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Title: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Reu on October 30, 2007, 10:52:33 pm
I'm in the middle of American Gods, and this book is fantastic!  I love the fact that it's combining mythologies and I've been able to recognize a few gods or two! :D

One of the reasons I'm enjoying this books is there are sentences and phrases that ring true and are so well written.  I wish I could write like that! I'd read some Sandman growing up, but I'm liking this book better. 

Anyone else a Gaiman fan, and if so, which would you recommend I read next?
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: celeber on October 31, 2007, 10:57:29 am
I'm reading this book right now. Well, I actually set it aside until I finish my beautiful arc of Iron Kissed.
I am not very far into the book but it is twisted, dark and full of myths and legends. I love it so far!
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on October 31, 2007, 07:38:42 pm
I haven't gotten into Gaiman except his graphics EXCEPT for the one he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett, 'Good Omens'.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Grey Drakkon on October 31, 2007, 08:53:44 pm
:: adores Gaiman ::  ^_^  Funny thing about American Gods, EVERY time I re-read that book, I meet someone who's been to the House on a Rock.  Very very strange effect.  o_O 
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: jenglows on December 17, 2007, 06:52:54 pm
American Gods is the only Gaiman book I've read and i really enjoyed it.  I keep thinking about picking up Good Omens because I really like Prachett, but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on December 17, 2007, 08:42:15 pm
Do.  Or, you might want to wait.  They're talking about a movie from it, and my advice with regard to those is that it's usually better to see the movie first, then the book expands what the movie showed you.  If you do it the other way around, the movie is usually a disappointment.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Cerulean on December 31, 2007, 04:53:30 pm
I've passed him by time and time again ... but I've just put American Gods up on my wishlist on paperbackswap.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Kaze on January 19, 2008, 10:01:10 am
I love this guy.  Stardust, Neverwhere and American Gods are incredible. 
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Grey Drakkon on January 19, 2008, 10:09:34 am
Yep, his imagery is amazing.  I wound up reading a sandman short story and afterwards I had trouble remembering that it wasn't a comic!
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Samtpfötchen on January 30, 2008, 03:35:57 am
Gaiman is definitely a very talented author. Beside Sandman he wrote a lot of other good comics too (Black Orchid, Books of Magic, Death: The High Cost of Living, Wolves in the Walls, .... to name just a few), made some Audio tapes of his work and wrote for the Movie business.

I can recommend reading Neverwhere. The book had this strange dreamlike experience to me, like "it cant be true, this is just fiction" but on the other hand I wasn't too sure that if I climbed an airplane and got out in London, I wouldn't find what was described in the book.
I think that this is something Gaiman's really good at: telling tales which on the surface seem like child tales, though if you give in to them you really enjoy discovering a whole new world. And while you're at it the idea of reading more about greek or egypt mythology becomes more and more interesting.

Anyway read Neverwhere. Or Stardust. Or Caroline. Or ...
Well you get my meaning. :)
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Grey Drakkon on January 30, 2008, 06:28:44 am
Or American Gods!   :D 
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Devstorm on May 04, 2008, 05:35:33 pm
I loved American Gods and intend to someday get Neverwhere. The man can write, bringing gods and legends to life in a way that makes them seem very...well, alive, even human.

I like the way he blends mythos and reality into a tale worth the reading. I definitely can recommend American Gods.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Gerd D. on May 05, 2008, 03:43:31 am
Neil Gaiman, I have to read his Stardust, the movie was wonderful. So far I think I only read Wolves in the Walls by him, which is a great story but with terrible artwork (well, with artwork that ain't to my liking anyways. :))

But whenever I read that name I have a Marvel moment (I think it was in one of the new Excalibur issues):
"Gayman? A superhero who's power...?"
It's a terrible joke, but I couldn't help laughing when I read that.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Gerd D. on May 20, 2008, 04:23:08 pm
I think that belongs in here for the Gaiman fans:

Free audio story written and read by himself clicky (http://www.harpercollinsebooks.com/F39D9E53-16D9-4E4B-8425-D05A8C58BCB0/10/125/en/Gaiman-download.htm)

50min./68mb !


A free Zombie short story:
http://www.tor.com/stories/2010/09/bitter-grounds
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: rox_squirrel on May 23, 2008, 05:52:58 pm
he came and gave a lecture at MIT today.  it was completely awesome and funny
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Carradee on December 04, 2008, 11:41:16 am
I preferred Stardust the movie over the book, actually.

