Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman book review | Alexia's Books and Such Title:  Trigger Warning
Author:  Neil Gaiman
Publication Date: 2/3/2015
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Source:  Review copy received from the publisher

Multiple award winning, #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman returns to dazzle, captivate, haunt, and entertain with this third collection of short fiction following Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things–which includes a never-before published American Gods story, “Black Dog,” written exclusively for this volume.

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. (Goodreads)

My Review:

This is one of the few books where I actually read the introduction, as Gaiman includes the why and/or how he wrote each of the stories. I bookmarked the intro and went back and forth between the explanation and the story in question so that it would be fresh in my mind as I read. Clever! (clever author, not clever me….) 

To be honest, after awhile I wished that each intro was in front of its story because flipping back and forth became slightly annoying. Guess I’m a lazy reader! ha!

The first story in a collection is usually chosen with care and sets the tone for the entire book, so I was a little mystified by the author’s choice. The first story is called I Made A Chair. Gaiman explains that one day the words wouldn’t come, so he made a chair. Literally. The words wouldn’t come and he didn’t want to force them, so he put together a chair. An odd choice and an odd pseudo-poem, but I was enthralled. Way to keep me on my toes and let me know I was in for a fun ride!
One of my favorite things in this collection is A Calendar of Tales, sort of a mini-collection. Twelve stories, one for each month and inspired by tweet prompts sent out by Gaiman. The man does seem to love Twitter! Especially enjoyed the story with the genie. And the one with the brazier? Clever!

Loved the Dr. Who story, as it features my favorite Doctor. And a new, original Shadow story? Sold! Love both of those franchises and neither one disappointed.

There are a few stories that I’ve read before and, while not every story was to my liking, I think this is a worthwhile collection for any Neil Gaiman and/or short story fan. Say what you will, the man can write!

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