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Review – Neil Gaiman’s Free Country: A Tale of the Children’s Crusade

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Review – Neil Gaiman’s Free Country: A Tale of the Children’s Crusade

It says here that the Vertigo Universe will never be the same again.
Of course, it was never the same before.

In 1993 and ‘94 several Vertigo writers and artists created a huge crossover event, featuring characters from six of Vertigo’s most popular titles. The result was a little confusing and unwieldy, but there were a lot of very talented people involved, and it marked the one and only time Vertigo tried a crossover that big.

More than twenty years later, Free Country: A Tale of the Childrens Crusade, by Neil Gaiman and many talented writers and artists, has finally been collected into a hardback book, but it isn’t just a reprint: an entire chapter was created to fill in some of the gaps and smooth out the storytelling.

In the end I think it’s still a little confusing, especially if you aren’t familiar with the characters, or you haven’t read about them in twenty years. But if you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman, or any of the original books (or just feeling a little nostalgic for 90s Vertigo) you should give this collection a look.

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Starz gives green light to “American Gods”

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Starz gives green light to “American Gods”

Starz has given a green light to FremantleMedia North America’s (FMNA) adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel American Gods. Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Heroes”) and Michael Green (“The River,” “Kings,” “Heroes”), will pen and showrun the series. Gaiman will also executive produce the series. FremantleMedia North America will produce. Start of production is dependent on casting the lead role of “Shadow Moon.”

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Review: Trigger Warning – Short Fictions and Disturbances

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Review: Trigger Warning – Short Fictions and Disturbances

I remember Icarus. He flew too close to the sun. In the stories, though, it’s worth it. Always worth it to have tried, even if you fail, even if you fall like a meteor forever. Better to have flamed in the darkness, to have inspired others, to have lived, than to have sat in the darkness, cursing the people who borrowed, but did not return, your candle.

Elizabeth and Kathryn bought this same book on the same day – to the surprise of absolutely no one – so we’ll be doing a joint review this week. It’s a twin thing.

Kathryn here. Remember last April, when I posted a review of Fragile Things and complained about the fact that it had been over eight years since Neil Gaiman (one of my favorite authors) had released a collection of short stories (one of my favorite literary formats)? You can imagine how happy I was last week to get my copy of Trigger Warning – Short Fictions and Disturbances. Neil went for a slightly grimmer tone for this book: twenty-five dark little stories of murders and obsessions, forbidden knowledge and technologies, and twisted fairy tales.

(Hey, Universe? As long as you’re granting wishes, I’d also like a pony.)

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Not your usual Christmas stories

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Not your usual Christmas stories

A very Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrates it from Kathryn and Elizabeth! And to everybody who doesn’t celebrate it, happy book-reading!

By this point most people have already read A Christmas Carol, or The Night Before Christmas, or any of a handful of great, classic Christmas stories. So we thought we’d list a few fantasy stories with a little bit of Christmas in them that aren’t usually thought of as Christmas books. Some of them are nice, and some are definitely naughty, so if you’re determined to read something Christmassy, you’ve got something other than The Grinch to curl up with.

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Review: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, volume 2

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Review: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, volume 2

The Graveyard Book volume 2 by Neil Gaiman, P. Craig Russell, and a team of fantastic artists will land in bookstores on October 7. I loved the first volume, both for the art and for how faithfully it tells the story, and I hoped the second book wouldn’t lose momentum.

No worries there. If anything, I liked this book better than the first.

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Review: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, volume 1

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Review: The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel, volume 1

Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell’s The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume One arrives in bookstores on July 29th, but I just finished reading my copy a few minutes ago. I’m a book reviewer, we have our ways. (It involves a lot of shameless begging for review copies. I regret nothing!)

It’s worth the wait. The original 2008 young adult novel has already won the Newberry Medal, the Carnegie Medal, a Hugo, and a Locus award, but that’s almost not surprising anymore; it’s a Neil Gaiman book. He’s put stories in Christmas cards that defy the imagination, the man can write.

Now the book has been re-imagined with art under P. Craig Russell’s direction, and next year we’re going to see lots of articles telling us how it’s won all these other awards, just you wait.

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Starz developing Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”

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Starz developing Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”

Less than a month ago we heard the reasons why HBO lost the rights to make an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. On the heels of that, the latest word is that Starz, in partnership with FremantleMedia North America, has taken up the torch, and is the newest network to tackle what promises to be a challenging show, with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green writing and showrunning the project.

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Review: Fragile Things – Short Fictions and Wonders

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Review: Fragile Things – Short Fictions and Wonders

There are a lot of Neil Gaiman projects coming out this year that I’m REALLY looking forward to:  a graphic novel version of The Graveyard Book (with art by the incomparable P.Craig Russell), a very creepy-looking children’s book adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, an illustrated version of Gaiman’s novelette The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains, issue #3 of Sandman: Overture, and quite a few annotative and commemorative versions of previous works. And all of this has been in development while his book The Ocean at the End of the Lane was winning the UK’s National Book Award, The Book of the Year by popular vote, and spending 20 weeks on the NPR Hardcover Fiction Bestseller List.

So I’m sure it’s greedy of me to point out that it’s been eight years since he last released a collection of his own short stories. I’d probably be a little more patient if Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders hadn’t been such a perfect collection.

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The Twelve Days (Years?) of Books

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The Twelve Days (Years?) of Books

This got started when I wondered if you could do a “Twelve Days of Christmas” list with books and graphic novels. Turns out you can, if you play a little fast and loose with the rules.

Here then is a list of some of my favorite books and series, in case you were looking for a reading list for next year. And the year after that. And…well, as near as my limited math can figure, if you read six of these a year, you’re good for the next twelve years. You’re welcome.

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