But I recently read Neverwhere.  Though I won't call it a favorite, I definitely appreciate the techniques and development and it sticks with me.

Not sure who of my friends would like it, though, since I'm second to the most morbid, and Neverwhere creeped me out.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Litwolf on December 19, 2008, 07:50:27 am
The only thing Ive read by Neil Gaiman was Stardust and, having seen the movie first, I liked the film better (mostly because it seemed like the couple really loved each other and had a much more happily ever after than in the book).

Neil Gaiman is coming to my college this semester so I wanted to read more by him. Everyone I talk to says 'American Gods' without a second thought. Could some possibly give me a brief summary with few spoilers? All my friends have told me is that its about a guy who meets all these different gods.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Kate on December 19, 2008, 08:44:55 am
Well, first off, my number one Neil Gaiman recommendation is usually Good Omens, which he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett (who writes the Discworld books). It's a really awesome blending of their styles and I usually read it at least once a year, much to my husband's consternation, because I giggle my way through the entire book. Here's the Amazon description of it:

Pratchett (of Discworld fame) and Gaiman (of Sandman fame) may seem an unlikely combination, but the topic (Armageddon) of this fast-paced novel is old hat to both. Pratchett's wackiness collaborates with Gaiman's morbid humor; the result is a humanist delight to be savored and reread again and again. You see, there was a bit of a mixup when the Antichrist was born, due in part to the machinations of Crowley, who did not so much fall as saunter downwards, and in part to the mysterious ways as manifested in the form of a part-time rare book dealer, an angel named Aziraphale. Like top agents everywhere, they've long had more in common with each other than the sides they represent, or the conflict they are nominally engaged in. The only person who knows how it will all end is Agnes Nutter, a witch whose prophecies all come true, if one can only manage to decipher them. The minor characters along the way (Famine makes an appearance as diet crazes, no-calorie food and anorexia epidemics) are as much fun as the story as a whole, which adds up to one of those rare books which is enormous fun to read the first time, and the second time, and the third time...

I also think American Gods is brilliant, but it's a much denser kind of novel. I've read it a few times, and it always takes me several days to read it--which is not really a bad thing. :) Here's the Amazon description of it:

American Gods is Neil Gaiman's best and most ambitious novel yet, a scary, strange, and hallucinogenic road-trip story wrapped around a deep examination of the American spirit. Gaiman tackles everything from the onslaught of the information age to the meaning of death, but he doesn't sacrifice the razor-sharp plotting and narrative style he's been delivering since his Sandman days.

Shadow gets out of prison early when his wife is killed in a car crash. At a loss, he takes up with a mysterious character called Wednesday, who is much more than he appears. In fact, Wednesday is an old god, once known as Odin the All-father, who is roaming America rounding up his forgotten fellows in preparation for an epic battle against the upstart deities of the Internet, credit cards, television, and all that is wired. Shadow agrees to help Wednesday, and they whirl through a psycho-spiritual storm that becomes all too real in its manifestations. For instance, Shadow's dead wife Laura keeps showing up, and not just as a ghost--the difficulty of their continuing relationship is by turns grim and darkly funny, just like the rest of the book.

Armed only with some coin tricks and a sense of purpose, Shadow travels through, around, and underneath the visible surface of things, digging up all the powerful myths Americans brought with them in their journeys to this land as well as the ones that were already here. Shadow's road story is the heart of the novel, and it's here that Gaiman offers up the details that make this such a cinematic book--the distinctly American foods and diversions, the bizarre roadside attractions, the decrepit gods reduced to shell games and prostitution. "This is a bad land for Gods," says Shadow.

More than a tourist in America, but not a native, Neil Gaiman offers an outside-in and inside-out perspective on the soul and spirituality of the country--our obsessions with money and power, our jumbled religious heritage and its societal outcomes, and the millennial decisions we face about what's real and what's not.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: rox_squirrel on December 19, 2008, 09:41:15 am
I think Caroline is being made into a movie  :)
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Litwolf on February 08, 2009, 06:46:52 am
Kate > Thanks for the summary of American Gods. Ill definitely borrow it from a friend at some point.

