Search Results: "Neil Gaiman"


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 >

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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 >

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NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Superb. Just the thing for the literate fantasy lover and the student of comparative religion and mythology alike."
Fire and ice to begin, fire and ice to end. And it's not going to end well, friends: first come the giants, then the all-ravening wolf, and then…. Read full book review >

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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 >

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CHU'S DAY AT THE BEACH by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 21, 2015

"Nonetheless, fans will delight and pass the tissue, as the aviator-goggle-wearing panda pleases with most of his sneezes. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Gaiman and Rex return with Chu's third picture book, sending the sneeze-happy panda cub to visit the surf and sand. Read full book review >

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CHU'S DAY by Neil Gaiman
by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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CRAZY HAIR by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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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 >

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THE SLEEPER AND THE SPINDLE by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"If this book isn't quite a masterpiece, it's certainly a treasure, and that's more than enough. (Fairy tale. 11-18)"
Is it fair to expect a masterpiece when Gaiman and Riddell work together? Probably. Read full book review >

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CHU'S FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL by Neil Gaiman
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Overlooking (again) the association of Chinese names with a tired joke, this may put a few first-day fears to rest, and it will probably also cause some tension-relieving laughter. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Gaiman continues his sneeze pun in this look at a worried panda cub's first day of school. Read full book review >