Panama (spwebdesign) wrote,

34 of 50

  1. Alexander, Lloyd — The Black Cauldron
  2. Anthony, Piers — Letters to Jenny
  3. Cooper, Susan — Over Sea, Under Stone
  4. Proulx, Annie — Close Range: Wyoming Stories
  5. Kincaid, Jamaica — Lucy
  6. Christie, Agatha — The Unexpected Guest
  7. Dick, Philip K. — Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  8. Cooper, Susan — The Dark Is Rising
  9. Cooper, Susan — Greenwitch
  10. Shaffer, Peter — Amadeus
  11. Anonymous — Go Ask Alice
  12. Cooper, Susan — The Grey King
  13. Martin, Steve — Shopgirl
  14. Cooper, Susan — Silver on the Tree
  15. Gaiman, Neil — Stardust
  16. Gaiman, Neil — Coraline
  17. Le Guin, Ursula — A Wizard of Earthsea
  18. Le Guin, Ursula — The Tombs of Atuan
  19. Le Guin, Ursula — The Farthest Shore
  20. Le Guin, Ursula — Tehanu
  21. Merton, Thomas — The Seven Storey Mountain: An Autobiography of Faith
  22. Alexander, Lloyd — The Castle of Llyr
  23. Zelazny, Roger — Lord of Light
  24. Card, Orson Scott — Ender's Game
  25. Clarke, Arthur C. — Childhood's End
  26. Grahame, Kenneth — The Wind in the Willows
  27. Dahl, Roald — James and the Giant Peach
  28. Lewis, C.S. — Out of the Silent Planet
  29. Lewis, C.S. — Perelandra
  30. Milne, A.A. — Winnie-the-Pooh
  31. Card, Orson Scott — Speaker for the Dead
  32. Bester, Alfred — The Stars My Destination
  33. Greene, Graham — The Power and the Glory
  34. Gaiman, Neil — Neverwhere

This may be the fastest I've plowed through a 370-page book (finished yesterday morning). That's both a testament to the quality of Neil Gaiman's prose and to my lack of things to do.

I thoroughly enjoyed Neverwhere. I'm glad I waited till now to read it, though. Had I read it when I first arrived in London, I would have been lost; but, having traipsed all over London searching for flats, I was familiar with most of the Underground stations mentioned. It was immense fun seeing these familiar London landmarks transmuted through Gaiman's simultaneously macabre and childlike lens.

Gaiman is such an imaginative writer and, thus, such a joy to read. I'm not sure, though, whether this novel was less imaginative or, being his first, so abundantly imaginative that ideas and themes in his other novels germinated from this one. There were elements of Neverwhere that were strongly reminiscent of elements in American Gods (the use of cultural landmarks and a place's mythology/folklore to frame his story), Stardust (elements of faerie, the existence of a bizarre bazaar as a nexus for the characters in the story), and Coraline (the idea of an unspeakable, other-worldly horror lurking around every corner, patiently waiting for you to come to it; the animals—cats, rats, pigeons—being the real movers and shakers). I'm only disappointed that there are only two (non-graphic, non-collaborative) Gaiman novels left for me to read, Smoke and Mirrors and Anansi Boys.

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