But I did get to read Coraline before going to see the movie! Oh my gosh, the book was fantastic and the movie was as well! I loved every minute of it!
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Talyn on April 17, 2009, 09:32:59 am
I just recently finished American Gods, and I agree with Kate it is a very good book. I also have Good Omens, which I also think is immensely satisfying.

It is hard to explain, but I had this feeling of intense satisfaction after finishing both books that I don't get very often. The books ended and I was satisfied with the ending, there doesn't need to be a sequel or a prequel the book stands on it's own and you don't need more. Your just happy with the ending.

Maybe it is just me, but this author write very well and I will be buying more of his books in the future.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: ElefiNecol on April 17, 2009, 09:35:59 am
If you haven't read it yet; The Graveyard Book was fantastic!  http://www.thegraveyardbook.com/ (http://www.thegraveyardbook.com/)
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Talisman Maker on April 17, 2009, 09:39:08 am
really?  I find him unsatisfying.  I have read good omens, which was OK, but not thrilling.  I read neverwhere, which I LOVED, but no one else has read or heard of it.  I just finished Stardust which I thought was very obvious and I almost dropped it a few times.  

I have american gods and I am planning on reading that in the future, but if I don't like that one, I think I'll stop reading him.  To each his own.  
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Kate on April 17, 2009, 11:46:24 am
talisman--I really enjoyed Neverwhere. I loved the way he incorporated the surreal into our "real" world.

For all those who liked American Gods, you should pick up Anansi Boys, which uses a few of the same characters. :)
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Letitia on March 15, 2010, 12:15:51 pm
Do.  Or, you might want to wait.  They're talking about a movie from it, and my advice with regard to those is that it's usually better to see the movie first, then the book expands what the movie showed you.  If you do it the other way around, the movie is usually a disappointment.

Ah! I know this is over two years over due - but that is my philosophy as well! I still haven't read the last Harry Potter because I don't want to dislike the movies. My sister-in-law, and many others, think I'm crazy for wanting to wait.

Anywho, I enjoyed Stardust. Good story. It was pretty neat to see a minor character with my name! That never happens.

Neverwhere was... Odd. Interesting. I enjoyed it, but it is a strange story. The BBC series was not very good. It didn't translate to screen very well.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Brittany on July 26, 2010, 11:13:40 am
I've read American Gods (loved it!) and I just bought Neverwhere the other day. I've heard it's good (and odd), so I'm hoping I'll enjoy it. I don't have many friends that reads his books, so I'm sure I'll be here posting about Neverwhere as soon as I finish it. :D
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Rob on May 04, 2011, 10:53:14 am
*gets out map of Minnesota......*  I am going hunting for a certain politician......the Union wants to 'have a word' with him......

http://blastr.com/2011/05/politician-attacks-neil-g.php
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on May 04, 2011, 10:59:42 am
Education would be good...
And we must be sure to ban that name-caller from Hurog.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Rob on August 29, 2011, 09:55:53 am
For Neil Gaiman fans.....

Neil recently married musician, Amanda Palmer........before that, for his birthday, Amanda arranged a quirky 'flash mob' wedding in New Orleans, as a surprise for Neil for his birthday....

photos were taken by their friend, Kyle Cassidy (a photographer who is from my neck of the woods, Philly)

http://www.kylecassidy.com/pix/travel/2010/nfgafpnola/afp-nfg-wedding-album-1.pdf
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Varg on August 29, 2011, 10:15:43 am
fun :)
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: JulieP on September 26, 2011, 05:56:04 pm
I didn't love Good Omens, but, I didn't like the Hitchhiker books either and it reminded me of them.  Its just not my type. I did love Neverwhere(probably my favorite) Anansi boys, Stardust and American Gods.  He is an excellent writer, more of real literature than I usually read these days.  His books are like a great big steak and take a while to digest.  Mostly I read twinkies for the sheer escapism these days.   :D
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on September 26, 2011, 06:04:27 pm
I hear you on that, Julie P!  I haven't really made it through any of his actual novels except Good Omens, which was more Pratchett to me.  I have read some of his graphic stuff, but the classic novel type stuff - nope.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on November 10, 2012, 01:21:52 pm
It's his birthday, & his assistant wrote him an open letter that's pretty cool:
http://kittysneverwear.blogspot.com/2012/11/an-open-letter-to-my-bossfriend-on-his.html
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on January 09, 2013, 11:15:51 pm
"Pitch" animation of his story "The Price": http://vimeo.com/56573423
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on June 16, 2014, 10:25:32 pm
http://io9.com/how-i-turned-neil-gaiman-into-a-fictional-character-for-1591547733
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Varg on June 18, 2014, 07:55:22 am
Interesting!
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on June 18, 2014, 09:54:13 am
There's also a collection out with his first new "Neverwhere" story, about the Marquis of Carabas (the puss in boots story).
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on February 14, 2018, 10:00:55 am
http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2006/02/small-valentines-day-poem.html?m=1

