Review – Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

 Title – Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

 Author – Neil Gaiman

 2015 – Short Stories

 Rating: 4/5

The Opening Line: Today I intended to begin to write.

The Story: This is actually a collection of short stories, poems, and other tidbits gathered from various collections and anthologies into one Gaiman collection.

What I Loved: Back when I read Ocean at the End of the Lane, I was struck by the beauty of Gaiman’s writing. His words and sentences were written well – what I read flowed fluidly off my tongue and transported me to a magical, mystical land of fantasy and adventure and wonder. His writing has a lyrical, musical flow and is breathtaking. I am beyond pleased to report that every single work in this collection is just as high-quality and beautiful. I also really like what Gaiman stated in his introduction – that he thinks all short story collections should have a theme and stick to one genre or style, but that this collection unapologetically breaks all those rules. The book really does have a little bit of everything – a set of stories based on answers to Twitter questions he posed, a Doctor Who tale, an original short story set in the world of American Gods. Each story was something new and different and wonderful.

What I Didn’t Love: As with any short story collection, there were pieces that I didn’t enjoy as much as others. His American Gods short story fell flat for me, possibly because I’ve never read the novel and have no context for a piece set in that universe. And I’m still not great with poetry, although I try, so it was hard to get into some of those.

Final Thoughts: Have I ever read anything by Gaiman that I haven’t loved? I’ve read his books for kids, I raved over Ocean, and heck, in the spirit of National Library Week, I’ve even been reading and rereading a quote attributed to him about how librarians would probably love to be appreciated in the form of chocolates or tea or reliable funding. The man just has a way with words, and is quite possibly one of my favorite authors.



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8 responses to “Review – Trigger Warning

  1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane was the first time I ever read anything by Neil Gaiman and while I thought it was just okay, there was enough there for me to want to explore his work some more. I like the sound of this collection because it sounds so eclectic and like the author’s trying to do something different for his fans. What’s another favourite Gaiman book for you?


    • I really like his stuff for kids. Fortunately, the Milk absolutely captivated me, and I also really liked Coraline and The Graveyard book. For adults, I haven’t read much of his work, but I did start Sandman at one point and was really intrigued. I need to get back to it.


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  3. I really need to read more of his books! I enjoyed American Gods and The Graveyard Book, but I didn’t love them and I feel like I really could love his work in other genres.


    • Have you read Ocean at the End of the Lane? It was also wonderful and magical and my gateway into loving his books! I also really enjoyed Fortunately, the Milk because I could see myself reading that to my kids someday.


      • No, but that and Stardust and Neverwhere are all on my to-read list! It sounds awesome, especially since I can’t get enough of magical realism.


        • I liked Stardust as well, but Ocean really made me appreciate magical realism in a new way. I also annoyed the crap out of my roomie while I was reading, because I would keep interrupting her reading to be all “Listen to this sentence! Isn’t this a beautiful, well-written sentence?”

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