Ah thank you AinulindaleFBS, I'm certainly looking forward to that new book . . . I'll have to keep an eye on my favourite bookstore . . .
No problem, my pleasure:)
Just a observation, although Neverwhere
was indeed written before Amerixan Gods
, and it is witotu question not as large in scope or complexity, I don't think this indictive of Gaiman
fine tuneing his craft with each succesive novel as much as it is Gaiman
is of the ilK of writers who write differnt types of stories, and who is capable of doing so well. Neverwhere
is a classic quest book, yes its in a dark urban setting, it really is a quest series with a Lewis Carroll
twist to it, and that's all it was meant to be, and I have found i to be one of the better such novels. For an author to write a book such as that and to be successful (critically, I don't care about sales, most best-selling fantasy ranks among the works in the genre IMHO, ie Eddings, Jordan, Goodkind, Brooks
etc) is a clear indication of the talent of Mr. Gaiman
, and the strength of his prose (another such example would be Gene Wolfe's Wizard/Knight
duology, where he uses classic elements but is a gifted author enough to make it a critical hit and worth reading unlike something mindless, like say Eragon). All of
Gaiman's novels are vastly different thematicaly, and stylisticaly, and I think this is doen with purpose, not as a nexample of decline or improvement, as Gaiman
has been a master since he wrote the Sandman
comics, before he ever wrote a novel IMHO. Sadly enough I think those comics were better than a vast majority of published fanatsy novels at the same time, which is both a reflection of Gaiman's
talent, and the the state of big publisher fantasy.