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35. Neil Gaiman Discussion

Discussion in 'Novels & Stories' started by Philip Overby, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

    I think Neil Gaiman is one writer fans of fantasy don't need an introduction to. While I've never read one of his books (shame on me) I'm well aware of his books and the influence he's had on the genre. He also seems like a cool dude who always gives great advice to writers. His most recent book The Ocean at the End of the Lane got almost universal praise. He's one I aspire to be like in multiple ways! :)

    I have enjoyed some movies based off his work like Stardust and Coraline.

    Any thoughts on Gaiman's work?

  2. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

    Great work. I have never read anything by him I didn't thoroughly enjoy. The first one I read was Neverwhere, which was excellent. I've read other novels of his, his short stories, and even some of his graphic novels. I read The Ocean at the End of the Lane‚Äč a couple of months ago and thought it was a great books as well.
  3. Ireth

    Ireth Myth Weaver

    I've only read a bit of Gaiman's stuff, but what I've read I've loved. Stardust is amazing. I've tried to find Good Omens, since it seems right up my alley (especially being a collaboration with Terry Pratchett), but I really can't afford to buy any books right now, so it'll have to wait.
  4. Pythagoras

    Pythagoras Troubadour

    Anansi Boys was the first book of his I've read, and I've been hooked ever since. American Gods, which features some characters that go on to become central to Anansi Boys, is by far my favorite of his. It asks the brilliant question, what happened to the Old World gods after they came to America with the settlers? Readers of Norse mythology would particularly enjoy it.
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  5. Penpilot

    Penpilot Staff Article Team

    I've read most of his stuff except his most famous work, Sandman. Listening to his interviews and enjoying his work, I've learned a lot. Reading him I realized how to just let go of my stranglehold on the "rules". I see/catch him breaking "rules" all the time, but it detracts very little, if at all, from the story and writing as a whole. When your writing has that magic of wonder and adventure in it, a broken "rule" here or there isn't going to take that magic away.
  6. Svrtnsse

    Svrtnsse Staff Article Team

    I'm very fond of Gaiman's work.

    What I particularly like is how he manages to combine the everyday world with both established mythology and his own ideas without it seeming too forced or weird. It just works in some strange and mysterious way and I'd love to be able to tell stories like that. Gaiman is one of my great inspirations.
  7. buyjupiter

    buyjupiter Maester

    fangirl: Love Gaiman. I've been re-reading his shorts to see how the heck he manages to world-build and get good characterization in and use humor all in a very limited amount of words and I still don't know how he does it. I wish I could do whatever it is he does. Also, best Gaiman short, IMO, is "We Can Get Them for You Wholesale". Absolutely love the twist there and I die laughing every time I read it. /fangirl

    I wish I could say that I love his novels as much as his graphic novels/short stories, but I don't. I still really like the novels, Neverwhere being my favorite, but I can put them down and not pick them back up again for ages. I had to pace myself on the short stories, however. (I feel the same way about Ray Bradbury, love his short stories, the novels he wrote were hit and miss for me. So I think it's just once I get it in my head that an author is better at a certain format, I'm a little less impressed with their other works. Or something.)
  8. Feo Takahari

    Feo Takahari Auror

    Coraline was okay. It kind of reminded me of John Bellairs's stuff for young people, though I think I prefer Bellairs overall. Sandman was a bit much for me--there were quite a few points when I thought "Did you really need to show that on-panel?" (And I never actually liked the title character or cared what happened to him--I just couldn't relate to his perspective.)
  9. Feo Takahari

    Feo Takahari Auror

    I'd like to ask what you mean by that. What rules does he break?
  10. Svrtnsse

    Svrtnsse Staff Article Team

  11. Ophiucha

    Ophiucha Auror

    I'm rather fond of American Gods, Good Omens is among my favourite comedy novels, Anansi Boys was an interesting story with a few too many slow points, I know I've read Neverwhere but I remember nothing about it, Stardust left me with a smile, The Graveyard Book wasn't my favourite, Coraline is a rare story where I can say I liked the movie better, The Sandman is a beautifully illustrated and technically brilliant story that makes about a dozen choices I didn't agree with (just... A Game of You), and I haven't read The Ocean at the End of the Lane.

    Nothing he's written ever stuck with me, but he's never written anything I disliked. So I suppose I like him. I also talk about him more than any other author, really, since everyone from my friends to my grandma has read his stuff.
  12. duagre

    duagre New Member

    I'm currently reading my first Neil Gaiman story American Gods. It had been on my shelf for a few years now and I've only just got around to starting it a week or two ago. Prior to that I had read small bits of his comics only and for whatever reason I had never felt all that compelled to delve any further.

    There are things I both like and dislike about the book, but I must say I'm enjoying it overall. He's one of those guys who is just able to put such staggering depth into his storytelling. You just read it and think: wow, I would never in a million years have been able to think of something so detailed and with so much nuance.

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