Tag Archives: Neil Gaiman

Guest Review – Chu’s First Day at School

Chu’s First Day at School by Neil Gaiman & Adam Rex
Reviewed by Haley, age 3

Chu's First Day at School book cover

15 Literary Guys That I Wish Were Real

Not in any particular order.
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15 Literary Guys (from books I’ve read) That I Wish Were Real
Persuasion by Jane Austen 1. Captain Frederick Wentworth
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle 2. Derek Stone
Bibliophile Mystery Series by Kate Carlisle
The Mysterious Affair at Styles 3. Hercule Poirot
Poirot Mysteries by Agatha Christie
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 4. Étienne St. Clair
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Vision in White by Nora Roberts 5. Carter Maguire
Vision in White by Nora Roberts
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 6. Augustus Waters
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 7. Percy Jackson
Percy Jackson & the Olympians series &
The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 8. Sirius Black
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman 9. Will Parry
His Dark Material series by Philip Pullman
The Start of Me and You 10. Max Watson
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond 11. Jeremy Laidley
Rather series by C.A. Belmond
Emma by Jane Austen 12. George Knightley
Emma by Jane Austen
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 13. Dickon Sowerby
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting 14. Dr. John Dolittle
The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Stardust by Neil Gaiman 15. Tristran Thorn
Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Check this out… 19 of the Funniest Neil Gaiman Quotes

The 19 Funniest Neil Gaiman Tweets Of All Time via BuzzFeed

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Book Review – Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning by Neil GaimanTrigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

I have to remember that I shouldn’t read Neil Gaiman right before I go to bed. His darkly, beautiful prose is vivid enough to invade my dreams with eerie illusions. Trigger Warning is a collection of short stories and poems. While the collection doesn’t have a noticeably common thread, it does feel like the entries go together. The tone of the book is consistent and the writing is impeccable as you would come to expect from Neil Gaiman. I particularly enjoyed “Nothing O’Clock,” a story in the Doctor Who universe, and “The Sleeper and the Spindle,” a very interesting take on the Snow White and Sleeping Beauty fairytales. I whole-heartedly recommend Trigger Warning and Neil Gaiman in general as everything I have read has been expertly written and wonderfully creative.

Dori & Jess’ Book Club Reviews The Ocean at the End of the Lane

So my friend, Dori (an occasional guest reviewer on this blog), suggested that we both read a book and have a mini book club which was a genius idea. She selected “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” for our first endeavor. Here are some of our thoughts.

The Ocean at the End of the LaneThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Review: Reading this book felt like stepping into a dream; a dream which got progressively stranger and scarier. In fact, for about two-thirds of the book, I didn’t know whether the whole thing was going to turn out to be inside the narrator’s head. Now, don’t get me wrong, it was captivating and beautifully written like I’ve come to expect from Mr. Gaiman and yet, haunting. Mr. Gaiman’s prose was ominous, romantic and real all at the same time. Dori called it “visceral” and I have to agree. Additionally, we both agreed that we wanted to know more about the fantastical and mythological world that Mr. Gaiman created. We discussed how hard it is to classify this book because it had an unusual mixture of mythology, loss of innocence, fantasy and authenticity. Parts of this book were disturbing and kinda effed up but neither of us could put it down. I’d have to say overall, it was dark but also thought-provoking and well executed.

Happy Summer!

In honor of the first day of summer, enjoy a list of some great beach reads!

15 Reads for a Summer Day at the Beach (in no particular  order)

  1. A Rather Lovely Inheritance by C.A. Belmond
  2. Pride & Prescience by Carrie Bebris
  3. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde
  4. Chasing Shakespeares by Sarah Smith
  5. Evil Under the Sun by Agatha Christie
  6. The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
  7. Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte
  8. Homicide in Hardcover by Kate Carlisle
  9. Stardust by Neil Gaiman
  10. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  11. The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen by Syrie James
  12. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  13. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  14. A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett
  15. The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot