26th September to 28th October ~ Physical Copy ~ Goodreads Link
This definitive collection of Neil Gaiman’s short fiction will haunt your imagination and move you to the very depths of your soul.
An elderly widow finds the Holy Grail beneath an old fur coat. A stray cat fights and refights a terrible nightly battle to protect his unwary adoptive family from unimaginable evil. A young couple receives a wedding gift that reveals a chilling alternative history of their marriage. These tales and much more await in this extraordinary book, revealing one of our most gifted storytellers at the height of his powers.
I am a massive fan of Neil Gaiman. I’ve had this on my shelf for over a year now and just keep passing by it so I was excited when I picked it last month in my October Unwrapping TBR
There we some great little gems in this collection. I found myself chuckling at Gaiman’s classic British wit. There is a hint of Gaiman’s trademark whimsical atmospheric style throughout the collection too.
Unfortunately, and this is going to feel like treason for me, I didn’t love this book :(. I had to DNF a couple of the short stories and more than half of the others left me feeling a little underwhelmed and dare I say bored. Just typing this about a Gaiman book makes me feel like a traitor. Gaiman is genuinely my favourite author and I have such lovely nostalgic thoughts whenever I pick up his books but I think this fell short as each story is too short to build up much of an atmosphere or inject enough wit and whimsy into it. The reason I love his style so much is because I can get completely lost in the worlds he builds and the scenes he describes and these short stories, for me personally, didn’t quite have enough.
You can tell it is a Gaiman book but it is just the bare bones of a Gaiman book. I was a little bored and quite underwhelmed and I think that it’s just because they weren’t long enough to flesh out.
Have you read this book?
What compilation of short stories do you recommend?