I don't know if y'all knew, but besides the American Gods adaptation series on US TV, he's show runner for a 6 part adaptation of Good Omens (with bonus material!) filming now in South Africa, and starring, among others, David Tennant.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Grandpappy Wycked on February 15, 2018, 08:17:26 pm
http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2006/02/small-valentines-day-poem.html?m=1

I don't know if y'all knew, but besides the American Gods adaptation series on US TV, he's show runner for a 6 part adaptation of Good Omens (with bonus material!) filming now in South Africa, and starring, among others, David Tennant.

Good Omens was done in partnership with Terry Pratchett for those who were not aware.
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on October 04, 2018, 07:31:18 pm
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bohi9uXFnx6/?utm_source=ig_twitter_share&igshid=1978cn9bddiua
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: pondhawk on October 05, 2018, 06:27:01 am
 LOL
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on February 18, 2019, 01:04:24 pm
https://screenrant.com/good-omens-tv-show-book-changes-nycc/
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: pondhawk on February 19, 2019, 07:33:54 am
Cool!
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on March 13, 2019, 06:55:03 pm
https://decider.com/2019/03/13/neil-gaiman-interview-american-gods-good-omens/?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=SocialFlow&utm_source=DeciderTwitter
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: pondhawk on March 14, 2019, 07:14:37 am
 :D
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Zealith on April 27, 2019, 03:58:16 pm
A teaser for Good Omens:

http://epicstream.com/news/NobelleBorines/Neil-Gaimans-Good-Omens-Unleashes-Awesome-Chattering-Order-of-St-Beryl-Music-Video?utm_content=bufferb1d92&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=epicbuffer&fbclid=IwAR1A5YovtnIQf6DYQUBvjLAcLWv7xFSs7JEY6lm5tqi3U4p6NxxIRgNFwyg (http://epicstream.com/news/NobelleBorines/Neil-Gaimans-Good-Omens-Unleashes-Awesome-Chattering-Order-of-St-Beryl-Music-Video?utm_content=bufferb1d92&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=epicbuffer&fbclid=IwAR1A5YovtnIQf6DYQUBvjLAcLWv7xFSs7JEY6lm5tqi3U4p6NxxIRgNFwyg)
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on June 03, 2019, 05:56:51 pm
https://theportalist.com/neil-gaiman-books?src=port-nl&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=The%20Portalist%20Weekly%20Monday%20Newsletter%202019-06-03&utm_term=The%20Alt

I've watched all 6 episodes of "Good Omens", and while I missed my favorite line, many another made it into the show, including the lemon sweet in the nuclear plant.


https://www.gq.com/story/neil-gaiman-interview?utm_social-type=owned&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&mbid=social_twitter&utm_brand=gq
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: pondhawk on June 04, 2019, 02:40:37 pm
"I will pay my own airfare to be in South Africa in three days to be in Good Omens."

 LOL  LOL  LOL
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on July 11, 2019, 06:59:53 am
teaboot:

    teaboot:

        I’ve been watching Good Omens for ’ll of about ten minutes and I have to say, I do like the poetry between hell’s most angelic demon and heaven’s most demonic angel coexisting

    Through watching the rest of the show I went from “worst demon and worst angel- a demon that is too kind and an angel that is too hedonistic”, to “best demon and best angel- a demon so rebellious he can’t even cooperate with the rebellion and an angel so angelic he was ordered to love humanity and now refuses to stop”, and having finished, now, I’ve found myself resting on “two beings who are in fact very very human and love each other very much”

(via ilikesallydonovan)
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: pondhawk on July 11, 2019, 04:59:40 pm
 :D
Title: Re: Neil Gaiman
Post by: Patti L. on September 07, 2019, 10:06:56 am
@lartist
Cartoon time: Good Omens fan art. WB edition :) Enjoy!

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ED01WAqXkAErl6a?format=jpg&name=small)

Bloody perfect.