The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

In typical Gaiman fashion, this story draws you by both making you feel a part of the story but also leaving mystery and the unknown to play their roles. Gaiman never comes across as trying too hard to make everything fit together perfectly in a technical world building exercise. Instead he draws you in through his characters and the way they see the world; the way the world feels, and looks and works to them. He is not trying to explain the world but show you the world through another set of...

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The Children of Odin – The Book of Northern Myths

As regular readers of this blog will know, I have developed a keen interest in myths and fairy tales.  Natural I suppose with my history background as myths are the past handed down in storytelling form; not in the modern sense of history but as art with seeds of the past embedded. I have explored myths in non-fiction and fiction and have dipped into some young adult versions as well.  When I was looking into Odd and the Frost Giants I stumbled upon The Children of Odin by Padraic Colum. ...

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Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman

I have become something of a Neil Gaiman fan.  Not an acolyte of anything, but I do enjoy checking out his latest project.  So when I spotted Odd and the Frost Giants at the library I quickly added to the pile.  After all, it fit right into my recent children’s and young adult kick. Rather than stealing PW’s plot summary, how about we have Neil himself introduce the book? I can’t get away, however, without a quote from School Libary Journal, as I like their description of...

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Neil Gaiman on Meet the Writers

I admit I came late to the Neil Gaiman bandwagon, but I am a fan.  So I was interested to find this Barnes and Noble Meet the Writers video.  In it Steve Bertrand talks with the bestselling author of fantastical books like Coraline and The Graveyard Book about inspiration, motivation, and taking a long time to write.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Having become something of a Neil Gaiman fan and given my interest in young adult fiction – particularly with a fantasy bent – The Graveyard Book seemed like a natural fit.  Here is the teaser: Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and...

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