Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author 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 “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 ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fable-ism 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.
A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. 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.
He makes things up and writes them down. Which takes us from comics, (like SANDMAN) to novels, (like ANANSI BOYS and AMERICAN GODS) to short stories, (some are collected in SMOKE AND MIRRORS) and to occasionally movies, (like Dave McKean's MIRRORMASK or the NEVERWHERE TV series, or his own short film, A SHORT FILM ABOUT JOHN BOLTON).
In his spare time he reads, sleep, eats and tries to keep the blog at www.neilgaiman.com more or less up to date.
My review for short story, How To Talk To Girls At Parties
My review for The Ocean at the End of the Lane
My review for The Last Temptation
Each story is so different and has a touch of magic about it. The thing with short story anthologies is that you probably are not going to love every single one of them. I liked the majority, but there was a couple that stood out for awesomeness and a couple that flopped for me. Overall though, it was pretty good and exactly what I expect from a mastermind writer.
I really loved, A Calendar of Tales. It was a collection of monthly vignettes within this anthology, so picture it as a set of short stories within a short story. It was epic too! September and October were what stood out with me, and those two monthly vignettes alone I would recommend you read this book for. They were THAT good. I also loved, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains and The Sleeper and The Spindle. Ironically, even with the love of poetry I have, the stories written in prose I only liked one. I guess it just isn't something I am into. Yeah, shocks me too.
I do think a ton of you will really love this book as it is in classic Gaiman fashion. A book of magical stories, not necessarily including magic.
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