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Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century: Essays on the Novels, Children's Stories, Online Writings, Comics and Other Works

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Neil Gaiman has emerged as one of the most influential literary figures of the 21st century. To borrow a phrase from his viral 2012 University of the Arts commencement speech, Gaiman "makes good art," from his graphic novels to his social media collaborations, award-winning fantasy fiction and beloved children's books. This collection of new essays examines a range of Gaim Neil Gaiman has emerged as one of the most influential literary figures of the 21st century. To borrow a phrase from his viral 2012 University of the Arts commencement speech, Gaiman "makes good art," from his graphic novels to his social media collaborations, award-winning fantasy fiction and beloved children's books. This collection of new essays examines a range of Gaiman's prolific output, with readings of the novels American Gods, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Children's books The Wolves in the Walls and Blueberry Girl and the online short story collection A Calendar of Tales are discussed. Gaiman's return to the serial comic book form with Sandman: Overture is covered, and artist JH Williams III contributes an exclusive interview about his collaboration with Gaiman on Overture. Cartoonist Judd Winick offers a personal essay on his connection to Gaiman's work.


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Neil Gaiman has emerged as one of the most influential literary figures of the 21st century. To borrow a phrase from his viral 2012 University of the Arts commencement speech, Gaiman "makes good art," from his graphic novels to his social media collaborations, award-winning fantasy fiction and beloved children's books. This collection of new essays examines a range of Gaim Neil Gaiman has emerged as one of the most influential literary figures of the 21st century. To borrow a phrase from his viral 2012 University of the Arts commencement speech, Gaiman "makes good art," from his graphic novels to his social media collaborations, award-winning fantasy fiction and beloved children's books. This collection of new essays examines a range of Gaiman's prolific output, with readings of the novels American Gods, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Children's books The Wolves in the Walls and Blueberry Girl and the online short story collection A Calendar of Tales are discussed. Gaiman's return to the serial comic book form with Sandman: Overture is covered, and artist JH Williams III contributes an exclusive interview about his collaboration with Gaiman on Overture. Cartoonist Judd Winick offers a personal essay on his connection to Gaiman's work.

43 review for Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century: Essays on the Novels, Children's Stories, Online Writings, Comics and Other Works

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ria F

    Too much like English class

  2. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Used this book while researching my thesis. Good critical essays on Neil's work.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jade Lopert

    In the interest of full honesty, I feel like I should state that I have a love/hate relationship with scholarly essays and studies of pretty much anything. On the one hand, I feel like sometimes people try really hard to put more meaning into things than there is. As a writer myself, I can tell you sometimes a cigar really just is a cigar. On the other hand, once a story is published it no longer belongs to just the author. It belongs to the readers and their analysis and impressions become part In the interest of full honesty, I feel like I should state that I have a love/hate relationship with scholarly essays and studies of pretty much anything. On the one hand, I feel like sometimes people try really hard to put more meaning into things than there is. As a writer myself, I can tell you sometimes a cigar really just is a cigar. On the other hand, once a story is published it no longer belongs to just the author. It belongs to the readers and their analysis and impressions become part of it in a way, even if the author may not know what that is. In that way, I love essays that analyze. So, all that being said, I picked this up at the library mostly on the pretext of "oh Neil is my favorite living author, this might be interesting." And, for the most part, it really is. Gaiman pulls a lot from mythology, history and pop culture. Reading about the similarities and differences between his work and these influences is fascinating. There are definitely those essays that feel like they're reading too much into the smallest details and I'm still not entirely sure that five of the nineteen essays needed to be devoted to the Ocean at the End of the Lane. That might just be because I got tired of hearing the same plot synopsis repeatedly. All in all, it's a pretty solid collection if it's your kind of thing. And highly recommended for any comic fan is the interview with JH Williams III who did the amazing art for Sandman: Overture. Really a 3.5/5.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mike Violano

    Full disclosure...I think Neil Gaiman is one the 21st century's major literary talents. This collection of reviews and essays about his works is a great treat. My personal favorites are all well praised and reviewed from American Gods, to Anansi Boys, and the Sandman series. Gaiman's gifts extend from children's to adult works to graphic novels and he's a social media maven as well. He connects with a wide audience. This collection of critiques skips some great works like Coraline.

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