Neil Gaiman Book Reviews





Fortunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman

Published: September 17th, 2013

Genre: Children, Fantasy, Humor


“I bought the milk,” said my father. “I walked out of the corner shop, and heard a noise like this: thummthumm. I looked up and saw a huge silver disc hovering in the air above Marshall Road.” “Hullo,” I said to myself. “That’s not something you see every day. And then something odd happened.” Find out just how odd things get in this hilarious story of time travel and breakfast cereal.

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I read this story in one sitting with my sister and it was amazing. I can’t wait until I have my own precious little babies to read them this hilarious fantasy story. The illustrations were amazing and added so much life to the story. The short book was literally laughing out loud comedy. The dad went on a wild adventure all while trying to get back to his kids for breakfast. I love the way the author was able to create this time travel portal world and have me go oh my gosh I get that! The message was beautiful too because I feel like there isn’t anything a parent wouldn’t do for their kids including fighting green gobbly things, time travel, duel pirates, trick wumpires (read the book I didn’t spell it wrong lol), steal a godly volcano’s eye (twice), and save the universe with dinosaurs, and still keep the milk for breakfast safe! I think Gaiman created a fun, witty, and dreamlike world that children will adore and parents will love to read to them. I am attaching some of the illustrations from the book below so you can see how amazing they were.

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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Published: September 30th, 2008

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Children


Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts. There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s family.

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“One grave in every graveyard belongs to the ghouls. Wander any graveyard long enough and you will find it − water-stained and bulging, with cracked or broken stone, scraggly grass or rank weeds about it, and a feeling, when you reach it, of abandonment.”

I really loved the premise of this story it was so interesting and grabbed my attention. I want to see this in a movie or show so badly. It sounds so cool I mean being raised in a graveyard and doing all the things Bod did makes me wonder lol. The story started out with a bang. It literally started out with a murder happening and from there it just went up. This was such a fun and great book. Neil Gaiman knows how to dazzle me in such an enchanting way. The writing style is metaphorical and has stunning prose. It was exciting and delivered a haunting story. The Graveyard Book never had a dull or boring moment lol so much so that I read it in two days. I loved how mysterious the novel was. Trying to solve the whole thing about the Jacks, why Bod’s family was killed, the mysteries of the graveyard, etc. The story was very comical as well and had many moments where I was laughing at the ludicrousness of everything and everyone. The characters were amazing. They were funny, they were outrageous, they were interesting and loveable. The pace was awesome too because it kept the story fun.

‘See the world,’ said Bod. ‘Get into trouble. Get out of trouble again. Visit jungles and volcanoes and deserts and islands. And people. I want to meet an awful lot of people.’

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Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Published: August 29th, 2006

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Children


The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.  Only it’s different.  At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.  Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself. 

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‘Because,’ she said, ‘when you’re scared but you still do it anyway, that’s brave.’

This was a gem of a book. An immensely creepy and haunting gem but a gem none the less. I didn’t want to sleep because sometimes when I sleep I dream about what I read and this book was creepy lol but, I loved it. The characters were preposterous I mean they were utterly insane especially the other mother but, I loved them. The other mother was a great antagonist because I was totally freaked by her and would not want to see her or any of the others in my dreams. I did feel for Coraline at first because it did seem like her parents were preoccupied at first and didn’t care for her. The themes and hidden messages about courage, family, fear, versions of reality, identity, dissatisfaction, and choices were all well thought out and well done. The plot and setting/world was fantastically weird and sinister.  Coraline’s character was great and real. The writing was once again great. This book was all your nightmares wrapped up in a pretty cover.

‘She left us here,’ said one of the voices. ‘She stole our hearts, and she stole our souls, and she took our lives away, and she left us here, and she forgot about us in the dark.’

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I didn’t attach different Amazon links because I got mine in a set so here is the Amazon link for all three. These were some great books and I hope you all read them at one point and enjoy them like I have 🙂 Till next time.



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