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An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the world’s most beloved writers, chosen by those who know his work best: his devoted readers.  A brilliant representation of Gaiman's groundbreaking, entrancing, endlessly imaginative fiction, this captivating volume includes excerpts from each of his five novels for adults —Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—and nearly fifty of his short stories.  Impressive in its depth and range, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is both an entryway to Gaiman’s oeuvre and a literary trove Gaiman fans old and new will return to many times over.


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An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the world’s most beloved writers, chosen by those who know his work best: his devoted readers.  A brilliant representation of Gaiman's groundbreaking, entrancing, endlessly imaginative fiction, this captivating volume includes excerpts from each of his five novels for adults —Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—and nearly fifty of his short stories.  Impressive in its depth and range, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is both an entryway to Gaiman’s oeuvre and a literary trove Gaiman fans old and new will return to many times over.

30 review for The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    There’s more. Toni Morrison once wrote that Tolstoy could never have known that he was writing for a black girl in Lorraine, Ohio. Neil could never have known that he was writing for a confused Jamaican kid who, without even knowing it, was still staggering from centuries of erasure of his own gods and monsters. Sure, myths were religions once, but they are at the core of a people’s and a nation’s identity. So, when I saw Anansi, on the other side of erasure, responding to being rubbed out an There’s more. Toni Morrison once wrote that Tolstoy could never have known that he was writing for a black girl in Lorraine, Ohio. Neil could never have known that he was writing for a confused Jamaican kid who, without even knowing it, was still staggering from centuries of erasure of his own gods and monsters. Sure, myths were religions once, but they are at the core of a people’s and a nation’s identity. So, when I saw Anansi, on the other side of erasure, responding to being rubbed out and forgotten, I found myself wondering who the hell was this man from the UK who just restored our story. I understood what being taken away from out myths meant for me, but I had never considered what it meant for the myth. —Marlon James from the introductory forward of The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction It’s a revisit with old friends or more like a visit with an image caught when you knew them because they haven’t changed. All but one story, “Monkey and the Lady,” readers selected on an Internet poll. So, familiar to long time readers or a good introduction for new ones. ************************************ Generously provided by:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kayla Brown

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the e-ARC. Neil Gaiman is one of my all time favorite authors, and I was so excited to see what stories were going to be included in this collection. Including stories from the start of his career to some of his most recent, The Neil Gaiman Reader is a fantastic collection. Perfect for long time fans, who are familiar with is work or for someone picking up one of his stories for the very first time. The short stories included were selected by a vote f Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the e-ARC. Neil Gaiman is one of my all time favorite authors, and I was so excited to see what stories were going to be included in this collection. Including stories from the start of his career to some of his most recent, The Neil Gaiman Reader is a fantastic collection. Perfect for long time fans, who are familiar with is work or for someone picking up one of his stories for the very first time. The short stories included were selected by a vote from readers, meaning that there is a fantastic range of stories included. Also included are excerpts from five of Gaiman's novels,, perfect snippets of story to entice those who may not have read them and great reminders for those that have. The Neil Gaiman Reader is a collection of short stories not to be missed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dan Trefethen

