Very quick reviews: November 2015, part 1 (picture books)

I read 28 books in November! And it was mostly a combination of romances and children’s picture books, which, uh…would make for a very strange (and long) post. So instead I’ll divide them roughly by type and split them into multiple posts! Here’s part 1: picture books. Btw, definitely recommend picking up a picture book or two if you ever get the reading blahs. They’re quick, they have pretty pictures, and the good ones are Read More …

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Yes, the TV show came before the book! Which explains why I kept thinking “this feels like an adaptation.” I have a love-hate relationship with book adaptations of movies; mostly they always feel derivative and pointless, and not even Neil Gaiman can make one great. The Neverwhere novelization is better than most, but it still can’t top the TV show. The problem might be because when you’re writing an adaptation, you have to stick pretty Read More …

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

I’ve read Good Omens at least five times, and loved it EVERY TIME except for the last. The last time was for a class, and no matter how good a class and no matter how much I may love the books I read for a class during that class,1 afterwards I always associate that book with schoolwork and thus it is tainted. It is Work. It is Un-Fun.2 (Why did I major in English?) Something Read More …

American Gods: 10th Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman

The first time I read American Gods was back in 2006, and while I remember liking it I ALSO remember not really “getting” it. I didn’t understand a lot of it– mainly I couldn’t understand Shadow, who came off as emotionless and weird and scary. Now, though, six years later, I TOTALLY get it. I understand Shadow not the carboard-y character I thought he was at first. I understand the main plot, with the gods Read More …