Posts Tagged: Neil Gaiman

First Lines: The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains

The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds, written by Neil Gaiman with illustrations by Eddie Campbell, is a lovely edition of the story first published in the Stories anthology. As such, I read it before. Two men, one small and one large,… Read more »

First Lines: The Dream Hunters

Last year, I spend quite a few weeks with 10 volumes of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman comics. The Sandman: The Dream Hunters is an expansion of that universe, set in ancient Japan. It tells the story of a simple Buddhist monk and shape-shifting fox, who learns of a plan to destroy the monk’s life. With… Read more »

First Lines: Fortunately, the Milk

There was only orange juice in the fridge. No milk. None at all. And for breakfast cereal, no milk just won’t do. No milk also means that father can’t have his tea, so he went out to the corner store to get some. And that’s how his weird tale featuring aliens, pirates, ponies, wumpires, piranhas… Read more »

First Lines: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

On the surface, Neil Gaiman’s latest novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, is the story of a man who remembers what happened over forty years ago, when he was seven and the opal miner killed himself in his father’s white Mini; how he met Lettie Hempstock, who, although she was just a… Read more »

First Lines: Short Story Special

Recently I’ve finished two (digital) volumes of short stories, Clockwork Phoenix: Tales of Beauty and Strangeness and Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness. It seems logical to me to tackle them in one go. According to editor Mike Allen, Clockwork Phoenix collects stories that sidestep expectations in beautiful and unsettling ways, that… Read more »