This was my first Neil Gaiman book but won't be my last. What vivid pictures he writes. I feel like I dreamed the book. Crazy plot that's perfect, and the prose made me feel the story as if I were a child again. Sheer magic.
Another amazing story by Neil Gaiman, he makes a fantastic narrator and his stories are very imaginative! Love listening to his books while I run, he creates a world you can get lost in.
Aspiring author, classic literature scholar, fantasy and horror junkie, all wrapped up in a cute little package.
No one can tell a tale like Neil Gaiman; and this is no exception. This tale is told by the point of view of a man looking back on his childhood, and captures brilliantly innocence and imagination. Mr. Gaiman narrates the tale with a soothing thickly accented voice, and has brought more dimension to the characters by his retelling. I cannot recommend this enough, it is an instant classic.
The story was too short. But at the same time it was long enough. I wanted more from the story, but I am happy the author didn't start adding boring things to the story to make it longer. It was an odd story. Very wonderful, but I was not expecting it based on the description. I don't know. The one thing I have is that I couldn't really believe the age of the main character. The entire time, even though the narrator repeatedly mentioned that he was 7, I kept thinking of him as being 9 or 10 or maybe even 11. His character was just... not like any 7 year old I am familiar with. I don't know. I am happy to live with my delusion that he was 9-11 years old.
The one thing is that the story kept leaving questions in my mind. It was sometimes hard to follow. Like when characters switched and so forth. I don't know if it is the author's fault or the narrator (wait... the author is the narrator). Sometimes I wished I had had the book so I could read the written word to see what was being said.
OMG! Neil Gaiman, has a soothing voice. I love to hear him read. The story was as beautiful as a love story and as frightening as a mildly spooky book. I constantly wait for, "what's next?" And couldn't wait to find out. Wow!
I am a big NG fan, but I have avoided this book because it is relatively short (I like long, epic tales). I'm glad that I chose this book despite that.
The story itself is quite good, but the writing is that of a practiced master, and is wonderfully immersive. NG has also been doing a great job of narrating his work, which isn't always the best choice for some authors.
I enjoyed the imagery and the state of mind that I was put into by the way the story was told, which is exactly what I like when diving into a novel.
I highly recommend this book.
This is human and beautiful and brutal and magic and has tons of wisdom. I finished this yesterday and I am still broken by it. Broken in the best possible way, broken open, broken soft, broken into tears into pure joy. My other four on my top 5 is Crime and punishment, House of the spirits, Lolita and The world according to Garp. Right now this book is top.
To be a bit mysterious; this book is made from the stuff that brings things into existance. Pure life force (love)