Thoughts on Neil Gaiman?
I like his writing a lot, though sometimes I feel it's hard to get into originally. Overall he has a great sense of imagination and the ability to describe things of a fantastical nature pretty effortlessly, with that sort of fairytale atmosphere that really draw you in.
I only wish he had a more engaging story to show to people who aren't quite as interested in fantasy to get them into his writing.
I read American Gods a few years ago, I thought it wasn't that great and far from the diverse and enthralling mythical journey that I was expecting. Perhaps I didn't approach it with the right expectations.
>tfw 12 year old reading the Djinni gay blowjob scene and failing to realize it was sexual
>tfw read The Portrait of Dorian Grey and didn't notice any homoerotic subtext
wtf I thought reading was supposed to make me see sex everywhere not become even more obliviously autistic
that's literally the first book he tried writing and it was based on a tv show script, not really indicative
honestly his graphic novels are light-years ahead of his novels Sandman and Coraline in particular.
>read American Gods
>MC is named "Shadow Moon"
Ocean at the End of the Lane was great.
>nothing /fantastic/ actually happens by the way. the protogonist was abused as a child so he rewrote his memory to escape his shitty life and the fact that his best friend died
The Sandman is his masterpiece, which makes reading his other work only an exercise in disappointment. And I read American Gods before it, and really did feel it was retroactively much weaker.
I've only read his comics and short stories which are cool
I should try his novels at some point but his writing isn't I don't know, punchy, enough for the subject matter as far as my tastes go.
>that's literally the first book he tried writing and it was based on a tv show script, not really indicative
I'm not buying this, especially since Neverwhere is rated higher than his other novels on goodreads.
Got this for my birthday a few days ago. It's not amazing but I like it, it's a comfy read and I knew beforehand that it's suppose to be meandering
i have to admit that Sandman was pretty based.. but, wow, i get tired of glitter. fairy-dust. some people refer to it as "woo" - where they throw in a term that is supposed to automatically convey a sense of mystery and rapt awe. like Sagan staring into the sky, muttering "billions and billions".
also if i see another character that is a crusty Londoner wif a shabby bowler hat and fingerless gloves named something like Mr Farty or Mr Pissey i will punch someone.
probably Mr Farty.
Oh you are talking about Hold Me. That was great.
Also his short children stories like the Day I Swapped My Dad for 2 Goldfish; Wolves in the Wall are stories that made me giggle.
American Gods felt mediocre though : \
i started american gods optimistically, since i like sandman so much, but barely made it through the first chapter. it read like it was written by a talented but raw 15 year old trying too hard to prove he's not a kid anymore.
I was about to make this exact thread, wtf
I can't imagine collaborating with Pratchett was a fun gig, and Neil is not the type to clash heads with someone.
Neil even made how angry and opinionated Pratchett was the focus of the remembrance piece he wrote about him.
I posted this in another thread, but since there's a Gaiman thread I'll post it here instead
>look up/buy book I'm interested in
>Gaiman quote on the cover recommending it, sometimes even a foreward.
Motherfucker is well read at least.
But yeah, I would day that he's kind of hit or miss, but I like him. I think his comic output is more consistently good than his novels. Sandman is legitimately still one of the best things I've ever read though, so he'll always get a pass in my mind for that.
Gonna read Trigger Warning soon, I think he does better with short stories than full novels so I expect it to be good.
I don't want to commit myself to reading American Gods so can someone explain it to me?
The idea is that the Old Gods slowly retreated from the world because (wo)man released all the evils in the world and they needed to slowly retreat from the world. Typically in poems and stories the coming of the old pagan Gods back into the earth was supposed to usher in an era of goodness and paradise. It's even many church hymns. But in this that doesn't happen at all. Is this a purposeful reversal of the old poetic expectations or is he just ignorant of all of that and simply wanted to make Percy Jackson fanfic?
Neil's ok. He's one of the few contemporary genre writers I can stand so he must be doing something right. His descriptions are usually pretty damn good but his prose goes full retard sometimes.
I read American Gods in an afternoon and wasn't particularly impressed by it. That put me off reading any of his other novels. While I'm not a comic book fan I'd like to run through the Sandman series at some point.
As for the man himself, he always comes across as exceedingly smug when I see him in interviews. A smugness that I don't believe is entirely earned. But then again I am far from an expert.
He's a good writer, readable and droll, but he'll never be great because he accepts his influences too easily, and is too comfortable while being infatuated with books. His stuff will always be quotation, derivation, or imitation.