Neil Gaiman is an award-winning English fantasy novelist and short story writer.
Neil Gaiman is the author of several books and short stories.
Almost every one of Neil Gaiman’s finest works has been made into a film, a stage production, or a fancy audiobook with a celebrity cast.
We have shortlisted some of the best books by Neil Gaiman for you to read.
Best Neil Gaiman Books
1. Norse Mythology
Neil Gaiman, who has always been influenced by ancient mythology in the creation of his imaginative worlds, gives us a magnificent depiction of the Norse gods and their universe, from their creation to its upheaval in Ragnarok.
In Norse Mythology, Gaiman depicts the primary Norse pantheon as follows: Odin, the highest of the high gods, smart, bold, and clever; Thor, Odin’s son, enormously powerful but not the wisest of gods; and Loki, son of a huge blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.
Gaiman weaves these ancient tales into a novelistic arc that begins with the creation of the fabled nine planets and progresses through deities, dwarfs, and giants’ escapades.
These gods emerge with their fiercely competitive natures, vulnerability to being fooled and duping others, and inclination to let emotion fire their deeds, thanks to Gaiman’s clever and humorous language, bringing these long-ago stories to life once more.
2. The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel
When a guy goes to the location of his boyhood home, where he met a girl named Lettie Hempstock who showed him the most amazing, hazardous, and absurd things, he discovers that nothing is as he remembers.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane is vintage Neil Gaiman, and it has grabbed the hearts of readers all across the world. It is wondrous, creative, impossible, and at times terribly terrifying.
The haunting, emotional artwork by acclaimed fine artist Elise Hurst, whose images perfectly combine the youthful delight and terrible peril that saturate Gaiman’s famous book, is featured in this stunning illustrated version.
3. Neverwhere: A Novel (London Below)
There’s a world beneath the streets of London that most people could never imagine. Monsters and saints, murderers and angels coexist in this metropolis. This is the city of the individuals who have slipped through the gaps of society.
Richard Mayhew is catapulted out of his workaday life into a realm that is both familiar and threateningly weird by a single act of compassion to a ragged girl he discovers injured on the street.
Neverwhere is a dark, humorous, and seductive novel that has become a contemporary literary benchmark, displaying daring inventiveness and narrative talent.
Master storyteller Neil Gaiman’s wonderful fairy tale is full of unexpected adventures, real love, humour, wonder, and lots of magic.
Tristran Thorn will go to any length to capture the icy heart of Victoria Forester, even if it means fetching her the star they are watching fall from the night sky.
But to do so, he must over the old wall that lends their little hamlet its name into uncharted territory on the other side.
Tristran discovers that beyond the stone barrier is Faerie and the most thrilling adventure of his life.
5. Graveyard Book
Nobody Owens, sometimes known as Bod, is a typical adolescent. He’d be perfectly normal if he didn’t grow up in a cemetery, being raised by ghosts, and having a guardian who doesn’t belong in either the living or the dead worlds.
Adventures await a little kid in the graveyard, which serves as a portal to the abandoned city of ghouls, the weird and terrifying Sleer. However, if Bod leaves the cemetery, he will be in danger from Jack, who has already murdered Bod’s family.
The only work to win both the Newbery (US) and Carnegie (UK) medals is The Graveyard Book, a modern classic.
Things look wonderful as Coraline walks through a door to see another house that is eerily similar to her own (but nicer).
However, there is another mother and father there who want her to stay and be their young daughter. They want to alter her and never let go of her.
If Coraline wants to save herself and return to her normal life, she will have to battle with all of her wit and courage.
Coraline by Neil Gaiman is a must-read classic for kids aged 8 to 12, as well as those who appreciate a good clever frightening book.
7. Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions
Smoke and Mirrors examines the landscape between the illusory and the everyday, giving readers a gift of astonishment and joy from one of our time’s most singular literary artists.
Gaiman’s incredible creations – tales, novels, and poems – reveal him to be a writer of enormous skill and profound creativity.
Magic is a powerful tool of enlightenment, revelation, and meditation on what it is to be human in his skillful hands, not just an illusion.
Smoke and Mirrors is an exceptional collection of short stories from one of the world’s most renowned literary geniuses, and it is poignant and haunting, funny and unconventional.
8. Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances
Neil Gaiman pierces the curtain of reality in this new collection to reveal the intriguing, murky realm underneath.
“Trigger Warning” contains previously published short fiction tales, poems, and a special Doctor Who narrative written for the popular series’ fiftieth anniversary in 2013, as well as “Black Dog,” a new storey that revisits the universe of American Gods that is exclusive to this book.
“Trigger Warning” exposes our weaknesses and genuine selves by delving into the masks we all wear and the individuals we are underneath them.
There’s a plethora of horror and ghost stories here, as well as science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry, all of which explore the domain of sensation and emotion.
9. American Gods: A Novel
Shadow’s world is flipped upside down once he gets released from prison. Shadow accepts a job offer from a stranger after his wife is slain; he has nothing to lose.
However, a storm is on the way. A war is being waged under the calm surface of ordinary life, and the prize is America’s very soul.
American Gods is a dark and colorful trip deep into myth and through an America that is both hauntingly familiar and totally foreign, combining mythology, adventure, and illusion. It is, without a doubt, a modern masterpiece.
10. Anansi Boys
When his father dies while performing karaoke, everything changes for Fat Charlie Nancy, a South London youngster nicknamed by his father.
Charlie had no idea that his estranged father was a deity – Anansi the Trickster, lord of mayhem and societal chaos. He, too, had no idea he had a sibling.
Brother Spider has arrived on his doorstep, ready to spice up his life and make it a lot more hazardous.
It’s a rendezvous that will take Fat Charlie from London to Florida, the Caribbean, and the very beginning of time. Depending on which side you look, it might be the end of the world.
11. The Sandman (11 book series)
THE SANDMAN is a complex combination of modern myth and dark fantasy that smoothly weaves contemporary narrative, historical drama, and mythology.
It follows Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic—and human—mistakes he’s committed throughout his long life.
12. The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book: The Script Book
The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book includes a lot of new and revelatory material, as well as a few scenes that were not included in the final television series.
Terry Pratchett requested Neil Gaiman to produce a television series of the globally acclaimed novel they co-wrote about the end of the world before he died in 2015.
As a result, Neil started writing. And he kept writing until he had six episodes that brought an angel named Aziraphale and a demon named Crowley (the only things standing between us and Armageddon) to life for the screen.
The screenplays Neil created, which eventually became some of the most remarkable television ever filmed, are contained inside the covers of this book.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the show with a text that discloses the program’s secrets, still contains the missing pieces, and occasionally begs for the impossible. Take a look behind the scenes and witness the magic for yourself.
You could learn just as much from the sequences that didn’t make the cut as you did from the ones that did.
13. The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
An intriguing collection of nonfiction pieces on a wide range of subjects—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in Neil Gaiman’s penetrating, humorous, and unique manner.
Neil Gaiman has long been praised for the keen mind and astonishing imagination that drive his bestselling novels. He is an inquisitive observer, insightful commentator, and assiduous crafter.
Now, for the first time, “The View from the Cheap Seats” puts together more than sixty pieces of his brilliant nonfiction.
This cornucopia delves into a wide range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, which is both touching and self-deprecating in its recounting of the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards.
The View from the Cheap Seats is an insightful, incisive, humorous, and wise exploration of the topics and subjects that mean most to Neil Gaiman, providing a look into the mind and heart of one of our time’s most famous, adored, and influential creators.
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