Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman – Trigger Warning

Neil’s latest collection of short stories comes with a warning, a trigger warning. Fascinated with society’s recent trend to warn readers of content, he took it upon himself to title this amazing book for us before anyone else could. There are things inside, stories and ideas, which might upset a reader, even change how they view the world. There are also sweeping plot arcs and whimsical characters that might trigger fellow authors to envy Neil’s artistry.

He warned us.

“The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountain…” was my favorite story. Runner-ups were Click-Clack the Rattlebag, Black Dog, and Nothing O’clock. These were juicy slices of fantastical worlds that burst open in the reader’s mind and gushed into our subconscious where it will no doubt leave an indelible stain.

The black mountain story blended classic fable authenticity with a dash of Grimm’s comeuppance. Click-Clack is a spooky ghost story, and Black Dog was a wonderful return to the broken half-god we rooted for in American Gods.

Trigger Warnings seamlessly weaves a variety of genres together into a verbal tapestry that delights the imagination, and I once again tip my fedora to one of our century’s great writers.

D.C. Lozar

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman – American Gods

This was a wonderfully crafted tale that engrossed and entertained me.

In creating a world in which gods are flesh and blood, Neil taps into the American psyche: We are each the undiscovered heroes of the next blockbuster movie.

Although Shadow, the antagonist, feels two-dimensional at times, I believe this is intentional and refreshing. None of us are perky all the time. A slouching hulk of a man, rocked by the infidelity and death of his wife, Shadow endears himself to us by not over-reacting to events that would make most characters question their sanity. Because he is painted as half-dead inside, the reader believes his account of having a zombie-wife, god-friends, and having died and returned.

A masterful piece of fiction with beautiful snippets of stories such as the fiddler’s ruse worked in for good measure. The twist at the end clinched the story and earned Neil Gaiman my deepest respect. Thank you for a wonderful tale.