Tag: Author: Neil Gaiman

Review: Coraline

Posted 30 October, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 7 Comments

By: Neil Gaiman
Format/Source: Trade paperback; my purchase

When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous.

But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

At long last I am reading this book 😛 Been meaning to read this book for so long–there’s a few notable Neil Gaiman novels at this point that I’ve been meaning to get to, namely this book and Anasi Boys–that yeah, finally picked it up on a whim recently to read.

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Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Posted 24 July, 2013 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

The Ocean at the End of the Lane
By: Neil Gaiman
Format/Source: Hardback; my copy

It began for our narrator forty years ago when the family lodger stole their car and committed suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Dark creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything our narrator has just to stay alive: there is primal horror here, and menace unleashed – within his family and from the forces that have gathered to destroy it. His only defense is three women, on a farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

This was one of those books I have been excited for since last year when I first heard about it (and posted about it for one of my Top Ten Tuesday lists). So excited, in fact, that I bought it in hardback as opposed to my usual wait for the paperback edition. I mean, the cover’s so pretty <3 (but I heard the European hardback is cooler, there’s a design on the actual hardback cover). But yes, exciting!…

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Review: American Gods

Posted 18 May, 2012 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

American Gods
By: Neil Gaiman

After three years in prison, Shadow has done his time. But as the days, then the hours, then the minutes, then the seconds until his release tick away, he can feel a storm building. Two days before he gets out, his wife Laura dies in a mysterious car crash, in apparently adulterous circumstances. Dazed, Shadow travels home, only to encounter the bizarre Mr. Wednesday claiming to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a very strange journey across the States, along the way solving the murders which have occurred every winter in one small American town. But they are being pursued by someone with whom Shadow must make his peace… Disturbing, gripping and profoundly strange, Neil Gaiman’s epic new novel sees him on the road to finding the soul of America.

I actually read this book last year but never got around to writing a review of it. I was prompted to read it the first time after I had heard that HBO was planning on adapting it to a miniseries. This was exciting, especially as I had heard good things about this novel (I was a fan of Neil Gaiman’s before I read this book, having read other works like Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Stardust, The Graveyard Book and Neverwhere). However, when I read it, I came out of it unsure of what I was supposed to get out of it or whether I even enjoyed it. So I decided to put it aside and revisit it at a later date. May contain some spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Graveyard Book

Posted 15 February, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Graveyard Book
By: Neil Gaiman

It takes a graveyard to raise a child.

Nobody Owens, known as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised by ghosts, with a guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor the dead. There are adventures in the graveyard for a boy: an ancient Indigo Man, a gateway to the abandoned city of ghouls, the strange and terrible Sleer. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, he will be in danger from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family.

This book has pretty much been in my radar since I first heard that it was being released a few years ago. I’ve already read a few of Gaiman’s books and it’s always guaranteed to be interesting and unique. For some reason it took over two years before this book came out in the small, $9 paperback, and when it did it took a bit longer before I got around to picking it up. But I finally have and here we are. Some Spoilers Ahead!

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Review: Stardust

Posted 24 August, 2007 by Li in Books / 0 Comments

By: Neil Gaiman

With the movie out in theatres, I decided to check out the novel. My first reaction was on how thin the novel was; fantasy novels these days seem to come in what is called “door stoppers”. I mean, they’re normally huge. So you can imagine the surprise I felt upon picking up Stardust. It’s only ten chapters long and you can pretty much finish it in one evening (I did). Because of how short it is, there’s not much intricate detail into the environment of the Faerie lands. This isn’t a bad thing or anything; Gaiman gives you enough detail to paint an image in your head as to where Tristan and the star are going and the situations they encounter. The story is pretty straightforward and quite to the point but lovely all at the same time; Tristan’s adventure to find the star and bring it back across the wall is fantastical. Gaiman doesn’t go into every single battle he’s fought and every single one of the situations they come across on the road, but you get a sense that they’ve done a lot before reaching back to the Wall. And it’s enough, in my opinion, because the core of the story is very much there. There’s not a lot of books like this out there, so it’s a nice change. Definitely check this out if you’re looking for a quick but interesting read.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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