    There are two types of readers in this world: Those who love to read Neil Gaiman, and those who haven't discovered him...yet. OK, I exaggerate. But Neil is so crafty, so clever, so careful with language, that there's probably something for everyone. I'm not wild about everything he has written, but I can always admire how he does it. This compendium has 47 short stories and short excerpts (10 pages or so) from his novels. A couple of the stories tie into his novel “American Gods” and one ties to “N There are two types of readers in this world: Those who love to read Neil Gaiman, and those who haven't discovered him...yet. OK, I exaggerate. But Neil is so crafty, so clever, so careful with language, that there's probably something for everyone. I'm not wild about everything he has written, but I can always admire how he does it. This compendium has 47 short stories and short excerpts (10 pages or so) from his novels. A couple of the stories tie into his novel “American Gods” and one ties to “Neverwhere”. Two novels not excerpted that I missed were “The Graveyard Book” and “Good Omens” (perhaps because it was a collaboration with Terry Pratchett). Neil is unabashedly genre, but he has an interesting niche. His horror is not as horrific as Stephen King, his humor is not as funny as Pratchett, but he occupies a sweet spot between them. Coming from a comics background, he often goes for a visually arresting image in his fiction, and he's always clever about leading up to it. Where Neil excels is in taking a theme or characters from myth, legend, fairy tale, old genre stories, and repositioning them in a modern context. He has written entire books like this (“American Gods”, “Anansi Boys”, “Norse Mythology”), but his short stories are quick snippets of reference that are clever in their twisty way, whether written for shudders or for laughs. Neil loves to deeply mine the riches of the fantastic. There are also a couple of fun homages, “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury” being full of Easter egg references to Bradbury stories (try to spot them all!), and “Nothing O'Clock” being a Dr. Who pastiche. If I have a gripe, it's because the stories are printed in chronological order, and Neil's earliest stories are a little shallow and thin in their tricksy behavior. I can almost recommend reading this book backwards, since I wouldn't want someone to be put off by Neil's journeyman work. Still, Neil selected these stories because they represent his full range, and it's fun to review in one place the career arc (so far) of this remarkable artist.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    I need this more than I think I've ever needed anything in my entire life.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Adam Di Filippe

    I received a free, advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This is a hefty read, but it’s one that can be taken in bits and pieces, a short story here and a shorter one there. Every bit is wonderful, from Gaiman’s earliest works to those from the past few years. A few of them, such as “The Sleeper and the Spindle” and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” have grown into other forms beyond a short story, but they are absolutely fantastic in their original form. This collection is well suited for anyone from a Neil Gaiman novice to a reader who’s been follow This is a hefty read, but it’s one that can be taken in bits and pieces, a short story here and a shorter one there. Every bit is wonderful, from Gaiman’s earliest works to those from the past few years. A few of them, such as “The Sleeper and the Spindle” and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” have grown into other forms beyond a short story, but they are absolutely fantastic in their original form. This collection is well suited for anyone from a Neil Gaiman novice to a reader who’s been following his entire career. Those already familiar with his work will be drawn into stories they already know and might find something they haven’t previously read. For the beginners, this hefty book will give representation of the multifaceted, often fantastical literature of Neil Gaiman. If nothing else, who doesn’t want a book with Neil Gaiman’s face on the cover on their coffee table?

  7. 4 out of 5

    Farah Mendlesohn

    As with all collections a bit uneven, and tastes will vary, but overall a fascinating collection of the weird, the ghostly and the unnerving.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sergey Selyutin

