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Adventures in Bookland: Eternals by Neil Gaiman

Friday, July 20th, 2018

The most disappointing Neil Gaiman book I’ve read. It should be perfect for him: eternal beings, layers of reality, dreams and visions and gods (various varieties thereby). But it all sputters out in a thoroughly unsatisfactory way. Read his Sandman comics instead.

Adventures in Bookland: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Sunday, November 1st, 2015
Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning

I wonder if the book might have been better if Gaiman had dropped the first ‘r’ in the title: Tigger Warning – if nothing else, I’d say it suggests the contents a little better. There’s the usual Gaiman excellence and the usual Gaiman frustrations: his talent runs over and doesn’t really, in the end, seem to know where to go. There’s a comparison to be made with the work of Alan Garner: the seem commitment to the imagination, the same deep, gnawing fear that, underneath everything, these are all just imaginings, phantasms of words and thoughts, sounds and furies signifying nothing. Gaiman is at his best when he adds a lightness of touch, a sense of humour to his stories – Garner doesn’t do jokes. There’s not many funny stories in here – most are dark and creepy – but they’re effective; I’d be hard put to say they are anything else.