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An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the world’s most beloved writers, chosen by those who know his work best: his devoted readers.  A brilliant representation of Gaiman's groundbreaking, entrancing, endlessly imaginative fiction, this captivating volume includes excerpts from each of his five novels for adults —Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—and nearly fifty of his short stories.  Impressive in its depth and range, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is both an entryway to Gaiman’s oeuvre and a literary trove Gaiman fans old and new will return to many times over.


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An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the world’s most beloved writers, chosen by those who know his work best: his devoted readers.  A brilliant representation of Gaiman's groundbreaking, entrancing, endlessly imaginative fiction, this captivating volume includes excerpts from each of his five novels for adults —Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—and nearly fifty of his short stories.  Impressive in its depth and range, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is both an entryway to Gaiman’s oeuvre and a literary trove Gaiman fans old and new will return to many times over.

30 review for The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    There’s more. Toni Morrison once wrote that Tolstoy could never have known that he was writing for a black girl in Lorraine, Ohio. Neil could never have known that he was writing for a confused Jamaican kid who, without even knowing it, was still staggering from centuries of erasure of his own gods and monsters. Sure, myths were religions once, but they are at the core of a people’s and a nation’s identity. So, when I saw Anansi, on the other side of erasure, responding to being rubbed out an There’s more. Toni Morrison once wrote that Tolstoy could never have known that he was writing for a black girl in Lorraine, Ohio. Neil could never have known that he was writing for a confused Jamaican kid who, without even knowing it, was still staggering from centuries of erasure of his own gods and monsters. Sure, myths were religions once, but they are at the core of a people’s and a nation’s identity. So, when I saw Anansi, on the other side of erasure, responding to being rubbed out and forgotten, I found myself wondering who the hell was this man from the UK who just restored our story. I understood what being taken away from out myths meant for me, but I had never considered what it meant for the myth. —Marlon James from the introductory forward of The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction It’s a revisit with old friends or more like a visit with an image caught when you knew them because they haven’t changed. All but one story, “Monkey and the Lady,” readers selected on an Internet poll. So, familiar to long time readers or a good introduction for new ones. ************************************ Generously provided by:

  2. 5 out of 5

    AnnaLuce

    / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / / The Neil Gaiman Reader showcases Gaiman's range as an author. Gaiman moves between genres and tones like no other. From funny fairy-talesque stories to more ambiguous narratives with dystopian or horror elements. While I have read most of his novels and a few of his novellas I hadn't really 'sunk' my teeth in his short stories. The ones that appear in this collection have been selected by his own fans, and are presented in chronological order. While it was / / / Read more reviews on my blog / / / The Neil Gaiman Reader showcases Gaiman's range as an author. Gaiman moves between genres and tones like no other. From funny fairy-talesque stories to more ambiguous narratives with dystopian or horror elements. While I have read most of his novels and a few of his novellas I hadn't really 'sunk' my teeth in his short stories. The ones that appear in this collection have been selected by his own fans, and are presented in chronological order. While it was interesting to see the way his writing developed I did not prefer his newer stuff to his older one. In fact, some of my favorite of his stories are the ones from the 80s and 90s. Even then his writing demonstrates both humor and creativity. Some of the stories collected here read like morality tales while others offer more perplexing messages. Many of his stories revolve around the act of storytelling or have a story-within-story structure. At times he retells old classics, such as Sleeping Beauty, while other times he offers his own take on Cthulhu, Sherlock Holmes, and even Doctor Who. A few favorites of mine were: 'Chivalry', 'Murder Mysteries', 'The Goldfish and Other Stories', 'The Wedding Present', and 'October in the Chair'. If you are a Gaiman fan and, like me, have not read many of his short stories you should definitely consider picking this collection up.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Brown

