I am a fan, so I had a positive bias going into this book. I was not disappointed. The mixture of stories, snippets and poems was eclectic and entertaining. They all shone with Mr. Gaimans rich descriptions, and were easy to visualize. The only retraction is the authors tendency to drop into a 'singsong' cadence occasionally.
Not bad, but I didn't care for the majority of the short stories. Some may enjoy it more than I.
As much as I like Gaiman, I think this book is better read than listened to. I was downright confused during some of the stories, and I think this was a result of not having the form in front of my eyes. Nevertheless, there are some fine takes herein. I would just recommend reading them.
As much as I love Neil Gaiman books, this was so disappointing. I finally gave up and couldn't finish it. When a lead character said he only had sex with children, that did it for me. Too disgusting.
Willy Wonka of it
Firstly, this thing starts off with a half an hour intro where Neil Gaiman gives background on every story to come. Not only does this get very boring after a while because you have no idea what stories he's talking about (not having heard them yet), but you also end up forgetting about the intro/explanation by the time you DO get to the stories. Not a great way to start.
The stories themselves are what seem to be a mixture of poetry, short stories and longer short stories. It can sometimes be very confusing when you shift to a new story, especially toward the middle where there seems to be paragraph-long stories back to back (are they connected? I have no idea).
There are some real gems in here, but the overall feeling is that they get lost in the shuffle. I realize it's a collection/compilation, so that's the best place to just dump every thing, but many of these stories were better left untold IMO.
Good group of stories by Gaiman. A very fun novella that picks up at the end of American Gods. To be fair, there were a few stories that I found myself getting rather bored with and easily distracted while listening to them. All told, if you like Gaiman you'll enjoy this book.
Yes. It is written and read by Neil Gaiman.
his melodious voice
I'm a huge fan of Neil Gaiman. There is a book of his that I won't read.