December 14, 2018 by TinyNavajo
Trigger Warning: Short Fiction and Disturbances by Neil Gaiman
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
*Published February 3, 2015*
I love short stories and I love anthologies, so when I found this book just by wandering around my library, I immediately snatched it and started reading. And Holy Moses, am I glad! Neil Gaiman has this unique way with words that just makes you wish he could write all the books ever. Or at least, more short stories anthologies.
In this new anthology, Neil Gaiman pierces the veil of reality to reveal the enigmatic, shadowy world that lies beneath. Trigger Warning includes previously published pieces of short fiction–stories, verse, and a very special Doctor Who story that was written for the fiftieth anniversary of the beloved series in 2013–as well “Black Dog,” a new tale that revisits the world of American Gods, exclusive to this collection.
Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In “Adventure Story”–a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane–Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience “A Calendar of Tales” are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year–stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale “The Case of Death and Honey”. And “Click-Clack the Rattlebag” explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.
A sophisticated writer whose creative genius is unparalleled, Gaiman entrances with his literary alchemy, transporting us deep into the realm of imagination, where the fantastical becomes real and the everyday incandescent. Full of wonder and terror, surprises and amusements, Trigger Warning is a treasury of delights that engage the mind, stir the heart, and shake the soul from one of the most unique and popular literary artists of our day.
All of these stories, poems, and novellas were absolutely amazing! And I loved that we got to see some familiar characters, Shadow Moon from American Gods and the Doctor and Amy from Doctor Who. We also get new characters, new stories, new legends and explanations for the noises we hear in the night. There was one particular story that gave me the heebie jeebies. Severe heebie jeebies. I had to read some nice fluffy manga once I was done with the book in order to calm my mind down in order to not think about the heebie jeebies!
Do you like getting the heebie jeebies from reading? Is it a good thing? Or do you have to calm yourself after reading? Comment below and let me know!