Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things--which includes a never-before-published American Gods story, "Black Dog", written exclusively for this volume.
In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction--stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013--as well as "Black Dog", a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.
Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghost stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In "Adventure Story"--a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane--Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience "A Calendar of Tales" are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year--stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother's Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale "The Case of Death and Honey". And "Click-Clack the Rattlebag" explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we're all alone in the darkness.
Full of wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.
©2015 Neil Gaiman (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
"Not every author is also a talented narrator, but Neil Gaiman is succeeding at mastering the art. It's a pleasure to listen to him deliver his new collection of short stories. He's clearly enjoying himself, and listeners will be carried along with his good cheer." (AudioFile)
I am not a patient reader or listener, and have to have an author that captures my attention quickly and maintains it throughout the novel. Neil Gaiman has not always been that author for me, although I have always thought his writing was above average. I just wasn't a huge fan.
I am a fan now.
I had previously read a Novella by Gaiman, but had not experienced his writing in the short story genre. Each story in this collection held my attention. The original storylines drew me in, and his narration of them was just as engaging. When the last story ended, I was waiting for the next one to begin, and was truly disappointed.
If you are a Dr. Who fan , "Nothing O'clock" is probably going to come in as a contender for first place. Lunar Labyrinth had excellent visual descriptions. It was which was the perfect mix of a little strange, a little creepy, and a little quirky.. three of my favorite ingredients in fiction. He narrated multiple characters in this selection especially well, and nailed their personalities. He is one of the few authors who can pull narrating his own work.
It is great when an author that the world adores puts a book in your lap that makes you suddenly feel like you are part the mainstream... a member of the club... one of the crowd. This Gaiman novel did that for me. It's the one I will be referring to when I say, " Neil Gaiman is the author of my favorite short story collection."
I really enjoyed some of the stories, but was pretty bored by others. Be forewarned that a number of stories appear in other collections of Neil Gaiman's. Last story, "The Black Dog" is the best one that I had not heard before. Full of the mysterious otherworldliness that Gaiman is best known for.
I would recommend either skipping the first section which tells about the origins of each story, or waiting until you have completed the book before listening to that section.
Trigger warning sadly doesn't reach into my top ten short story collections. There is something lacking throughout. The stories don't feel complete and many of them not quite compelling. There are a handful that are great. Especially the Dr. Who one and the Sherlock Holmes story.
The narration is great but overall is on the bottom of his books, not that it's bad but I am spoiled by reading many of his other stories.
Trigger Warning is great from a listening perspective. Neil Gaiman reads the book and he has a wonderful reading voice.
This book was good, but I feel like in comparison with his other short story books this one wasn't that scary. All of the stories left me thinking and most I had to listen to more than once to really get them. But when it comes down to it, I feel like Fragile Things was scarier and darker.
The Dr. Who story was the scariest, I think. I also loved the final story and the return of Shadow.
The Kin in the Dr. Who story stuck with me the most.
I like the long stories best. Truth is a cave in a dark mountain, Sherlock Holmes story and the shadow story.hearing the story about shadow was like reuniting with an old friend. I have missed him since I read American gods.
From one story to the next, each story I listened to became my new favorite. It's fantastic.
I'm starting to listen again. I Will narrow it down....maybe
Retired teacher and interpreter. I read classic and contemporary fiction, as well as Mystery/Suspense/Horror, Fantasy&Sci-fi.
A wonderful collection of short stories by my favorite author! Absolutely delightfully creepy and clever little tales which you will be thinking about long after you finish the book.
Don't usually like short stories but this is an excellent collection by one of my favorite authors. It helps that the subjects of the stories revolve around my my favorite obsessions like Scotland, Sherlock and Doctor Who. Narrated by the author who has a soothing, lovely voice. Highly recommended.
Listened straight through
What an imagination
I cant think of anyone who could narrate his work as well as he does
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