Boeken: Neil Gaiman

In de trein lees ik vaak boeken op mijn e-reader. De laatste tijd heb ik een aantal boeken gelezen van Neil Gaiman: (samenvattingen gekopieerd van goodreads.com)

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Neil Gaiman – Neverwhere
Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks. Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

Absurd en surrealistisch verhaal maar erg leuk. Het gaat soms wel een beetje alle kanten op maar dat maakt het juist leuk. De stijl doet denken aan Terry Pratchett & The Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. Cijfer: 8.

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Neil Gaiman – The Ocean at the end of the lane
Sussex, England. A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond (a pond that she’d claimed was an ocean) behind the ramshackle old farmhouse, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.

Het eerste hoofdstuk van dit boek stond aan het einde van ‘Neverwhere’. Ik heb daarna gelijk het hele e-book gekocht want ik wilde het graag aflezen. Mooi en surrealistisch achtig verhaal. Cijfer: 9

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Neil Gaiman – Coraline
Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

Je wilt dit boek in 1 keer uitlezen, surrealistisch en ook best creepy. Cijfer: 9

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Neil Gaiman – American Gods
Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America. Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break. Scary, gripping and deeply unsettling, American Gods takes a long, hard look into the soul of America. You’ll be surprised by what – and who – it finds there…

Leuk boek, net als Neverwhere schiet het verhaal soms meerdere kanten op en weet je niet echt waar het heen wilt gaan. Niet zo spannend als ik Coraline & The ocean at the end of the lane vond maar toch een leuk boek om te lezen . Cijfer: 8

Van Coraline is ook een animatie film gemaakt en van Neverwhere een serie. Van neverwhere is ook net een audiobook uitgekomen met veel goede acteurs: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01r522y
Van American Gods komt ook een serie aan. Ik ben daar ook wel benieuwd naar :)

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