I've only started reading Neil Gaiman books in more recent years. The ball slowly started rolling on that thanks to the Coraline
animated film, which I thought was very good! I admire a 'children's' story that doesn't patronise the reader and has unnerving elements. Since the film I have read the book, in novel form rather than the comic book (seemed to be more available), and found it a bit rushed through. Great ideas, but too simplistic. After watching a film I often hope the novel its adapted from has more to it, but the book didn't really add on anything.
Before that I'd read Stardust
. Again it felt a little on the simplistic side; I like my stories to have a bit more description. The ideas were interesting. At this point I was thinking that the lack of detail was Neil's style and so was a little reluctant to read more. However, I was recommended by a few people to read some other books of his, and I can see how they differ.American Gods
had the bulk I was looking for in a novel and I could now see that Neil can actually write more to what I like to expect! This was also an interesting read, interesting ideas; the only thing was perhaps it ended a bit suddenly after such a build-up.
The last one I read was Neverwhere
which started great. I felt it a shame some of the characters seemed to have a lack of depth. The one guy was set out to be interesting, yet he seemed a tad pointless to the tale. It is fun when you can relate to certain places being named, especially after I'd come back from living in London for a few months.
I'm not sure where to go next with Neil. I'm not sure I can be bothered with the short stories (again I prefer more to a tale), unless they can be very much recommended? ! I'll have to remind myself what else he's published. Overall he is an author that intrigues me, has shown he can tell a strange and interesting story, yet hasn't yet really wowed me yet.