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Oct 11

Staff Picks, Favorite Authors: Neil Gaiman

Posted on October 11, 2021 at 2:08 PM by Beth Pofahl

Staff Picks – Works by Neil Gaiman  

Neil Gaiman is a perfect choice for October’s Favorite Author series. His fiction delves into the fantastical using myths, fairy tales, ghosts and more. If I had to choose only one author to read during the month of October, it would be Neil. There is so much to choose from: regular fiction, young adult novels, juvenile novels, graphic novels, nonfiction, and even a few picture books. His work has won countless awards. It seems as if there is no limit to this man’s talent, the writing, yes, but also his artworkgraphic novels and self-narrated audiobooks are unforgettable. If you’d like to watch a film based on one his novels, you’ll find several. 

Here are a few of our favorite Neil Gaiman titles: 

Camden suggests . . .American Gods book cover American Gods (2000)
by Neil Gaiman 

American Gods is a love letter to both the weirdness of Americana and the legends of places much older, wrapped up in a story full of gripping stakes and larger than life characters.  What starts as a deeply personal story of an ex-con trying to find a new life out of prison gradually grows into a fight between gods for the fate of the modern faith.  Behind every page is a hint to a larger picture, an older myth, or a simpler more human perspective.  I love American Gods for the stories it told me and the view of the world it gave me. 

Find American Gods in the library catalog Here
Also available in digital format:
Axis 360 eBook and eAudiobook
Montana Library2Go eAudiobook
Hoopla eAudiobook 

Katy recommends . . . Neverwhere book coverNeverwhere (1996)
by Neil Gaiman 

A great story about a magical world that exists within the real world, and the man who accidentally gets tangled in it. 

Find Neverwhere in the library catalog Here
Also available in digital format:
Montana Library2Go eAudiobook
Hoopla eBook and eAudiobook
Neverwhere was adapted into film in 2003 Here 

Jennifer suggests . . . Stardust book coverStardust (1998)
by Neil Gaiman 

Stardust tells of Tristan, a young man who wants to prove his love to an unconvinced woman, and Yvaine, a star who has fallen from the heavens, as they try to find their way into adventure and back to their homes. They encounter princes, witches, lightning pirates, ghosts, faeries, a lion and a unicorn, a goat-man and other marvelous beings while finding themselves and falling in love. Stardust is fun and funny, an all-around delightful read!

Find Stardust in the library catalog Here 
Also available in digital format:
Montana Library2Go eAudiobook 
Hoopla eBook and eAudiobook
Stardust was adapted into film in 2007 Here 

Guil suggests . . . The Day I swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish book coverThe Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish (1997)
by Neil Gaiman 

Years ago, in high school, I read The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean. This is a fun and childish (in all the best ways) book that keeps one engaged no matter who reads it. The illustrations have a dreamy style to them and perhaps by the end of the book you might have learned something. 

Find it in the library catalog Here
Also available in digital format:
Montana Library2Go eAudiobook
Hoopla eAudiobook   eAudiobook collection  

Sally recommends . . . The View from the Cheap Seats book coverThe View from the Cheap Seats (2016)
by Neil Gaiman 

While I love many of Neil Gaiman's novels, from Coraline to Stardust, my favorite piece of his writing is an essay called "Why Our Future Depends on Libraries, Reading and Daydreaming." First delivered as a lecture, it was later featured in The View From The Cheap Seats: Selected NonfictionI'd highly recommend trying to get your hands on the audiobook version, as hearing Neil Gaiman narrate any of his own work is a magical experience. In the piece, Gaiman discusses the importance of being a life-long reader and the skills reading teaches us, from empathy to imagination. He delves into the impact of libraries and librarians, of writers and their stories, of parents and their children as they begin their reading journeys. If you're a reader who likes to read about reading, a fan of Neil Gaiman interested in some of his non-fiction, or if you're stuck in a bit of a reading rut, I'd suggest checking out this particular piece.  

Find The View from the Cheap Seats in the library catalog Here
Also available in digital format:
Axis 360 eBook and eAudiobook
Hoopla eBook and eAudiobook 


We have a special Neil Gaiman display up at the library this month. 
Come on in and find your own favorite Neil Gaiman book.
See you at the Library!

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