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review 2016-12-13 13:32
#CBR8 Book 118: Fortunately, the Milk... by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell
Fortunately, the Milk . . . - Neil Gaiman

While Mum is away on business, it's up to Dad to make sure that his son and daughter have everything they need. Like milk for their cereal. Dad goes to the shops, but is gone for really rather a long time. When he returns, he explains to his children why he was gone for so long. It's a story of adventure, danger, space aliens, time travel, vampires, angry South American gods, pirates and the amazing Professor Steg. The entire thing is beautifully illustrated by Chris Riddell throughout. 

 

I got this book back in spring of 2014, when Neil Gaiman was on a short visit to Oslo to talk about his work with refugees. He also did a very engaging reading from this book, which had just been translated into Norwegian. This was when my friend Ida was still pregnant with her first child (she's currently expecting her second). I mention this because my friend's baby bump was the reason we didn't have to queue for hours to get to meet Mr. Gaiman and get our books signed. As we were about to find our place in the long, long line, a nice lady came over and asked if we wanted to be fast-tracked, so to speak. I got this book, and my copy of The Kindly Ones signed.

 

Obviously this is a children's book, for slightly older children, who enjoy being read out loud to or who can read the book themselves. There's just enough silliness and adventure to keep a child interested throughout. I read it during the October Read-a-thon and it was a quick and entertaining read, a sort of palate cleanser between longer books. Not exactly as deep or as brilliant as some of Gaiman's other books, but a nice book nonetheless. 

 

Judging a book by its cover: The version I have is illustrated by the brilliant Chris Riddell, who has also done illustrations for the UK versions of Coraline and The Graveyard Book. I really like his art and there is certainly a lot happening on this very colourful cover. I think it's quite obvious that this is a children's book, and a rather eventful one at that. There's Professor Steg and the Floaty-Ball-Person-Carrier. There's the Dad and his precious carton of milk. What you can't see in the picture is that the orange and gold on the cover is actually in metallics, so very shiny and extra psychedelic. It's a great cover.

 

Source: kingmagu.blogspot.no/2016/12/cbr8-book-118-fortunately-milk-by-neil.html
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text 2016-12-05 21:30
Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman

Goodreads summary:

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.

 

My opinion:

At first I found this story a bit weird and it took me a little while to get into, but I started liking it more after I read the first three chapters. I think the reason why I didn't like it at the beginning is because the story is very strange and it also has a quite creepy feeling. However, I really liked the rest of the book and the message. This story is a story about living and dying and that you should really, really try to make as much as possible out of your life (and about growing up). Neil Gaiman also said in the acknowledgements section that he read and reread The Jungle Books (by Rudyard Kipling) many times as a child and I could see some similarities (that I just noticed when I found out about it) like that being stranded as a baby etc. (thought that was a fun fact to share). This was my first book by him and I'm quite excited about his other books (especially Coraline). If you haven't read this one I recommend it to check it out.

 

What is your opinion about this book?

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text 2016-11-19 08:07
Bookhaul #34

I wanted to wait with this bookhaul until I got the last few books of the year, but I decided to show them now to you already. 

Finally (yes finally) I got some books by Neil Gaiman. I'm not that interested in American Gods etc., but I really wanted to get and read The Graveyard Book and Coraline. I love children's literature (as you could have already guessed if you look at what I've read this year haha) so I'm really glad I finally got those two. I decided to go for the boxset because those covers look amazing! My plan is to start The Graveyard Book after I've finished my current read, so that's why I wanted to show you guys this boxset now.

 

What is your favorite book by Neil Gaiman?

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review 2016-10-20 15:18
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

I only wanted this book because of the beautiful illustrations.  A twist on Snow White and Sleeping Beauty; the story was pretty mediocre.

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text 2016-09-18 07:29
Odd and the Frost Giants - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

Review to come, probably to tie in with the release of the book in October.

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