POW) and right now I am reading Neverwhere and loving it, not the least because is set in nowadays London, but with his personal touch of magic.
I don’t like all of his books (but there are some I love), but I think he is a wonderful storyteller. I also love that he transcends mediums- he’s done written novels and graphic novels as well. He also reads poetry wonderfully (you won’t be disappointed if you look up him reading Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven”) ?
Love his voice! Written and spoken!
Great author. One of my favorites.
Just started reading Neverwhere so far I really like it
@Joe oooh that’s my favorite of his books
I hope to read more of his books. Which ones would you recommend.
Are graphic novels your thing at all? I loved the Sandman series by him.
@Mar also one of my favourites!
I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane last month. It wasn’t my favorite. I felt like the plot was all over the place and many things were left unexplained. It was a quick read, which I liked. But overall the storyline just didn’t make sense to me.
I was not as big of a fan as my husband (uber-fan) in the beginning, but his work has grown on me. We met him a few years ago when he did a book signing in Colorado, he is absolutely amazing in person. I am currently listening to his book “The View from the Cheap Seats” which he reads. He is so fascinating. My goal is to read my way through his books this year.
Brilliant. Enough said. ?
Makes me feel uncomfortable but only in a good way, making me think. Love his writing.
Love his writing too, very creative person, there is no end to his creativity.
Love The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Thought proving. I like him.
My absolute favorite
My author boyfriend
Love him! Love his writing.
Love. I think he’s wonderful. His work is some of the only fiction I can listen to. It’s lovely.
Amazing author, however some of his books have been fantastic for me and others rambled on too long and I didn’t finish. Lost in the verbosity sometimes.
I love him as a person, but I’m not a huge fan of his writing. I just couldn’t get into a few of his novels as much as I wanted to ?
@Alexandra, same. He’s a great guy, wonderful teacher…but his writing style isn’t for me. It kind of has a British flair. If that even makes sense? Not that I don’t love that, but not the way he does it I guess. Honestly, I’ve only read one of his books, Neverwhere, so I really should read another of his most popular ones before I write him off. To be clear, the book was great, I just didn’t enjoy the style, I guess.
@Deanna 100% agree! I’ve read Stardust and American Gods, I want to read another, but I’m not sure if I should give it another go considering I have so many other books to read.
I hear ya!
I want to give another of his books a try, but there are just so many others that interest me more.
@Alexandra American Gods is a difficult book to love unless you are a fan of Neil I think. Try ‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’ and his short stories. They are a little different than his mainstream fantasy classics
@Lisa Thank you for the recommendation ?I’ve popped it on my ‘to read’ list!
I’ve only read The Graveyard Book & the first volume of the Sandman series, & thought they were both pretty good.
Neverwhere. Amazing! ?
I love him, but I’ve also been let down by him at times (short stories). All in all, he’s a great writer and worth the time. My preferred reading order would be Good Omens (that he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett), Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, American Gods, Anansi Boys, Stardust, his short story collections, Coraline… this way, you’d gradually get used to his style. I’ve never read the Sandman collection (only 1 story from the universe, The Dream hunters was amazing) but it seems really good too.. Enjoy!
Do you like to listen to audiobooks? I would start with Stardust and Neverwhere..I had read both then listened to the audio version years later and really enjoyed them again. The graveyard book is good too.
He’s hit or miss for me. I either can’t put a book by him down or I’m bored to tears. Graveyard is of course a good one and American Gods is EXCELLENT. But Neverwhere was not one that I could tolerate. I even read his Sandman series and have the same feelings from one volume to the next.
????Love to read him, love to listen to him (he does his own audiobooks)! He is the one author I pick up his books and buy them without reading the back!
He’s a great human and fantastic writer. Watching him read live was incredible. So far, I’ve read American Gods, Neverwhere, Norse Mythology, Anansi Boys, Good Omens, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Smoke and Mirrors, Trigger Warning, The View From the Cheap Seats, The Graveyard Book, Coraline, and the Sandman series. Just missing a couple. My favorite is American Gods, but I think Neverwhere or Good Omens are better introductions (especially because Pratchett’s humor is such a wonderful contrast with Gaiman’s). My least favorite was ‘The Ocean…’ I do love that Gaiman has read most of his books for the audiobook version, and most of them are on Hoopla digital (available through your local library!).
I’m reading good omens at the moment and really enjoying it. My first introduction to Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
All of these comments have me really excited to give him a try!! I have to finish what I’m reading right now at least ? then two of my very good friends gave me recommendations I was planning on reading… This might take a while ??
Love him. And all he writes. Fantastic author
Love love love him
I love most of his work. Genuine and honest. I do not like collabs. Messes up the writer’s particular style
One of the best modern authors with original ideas, great characters, amazing stories and fun to read. I love all his stories, even Sandman
Incredible talent! And so diverse in his range. “Make art.”
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