Neil Gaiman For Free

Harper Collin’s is making an electronic version of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods available for free for a limited time. A poll was taken on Mr. Gaiman’s website as to which book should be made available, and American Gods won. It is a great book, so I have included the link below.

It is a fairly lengthy book, so if you are like me, you won’t be into reading the entire thing electronically. But at least this will give you a really good taste of it and let you know if you want to buy it.

Coraline – Neil Gaiman

Still on my Neil Gaiman kick, I picked up Coraline from the local library. My daughter laughed at me and said that some of her friends at school had read it. For what it’s worth, I have no problem reading “young adult” books and told her as much. She shrugged saying that at least her friends had said it was a good book.

Coraline is a short book of about 160 pages and is a very quick read. Originally written for Gaiman’s daughters, it is the story of a young girl who feels bored and unappreciated in her home and end up finding herself in adventure on “the other side” that will not only bring her some excitement but also give her self image some definition.

As for a review? Good book. Definitely dark and maybe a little too dark for those under say, 11? Over that age there should be no problem at all with the imagery and action. It may even be ok for kids under that age since there is no outright blood, gore, abuse, etc… But, if the young adult in question already has a fear of what is under the bed or in the closet, this book will only make that fear worse. Oddly enough I watched the movie “Bridge to Terabithia” last night with my kids and wife. The movie was certainly more disturbing than this book. By a long shot.

On a side note there is a movie adaption of Coraline coming out soon. Gaiman posted a like to a video of the trailer which is up on YouTube so check it out here.

Do Yourself A Favor

OK, total change of gears here. If you haven’t already, and if you are into quality reading at all, you need to pick up something by Neil Gaiman. Niel Gaiman is the mind behind the recent movies “Stardust” and “Beowulf“. He is also the author of such great books as Neverwhere: A Novel, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, and American Gods: A Novel.

Neil Gaiman American GodsI have been on something of a Gaiman kick recently. I have read two of his book and am into a third with a fourth waiting. I have also watched “Stardust” as well as the two DVD set of the BBC mini-series of Neverwhere, and the movie “Mirrormask” that he did with Henson Studios. (Side note, Jim Henson is one of my all time heroes.) I think there was something else in there as well, but I can’t remember what. simply put, Gaiman’s combination of vivid imagination, humor, and keen human insight have me hooked. As soon as I get a chance I am also going to go back and try to get the graphic novel series of The Absolute Sandman, Vol. 2.

Trust me, if you haven’t seen or read any of these check them out. Get them from your local library, order them from Amazon, or support your local book and video store. Whatever you do, just give them a try. And please, let me know what you think of Gaiman’s stuff. I sure hope I am not the only one who thinks this is the best stuff I have come across in years.