I Read It! Review of Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Title:  Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances

Series: No

Author: Neil Gaiman

Publisher: William Marrow

Published Date: February 3, 2015

Genre: Anthology, Short Stories, Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi,

 Format: Paperback

Pages: 400

Rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from William Marrow Publishing through Goodreads Giveaways.

Synopsis (From Goodreads)

Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things—which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black Dog,” written exclusively for this volume.

In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction—stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013—as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.

Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. InAdventure Story—a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane—Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year—stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.

A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. Full of wonder and terror, surprises and amusements,Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.

My Review

I loved this book! Neil Gaiman is a wizard with words. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrific, occasionally epic, always poetic. In this new Anthology, Neil Gaiman has put together some short stories he has written, to the tune of trigger warnings. We all have triggers, those things that cause us one emotion or another. Whether it is fear, sobbing, happiness, anger, or nausea…these triggers will un-doubtfully cause the same reaction every time. Gaiman’s collection of short stories sets out to explore the concept of trigger warnings. Each story has the potential to trigger an emotion from its readers, and it doesn’t disappoint.

I really enjoyed reading all of the stories, of course I do have my favorites! The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains– Shock; My Last Land Lady– Horror; Orange- Intrigue; Calendar of Tales: May Tale-Puzzlement; Calendar of Tales: October Tale- Happiness; Click Clack the Rattlebag- Fear; Nothing O’Clock- Giddiness and excitement (It is Doctor Who!). As you can see this book successfully runs the gamut of emotions.

I couldn’t be happier with this book from the Wonderful Neil Gaiman


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