Is it a sufficient enough review to say Neil Gaiman is a genius? No? Didn’t think so.
He is, by the way. At least to my way of thinking. He writes the kind of short stories I love: stories that are odd and creepy and disturbing and off-kilter. Is it too much to say I consider him the man who now sits on Ray Bradbury’s throne? No, it isn’t. That’s a fair non-hyperbolic assessment.
The stories in this collection are mainly reprints gathered from various anthologies published over the past few years, with one brand new story in which we revisit the world of American Gods. I had read only one of them before; fittingly, that was “The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury” from Shadow Show: All-New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury, a collection that I encourage everyone to read right fucking now. Well, you can wait until after you read Trigger Warning. But I digress.
Yeah. This book. It’s mostly short stories, with some bits of poetry intermingled here and there. Like all anthologies, some tales resonated more than others, but there isn’t a clunker to be found. Here are a few of my favorites:
- “The Thing About Cassandra” explores the ramifications of telling your friends about your imaginary girlfriend.
- “The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains” is all about consequences of past actions.
- “Nothing O’Clock”, a story of the 11th Doctor and Amy Pond and a monster hidden inside Time.
- “The Return of the Thin White Duke”, about a monster in search of a heart.
And several others. But the stories I loved won’t necessarily be the stories you love. You should have the joy of discovering them yourself. So go out and do that. Right now.
Thank you to LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program for the opportunity to read this book.