American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

Genre: Mythology, Fantasy Fiction, Urban Fiction

635 pages
Published June 21st 2011 by William Morrow


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Now a TV Series produced by FremantleMedia North America available internationally on Amazon, exclusively through Prime Video and starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Pablo Schreiber.
Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.

Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies…and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing – an epic war for the very soul of America – and that he is standing squarely in its path. Continue reading

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The Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman

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My Ratings: 4/5 stars

Genre: Magical Realism, Fiction, fantasy

181 pages
Published June 18th 2013 by William Morrow Books


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Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what. Continue reading

Stardust by Neil gaiman

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My Ratings 4/5 stars

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

248 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Harper Perennial


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Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win the cold heart of beautiful Victoria—even fetch her the star they watch fall from the night sky. But to do so, he must enter the unexplored lands on the other side of the ancient wall that gives their tiny village its name. Beyond that old stone wall, Tristran learns, lies Faerie—where nothing, not even a fallen star, is what he imagined.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a remarkable quest into the dark and miraculous—in pursuit of love and the utterly impossible.


My Review:

My second Neil Gaiman book this week after Norse Mythology and I have to say I am becoming a fan of this author’s unusual writing style, compelling stories and memorable characters and themes. This book tells the story of a man who goes into the faerie world to catch a star on the whimsical wish of the girl he loves.
There are so many people he meets on the way and struggles he faces only to find the star (now that revelation was unusual too but in a good way).
There are witches and magical paths, a kingdom, a quest to become king and how the whole story connects.
Moreover the writing, it is like the usual tale-telling (Once upon a time-ish) but nothing that cliche.
After my first book by Gaiman (Coraline), I really wanted to read another book by him and this one had been on my TBR for ages. So glad to have finally read it.

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Published August 29th 2006 by William Morrow

My Ratings : 4 stars

Summary: 

Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coralinebegins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

My review:

I loved this book. Coraline is a character I could totally relate to. She gets bored and does all kinds of stuff. She is an explorer and so brave.

The story did get creepy at times and those pictures and descriptions… arghhhh! But I really liked it.