Books by Neil Gaiman

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK GRAPHIC NOVEL by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: July 29, 2014

"The real achievement of this adaptation is that readers will want to jump back to the novel and then leap back again, time after time. (Graphic adaptation. 8-12)"
Russell is a brave man. He was willing to cut the very first sentence of Gaiman's Newbery-winning novel, even though it's one of the most memorable lines in children's literature: "There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife." Read full book review >
FORTUNATELY, THE MILK by Neil Gaiman
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"Frenetic as the story is, it's hard not to love a novel that borrows equally from Calvin and Hobbes and The Usual Suspects. If you read only one book this year, a story with dancing dwarfs is always a wise choice. (Adventure. 8-12)"
Publishers used to say, "If you read only one book this year, make it this one." Gaiman has tried to write the only book anyone will need, ever, packing into it every adventure story written in the past 300 years. Read full book review >
THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 18, 2013

"Poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening, impeccably rendered, it's a fable that reminds us how our lives are shaped by childhood experiences, what we gain from them and the price we pay."
From one of the great masters of modern speculative fiction: Gaiman's first novel for adults since Anansi Boys (2005). Read full book review >
THE SILVER DREAM by Neil Gaiman
Released: April 23, 2013

"High-concept science, rapid-fire but sometimes sloppy writing, stiff dialogue, shallow characters, and plenty of action: old-fashioned science fiction indeed, dressed up to appeal to a modern audience. (Science fiction. 10-15)"
Don't be fooled by Gaiman's name on the cover: This is a slightly pedestrian if not unsatisfying bit of science-fictional fluff. Read full book review >
Released: April 23, 2013

"Light on new material but solid choices overall—recommended for daylight reading only. (author bios) (Short stories. 10-14)"
Gaiman gathers 16 stories featuring magical beasts and monsters—dangerous ones, mostly—as a benefit volume for a creative writing program, 826 DC. Read full book review >
CHU'S DAY by Neil Gaiman
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"Weigh great art and clever story against the exploitation of the old, unfortunate cliché that Asian names sound funny. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A modest yet richly colorful day in the life of a small panda who may or may not sneeze, which may or may not be calamitous. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2010 by Neil Gaiman
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 15, 2010

"Every year seems to raise the bar."
Another star-studded anthology grapples with the challenge of whether comics can survive respectability. Read full book review >
INSTRUCTIONS by Neil Gaiman
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2010

"Roses, trees, land and sea have shimmering life of their own and wind around the words as if made for them, which of course they were. (Picture book. 7 & up)"
A magical, incantatory poem—or perhaps a homily—first published in the Ellen Datlow/Terri Windling collection A Wolf at the Door in 2000 is made new with Vess's art. Read full book review >
ODD AND THE FROST GIANTS by Neil Gaiman
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"All in all, another winner. (Fantasy. 8 & up)"
Gaiman does it again, this time featuring a lame young boy, talking animals and intrigue in Asgard. Read full book review >
CRAZY HAIR by Neil Gaiman
FICTION
Released: June 1, 2009

"In the works since 2005 (and long available on audio, read by the author), this makes a rousing companion or "hair" apparent to the likes of Keith Graves's The Unexpectedly Bad Hair of Barcelona Smith (2006) or Edward Koren's Very Hairy Harry (2003). (Picture book. 4-8)"
Appropriately crazy art design places masses of Photoshopped hair swirling wildly around Gaiman's rhymed defense of unshorn locks. Read full book review >
BLUEBERRY GIRL by Neil Gaiman
FICTION
Released: March 1, 2009

"There is nothing cute or cloying here, just beauty, balance and joy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A rich and beautiful prayer for a girl. Read full book review >
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK by Neil Gaiman
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Closer in tone to American Gods than to Coraline, but permeated with Bod's innocence, this needs to be read by anyone who is or has ever been a child. (Fantasy. 10 & up)"
Wistful, witty, wise—and creepy. Read full book review >
CORALINE by Neil Gaiman
HORROR AND GHOST STORIES
Released: July 1, 2008