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the e-ARC. Neil Gaiman is one of my all time favorite authors, and I was so excited to see what stories were going to be included in this collection. Including stories from the start of his career to some of his most recent, The Neil Gaiman Reader is a fantastic collection. Perfect for long time fans, who are familiar with is work or for someone picking up one of his stories for the very first time. The short stories included were selected by a vote f Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the e-ARC. Neil Gaiman is one of my all time favorite authors, and I was so excited to see what stories were going to be included in this collection. Including stories from the start of his career to some of his most recent, The Neil Gaiman Reader is a fantastic collection. Perfect for long time fans, who are familiar with is work or for someone picking up one of his stories for the very first time. The short stories included were selected by a vote from readers, meaning that there is a fantastic range of stories included. Also included are excerpts from five of Gaiman's novels,, perfect snippets of story to entice those who may not have read them and great reminders for those that have. The Neil Gaiman Reader is a collection of short stories not to be missed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Tame

    It's strange. I’ve bought every Neil Gaiman short story collection over the years. And yet many of these feel brand new to me, as if I’m reading them for the first time. Part of that may be that I've yet to reread any of those books. So, if I’ve read any given story more than once, it's because I’ve encountered it more than once. In some cases, that's because I’ve read a particular various authors anthology--Legends II, for example. In others, it's because I’ve read the graphic novel adaptation. It's strange. I’ve bought every Neil Gaiman short story collection over the years. And yet many of these feel brand new to me, as if I’m reading them for the first time. Part of that may be that I've yet to reread any of those books. So, if I’ve read any given story more than once, it's because I’ve encountered it more than once. In some cases, that's because I’ve read a particular various authors anthology--Legends II, for example. In others, it's because I’ve read the graphic novel adaptation. There have certainly been a lot of those over the years … (Aside: Taking a peek at my Neil Gaiman books on the shelf, I notice one particular short story collection--or at least, that's what I recall it to be--that isn't listed among his collections on the Also by Neil Gaiman page: Angels and Visitations. Odd. I wonder why that is?) Part of that is simply Neil’s gift for writing. His work is so irresistible and compelling that it feels fresh and new every time. There's also a sense of … I don't know … inevitability? Some of the stories--particularly the fairytale retellings--feel more discovered than written. It's as if they were always there, just waiting for someone with just the right cast of mind to come along and suss them out. Gaiman’s use of language and tone often put me in mind of Harlan Ellison or Ray Bradbury. Like them, he has a similar knack for blurring the line between fantasy and reality in a way that approaches poetry. If you’ve never read Neil Gaiman before, this book is an excellent place to start, with short stories and excerpts from some of his novels spanning his entire career. Highly, highly recommended!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dan Trefethen

    There are two types of readers in this world: Those who love to read Neil Gaiman, and those who haven't discovered him...yet. OK, I exaggerate. But Neil is so crafty, so clever, so careful with language, that there's probably something for everyone. I'm not wild about everything he has written, but I can always admire how he does it. This compendium has 47 short stories and short excerpts (10 pages or so) from his novels. A couple of the stories tie into his novel “American Gods” and one ties to “N There are two types of readers in this world: Those who love to read Neil Gaiman, and those who haven't discovered him...yet. OK, I exaggerate. But Neil is so crafty, so clever, so careful with language, that there's probably something for everyone. I'm not wild about everything he has written, but I can always admire how he does it. This compendium has 47 short stories and short excerpts (10 pages or so) from his novels. A couple of the stories tie into his novel “American Gods” and one ties to “Neverwhere”. Two novels not excerpted that I missed were “The Graveyard Book” and “Good Omens” (perhaps because it was a collaboration with Terry Pratchett). Neil is unabashedly genre, but he has an interesting niche. His horror is not as horrific as Stephen King, his humor is not as funny as Pratchett, but he occupies a sweet spot between them. Coming from a comics background, he often goes for a visually arresting image in his fiction, and he's always clever about leading up to it. Where Neil excels is in taking a theme or characters from myth, legend, fairy tale, old genre stories, and repositioning them in a modern context. He has written entire books like this (“American Gods”, “Anansi Boys”, “Norse Mythology”), but his short stories are quick snippets of reference that are clever in their twisty way, whether written for shudders or for laughs. Neil loves to deeply mine the riches of the fantastic. There are also a couple of fun homages, “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury” being full of Easter egg references to Bradbury stories (try to spot them all!), and “Nothing O'Clock” being a Dr. Who pastiche. If I have a gripe, it's because the stories are printed in chronological order, and Neil's earliest stories are a little shallow and thin in their tricksy behavior. I can almost recommend reading this book backwards, since I wouldn't want someone to be put off by Neil's journeyman work. Still, Neil selected these stories because they represent his full range, and it's fun to review in one place the career arc (so far) of this remarkable artist.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    I need this more than I think I've ever needed anything in my entire life. I need this more than I think I've ever needed anything in my entire life.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda NEVER MANDY

    This book contains 52 entries that consist of short stories and tidbits of novels from Gaiman’s career to date (1984 – 2018). I went into this book with the hopes it would be mostly new to me stories but that was not the case. For a person that does not like doing rereads, I still managed to enjoy the journey so there is that. I did consider for a moment breaking this review down by entry but felt that would be overkill because I have already done reviews on most of them. If that disappoints you This book contains 52 entries that consist of short stories and tidbits of novels from Gaiman’s career to date (1984 – 2018). I went into this book with the hopes it would be mostly new to me stories but that was not the case. For a person that does not like doing rereads, I still managed to enjoy the journey so there is that. I did consider for a moment breaking this review down by entry but felt that would be overkill because I have already done reviews on most of them. If that disappoints you then comment below and I will do nothing. I think this would be the perfect book for somebody that is brand new to the author as well as the reader that is already familiar with him. It would probably be a terrible book for somebody that loathes him and/or his writing. In conclusion, I am recommending it to new and existing readers but not to haters. Step off haters.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Furniss

    4.5 Stars A big weighty tomb of a collection of all different stories. Some I wasn't keen on others I loved ( Troll Bridge👹). As a fan, many of these I had come across before. But I think everyone would find something here of interest, existing fans and readers new to his work. This brilliant collection showcases Gaiman's marvellous imagination and his skills of creative writing exhibiting an array of emotions, sad, funny, serious, scary, strange, weird and most of all thought provoking, his storie 4.5 Stars A big weighty tomb of a collection of all different stories. Some I wasn't keen on others I loved ( Troll Bridge👹). As a fan, many of these I had come across before. But I think everyone would find something here of interest, existing fans and readers new to his work. This brilliant collection showcases Gaiman's marvellous imagination and his skills of creative writing exhibiting an array of emotions, sad, funny, serious, scary, strange, weird and most of all thought provoking, his stories always make me stop, think and reflect. A book I would certainly recommend and pure escapism in strange times as we start off the New Year 2001.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Adam Di Filippe

    I received a free, advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This is a hefty read, but it’s one that can be taken in bits and pieces, a short story here and a shorter one there. Every bit is wonderful, from Gaiman’s earliest works to those from the past few years. A few of them, such as “The Sleeper and the Spindle” and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” have grown into other forms beyond a short story, but they are absolutely fantastic in their original form. This collection is well suited for anyone from a Neil Gaiman novice to a reader who’s been follow This is a hefty read, but it’s one that can be taken in bits and pieces, a short story here and a shorter one there. Every bit is wonderful, from Gaiman’s earliest works to those from the past few years. A few of them, such as “The Sleeper and the Spindle” and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” have grown into other forms beyond a short story, but they are absolutely fantastic in their original form. This collection is well suited for anyone from a Neil Gaiman novice to a reader who’s been following his entire career. Those already familiar with his work will be drawn into stories they already know and might find something they haven’t previously read. For the beginners, this hefty book will give representation of the multifaceted, often fantastical literature of Neil Gaiman. If nothing else, who doesn’t want a book with Neil Gaiman’s face on the cover on their coffee table?

