By Neil Gaiman
Paperback, 308 pages
2015, William Morrow
I received this book for free from LibraryThing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.
This is a collection of “short fictions and disturbances” from Gaiman. All stories are a little spooky, creepy, unsettling or magical in some way. It features The Sleeper and the Spindle, as well as stories that contain familiar characters, like Shadow from American Gods and even the Eleventh Doctor.
Short story collections are always hard for me to judge. It’s hard to give an overall judgement when each story can be so different. Some I really loved, some were alright, others didn’t impress me, and I didn’t understand the poetry. But it’s safe to say, overall, I enjoyed this book and I’m glad I own it. I loved the magical elements and the overall creep-factor of most of the stories. I also liked that he put the intros for the stories in the beginning of the book, as their own section. I chose to read each intro before it’s respective story, but it gives readers the option to read them all at once if they choose.
My favorites were:
Orange – a story in the form of a government questionnaire file
A Calendar of Tales – a short story for each month of the year, with my favorite being the story for October which features a genie and was quite sweet (and was possibly my favorite tale in the whole book)
The Case of Death and Honey – a semi-supernatural take on Sherlock Holmes
Click-Clack the Rattlebag – a short but incredibly creepy tale (and was probably my second favorite tale)
Nothing O’Clock – a story with Amy and the Eleventh Doctor, which I found to be more entertaining than any episode featuring those two
The Sleeper and the Spindle – Gaiman’s take on Sleeping Beauty
I really don’t have any major complaints – I’ve never cared for poetry, so the few poems he included really did nothing for me (mostly I finished the with “I don’t get it”), but that’s nothing against Gaiman.
Fans of Gaiman will want to add this to their collection. If you’re new to his work and looking for a good sample with a darker focus, check this out.