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review 2020-10-10 14:49
Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman
So the hubby wanted to watch the show adaption. I told him I wasn't watching it with him unless I read the book first. So after he read it, here we are!
This book was harder to read than I thought it would be. I thought I would fly through it, page after page, but it was a slow pace. I actually looked at my hubby and said,'it's one of those ones you gotta read all the way through to get it, right?!'. He nodded and told me to stick with it. All the while, I was baffled at having to stick with a Gaiman novel...
I want to say when I got to the end that I had some sense of clarity and understanding but I can't. While these characters were so well-crafted, witty and fun to read in dialogue, the story itself was lacking, confusing and all over the place. You can tell this book was written with two very different authors.
Oh, how I pray the show is not like the book. I have a friend who says the show is better but I'm on the fence after struggling with the book.
Definitely not my favorite Gaiman book, that is still The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. Read that one if you haven't already.




Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/10/good-omens-by-terry-pratchett-neil.html
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review 2020-10-05 09:02
The best book of the year.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch - Terry Pratchett,Neil Gaiman

I can’t find words to describe the thrill of reading this book, since I haven’t read anything like it for a long time.  To learn how to convey my feelings, I need to use the help of https://papernow.org/thesis-statement-help because here you can get the best advice and tips.

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review 2020-07-08 01:36
Hearts, Keys, and Puppetry - Katherine Kellgren,Neil Gaiman

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

A unique concept with interesting results.

Overall, the book was pretty good. I think its important to take into account how it came about and the way it was written. The pacing was rather fast and meandering, which is understandable given its writing process. Likewise, there isn't much character development and I didn't feel connected to the characters at all. Many of them felt flat, but again that's understandable.

The story was certainly creative, combining puppets, magic mirrors, the power of promises, magic music boxes, missing brothers, talking badgers, deadly accidents, princes, queens, trinkets, and a whole medley of other things. There is a lot going on and many elements at play. It was fun to see how all of the elements came together and played off each other.

When it comes right down to it, the book itself wasn't great in terms of writing or plot, but given its means of creation, it is pretty impressive. It makes for a unique reading experience. In the end it is what it is, a little bit of everything that isn't super developed but has some interesting results.

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review 2020-06-26 03:31
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - audiobook
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned



It was only a duck pond, out at the back of the farm.

- first sentence


Neil Gaiman's voice is amazing. I loved listening to him narrate this story. Basically this story is about growing up and how at seven years old, adults seem so big and important, yet disconnected from childhood. The narrator of the book is an adult who is remembering an event that occurred in his childhood (when it is so much easier to believe in magic and monsters).


I enjoyed the story and especially the narrator's childhood friend, Lettie Hempstock. It was a quick listen and had some creepy parts. It is interesting how much differently we see things as adults compared to how it seems to children. 


I read this for Booklikes-opoly Pandemic Edition, space #19 as a book whose cover is more than 50% blue.

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review 2020-06-18 03:19
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

An interesting combination of classic fairy tales. Overall, I enjoyed it.

As with everything Gaiman writes, this is a very unique story. I loved the play on the original fairy tales and how creatively he combined them. I also liked how references were made to them instead of blatantly naming the characters. The entire story is very subtle.

I listened to the full cast audiobook, which made for a fun listening experience, however I did find it rather disruptive at times. Sometimes the change in characters made it hard to follow the story. This was especially difficult given the subtle nature of the book in not explicitly making connections but rather allowing the reader to figure them out for themselves. In this format, it was easy to miss things along the way. Probably a better fit for someone who is already familiar with the story to better enjoy the full cast reading.

I would like to go back and read the physical book to get a better feel for the flow (and also see the illustrations).

Good unique read for those looking for a fresh spin on some well-known fairy tales.
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