Hi! This is Amanda and I’m excited to tell you about my favorite author, Neil Gaiman.
Neil Gaiman is a British author, who now lives in the United States. He started his career as a journalist, then comics and graphic novels, novels, short stories, and scripts for film and television. He’s also an avid reader and describes himself as a “feral child who was raised in libraries.”
“I wouldn’t be who I am without libraries. I was the sort of kid who devoured books, and my happiest times as a boy were when I persuaded my parents to drop me off in the local library on their way to work, and I spent the day there. I discovered that librarians actually want to help you: they taught me about interlibrary loans.
Gaiman’s work generally tends toward science fiction and fantasy, though his most successful work is fantasy set in our own world, just with magic and unknown creatures. My personal favorite is Neverwhere, which is set in the London Underground where an entirely new world, unknown to us normal people, exists with angels, beasts, ancient assassins, and so much more. It’s a thrilling tale even if you’re not familiar with the London subway system. You can check it out from the WRLC. There is also a TV miniseries and a radio adaptation of this fascinating story.
Here at the Trinity DC Library, the only Neil Gaiman book we currently have is The Graveyard Book. Loosely patterned by Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, this novel is the tale of a human boy raised by ghosts. I know, from recent personal experience, it’s the perfect book to read out loud next to a campfire. You can find it in Juvenile books collection. A film adaptation is underway. You can also have Neil read it to you himself, in its entirety, by going to to this website, full of clips from his book tour.
You might also enjoy his short stories, good for when you only have a few minutes. It may be somewhat morbid of me, but one of my favorites is “We Can Get Them For You Wholesale”, about bargain happy hitmen, which actually made me giggle at the end. You can find it in his collection Smoke and Mirrors from the WRLC or read it here.
If you’re into graphic novels, be sure to check out the Sandman series. He also has written many books for kids including The Wolves in the Walls, The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish, and his most recent children’s book Chu’s Day. A full bibliography of Mr. Gaiman’s works can be found here. His most recent work is The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which you can also request from the WRLC. I’m about four chapters in and loving it so far!
More about Neil Gaiman – http://www.neilgaiman.com/p/About_Neil/Biography
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Twitter – https://twitter.com/neilhimself