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Neil Gaiman Books That Will Make You Love Him

With numerous fantasy book awards, Neil Gaiman is a must-know for all things fantastical. Here’s an introduction to some spellbinding books that we’re sure will make him one of your favourite authors.

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Neverwhere

You may think twice about helping others after this story.

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Richard Mayhew is an average man, but his life changes forever when he encounters a bleeding girl on a London sidewalk. He stops to help her, but this simple act of kindness plunges him into a world he never thought existed.

He becomes invisible, and falls through the cracks of reality to a place beneath the streets of London—Neverwhere, a city where monsters and saints, murderers and angels thrive. It is also the place where the bleeding girl he helped lives, and the two become tangled in various adventures together.

Will Richard be able to survive in this city of shadows and return to his London above?

“Young man,” he said, “understand this: there are two Londons. There’s London Above―that’s where you lived―and then there’s London Below―the Underside―inhabited by the people who fell through the cracks in the world. Now you’re one of them. Good night.”

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American Gods

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Shadow was just an ordinary guy looking forward to a fresh start. But a day before his release from prison, his wife and best friend are killed in an accident.

Numbly, he gets on the plane to the funeral. There he meets Mr Wednesday, an enigmatic stranger who not only knows everything about Shadow, but claims to be a refugee of a distant war, a former god, and the king of America.

Wednesday offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard, and with nowhere else to be, Shadow accepts. But he soon learns that his role in Wednesday’s schemes is far more dark and dangerous than he could have ever imagined…

This gripping and unsettling book asks the question: if the gods of the past met the gods of the present, would they fight? And who would win?

“Gods die. And when they truly die they are unmourned and unremembered. Ideas are more difficult to kill than people, but they can be killed, in the end.”

 

Stardust

How far would you go to win someone’s heart?

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Young Tristran Thorn will do anything to win over Victoria, the “most beautiful girl for a hundred miles around.”

He agrees to fetch her a star they both saw falling from the night sky. But the star falls on the other end of the wall which separates their rural English village from the magical realm of Faerie. To attain the star, Tristran has to cross the wall and face dangers beyond his imagination. And unfortunately for him, there are others who are after the star as well, with reasons darker than his.

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“A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now, that’s a question.”

Read this thrilling fairy tale for adults here.