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Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 28, 2008
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And "Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman" is more than just a homage to Gaiman's many otherworldly works -- it's also a detailed guide to his assorted comics, graphic novels and books, as well as offering insight into Gaiman and his many collaborators, and a wealth of assorted trivia and information.
First, there's a nice little foreword from Gaiman's "Good Omens" collaborator Terry Pratchett ("There was no natural unity between hat and man") and a steady introduction to who and what Neil Gaiman is.
Then there are the in-depth studies and analyses of his works -- Hank Wagner, Stephen Bissette and Christopher Golden go into the depths of his bestselling, groundbreaking graphic novel series "Sandman." Issue by issue, chapter by chapter they summarize and dissect the entire comic book series, whether it's standalone stories of the Endless, tales of Dream's sister Death, or the long shadowy journey of the titular Morpheus.
And they do plenty of dissection of Gaiman's other stories -- the "Spawn" spinoff about a warrior angel, the Eternals, "The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch," the legendary "1602," the little-known "Black Orchid," the pre-Potterian budding wizard known as Tim Hunter, "Miracleman," and countless other contributions. There's even the tale of graphic novels that never really made it out into the world, or were cut short prematurely.
Gaiman's novels get the same treatment -- Wagner, Golden and Bissette don't go into quite as much detail, but they do address the important stuff, including listing and describing the poems and short stories Gaiman has written.Read more ›
Sometimes, someone blesses you with a review that says everything you could possibly want about your work. That's certainly the case with Rachelle Bilz, who penned the review below for VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), a bimonthly library journal devoted to teenagers' information needs. As Neil Gaiman himself might say, it makes me very happy. To be mentioned in the same breath as Hy Bender's fine Sandman Companion is high praise indeed:
"This tribute is a tremendous gift to Neil Gaiman fans. Whether the reader wants to know the inspiration and background information for Gaiman's many works or factual tidbits about the man himself, this volume delivers. The authors, all impressive writers themselves, have conducted extensive research and interviews in their effort to create a compendium of data about one of fantasy's finest writers. Without a doubt, it is the most comprehensive resource about Neil Gaiman to date. Encyclopedic in scope, this book offers reprints of articles by Gaiman, back stories, interviews with illustrators and others who work with Gaiman, photos, illustrations, and sneak peeks at future works. Although broad in scope, this work also contains fascinating minutiae about all things Gaiman as well as entertaining quotes from him. The extensive interview with Gaiman is especially enjoyable, as are his anecdotes about celebrity and fans and his responses to movies such as Stardust. The appendixes offer a chronology, further reading, Web sites, and other helpful information. Well written, well organized, and fun to peruse, this book can be enjoyed as a cover-to-cover read or a random browse.Read more ›
Everything you ever wanted to know about Gaiman's life and writing is contained in this book. The men who collaborated on Prince of Stories - Hank Wagner, Christopher Golden, and Stephen R. Bisette - are published authors as well, and I recommend their novels and comics, too. Their respect and admiration for Gaiman is apparent throughout Prince of Stories, especially in the section which is an in-depth exclusive interview with Gaiman himself.
celebration of the numerous works by acclaimed author Neil
Gaiman. The book accounts Gaiman's works, from his comics
to his novels and movie scripts, and it provides an analysis
and comparison to other notable pieces of his and of other
authors in the same genre. The analysis also pulls common
themes and elements from Gaiman's stories and discusses the
importance of these themes in Gaiman's world. Prince of
Stories includes hours of interviews with Gaiman as well as
other authors and illustrators who have collaborated with
him. Another bonus for readers is the inclusion of the
beginnings of an unpublished novel and a rare comic strip by
Gaiman. Prince of Stories is a thorough, detailed account
of the genius of Neil Gaiman full of nuggets for fantasy
I am fairly familiar with Neil Gaiman's work
being a comic book and fantasy admirer. I have read The
Sandman, what many consider his magnum opus, along with a
handful of other titles (Murder Mysteries, The Last
Temptation, Neverwhere, and others not mentioned in the
book). This background knowledge helped me to thoroughly
enjoy the book. It also made me reserve more Gaiman titles
at the library. However, those not familiar with Gaiman's
work should not immediately turn away from this book. The
collaborators on Prince of Stories attempted to satisfy both
the strong followers of Gaiman as well as the casual fantasy
reader, and they did an adequate job of both tasks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A rare intimate look inside the world of an award winning writer.Published 23 months ago by Julie Bee Brown
Great book summarizing Gaiman's body of work, and has additional essays/interviews, etc. Very little academic theory or critical material, but the review essays offer clues that... Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Rhett Oracly