    Here is the recipe for this compilation: 1) Add together the contents of Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things and Trigger Warning collections 2) Subtract from the sum all those nice introductions to individual short stories 3) Subtract some weaker stories 4) Subtract all the pieces of poetry 5) Add (completely unnecessary) extracts from the novels by Neil Gaiman 6) Add a short story I, Cthulhu that you can read for free on Neil Gaiman's web-site 7) Add a short story Mythical Creatures (2008) 8) Add a short Here is the recipe for this compilation: 1) Add together the contents of Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things and Trigger Warning collections 2) Subtract from the sum all those nice introductions to individual short stories 3) Subtract some weaker stories 4) Subtract all the pieces of poetry 5) Add (completely unnecessary) extracts from the novels by Neil Gaiman 6) Add a short story I, Cthulhu that you can read for free on Neil Gaiman's web-site 7) Add a short story Mythical Creatures (2008) 8) Add a short story Monkey and the Lady (2018) 9) Add a very brief introduction by Neil Gaiman 10) Add an introduction by Marlon James, who might be a good writer (I have never read anything by him), but obviously fails to get that aforementioned I, Cthulhu (just as the two other Cthulhu mythos short stories in the collection) are spoofs, and meant not to scare but make you laugh. If you have never read anything by Neil Gaiman, buy this book. If you are a long-time fan, there is very little new material for you here.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC. This is an enormous assortment of Neil Gaiman's writings dating from 1984 to 2018, including excerpts of five novels. Gaiman himself has said this is primarily intended as a sampler for readers who aren't familiar with his work. It seems like quite a hefty time investment for someone who just wants to try this Gaiman bloke people seem to like so much, but I hope it works. I think another audience is readers who want ready access to a number of Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC. This is an enormous assortment of Neil Gaiman's writings dating from 1984 to 2018, including excerpts of five novels. Gaiman himself has said this is primarily intended as a sampler for readers who aren't familiar with his work. It seems like quite a hefty time investment for someone who just wants to try this Gaiman bloke people seem to like so much, but I hope it works. I think another audience is readers who want ready access to a number of novellas published in anthologies. A third use is a doorstop or a method of squishing other things flat: at a hefty 750 pages, I'd only take it traveling if I had the e-version. Experiencing some of my favorite Gaiman short stories again was a true pleasure. "Chivalry" in particular one of my all-time favorites, though the short story collection it's from (Angels and Visitations) is out of print. Other favorites include "We Can Get Them for You Wholesale", "Snow, Glass, Apples", and "A Study in Emerald." A friend of mine maintains that Gaiman's true strength is as a short story writer, and experiencing the best of the best en masse was a delight. An obvious gap here is the lack of comics. Gaiman is the writer of the extraordinary and genre-breaking (and defining) series The Sandman, and it's such a shame that none of it makes an appearance here. I was also less enchanted with most of the novel excerpts. Picking a short section of a novel to entice someone to read the rest is a challenging thing to do. I think the Neverwhere excerpt works really well. However, the sections selected from American Gods seem disjointed: a short tale about the old Norse gods ending up in North America, and then a few scant pages about Shadow preparing for a spaghetti dinner. Including something about Shadow seems necessary given "Black Dog" and "The Monarch of the Glen", the two novellas that continue Shadow's story, are included here, but it doesn't flow well and I don't think it would be particularly enticing to a new reader. The intro to American Gods is so good that I wish it had been selected instead. Ditto about Stardust Nevertheless, such a treat to read!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Robert

    Full disclosure: I've known about Neil Gaiman for many years, but never read anything until American Gods. Very excited about this book and after finishing it i think it's the best thing I've read in years. Weird, bizarre, thought provoking, magical, sad and laugh out loud funny. Nothing here that others don't know about. The depth of his storytelling is amazing and I'm very happy i chose to wander out of the deep cave i reside in to pick up this enjoyable book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sinclair Duncan-Mercer

    So nice having a collection of my favorite stories in one place! Just wish something from Sandman had been included!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Susan Tunis

    It seems a little crazy to read 750 pages of stories and novel excerpts, almost all of which you've read before. But that's how good Neil Gaiman is, and it's been a while since there's been a new book. The novel excepts held up surprisingly well, and by and large left me wanting to revisit each and every novel. The stories, apparently, were favorites voted upon by readers, and honestly, this was not the way to do it. Yes, for sure you get some crowd-pleasers this way, but there were a disproporti It seems a little crazy to read 750 pages of stories and novel excerpts, almost all of which you've read before. But that's how good Neil Gaiman is, and it's been a while since there's been a new book. The novel excepts held up surprisingly well, and by and large left me wanting to revisit each and every novel. The stories, apparently, were favorites voted upon by readers, and honestly, this was not the way to do it. Yes, for sure you get some crowd-pleasers this way, but there were a disproportionate number of stories that were previously broadly publicized, but not necessarily best. I'd rather have had more hidden gems included, though there were some of those, to be sure. One of the highlights of this collection for me, was a chance to visit with characters from American Gods and Neverwhere in shorter works, some of which were familiar to me, and some of which weren't. Mr. Gaiman's characters and their universes live on--not just in my head, it seems.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Katie Sendia

    LOVE Neil Gaiman, one of the best writers of our time.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I never get tired of rereading Neil Gaiman stories! AND with a foreword by Marlon James?! Yes please! 🙋🏽‍♀️

  15. 4 out of 5

    George

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer_wald

  17. 5 out of 5

    WLS

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wesley D. Peel

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lira

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amy Todorsky

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

  22. 4 out of 5

    William R. Schmalhorst

  23. 4 out of 5

    Xenia

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cherie

  25. 5 out of 5

    Linda

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ode O. Siegers

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kyle A Massa

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thant Zin Kyaw

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ymeen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Scott

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