Title – Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Author – Neil Gaiman
2015 – Short Stories
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.