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American Gods by Neil Gaiman Review (Bibliomancy for Beginners)

The last of our winter Bibliomancy episodes and it was just Gretchen and I (but don’t worry Taylor took over the Bibliomancy twitter so if you are topical you will find some really great tweets in the time line).

Title: American Gods
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: HarperCollins HarperTorch
Page #: 588
Genre: Magical Realism/Contemporary Fantasy

 

 

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Good Omens by Neil Gaimon Review (Bibliomancy for Beginners Episode)

A little bit late … almost a week late … oooh sorry …

As usual you can read a little bit about the book, then watch our discussion, then of course come back next week when we discuss code name verity by Elizabeth Wein.

 

Title: Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
Author: Neil Gaimon & Terry Pratchett
Publisher: Harper Torch
Page #: 413
Genre: Fantasy

If you want to keep up to date on what we will be reading in the coming weeks or learn more about this segment of my blog please check out the page I have dedicated to our little book club.

I hope you enjoyed.

Later in the week I will be posting a review for my concurrent book American Gods by Neil Gaiman so look forward to that.

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Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman (Review from the Dreggs)

Well, it is the work of Mr. Gaiman so it has to be good.  This high school review, perhaps not so much.

Title: Fragile Things
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Page #: 355
Genre: Anthology of Short Stories and Poems, Horror, Mystery

This compendium of 31 short stories and poems is overall an interesting read.  Each story was completely different from the last.  It ranged from an old fashioned detective story that reminded me very much of Sherlock Holmes to a story about a mysterious one night circus to zombie girl scout like coffee sellers to a story where the months personified tell their favorite stories.  Each story was interesting and unique though there were some I could have gone without reading.  Due to the sheer number of components to each story and the number of them I think that I will review the best and worst stories in the book in further detail.

My favorite story is titled: A Study In Emerald.  The narrator is an army vet who takes up residence with a doctor who has mysterious guests every now and again.  The doctor solves certain problems for these guests that do not seem so medically involved but more mysterious.  The setting is a twisted London in what I would say is around the same time as Sherlock Holmes as it is described, but there are details that make it seem a much darker and twisted place than in reality.  One specific inquiry comes from a police office and this is the first time the doctor allows our guest to assist on one of these adventures and the plot takes of from there.  The whole thing had a very Sherlock Holmsey feeling to it from the banter between the characters to the doctor’s explanation of his clues to the ending.  I happen to be a fan of mystery and this was a good one.  I did not see the ending coming and wish there was more to the story than just the 25 pages it takes up.  It kept me turning the pages and always wanting more.

My least favorite was The Flints of Memory Lane.  I could have gone my whole life without reading this short recounting of a memory.  I saw no point in the story what so ever.  While the other stories were intriguing and creepy this story just did not stand in comparison.  The fact that it was a meager 4 pages long means that I did not waste too much of my life on it and the many other stories make up for it, but I just did not see the point to it at all, and that may just be me.  This story is just a recounting of happenstance this man had when he was younger.  On his way to a friend’s house he sees a gypsy woman at the end of his drive.  The mystery of the gypsy woman is not explained.  There is no conflict and no resolution just a sense of mystery unsolved.  It is barely introduced and there was definitely no time to really resolve it.  Utterly pointless and a waste of space in the book.

All in all the stories were definitely on the creepy side, but what else is to be expected from Neil Gaiman.  Creepy children, creepy ghosts, creepy villains and even creepy protagonists.  They keep you on your toes.  I would recommend reading the book for the sheer intrigue and the way the book makes you think about the ideas imposed and the misfortunes that fall to certain characters and how they react to them.  All in all a worthy read and an interesting collection by an imaginative writer.

ehhh.  At least its a review right?

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The First Review of the New Year: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

While this is not my first time reading Neil Gaiman’s words it is my first adult novel by him.  Previously I had read his Study in Emerald collection of short stories as well as Coraline.

I had already seen the movie several years ago and really enjoyed it.  Knowing that I enjoyed the storyline I was excited to see what new insights I would get from the novel.

 

Title: Stardust
Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: Avon
Page #: 333
Genre: Adult Fantasy

I have to say that I enjoyed the story just as much and while they did change a few minor details about the story the biggest change between the book and the movie is the ending.  The ending in the movie was much more fulfilling.  That might be because they sensationalized it a bit to look better on film but I think that helped.  The entire book was building up to this point and in the book its as if what you thought was a thrill ride turned out to be a kiddie roller coaster, there was barely a peak.

That being said I think that the characters and the wold of this book were better than the plot anyway.  The characters are all very unique and interesting.  There is a great cast of characters that I enjoyed spending more time with.  However, my favorite character from the film (*cough*Septimus*cough*) didn’t have very much air time in the book.  It was alright because I still enjoyed the other characters enough to live without him.

I will also add that I felt like the love that grows between the two main characters is not as believable in the book.  In the movie I was able to see and feel time passing better, and watch their interactions and relationship show the love that was growing.  I didn’t feel that way in the book.  It felt a little like Tristran settled for her in the book rather than actually falling in love with her.

Overall I felt it was still a good story with great characters but I think that the movie was a stronger adaptation.  That isn’t to say the book isn’t worth reading, it is just one of those instances where the story translated better to the audience through film rather than as a text.  Which is a rare occurrence indeed.

Today is the first day of 2014 and the blog is coming on strong.  I hope you guys are looking forward to my 2013 roundup tomorrow.  Have you added the Bibliomancy for Beginners hangouts to your calendar yet, it will be next Monday the 9th at 8:30.  I will keep you updated if anything changes.  If you have something you want to add or discuss about my review you are welcome to bring it up in the comments.  Have you read anything by Neil Gaiman?  What’s your favorite story that he has written?

I wish you all the best of luck in the New Year but for now, the Pied Piper is calling me and I’m sure you hear him too.