Tag Archives: Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Coraline by Neil GaimanThis story was absolutely fabulous! It’s been on my to-read list for quite a while. It wasn’t until my son brought it up a few days ago that he really liked the story and wanted to see the movie that I pulled if off our shelf and started reading it. Now that I read it, I plan on watching the movie together with my son very soon.

My favorite part of the book was when Coralline was telling the black cat a story about her and her father taking a walk and they came upon a wasp nest. Her father told her to run while he stayed behind to distract the wasps from chasing her until she was far enough a way. For some reason that brief anecdote from her life really struck me. It is nothing I wouldn’t do for my own children’ but it stood out in this story as a beacon of how much her parents really did love her no matter how much they were involved with their careers and other adult stuff.

>American Gods by Neil Gaiman

>The whole time I read this book, I couldn’t help but think about a cartoon that I used to watch with my children, Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends. It was about a house full of outgrown imaginary friends waiting to be adopted. Actually, the only similarity that cartoon had with  American Gods was the concept that these imaginary friends became real because someone believed in them.
Neil Gaiman brought to life a world where gods, mythological and fantastical creatures exist only because people believe in them. In the early days of America, immigrants brought their beliefs with them, which then became embodied as living, breathing creatures: Leprechauns, Norse gods, Egyptian gods, etc. These gods still exist even though they are becoming old and weak. They are being pushed aside by new gods such as Media, Internet, Television, Interstate Highways, etc. The tension between the two factions increases as they compete for attention. Shadow, an ex-con, must decide which side to take as he is led by his new employer, Mr. Wednesday (Odin), across America trying to round up allies for the impending war between the gods.
I have to admit, I didn’t know half the gods that were mentioned in this story and spent a lot of time on the Internet looking them up.  Gaiman did an awesome job of bringing them all together and making them fit in the American landscape.  A great book by a great author; well worth a re-read. I have no idea why it took me so long to get around to reading it, but I’m glad I did.
I hear they may make a movie or a tv serious out of this. I have mixed feelings about that after all the butchered books that were made into film in the past. Hopefully, if they do go ahead and put this on screen, it will follow the book as close as possible.

>Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

>This the first Neil Gaiman book I’ve read and I can assure you that it won’t be the last.
Neverwhere is a fantastic story about those people we see out of the corners of our eyes and then forget a second later. They exist in the same world we do but on a different plane. They live and travel though the non-used part of our world and have their own rules and culture.
When Richard Mayhew sees and helps a girl from this underworld, he begins to lose his grip on reality. Encountering unspeakable barriers, he tries to regain his status in the above world. A great twisty, roller-coaster of a plot. I highly recommend it.