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Book Review: Get to know Gaiman with 'Trigger Warning'

"Trigger Warning" by Neil Gaiman

You might know Neil Gaiman from his many books that were made into films: Stardust, Coraline, and Mirrormask. Or you might know him from his books for young readers, including the wonderful retelling of a Norse myth in Odd and the Frost Giants; the novel, Coraline, which came out before the film and is much better (in my opinion); or The Graveyard Book.

Or you might know him from his books for adults (whatever that word means), such as The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Anansi Boys, American Gods, Neverwhere, the novel (again, better than the film, though this time it's close) Stardust, or even his collaborative work with the late Terry Pratchett, Bad Omens.

If you like comic books, you might know him as the creator of the fabulous Sandman series. If you're a Whovian (aka, a follower of the awesome BBC television series Doctor Who), then you might know the little tidbit of his writing for the episode titled "The Doctor's Wife." You might even have seen him hanging out with his wife, Amanda Palmer, lead singer for the band The Dresden Dolls and also solo career singer and author herself of a memoir called The Art of Asking.

Maybe you do not know of Neil Gaiman at all, which is truly unfortunate; however, you have the opportunity to give him a go with his newest collection of short stories, Trigger Warning. The 24 stories that make up this book are mysterious and mystical, wonderful and terrifying.

In typical Gaiman fashion, mythology and folklore creep into the fold at the best of times (and often without the reader, realizing it at first). I could share some secret morsels of stories with you but I feel that the best course of action is for you to pop over to The Peregrine Book Company (located near the corner of Sheldon and Cortez in downtown Prescott) and pick up a copy of any of his books, but especially Trigger Warning.

You'll not be disappointed, I promise!

Peregrine Book Company is located at 219 A N. Cortez St., in downtown Prescott.


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