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American Gods by Neil Gaiman
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gaiman classic, 25 Oct 2004
A wonderful example of Gaiman's work! Gaiman makes use of a wide range of mythology to create a fascinating story about human belief and the nature of change. I won't bother trying to give a gist of the story, but it's well written in a dark and moody style, not unlike its lead character. I found the ending a bit of a dissapointment, but that was after a long and extremely enjoyable read. I think fans of Sandman would like this, as would Gaiman virgins!
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
8 of 15 people found the following review helpful
I'm a fan of Gaiman, but this book just doesn't do it for me. It reads a bit like one of his blogs ([...] The style is just too conversational which, for me, removes a lot of the sense of depth and history to the world he creates. The idea of an ancient and strange 'London Below' is great, but it doesn't really develop, and I felt I was being told that it was 'ancient and strange' rather than feeling it. The lead character is dull, and the humour doesn't feel like it fits. There are one or two good moments, and one or two good characters and ideas, but by and large I think it's Gaiman's weakest work. American Gods, Stardust, The Sandman series, Smoke and Mirrors and Good Omens are all… Read more
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding!, 25 Oct 2004
What an amazing book! An enchantment in itself. Written in a kind of faux Austen style, it draws you deep into the world that its characters inhabit allowing you understand them better, and to comprehend the forces and pressures that drive their actions. Set in the early 19th Century this book deals with an England where magic is real, but is in decline, and has not been practiced sucessfully by Englishmen for several hundred years, since the golden and silver age of magicians in the first half of the last millenium. The reasons for such a decline are unknown, and present day magicians only study the history of magic and can do none themselves. The exceptions to this are the magicians… Read more