  11. 4 out of 5

    Asha

    Neil Gaiman’s latest book, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction, is perfect for Neil Gaiman fans! It’s also a great first book to pick up for readers who never read his work, but are interested in reading fantasy and don’t know where to start. It’s amazing to see how his writing has changed through the years and that he truly can write anything from happy to shivers up your spine type stories. Though the book may seem intimidating by size, don’t let that stop you! There are quite a few stori Neil Gaiman’s latest book, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction, is perfect for Neil Gaiman fans! It’s also a great first book to pick up for readers who never read his work, but are interested in reading fantasy and don’t know where to start. It’s amazing to see how his writing has changed through the years and that he truly can write anything from happy to shivers up your spine type stories. Though the book may seem intimidating by size, don’t let that stop you! There are quite a few stories in here are truly gems. I highly recommend picking this one up regardless of what you read. You won’t regret it! Disclaimer: I received a finished copy of this book from William Morrow in exchange for my honest opinion. This has no effect on my opinion, review, or rating.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Farah Mendlesohn

    As with all collections a bit uneven, and tastes will vary, but overall a fascinating collection of the weird, the ghostly and the unnerving.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sergey Selyutin

    Here is the recipe for this compilation: 1) Add together the contents of Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things and Trigger Warning collections 2) Subtract from the sum all those nice introductions to individual short stories 3) Subtract some weaker stories 4) Subtract all the pieces of poetry 5) Add (completely unnecessary) extracts from the novels by Neil Gaiman 6) Add a short story I, Cthulhu that you can read for free on Neil Gaiman's web-site 7) Add a short story Mythical Creatures (2008) 8) Add a short Here is the recipe for this compilation: 1) Add together the contents of Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things and Trigger Warning collections 2) Subtract from the sum all those nice introductions to individual short stories 3) Subtract some weaker stories 4) Subtract all the pieces of poetry 5) Add (completely unnecessary) extracts from the novels by Neil Gaiman 6) Add a short story I, Cthulhu that you can read for free on Neil Gaiman's web-site 7) Add a short story Mythical Creatures (2008) 8) Add a short story Monkey and the Lady (2018) 9) Add a very brief introduction by Neil Gaiman 10) Add an introduction by Marlon James, who might be a good writer (I have never read anything by him), but obviously fails to get that aforementioned I, Cthulhu (just as the two other Cthulhu mythos short stories in the collection) are spoofs, and meant not to scare but make you laugh. If you have never read anything by Neil Gaiman, buy this book. If you are a long-time fan, there is very little new material for you here.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Grace W

    (c/p from my review on TheStoryGraph) I loved this collection. A lot of the stories were ones I hadn't encountered. The ones I did know were beloved stories or excerpts from his novels. The Problem With Susan, a Study in Emeral, I Cthulu, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, and the chosen parts of Anansi Boys and American Gods are all some of my absolute favorite bits of his writing plus I found even more to love of his works. This is perfect for long time fans or people who want to know if Gaiman (c/p from my review on TheStoryGraph) I loved this collection. A lot of the stories were ones I hadn't encountered. The ones I did know were beloved stories or excerpts from his novels. The Problem With Susan, a Study in Emeral, I Cthulu, How To Talk To Girls At Parties, and the chosen parts of Anansi Boys and American Gods are all some of my absolute favorite bits of his writing plus I found even more to love of his works. This is perfect for long time fans or people who want to know if Gaiman is right for their reading tastes. I will say that it is extremely hard to list the trigger warnings in this book, in no small part because I forgot to list them all as I found them. I always tell folks to use caution because even some of my favorite works of his have pretty large trigger warnings. The Problem with Susan is maybe the first time I remember falling in love with a Gaiman work besides Coraline but it also includes mentions of bestiality, sexual assault and a few other triggers that I can see being hard to read. So use caution when approaching but please don't let it keep you from at least giving this book a try. Gaiman is such a diverse and creative writer and I've never seen that more clearly than in this collection. Looking at it, I don't think I disliked a single story in here which is almost never a thing for me. It's great, he's great, I adore him.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Chris DiLeo

