Author: Neil Gaiman
Why did I read it? Well, I had listened to two other books by Neil Gaiman: one being a collaboration with Terry Pratchett, “Good Omens“; and the other being the 10th anniversary edition of “American Gods“, which I truly enjoyed. Given this was a selection of short stories, and prose, I thought it would be entertaining for my commute. And, so it was!
What’s it about? Bizarre tales, short stories, the odd poem, and, finally, a little epilogue to “American Gods“. A rather odd collection, though nicely set out, which I imagine can be dipped in an out of at random (if you have the hard copy, and aren’t listening to Neil Gaiman narrate them himself). Tales of mythical creatures, legends, and some snatched from fragments of folklore. Included are stories from Neil Gaiman‘s early writings revised, edited and included here; one is a birthday gift to his daughter; and each is a wonder tale.
What did I like? Every, single story, and poem. Really, I did! This collection kept me engaged, wanting to listen to every word, and not miss a moment. Neil Gaiman is a writer of the odd, the unusual, the supernatural, the other worlds and so his tales have twists not found in other stories, but once found in the myths of old.
There is a sense of humour to be found in the works, as well. Sometimes authors forget to include this in darker tales, but life, or indeed fantasy, is not just one dimensional – or shouldn’t be. Neil Gaiman incorporates the whole of life, death, and everything in between in these tales.
Neil Gaiman is also rather good at narrating his own work. This author knows how to bring a story to life, and doesn’t seem to falter in his delivery. It’s kind of refreshing to hear an author read his own words, even if you will never hear him do so live.
The audio version, provided by Audible, was clear, and without fault.
What didn’t I like? Nope. Can’t think of anything.
Would I recommend it? Oh yes! To anyone who has read Neil Gaiman‘s other works, or even those of Terry Pratchett. If you want to read something a little different, this is it. I’ll definitely be listening again.