So, I've been asking myself why, if I'm such a huge Neil Gaiman fan, have I not yet done a Neil Gaiman post. I mean, it's been a year - so what is the hang up here?
As I sat down to write this, figuring I'd pop something out in 30 minutes, I realized how little of his universe I've actually explored. Gaiman is prolific, writing YA fiction, adult fiction, plays/screenplays/teleplays, graphic novels, nonfiction, blog posts, and tweets.
as his friend Michael Reaves states,
Neil’s very lucky, and he’s very talented. It’s a combination that’s easy to hate. When I say The Graveyard Book is Kipling’s The Jungle Book set in a graveyard, that’s just what’s called the logline. It’s the one-sentence shorthand that will let producers -- who have, in general, the attention span of a spider monkey on PCP -- immediately grasp the concept. (Assuming they know who Kipling is, a factoid I wouldn’t be anxious to put money on,)
No, there’s a lot more to the book than just a clever idea. I don’t intend to review it here, because frankly, it’s more fun to rant about Neil. It is, however, a piece of work well worth your time. But you knew that already.
Although he’s quite easy to hate in terms of talent, he is also, unfortunately, a very nice guy, which makes hating him somewhat harder.
Gaiman has a fan base of over 1.5 million followers on Twitter and who knows how many followers of his blog.
As far as I can tell, there are at least four different factions of Gaimanites:
- The Sandman faction: fans of his graphic novels (of which, I once owned the FIRST volume. Yes, sad to say, I didn't know what I had and gave it away to a friend) -also included are the non-Sandman graphic novel(s).
- The TV/Movie faction: those who follow his work with Dr. Who, etc.
- The Young Adult and Children's faction: fans of his award winning YA books
- The Adult Fiction faction: fans who, like me, fell for Gaiman's mythologically inspired, awkward outsider-manipulated-into-a-series-of-events-for-which-he-has-little-choice-but-to-roll-with-it stories (of which, there is seriously too little).
There is, admittedly, quite a lot of crossover - and I'm sure many other Gaiman factions exist beyond my realm of knowledge - to those people I feel I must bow down and ask forgiveness for my ignorance, for Gaiman fans can be as serious and formal and passionate and geeky as a game of Dungeons and Dragons.
That said, here is a list of his books (sans graphic novels, teleplays, or scripts):
Children and Young Adult books:
- Blueberry Girl, Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess; HarperCollins (March 10, 2009)
- Coraline (Jan. 2002)
- Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman and Dave Mckean (Hardcover - May 26, 2009)
- Instructions, Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess (Apr 27, 2010)
- M is for Magic
- MirrorMask, Children's Edition
- Odd and the Frost Giants
- The Dangerous Alphabet
- The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
- The Graveyard Book
- The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean; Gollancz (October 27, 1994)
- Violent Cases: Words & Pictures, Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean; Mosby-Year Book; 10th edition (February 1998)
- Wolves in the Walls; Hapercollins (August 5, 2003)
- A Walking Tour of the Shambles
- Adventures in the Dream Trade
- American Gods
- Anansi Boys
- Angels & Visitations
- Day of the Dead
- Don't Panic
- Duran Duran: The Book - Gaiman, Neil (1984)
- Fragile Things
- Good Omens
- Smoke & Mirrors
- The Absolute Death
- The Alchemy of MirrorMask
- The Facts In The Case Of The Departure Of Miss Finch by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli (Hardcover - Oct 10, 2007)
- The Last Temptation, Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli; Dark Horse (September 13, 2005)
- Ghastly Beyond Belief: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of Quotations - Gaiman, Neil and Newman, Kim (1985). Ghastly Beyond Belief. London: Arrow. ISBN 0-09-936830-7.
- Don't Panic: The Official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Companion (A guide to Douglas Adams' 'trilogy') - Gaiman, Neil (1988). New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-66426-3.
- Now We Are Sick; Neil Gaiman (Editor), Stephen Jones (Editor); DreamHaven Books; 1ST edition (1991, 1994)
- Angels and Visitations (a collection of short stories) - Gaiman, Neil et al. (1993). Angels and Visitations: a miscellany. Minneapolis, Minn.: DreamHaven. ISBN 0-9630944-2-4.
- Anthology of Nasty Verse with poems by Alan Moore, Ramsey Campbell, Gene Wolfe, R.A. Lafferty, Terry Pratchett, Brian Aldiss, Kim Newman, Diana Wynne Jones, etc.
- On Cats and Dogs: Two Tales (1997) (chapbook containing two short stories)
- Gods & Tulips, Westhampton House 1999.
- Little Lit: It Was a Dark and Silly Night (with Gahan Wilson), anthology of stories by various writers and artists, edited by Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly) - Spiegelman, Art and Mouly, Françoise (2001). New York: Joanna Cotler Books. ISBN 0-06-028626-1
- Adventures in the Dream Trade (a miscellany) - Gaiman, Neil (2002). Adventures in the Dream Trade. Framingham, Massachusetts: NESFA Press. ISBN 1-886778-42-6
- The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases (Night Shade Books) (2003).
- Shoggoth's Old Peculiar (art by Jouni Koponen), DreamHaven Books 2004.
- Everything You Know About God Is Wrong: The Disinformation Guide to Religion, by Russ Kick, Neil Gaiman and Richard Dawkins. The Disinformation Company; First Edition edition (August 7, 2007)
- Stories: All New Tales - Gaiman, Neil and Al Sarrantonio (2010)
- Zombies: The Recent Dead; Neil Gaiman (Author), Brian Keene (Author), Joe R. Lansdale (Author), David Schow (Author), Michael Marshall Smith (Author), Max Brooks (Author), Paula Guran (Editor); Prime Books (October 19, 2010)
- New Cthulhu: The Recent Weird; Neil Gaiman (Author), China Mieville (Author), Caitlin R. Kiernan (Author), Sarah Monette (Author), Kim Newman (Author), Cherie Priest (Author), Michael Marshall Smith (Author), Charles Stross (Author), Rafael Tavares (Author); Prime Books (November 29, 2011)
- Happily Ever After; Gregory Maguire (Author), Bill Willingham (Author), Susanna Clarke (Author), Neil Gaiman (Author), John Klima (Editor); Night Shade Books (May 24, 2011)
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