    I skipped around through this collection, reading whatever pulled my interest. Some stories I'd read before and was delighted to revisit, and others I'd never heard of and was equally thrilled to experience. I have not read all of the stories in this collection, but it's Gaiman—a creative whose imagination is boundless—and you need read only a few of these tales to know the collection's whole worth. I also recommend his nonfiction collection, A View From the Cheap Seats. I skipped around through this collection, reading whatever pulled my interest. Some stories I'd read before and was delighted to revisit, and others I'd never heard of and was equally thrilled to experience. I have not read all of the stories in this collection, but it's Gaiman—a creative whose imagination is boundless—and you need read only a few of these tales to know the collection's whole worth. I also recommend his nonfiction collection, A View From the Cheap Seats.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC. This is an enormous assortment of Neil Gaiman's writings dating from 1984 to 2018, including excerpts of five novels. Gaiman himself has said this is primarily intended as a sampler for readers who aren't familiar with his work. It seems like quite a hefty time investment for someone who just wants to try this Gaiman bloke people seem to like so much, but I hope it works. I think another audience is readers who want ready access to a number of Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC. This is an enormous assortment of Neil Gaiman's writings dating from 1984 to 2018, including excerpts of five novels. Gaiman himself has said this is primarily intended as a sampler for readers who aren't familiar with his work. It seems like quite a hefty time investment for someone who just wants to try this Gaiman bloke people seem to like so much, but I hope it works. I think another audience is readers who want ready access to a number of novellas published in anthologies. A third use is a doorstop or a method of squishing other things flat: at a hefty 750 pages, I'd only take it traveling if I had the e-version. Experiencing some of my favorite Gaiman short stories again was a true pleasure. "Chivalry" in particular one of my all-time favorites, though the short story collection it's from (Angels and Visitations) is out of print. Other favorites include "We Can Get Them for You Wholesale", "Snow, Glass, Apples", and "A Study in Emerald." A friend of mine maintains that Gaiman's true strength is as a short story writer, and experiencing the best of the best en masse was a delight. An obvious gap here is the lack of comics. Gaiman is the writer of the extraordinary and genre-breaking (and defining) series The Sandman, and it's such a shame that none of it makes an appearance here. I was also less enchanted with most of the novel excerpts. Picking a short section of a novel to entice someone to read the rest is a challenging thing to do. I think the Neverwhere excerpt works really well. However, the sections selected from American Gods seem disjointed: a short tale about the old Norse gods ending up in North America, and then a few scant pages about Shadow preparing for a spaghetti dinner. Including something about Shadow seems necessary given "Black Dog" and "The Monarch of the Glen", the two novellas that continue Shadow's story, are included here, but it doesn't flow well and I don't think it would be particularly enticing to a new reader. The intro to American Gods is so good that I wish it had been selected instead. Ditto about Stardust Nevertheless, such a treat to read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Leeah

    You sir, Neil, are a treasure. I’m so thankful you allowed your readers to follow along on your journey. Your early writings were wonderful, but your elegance in writing and in story telling has grown dramatically! Thank you for sharing your brain 😍

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    3.5 Overall I liked this work and now understand why people enjoy his writing so much. Some stories were great but in others I felt like maybe I was missing some reference or something.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Full disclosure: I've known about Neil Gaiman for many years, but never read anything until American Gods. Very excited about this book and after finishing it i think it's the best thing I've read in years. Weird, bizarre, thought provoking, magical, sad and laugh out loud funny. Nothing here that others don't know about. The depth of his storytelling is amazing and I'm very happy i chose to wander out of the deep cave i reside in to pick up this enjoyable book. Full disclosure: I've known about Neil Gaiman for many years, but never read anything until American Gods. Very excited about this book and after finishing it i think it's the best thing I've read in years. Weird, bizarre, thought provoking, magical, sad and laugh out loud funny. Nothing here that others don't know about. The depth of his storytelling is amazing and I'm very happy i chose to wander out of the deep cave i reside in to pick up this enjoyable book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sinclair Duncan-Mercer

    So nice having a collection of my favorite stories in one place! Just wish something from Sandman had been included!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Short Story Carnivore

