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An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the world’s most beloved writers, chosen by those who know his work best: his devoted readers.  A brilliant representation of Gaiman's groundbreaking, entrancing, endlessly imaginative fiction, this captivating volume includes excerpts from each of his five novels for adults —Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—and nearly fifty of his short stories.  Impressive in its depth and range, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is both an entryway to Gaiman’s oeuvre and a literary trove Gaiman fans old and new will return to many times over.


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An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the An outstanding array—52 pieces in all—of selected fiction from the multiple-award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman, curated by his readers around the world, and introduced with a foreword by Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James Spanning Gaiman’s career to date, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is a captivating collection from one of the world’s most beloved writers, chosen by those who know his work best: his devoted readers.  A brilliant representation of Gaiman's groundbreaking, entrancing, endlessly imaginative fiction, this captivating volume includes excerpts from each of his five novels for adults —Neverwhere, Stardust, American Gods, Anansi Boys, and The Ocean at the End of the Lane—and nearly fifty of his short stories.  Impressive in its depth and range, The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction is both an entryway to Gaiman’s oeuvre and a literary trove Gaiman fans old and new will return to many times over.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Kayla Brown

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the e-ARC. Neil Gaiman is one of my all time favorite authors, and I was so excited to see what stories were going to be included in this collection. Including stories from the start of his career to some of his most recent, The Neil Gaiman Reader is a fantastic collection. Perfect for long time fans, who are familiar with is work or for someone picking up one of his stories for the very first time. The short stories included were selected by a vote f Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the e-ARC. Neil Gaiman is one of my all time favorite authors, and I was so excited to see what stories were going to be included in this collection. Including stories from the start of his career to some of his most recent, The Neil Gaiman Reader is a fantastic collection. Perfect for long time fans, who are familiar with is work or for someone picking up one of his stories for the very first time. The short stories included were selected by a vote from readers, meaning that there is a fantastic range of stories included. Also included are excerpts from five of Gaiman's novels,, perfect snippets of story to entice those who may not have read them and great reminders for those that have. The Neil Gaiman Reader is a collection of short stories not to be missed.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    I need this more than I think I've ever needed anything in my entire life.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    This is a hefty read, but it’s one that can be taken in bits and pieces, a short story here and a shorter one there. Every bit is wonderful, from Gaiman’s earliest works to those from the past few years. A few of them, such as “The Sleeper and the Spindle” and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” have grown into other forms beyond a short story, but they are absolutely fantastic in their original form. This collection is well suited for anyone from a Neil Gaiman novice to a reader who’s been follow This is a hefty read, but it’s one that can be taken in bits and pieces, a short story here and a shorter one there. Every bit is wonderful, from Gaiman’s earliest works to those from the past few years. A few of them, such as “The Sleeper and the Spindle” and “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” have grown into other forms beyond a short story, but they are absolutely fantastic in their original form. This collection is well suited for anyone from a Neil Gaiman novice to a reader who’s been following his entire career. Those already familiar with his work will be drawn into stories they already know and might find something they haven’t previously read. For the beginners, this hefty book will give representation of the multifaceted, often fantastical literature of Neil Gaiman. If nothing else, who doesn’t want a book with Neil Gaiman’s face on the cover on their coffee table?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Adam Di Filippe

    I received a free, advanced copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC. This is an enormous assortment of Neil Gaiman's writings dating from 1984 to 2018, including excerpts of five novels. Gaiman himself has said this is primarily intended as a sampler for readers who aren't familiar with his work. It seems like quite a hefty time investment for someone who just wants to try this Gaiman bloke people seem to like so much, but I hope it works. I think another audience is readers who want ready access to a number of Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC. This is an enormous assortment of Neil Gaiman's writings dating from 1984 to 2018, including excerpts of five novels. Gaiman himself has said this is primarily intended as a sampler for readers who aren't familiar with his work. It seems like quite a hefty time investment for someone who just wants to try this Gaiman bloke people seem to like so much, but I hope it works. I think another audience is readers who want ready access to a number of novellas published in anthologies. A third use is a doorstop or a method of squishing other things flat: at a hefty 750 pages, I'd only take it traveling if I had the e-version. Experiencing some of my favorite Gaiman short stories again was a true pleasure. "Chivalry" in particular one of my all-time favorites, though the short story collection it's from (Angels and Visitations) is out of print. Other favorites include "We Can Get Them for You Wholesale", "Snow, Glass, Apples", and "A Study in Emerald." A friend of mine maintains that Gaiman's true strength is as a short story writer, and experiencing the best of the best en masse was a delight. An obvious gap here is the lack of comics. Gaiman is the writer of the extraordinary and genre-breaking (and defining) series The Sandman, and it's such a shame that none of it makes an appearance here. I was also less enchanted with most of the novel excerpts. Picking a short section of a novel to entice someone to read the rest is a challenging thing to do. I think the Neverwhere excerpt works really well. However, the sections selected from American Gods seem disjointed: a short tale about the old Norse gods ending up in North America, and then a few scant pages about Shadow preparing for a spaghetti dinner. Including something about Shadow seems necessary given "Black Dog" and "The Monarch of the Glen", the two novellas that continue Shadow's story, are included here, but it doesn't flow well and I don't think it would be particularly enticing to a new reader. The intro to American Gods is so good that I wish it had been selected instead. Ditto about Stardust Nevertheless, such a treat to read!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sinclair Duncan-Mercer

    So nice having a collection of my favorite stories in one place! Just wish something from Sandman had been included!

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