Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Author: Neil Gaiman
Publisher: William Morrow
Date of publication: February 3, 2015

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, fabulism 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.

Trigger Warning is the latest anthology out by Neil Gaiman. The book is made up of older stories that have been previously published as well as some new content.  Die hard fans will probably recognize most of them.  There is also a special treat for Doctor Who fans and fans of his American Gods series. I do recommend reading the introduction by the author.  In it, he includes background behind each story. I found that really interesting and it was glad I took the time to read it.

Personally, this author has always been a hit or miss for me.  I can't say that I have loved everything I have read by him.  That is how I felt about this anthology.  I will be honest, I didn't love everything in this book.  Some of the pieces I just didn't understand and actually re-read one to see if I missed something.  Despite that, there were a couple that stood out to me.  I liked the creepy story, "Click-Clack the Rattlebag".  I would have to say that one was my favorite.  I also liked "The Thing about Cassandra".  That has a cool interesting twist to it.  

I would recommend picking this up.  There is definitely something for everyone in here.  That is the great thing about anthologies.  You can always find something to fit your mood.

1 comment:

Dorothy Borders said...

Sounds interesting. I believe I will give it a try.