Neil Gaiman - The Reading List
Important to note, is I do read fiction, I really enjoy reading fiction. Especially the weird and cooky fiction. Such as Neil Gaiman.
“There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.”
Neil Gaiman, Fragile Things
It's difficult for me to write about Neil without getting overly excited and screaming "READ EVERYTHING, THEN READ IT AGAIN". I also can't not say something about the re-design of the covers, it upsets me when publishers do this, because I like all my books to match and I do judge books by their covers. Part of me was close to not buying "The Ocean At The End of The Lane" by Neil Gaiman purely because it would have looked out of place on my bookshelf. Yes, I am neurotic about aesthetics at times, and no, I really don't care. At some point, when I'm feeling flushed with cash I might have to donate my (beautiful) black covered versions for the new (slightly uglier) coloured versions.
I started with 'Stardust', because I saw the film first and loved it, and yes, the book is 110% better (they always are). I then moved onto 'Fragile Things', 'American Gods' (which is still beautifully surreal and moving everytime I read it), 'Anasi Boys', 'Neverwhere' and the rest.
Gaiman is a prolific writer, and each story he tells carries his trademark weird-ness. His fantasy is a reflection of reality in a house-of-fun mirror. I can easily curl up with any of Gaiman's stories and lose whole days in his rich, fantastic worlds, populated by the relatable characters. Gaiman writes the type of story that stays with you, one that you never want to finish, where you wish you could insert yourself alongside the characters, to ride with sky-pirates with Tristan and Yvaine.
I believe that mankind's destiny lies in the stars. I believe that candy really did taste better when I was a kid, that it's aerodynamically impossible for a bumble bee to fly, that light is a wave and a particle, that there's a cat in a box somewhere who's alive and dead at the same time (although if they don't ever open the box to feed it it'll eventually just be two different kinds of dead), and that there are stars in the universe billions of years older than the universe itself.
Neil Gaiman, American Gods