    My Review and Thoughts: When it comes to complete writing Genius then you need to look no further that Neal Gaiman. This is a magical book. A wonderment of written word. A complete collection of imagination and wonder. From comical to serious. This span of stories in Gaiman’s long career is collected for the amazement of readers of all ages. If you are a fan of storytelling, then you need this book and experience all these stories in one setting. Yes, many of these stories you might have read over My Review and Thoughts: When it comes to complete writing Genius then you need to look no further that Neal Gaiman. This is a magical book. A wonderment of written word. A complete collection of imagination and wonder. From comical to serious. This span of stories in Gaiman’s long career is collected for the amazement of readers of all ages. If you are a fan of storytelling, then you need this book and experience all these stories in one setting. Yes, many of these stories you might have read over the years but what makes this perfection is all these are gathered in one imagined glory. From first page to last page, you are controlled and sent into a realm of worlds, ideas, and imaginative means. I became young again, reading again for the first time these magical tales. It felt that wonderful. It made you become a part of the writing genius of Gaiman again. He gives you the exploration and the glory of written word. 52 separate stories. Some small snips, others long in tone. But each one important to that career of this man. A man who knows and understands the reader. He knows how to explore the emotions and minds of his readers. He gives through these pieces what great writing is all about. Experience wonder. Experience imagination. Experience the reality of reading imagination. This book is highly praised by me. I laughed at times, smiled often, and was totally intrigued and glued to each story as if it were my first time reading it all over again. I loved all the choices chosen for this book. There are not enough words to express the amazing reality of Gaiman’s writing. His mind becomes a whirlwind of exploration. He allows you the reader to experience the many realms of unexplored tunnels of imaginative glories. Gaiman knows the reader at hand, He captures the reader and gives them a trip like no other. This is a book to be held, explored, and loved. Would I Recommend: Absolutely in a heartbeat, without a doubt in the world. If you want what great writing and imagination is all about then look no further than this book. Would I Return to it Again? Another stupid question. Without a doubt. His works always shine and they demand to be read over and over. My Rating: 5 out of 5 Four Final Words: Brilliant, beautiful mastery. Powerful.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lucie

    Hands down, the best short story collection I have ever read. There's not a single story that I would not enjoy. If I were to name my favorites, I'd have to name at least 80% of the book, which would be a really long review, so let me note a few honorary mentions. A story that stuck with me the most was certainly Troll Bridge. I think it's because the end caught me so surprised, and the realization of what was really happening in front of my own eyes cut so deep. The story Murder Mysteries contain Hands down, the best short story collection I have ever read. There's not a single story that I would not enjoy. If I were to name my favorites, I'd have to name at least 80% of the book, which would be a really long review, so let me note a few honorary mentions. A story that stuck with me the most was certainly Troll Bridge. I think it's because the end caught me so surprised, and the realization of what was really happening in front of my own eyes cut so deep. The story Murder Mysteries contains my favorite ever re-telling of the world creation. I don't think I can ever see it differently anymore than angel-researchers having a little Earth model, testing concepts like love or green. Besides that, the main character (which I read as a re-telling of how Lucifer became the fallen angel) stirs all sorts of emotions, but mostly a lot of compassion for those good people who were not in line with those in power. I was very impressed by The Wedding Present because the idea of alternate realities was always a fascinating one for me - and here it had a very cool twist, too. I have a soft spot for the character of Shadow, so both The Monarch of Glen and Black Dog hit home. Similarly with Marquis de Carabas in How the Marquis Got His Coat Back. I enjoyed How to Talk To Girls at Parties, partially because I love when Gaiman writes characters that see less than what the reader can infer. Stories like The Thing about Cassandra (but also the already mentioned Troll Bridge and many others) make my head spin by revealing something at the end that makes me replay the whole story with a new understanding, knowing the author was playing with my perception the whole time. If you're gonna read Click-Clack the Rattlebag, I highly recommend finding a spoken-word version on Youtube, performed by Gaiman himself. It's a treat. (And one more of those where the end leaves you re-evaluating the whole story.) A special mention goes to my all-time favorite story October Tale in The Calendar of Tales. It makes me feel so warm and sweet. The only reason why it took me 3 months to read this over-700-pages long book was that I would only ever read one story at a time, wanting to let the atmosphere linger over me for a little bit longer.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Libriamo3116

