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Book Review: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
3 Stars , Fantasy , Fiction , Latest Posts / January 9, 2019

About: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman is a retelling of the stories which captivated many over centuries. Mr. Gaiman is a prolific author – and one of my personal favorites. 304 pages Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company Language: English ISBN-10: 039360909X   My rating for Norse Mythology– 3 Buy Norse Mythology from Amazon.com* More Books by Neil Gaiman* Thoughts: I was very excited to read another Neil Gaiman work. I have enjoyed several of his books and graphic novels. His imagination knows no bounds, and his storytelling is masterful. I knew very little about these stories before opening the book, and was looking forward to learn more. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman does not disappoint, as the author tells wonderful stories in an easy to read, relatable manner. I speculate that Mr. Gaiman tried to make these stories a bit more interesting than they actually are, while staying away from “comic book” lore, or to make them too pop-culture like. The gods in these stories sure do talk a lot, they are good natured but treats being a wise-ass as a good thing. I did expect this book to have a bit more adult oriented material, especially from the…

Giveaway (Over): The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
Latest Posts / May 30, 2017

Last week I reviewed The View from the Cheap seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman, a compilation of essays on many subjects the author composed. I enjoyed the book very much and the publisher was kind enough to allow one copy for a giveaway. Please fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Give­away Give­away ends: June 06, 2017 Winners must have a valid e-mail address US Address Only please Win­ners will have 24 hours to write back with their address, oth­er­wise an alter­nate win­ner will be picked a Rafflecopter giveaway

Book Review: The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman
4 Stars , Latest Posts , Non-Fiction / May 25, 2017

I mostly enjoyed the speeches included in this collection. I don’t know if these are the speeches he wrote or are they were transcribed later on – this is because I can hear him talk in my head and know him to be an excellent writer so it could be that either or. The speeches also seem target to a more specific audience (me?) and hence are personalized more than simply talking to the public at large.

Book Review: Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
4 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / December 4, 2014

Mr. Gaiman is a master of the modern fairytale, a genre he helped create, abstractly manipulating physics and using legends as histories (“It all depends on how you look at it”, he says). The real power of the novel lies in the author’s writing and voice, he can describe scenes, people and events without much detail or verbiage, but the reader can draw a picture of the scene and get a feeling for the mood.

Book Review: Stardust by Neil Gaiman
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / October 25, 2012

About: Stardustby Neil Gaiman is a fictional book by the master storyteller. I have read the book after watching the excellent movie and enjoyed it just as much.  352 pages Publisher: Harper Language: English ISBN-10: 0380804557 My rating for Stardust – 5   Buy this book in paper or electronic format* More Book by Neil Gaiman Thoughts: Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Web­site | Face­book | @neilhimself), one of the most prolific, successful and finest storytellers of modern times, is a work of fiction about a boy named Tristan Thorn who lives in the curious English village of Wall, a boy who’s in love with a beautiful woman and promises to bring her a falling star they both witnessed. The star falls beyond the wall in Wall, which is the entrance to an enchanted world and the star takes the shape of a girl, instead of a rock. Tristan and the star set out on an adventure, as unlikely road companions, through the faerie realm, trying to get back to Wall and Tristan’s love. Stardust is an inventive fairy-tale reminiscent of the old stories and an imaginative as the best of them; a wonderful, funny and charming book with a sweeping story which is both fresh and original. Each chapter starts with a subtitle…

Thoughts on: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / May 7, 2012

About: American Gods by Neil Gaiman is an award wining fictional book. The book blends fantasy, Americana and mythology to create a unique story from the brilliant mind of one of today’s top writers. 624 pages Publisher: Harper (April 30, 2002) Language: English ISBN-10: 0380789035 My rating for American Gods –5 Buy this book in paper or elec­tronic for­mat through the Man of la Book Affil­i­ate Account Thoughts: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Web­site | Face­book | Twit­ter) is fascinating, titillating, smart and funny. This is not a light read on vacation because the book asks you to suspend reality and be immersed in it. Mr. Gaiman makes many cultural references, societal commentary (not always good) and loads of mythological elements weaved into this fascinating story. The book’s main character takes us through a journey which weaves a tale of how the old gods (Odin, Thor, Anubis, elves, leprechauns, etc.), who were brought over to the US by immigrants, are dying because people stopped believing in them to favor the new gods (media, celebrities, technology, money and more). The scenery takes place mostly on the back roads of the United States where the protagonist meets gritty folks who, despite the storyline, are believable and…

Thoughts on: Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
5 Stars , Fiction , Latest Posts / September 6, 2011

About: “Odd and the Frost Giants” by Neil Gaiman is an award winning fictional book inspired by Norse Mythology. I picked it up because frankly, I seem to enjoy everything Neil Gaiman writes. 128 pages Publisher: HarperCollins; First Editiion First Printing edition ISBN: 0061671738 My rating for Odd and the Frost Giants – 5 Buy & Save on “ Odd and the Frost Giants” through the ManOfLa­Book affil­i­ate account on: Ama­zon | Kindle | Book Depos­i­tory US | Book Depos­i­tory UK  Thoughts: “Odd and the Frost Giants” by Neil Gaiman (Web­site | Face­book | Twit­ter) is a wonderful, quick read, by one of my favorite authors. The story is about a lonely boy named Odd, who lost his Viking father and his mother who was “stolen” by his father from her native Scotland. Odd tries to make it on his own by living up to his father’s mythical image only to be crippled in an accident which forces his mother to get re-married. Needless to say Odd’s stature in the new house is not very high. Odd runs away to his old house, only to encounter Norse gods in the form of a bear (Thor), an eagle (Odin) and a fox…

Book Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
4 Stars , Fiction / February 11, 2011

A small baby escapes a horrible night when his family was murdered. The baby crawls into a graveyard followed by the murderer, the man Jack, who loses him in the mist. The boy is taken care by the inhabitants of the graveyard, his name is Nobody Owens or Bod. Bod can transgress between the world of the living and world of the dead, how and why is part of the mystery.

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