Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman

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Over the past twenty years, Neil Gaiman has developed into the premier fantasist of his generation, achieving that rarest of combinations—unrivaled critical respect and extraordinary commercial success. From the landmark comic book series The Sandman to novels such as the New York Times bestselling American Gods and Anansi Boys, from children’s literature like Coraline to screenplays for such films as Beowulf, Gaiman’s work has garnered him an enthusiastic and fiercely loyal ...

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Overview

Over the past twenty years, Neil Gaiman has developed into the premier fantasist of his generation, achieving that rarest of combinations—unrivaled critical respect and extraordinary commercial success. From the landmark comic book series The Sandman to novels such as the New York Times bestselling American Gods and Anansi Boys, from children’s literature like Coraline to screenplays for such films as Beowulf, Gaiman’s work has garnered him an enthusiastic and fiercely loyal global following.

Now, for the first time ever, Prince of Stories chronicles the history and impact of the complete works of Neil Gaiman in film, fiction, music, comic books, and beyond. Containing hours of exclusive interviews with Gaiman and conversations with his collaborators, as well as wonderful nuggets of his work—such as the beginning of an unpublished novel, a rare comic and a never-before-published essay—this is a treasure trove of all things Gaiman. In addition to providing in-depth information and commentary on Gaiman’s myriad works, Prince of Stories includes rare photographs, book covers, artwork, and related trivia and minutiae. It is both an insightful introduction to his work and a true “must-have” for his ever-growing legion of fans.

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VOYA - Rachelle Bilz
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. Readers will learn a lot about Gaiman, storytelling and the writing process. A book you can get lost in, it will appeal to Gaiman fans of all ages. This impressive resource should find a place on the shelves alongside Hy Bender's The Sandman Companion (DC Comics, 1999). Reviewer: Rachelle Bilz
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Massively popular fantasy/horror writer Gaiman gets a critical treatment previously reserved for authors of the classics. It's doubtful that even the most avid fan couldn't learn something from this great work. Opening with an introductory biographical piece, the book also has a fascinating gem-an article Gaiman was hired to write in 1984 about Fantasycon VIII of the British Fantasy Society. The piece clearly displays the wit and storytelling ability that would later make him famous. His first published book was a "biography" of new-wave band Duran Duran, but what brought him fame was the writing of the "Sandman" series for DC Comics. Gaiman wrote 10 volumes of the series as well as a few spinoffs of this still frequently read classic. He also wrote quite a few other comics in this time period, and each one is given similar treatment to the "Sandman"-a plot synopsis, trivia, lists of important people and places, and a quote from Gaiman or about him. The novels, short stories, and scripts include the same information. Also included are interviews with artists and cowriters, and occasional photographs. The book ends with a lengthy interview, as well as one with his assistant. A must where Gaiman is popular.-Jamie Watson, Harford County Public Library, MD

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“This tribute is a tremendous gift to Neil Gaiman fans. . . . Well written, well organized, and fun to peruse.” —VOYA magazine

“There’s a lot to enjoy here, even for those who know only the corners of [Gaiman’s] tremendous oeuvre.” —Booklist

 

“Simply terrific . . . This is just essential reading for Gaiman fans. Highly recommended.” —Loglines

“Verdict: 8/10. An impressive and heartily researched tome on one of pop culture’s giants. A must for fans of the author in any of his mediums.” —Total Sci Fi

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312387655
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Hank Wagner has penned reviews and interviews for Mystery Scene magazine, Cemetery Dance, Hellnotes, and The New York Review of Science Fiction.  He is a coauthor of The Complete Stephen King Universe.

 

Christopher Golden is the award-winning author of many bestselling books including Waking Nightmares, Of Saints and Shadows, Of Masques and Martyrs, and The Myth Hunters. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Soulless and Poison Ink, and he is the editor of The New Dead: A Zombie Anthology, published by St. Martin’s Press. His novels have been published in fourteen languages. Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he continues to live with his family.

 

Stephen R. Bissette is a cartoonist, writer, editor, and publisher. He is best known for Saga of the Swamp Thing, Taboo, 1963i and Tyrant. Bissette also illustrates books and has authored fiction and nonfiction.

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  • Posted December 30, 2008

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    Reviewed by Christina Tsichlis for TeensReadToo.com

    PRINCE OF STORIES: THE MANY WORLDS OF NEIL GAIMAN is a wonderful book for any fan of Neil Gaiman. It is an overview of his work as well as his life. It is clearly a book written by friends of the man himself and has a jovial feel to it, almost like friends telling stories about one of their own to one of their own. As a reader, one feels almost included in the circle of friendship that clearly helped to generate this book. <BR/><BR/>Virtually everything a Gaiman fan could want is included in this book, from a list of websites to discussions on characters, from family photos to cover art, and from interviews to journal entries. Gaiman's amazing accomplishments in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Graphic Novel, and Film worlds come to life through the anecdotes and commentary in this book. <BR/><BR/>A reader comes away feeling like they have known the man for years. It is not simply a cut-and-dried look at Gaiman's amazing accomplishments or life. It carries in it the liveliness all of Gaiman's own works include. <BR/><BR/>While there is nothing that a parent of a younger child would particularly object to, this is a book written for older readers, for people who have already read Gaiman's work. If one has not read his books yet, it would be giving away some of the most wonderful joys and secret pleasures of reading books written by a master. <BR/><BR/>Gaiman is THE fantasist of our time, and his ability to shift between mediums is amazing. Considering that this book covers all of his work, some even that have not yet been published, it would be a shame to read this book before you have read or watched what Gaiman himself has created.

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