In which I attempt to hold all my Neil Gaiman books, mostly unsuccessfully, and ramble on about how hard it is to pick a favourite author, let alone book. Although if I had to choose one – yes, it’d be him. Although don’t ask me to narrow it down to a single book. Please.
Good Omens was actually my gateway book to Neil Gaiman. I read a lot of Terry Pratchett as a teenager (without appreciating the finer points of his books quite to the extent that I do now, but then – that’s the beauty of re-reading), and I know that after Good Omens I expected other Gaiman books to be similar.
They weren’t. They were something else entirely.
I don’t remember when I got hold of Neverwhere, or where, but I know I fell completely in love. The humour, the perfectly realised world slipping quietly along right next to ours and just out of sight, the characters – everything just worked. Plus, by the time I got hold of the book I’d already spent a little bit of time in London, so it was both exotic and familiar. I adored it, and still do.
Favourite books are hard, though. Would I recommend Neverwhere to someone as an introduction to Gaiman? Yes, absolutely. Did I buy it for a friend as my favourite book? No, because I thought she’d appreciate both the intricacy and grandiose scale of American Gods more. I think, just as we have different favourite books for moods and spaces in our life, we also have different favourites that we like to recommend. Because we want the recipient to enjoy and appreciate the book just as we do, we tailor our choices to them, too.
And now – rambly video!
How about you, lovely people? Are you a Gaiman fan? Do you have a favourite book (of his or anyone else’s)? And if you were to recommend a favourite book to me, what would it be? Let me know below!