    Thank you William Morrow for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction contains short stories and excerpts from Neil Gaiman's fiction career. Its excepts stem from five novels: Anansi Boys, American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. There are forty-seven short stories that cover a wide range of fairy tales, ideas, and mythologies. In sum, fifty-two works are contained in this reader Thank you William Morrow for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction contains short stories and excerpts from Neil Gaiman's fiction career. Its excepts stem from five novels: Anansi Boys, American Gods, Neverwhere, Stardust, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. There are forty-seven short stories that cover a wide range of fairy tales, ideas, and mythologies. In sum, fifty-two works are contained in this reader, perfect for long-time fans and those new to Gaiman's prose. “So, having found a lady, could you not have come to her aid, or left her alone? Why drag her into your foolishness?' 'Love,' he explained. She looked at him with eyes the blue of the sky. 'I hope you choke on it,' she said, flatly.” - Stardust Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, who writes beautifully and with such care for characters and humor that I adore his works. Hence, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is right up my alley and immediately earns my highest recommendation. The excerpts from his novels will feel a tad redundant or superfluous for longtime fans, but for new readers, they certainly give a sampling of his greatest literary treasures, including my favorite, Stardust. The short stories cover many decades of his work, and combine what used to span many other collected works. For a one-stop collection of some of the finest fictional literature this side of Cthulhu, look no further than this fine reader to spark your imagination and enliven your senses. Prepare for your spine to tingle and your heart to lift as you linger with the children of gods, reach for a piece of the heavens, or prowl a darker side of London, among other fantastical adventures you will take with Neil Gaiman as your guide. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 rounded to 5 ⭐'s.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Susan Tunis

    It seems a little crazy to read 750 pages of stories and novel excerpts, almost all of which you've read before. But that's how good Neil Gaiman is, and it's been a while since there's been a new book. The novel excepts held up surprisingly well, and by and large left me wanting to revisit each and every novel. The stories, apparently, were favorites voted upon by readers, and honestly, this was not the way to do it. Yes, for sure you get some crowd-pleasers this way, but there were a disproporti It seems a little crazy to read 750 pages of stories and novel excerpts, almost all of which you've read before. But that's how good Neil Gaiman is, and it's been a while since there's been a new book. The novel excepts held up surprisingly well, and by and large left me wanting to revisit each and every novel. The stories, apparently, were favorites voted upon by readers, and honestly, this was not the way to do it. Yes, for sure you get some crowd-pleasers this way, but there were a disproportionate number of stories that were previously broadly publicized, but not necessarily best. I'd rather have had more hidden gems included, though there were some of those, to be sure. One of the highlights of this collection for me, was a chance to visit with characters from American Gods and Neverwhere in shorter works, some of which were familiar to me, and some of which weren't. Mr. Gaiman's characters and their universes live on--not just in my head, it seems.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Groucho42

    I've read a few novels and liked them, and remember some short stories were good, so I decided to read this collection of a bunch of his short stories. Oh well. He's a great story teller, the skills are wonderful; he just doesn't have much to say. The early stories were all either Lovecraft ripoffs or too focused on his movie writing. Well written stories almost always ended up trite, dull, boring, or overblown. The later ones with Shadow as the main character weren't bad. I think my favorite was I've read a few novels and liked them, and remember some short stories were good, so I decided to read this collection of a bunch of his short stories. Oh well. He's a great story teller, the skills are wonderful; he just doesn't have much to say. The early stories were all either Lovecraft ripoffs or too focused on his movie writing. Well written stories almost always ended up trite, dull, boring, or overblown. The later ones with Shadow as the main character weren't bad. I think my favorite was the retelling of a couple of myths, smooshed together, in "The Sleeper and the Spindle". "The Return of the Thin White Duke" was intriguing. The ones I'd read before and liked were pretty much the only other ones I thought were good. Overall, I notice that the ones I like best are later in his career, as he learned his craft. He finally began to learn to tell interesting stories, but overall it's not an impressive collection.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Camille

