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A Good Place To Start

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Neverwhere 6
Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett) 4
American Gods 2
The Sandman (Comic issues #1-75 are reprinted in a 10 volume collection) 2
Stardust 1

A Bad Place To Start

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Anansi Boys 4
American Gods 1
Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett) 1
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders 1

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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Neil Gaiman

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askthesky March 20th, 2006 08:32 PM PST

Good Omens isn't the best way to tell if you like Gaiman, as it's co-authored by Terry Pratchett, who has a very different style.

mis_nomer June 16th, 2007 12:15 PM PST

Gaiman's writing style is very versatile, so much so that I had to plough through a few of his novels and graphic novels (http://mis_nomer.blogspot.com/search/label/gaiman) to find his "voice". I think the short story "How to talk to girls at parties" in "Fragile Things" and "The Sandman" is distinctive of his voice on the novel-end and graphic-novel-end respectively.

Although "Stardust" and "Good Omens" are not typical of his voice, I enjoyed both very much.

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I've entirely lifted this bio from wikipedia.org on Feb. 2, 2006 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Gaiman) As a child and a teenager, Gaiman grew up reading the works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien and G.K. Chesterton. He later became a fan of science fiction, reading the works of authors as diverse as Samuel R. Delany, Roger Zelazny, Harlan Ellison and especially Gene Wolfe. Gaiman also read and enjoyed the works of Thorne Smith to whose zany supernatural wit he attributes partial inspiration for Anansi Boys.

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