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This is a brief discussion of Neil Gaiman and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Gaiman.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Gaiman: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)
I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Gaiman tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Gaiman worthy; in sum, to help you rank Neil Gaiman (and the works by Gaiman listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.
A Few Words About Neil Gaiman
Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed
farther down this page.
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Other Neil Gaiman Resources
Neil Gaiman Resources on the Web
As with most contemporary writers, Gaiman maintains his own official web site: Neil Gaiman; also as
with many, he has, in addition, a blog. But he goes one step farther: he also has, as a
separate site, an "official" Online Bookstore. And the lad doesn't miss a trick: beyond even those,
there are a Gaiman wiki site and the "official" UK publisher's website for Gaiman. (Are there any unofficial versions of any of those "official" sites? One wonders, but one
doubts.) Anyway, as wossnose used to say, "Fascinating." (Oh, and there's also a Neil Gaiman Message Board, too, though whether it's also "official" I couldn't say.)
There is at least one fan site: Referencing the Magian (but it's
stale--last updated 2001).
Beyond Gaiman's own corral, there are numerous pages, but curiously few have much to say in the way of analysis, criticism, or appreciation: they are almost all news about Gaiman's
numerous ventures (books, "graphic novels", movie scripts, and so on); interviews that tend, again, to focus on events not analysis; and other "famous for being famous" sorts of stuff. A
good summary of all that sort of thing is available at Mahalo. Also, the Neil Gaiman Visual Bibliography covers a lot of ground--more than just the obvious
Of actual critical analysis, the available pages seem chiefly these: Neil Gaiman, Introduction in Contemporary Literary Criticism at eNotes (which has a useful drop-down list of further critical articles);
and A Neil Gaiman Review by "Eva" at A Striped
Armchair. There is also "Signifying in Comic Books: Neil Gaiman's The Sandman", a 1999
Master's Thesis by Michael Niederhausen; while its focus, comics, is for us here off-center, it's still useful.
For those who want to explore the myriad of one-off individual book reviews, Google Is Your Friend--in fact, here's a friendly Google search link for the purpose.
And, as might be expected, quite a few interviews--in fact, there are tons, so many that I gave up listing them individually, and instead just give you this link to a Google search on "Neil Gaiman interview"; do have fun.
Neil Gaiman Resources in Print
There are several, including at least:
Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman, by Hank Wagner, Christopher Golden, and Stephen R. Bissette
The Neil Gaiman Reader, Darrell Schweitzer, editor
Hanging Out With the Dream King: Interviews with Neil Gaiman and His Collaborators, Joe McCabe, editor
Neil Gaiman's The Sandman and Joseph Campbell: In Search of the Modern Myth, by Stephen Rauch
Neil Gaiman on His Work and Career, by Bill Baker
Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by Neil Gaiman **
(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)
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