    One of my favorite authors of all time. I thought I'd be chewing on this for a long time because it's a very long book, and it's a compilation of short stories. It seemed like the kind of thing I'd pick up and put down in between other books. Not so. Every time I wanted to read(listen), I went straight for this and ignored all other books. I didn't love or even like all of the stories, but the ones I loved, I REALLY loved. I recommend listening to his writing as audiobooks narrated by himself. He One of my favorite authors of all time. I thought I'd be chewing on this for a long time because it's a very long book, and it's a compilation of short stories. It seemed like the kind of thing I'd pick up and put down in between other books. Not so. Every time I wanted to read(listen), I went straight for this and ignored all other books. I didn't love or even like all of the stories, but the ones I loved, I REALLY loved. I recommend listening to his writing as audiobooks narrated by himself. He's a spectacular narrator, the best I've ever heard. The audiobook is 27+ hours long, and I took it down in a matter of weeks. Wishing there was more. Will probably immediately pick up another Gaiman book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erica Warren

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which I won from GoodReads and the publisher. Thanks! I think my favorite story will never change in this collection. Snow White was my favorite fairy tale growing up and Snow, Glass, Apples was a pleasure to read all over again! I also enjoyed reading things from Neil Gaiman that I had never read before. There are a variety of stories in here, so if you don't like them all, there is sure to be quite a few that you do like! Personally, I enjoyed most of them becau I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which I won from GoodReads and the publisher. Thanks! I think my favorite story will never change in this collection. Snow White was my favorite fairy tale growing up and Snow, Glass, Apples was a pleasure to read all over again! I also enjoyed reading things from Neil Gaiman that I had never read before. There are a variety of stories in here, so if you don't like them all, there is sure to be quite a few that you do like! Personally, I enjoyed most of them because Neil Gaiman is my type of storyteller! I would recommend picking this up, especially if you are a fan of short stories, and definitely if you have read some of Gaiman's work and liked it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Marc

    If you’re a Gaiman fan, you need to read these stories. If you’re not a Gaiman fan, sit down, choose a story at random and become a Gaiman fan. This is an almost perfect collection of his work to date. If you sit and read this cover-to-cover, it’s fascinating to see his style grow, adapt and develop with time. However, each piece is so wonderfully self-contained that I know I will find myself sitting down at various points in the future to pick out random stories to re-read. There’s quirky, amus If you’re a Gaiman fan, you need to read these stories. If you’re not a Gaiman fan, sit down, choose a story at random and become a Gaiman fan. This is an almost perfect collection of his work to date. If you sit and read this cover-to-cover, it’s fascinating to see his style grow, adapt and develop with time. However, each piece is so wonderfully self-contained that I know I will find myself sitting down at various points in the future to pick out random stories to re-read. There’s quirky, amusing 2-pagers, there’s deeply emotional, hard-hitting drama, and there’s everything in between. I will treasure this collection for a long time.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rose Stanley

    Being a huge Gaiman fangirl, this was a must-buy, obviously. Whew, this was a chonky boi, but as I had previously read most (if not all) of the stories in here it took less time than expected! A good mix of pieces of varying ages - definitely made me want to reread Neverwhere and The ocean at the end of the lane. Also, We can get them for you wholesale is still one of my all-time fave short stories.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Judy

    Neil is such a prolific writer! This book is filled with a multitude of mixed fictional short stories. It's perfect for a first time reader of Mr. Gaiman's work. I'm not a fan of science fiction so I by passed those stories but he has so much more fiction to offer in this book that I found some very entertaining stories. My preferred genre of book is Memoir, Autobiography, non fiction and a few favorite fiction writers but I recommend his work. Neil is such a prolific writer! This book is filled with a multitude of mixed fictional short stories. It's perfect for a first time reader of Mr. Gaiman's work. I'm not a fan of science fiction so I by passed those stories but he has so much more fiction to offer in this book that I found some very entertaining stories. My preferred genre of book is Memoir, Autobiography, non fiction and a few favorite fiction writers but I recommend his work.

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