So You Want to Read… (Neil Gaiman)

Posted 14 October, 2016 by Lianne in Lists / 10 Comments

So You Want to Read… is a monthly feature here on eclectictales.com in which I recommend books by particular authors to readers who have never read a book from certain authors and would like to start. I’m always happy to recommend books and certain authors to my fellow readers and bloggers! 🙂

*cackles* It’s October again, which means Thanksgiving is coming! Err, well, that too for us Canadians (actually, our Thanksgiving was earlier this week), but Hallowe’en is also around the corner, and coupled with the autumn weather, it seems like the best time to read some speculative fiction, chilling reads, creepy horrors, etc. For this month’s So You Want to Read… it seems fitting to feature Neil Gaiman. His stories are always so fascinating and unique and eclectic, they’ll make you tear up and/or freak you out. He has quite a bibliography ranging different types of media, some of which are not as easily accessible I feel (as I came to realise with reading American Gods (review) but here’s a few titles I would recommend by him if you’ve never checked out his books and want to 🙂

  • Stardust (review) — A great entry point to his books IMO (also happened to be my first Neil Gaiman novel, lol). It seems like standard fantasy fare, but once you start reading you realise it’s so much more than that. Character types and story tropes are turned inside out and the whole adventure was just wonderful and interesting.
  • Neverwhere — This was my second Gaiman read and in deciding which of his adult titles to add to this list of recommendations, it was the easiest to recommend. It’s like an urban fantasy version of Alice in Wonderland, with our main character Richard getting drawn into Neverwhere and the politics, the magic, and the adventure involved there. I found out last year that he released his definitive edition of this book which I still have yet to read but I think it’s awesome that it’s available.
  • The Graveyard Book (review) — I got around to this book some two years after it was first released and it is fantastic. It’s classic Gaiman with the eerieness (ghosts raising a baby in a graveyard? check) and the fantastic but also has themes of growing up and parenthood and the bond between parents and children. And I admit, it had me tearing up at the end so there you go 😛
  • Coraline (review) — Only recently got around to reading this book late last year, I can see why it’s a favourite. It will appeal to both adults and children because of the adventure and the mystery surrounding Coraline’s situation–the doorway to another house with another mother and another father–but also with themes of growing up, of bravery and loneliness. Plus, it’s pretty creepy at times, which makes for a great Hallowe’en read!
  • Fortunately the Milk (review) — A short but delightful read that will entertain and amuse both kids and adults! I went into the book not knowing much about what it was about or where the adventure would take the main character so I was pleasantly surprised. Skottie Young’s illustrations also really added to the story, so it’s double the treat with this book 😀



I hope this list helps if you’re interested in checking out Neil Gaiman’s books for the first time! What do you think? What’s your favourite novel by him? Which would you recommend for first-time readers? Or which books by her have you been meaning to check out?

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10 Responses to “So You Want to Read… (Neil Gaiman)”

  1. I’ve just never understood the hype around Gaiman. I’ve tried reading some of his works like Stardust and Coraline and they don’t seem to be any better than a lot of other fantasies out there. :/

    • Sorry to hear! I think his books are one of those you either love them or you don’t…Have you tried Fortunately, the Milk? That was whimsical fun 🙂

  2. Stardust was my first Gaiman novel. I think I actually saw the film first and then became interested in the author. I usually recommend Neverwhere as my gateway-to-Gaiman book. I also recommend it to non-readers and teens looking to expand beyond the YA section. I suppose one of the great appeals about Gaiman is that he’s got something for everyone!

    • You know, I still have yet to watch the Stardust movie adaptation! :3 But yes, Neverwhere is an excellent recommendation to start with, I love revisiting that novel (I’m waiting for my copy of the author preferred version to arrive to I can see the differences there) 🙂

        • Ahh yes, I remember the pirates being rather a secondary/passing segment of the book but that’s interesting that they expanded their role in the movie. Will definitely have to make it a point to check it out at some point! 🙂

  3. I’ve seen Gaiman in person, watched his New-Who episodes but I’ve never read any of his books – a fact that I mean to rectify asap so I really appreciated this list^^ Stardust, Graveyard Book and Coraline are already on my tbr but at least now I know where to start 🙂 Thank you!! xx

    • Gaiman and Doctor Who make the perfect pair! Fingers crossed he writes more episodes for them at some point. But in the meantime, yes, definitely check out his books at some point! Glad the list was helpful 😀

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