Sunday, April 11, 2010

An affinity for Neil Gaiman.

Ah yes...Neil Gaiman.

One of my favorite authors of all time, and a looker if I do say so myself! Look at those eyes....

Also, I am a sucker for his accent. Yes, sadly, I fall into the category of girls smitten with accents. I suppose it comes from not having one that I can genuinely hear myself.

But what I love most about Neil, is his writing!

He writes novels that make me think, shiver, laugh, cringe, and so much more. Today I am going to share with you my top three favorite novels from him of all time, and hopefully spark some love in you too! Perhaps you'll find you have an affinity for him as well.

Neverwhere
By far, my number one favorite book from him is Neverwhere!

From Goodreads: When Richard Mayhew stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere.

Drifting with the characters through the seedy underbelly of London fascinated me! This dark, urban fantasy holds you by the hand and pulls you along until you find yourself reading until 3am on a day you know you have to get up early. The pace of this novel is very even, very television series, and that is what I loved about it. There wasn't really I a time that I was bored, or waiting for something exciting to happen. Some people love to hate this novel, after all it was Neil Gaiman's first novel on his own. I for one, fall into the love category! If you don't mind some graphic descriptions of violence, give this book a try!

Note: This book is also a wonderful graphic novel so if you find yourself unable to read it, or just prefer to read graphic novels, pick that up instead/as well!




Stardust
My second favorite by far? Stardust. Plain and simple.

From Goodreads: From the extraordinary imagination of Neil Gaiman -- bestselling author of Neverwhere -- comes a haunting fable of love, duty and magical lands.


Okay so not the best description...how do I inspire your love of this book? Well, it has love to be sure! If you are a reader of all things romance, you will find some happiness in this book. For those of you who read fantasy, YUP! Stardust is fantasy packed, cover to cover. This book is all about the land of Faerie and its inhabitants. I won't write too much because I don't want to ruin the plot, but women falling from the stars, epic journeys, it's all there.


Note: Yes, this is also a movie! I loved the movie as much as the book and highly recommend it. I would even go so far as to say that the movie might possibly be better...tell me what you think if you read/watch!




Coraline
It's CORALINE, not CAROLINE. Mmmhmm, number three.

From Goodreads: Coraline lives with her preoccupied parents in part of a huge old house--a house so huge that other people live in it, too... round, old former actresses Miss Spink and Miss Forcible and their aging Highland terriers ("We trod the boards, luvvy") and the mustachioed old man under the roof ("'The reason you cannot see the mouse circus,' said the man upstairs, 'is that the mice are not yet ready and rehearsed.'") Coraline contents herself for weeks with exploring the vast garden and grounds. But with a little rain she becomes bored--so bored that she begins to count everything blue (153), the windows (21), and the doors (14). And it is the 14th door that--sometimes blocked with a wall of bricks--opens up for Coraline into an entirely alternate universe. Now, if you're thinking fondly of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe or Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, you're on the wrong track. Neil Gaiman's Coraline is far darker, far stranger, playing on our deepest fears. And, like Roald Dahl's work, it is delicious.

Ahem...Goodreads people, why such a long description for this one and nothing for Stardust? Sadness. Anyhow yes I adore this book! For those of you who have not yet devoured it, why not? Weighing in at a meer 162 pages, this is the type of book that you can devour in one sitting for sure. What I love so much about Coraline is the darkness of it. A fairy tale feeling, but completed with a eerie backdrop! Is this a kid's book? Well...yes and no. I have faith that my mother would have let me read this as a kid, and I will let my kids read it when they ask. It takes me back to the cautionary fairy tales of old.

Note: Yes, this is a movie as well and a great one at that! If you are going to watch Coraline, please I beg you, see it on Blu-Ray. Please.


So there you have it! My love...my author...Neil Gaiman.
I profess 1000 times my fangirl crush on this lovely author.

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