"A stellar reworking of the original text, this is sure to delight established fans and to mesmerize newcomers. (Graphic fiction. 10 & up)"
A deliciously dark graphic adaptation of Gaiman's modern classic is delivered with pitch-perfect accuracy and presented in a striking palette. Read full book review >
THE DANGEROUS ALPHABET by Neil Gaiman
ABC BOOKS
Released: May 1, 2008

"Children appear to be a secondary consideration. (Picture book. 7-12)"
Normal abecedarian fodder gets a poke in the ribcage with this most unusual alphabet tale. Read full book review >
M IS FOR MAGIC by Neil Gaiman
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2007

"The variety and pacing makes every transition a surprise, though it's clear that many of the stories were not written with a child reader in mind: These tales are a definite step up in sophistication from Coraline (2002), and will repay older readers handsomely. (Short stories. YA)"
Ten short stories and one poem, some presented here for the first time, allow one of the modern masters of fantasy to strut his stuff, particularly that of the deliciously creepy variety. Read full book review >
FRAGILE THINGS by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Expect the unexpected. Then savor the luscious chills."
Neo-Goth-Pulp-Noir has pretty much been trademarked by Gaiman (Anansi Boys, 2005, etc.), and these 31 jagged slices of life and the afterlife dependably deliver the damaged goods: zombies, dream-haunted kiddies, femmes fatale and fiends. Read full book review >
ANANSI BOYS by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 2005

"Intermittently lumpy and self-indulgent, but enormously entertaining throughout. And the Gaiman faithful—as hungry for stories as Tiger himself—will devour it gratefully."
The West African spider-trickster god Anansi presides benignly over this ebullient partial sequel to Gaiman's award-winning fantasy American Gods (2001). Read full book review >
THE WOLVES IN THE WALLS by Neil Gaiman
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

You know what they say: "If the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over." Read full book review >
CORALINE by Neil Gaiman
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2002

"Not for the faint-hearted—who are mostly adults anyway—but for stouthearted kids who love a brush with the sinister: Coraline is spot on. (Fiction. 9-12)"
A magnificently creepy fantasy pits a bright, bored little girl against a soul-eating horror that inhabits the reality right next door. Read full book review >
AMERICAN GODS by Neil Gaiman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 19, 2001

"A magical mystery tour through the mythologies of all cultures, a unique and moving love story—and another winner for the phenomenally gifted, consummately reader-friendly Gaiman."
An ex-convict is the wandering knight-errant who traverses the wasteland of Middle America, in this ambitious, gloriously funny, and oddly heartwarming latest from the popular fantasist (Stardust, 1999, etc.). Read full book review >
STARDUST by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 6, 1999

"Wonderful stuff, for kids of all ages."
The multitalented author of The Sandman graphic novels and last year's Neverwhere charms again, with a deftly written fantasy adventure tale set in early Victorian England and enriched by familiar folk materials. Read full book review >
SMOKE AND MIRRORS by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Nothing later on matches it in a volume that's otherwise an exhilarating display of the work of one of our most entertaining storytellers."
A whopping collection of 30 stories, narrative poems, and unclassifiable briefer pieces from the peerlessly inventive British-born co-editor/creator of The Sandman graphic novel series and last year's terrific fantasy Neverwhere. Read full book review >
NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1997

"And, yes, Virginia, there really are alligators in those sewers—and Gaiman makes you believe it."
Some of the best pure storytelling around these days is being produced in the critically suspect genre of fantasy, and this exuberantly inventive first full-length novel, by the co-creator of the graphic series The Sandman (1996), is a state-of-the-art example. Read full book review >
THE SANDMAN by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Fancy unleashed on rags of moonlight."
Top-flight fantasy collection based on Gaiman's character The Sandman, developed in a series of graphic novels for DC Comics, as reimagined by a strong group of fantasists. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 29, 1990

"It could catch on with the Douglas Adams crowd."
This publisher's first novel is a gay, demented eschatological farce in which the Antichrist doesn't really have his heart in it. Read full book review >